Football season is back again, which means it’s time to perfect your tailgating skills. You may think it’s simple—show up, snack and hang out. But you know what they say: Anything worth doing is worth doing right! Follow these tailgating essentials to make the most of your experiences this season.
Make a Checklist
Nothing says “prepared” like a list made in advance and checked off the day of. Think of the essentials (chairs, cups, utensils, napkins, a cooler, a bottle opener) and the things that will vary person by person (beer, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks, music, games). You may revise the list the more you tailgate, which just means you’ll be a pro by the end of the season.
Pack Up Ahead of Time
If tailgating is a common occurrence for you, there’s no harm in having a tailgating kit. Keep a cooler together with the non-perishables from your list of essentials, like paper plates, cups and utensils, rolls of paper towels, sunscreen, or a first aid kit. When it’s almost game time, all you’ll have to pack up are the food and drinks. Prepare food as much as possible the night before, so that veggies are already cut and burgers are already formed when it’s time to light up the grill.
Use the Space
Make the most of your vehicle as an accessory to your tailgating. Tie a helium balloon to your antenna so that friends can find you easily. Turn your trunk into a drink station by throwing a table cloth down and laying out beverages and cups. Add a canopy and a banner with your team’s name, and invite your neighbors over for a drink.