Game-Day Essentials for Tailgating Success

September 07 2017


A successful tailgate party is just as much about bonding with your fellow football fan as it is about the game itself. But to get the most out of your experience, you're going to need certain game-day essentials. The following suggestions can help.

Tailgating Equipment
Hanging outdoors with other sports enthusiasts means braving the elements, so you'll want to prepare accordingly. In addition to folding tables and chairs, be sure to pack a canopy, sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, trash bags, a first-aid kit and a heater or fan, depending on the temperature. Review your tailgating checklist before you leave the house to make sure you haven't forgotten anything critical.

Food and Beverages
No tailgate party is complete without sufficient snacks. Whether you provide a full-on meal or just snacks, bring enough to feed your entire crew with leftovers to spare. Hamburgers, hot dogs and any vegetables you can throw on a grill are always crowd pleasers, as are chips and dip. Remember to bring the utensils.

Pro tip: Keep frozen water bottles in the cooler. They'll ice down your provisions while in transit and can keep your tailgating team hydrated once the water thaws out. If you choose to have alcoholic beverages like beer and wine, drink responsibly, and don't forget the bottle opener.

Pregame Entertainment
Since you'll be sitting for a while, lawn games are a great way to get your blood pumping before your team hits the field. Throwing a Frisbee or football can help pass the time, or you can go for something more structured, such as cornhole or ring toss.

In the end, tailgating is about having fun with your friends, family and fellow football fans. Just remember to plan ahead, and you can ensure that a great time will be had by one and all.

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