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Tailgating Tips and Tricks

Tailgating Tips and Tricks


Reduce stress and focus on what’s important: Friends, fun and the game!

You’ve been waiting for it since February. And to answer the age-old question, yes – you’re ready for some football! More than likely, you’ll be doing a little tailgating. Follow these simple tips and tricks to host a stress free, fun tailgating party:

1. Create a checklist. Whether your tailgate is big or small, making a checklist will help you ensure you have all the necessities. Make sure to include the following:

  • Grill, propane or charcoal,  lighter fluid and either matches or lighter
  • Oven Mitts
  • Carving knives, tongs and serving/eating utensils
  • Plastic wrap-foil, paper towels, and disposable plates and cups
  • Coolers and ice
  • Trash bags
  • Table and chairs

2. Don’t forget the portable generator. If you’re planning to bring along a slow cooker to keep the items warm, a heater on those cold days or even a radio to play some tunes, make sure you bring along a portable generator or inverter to provide the electricity.  You will be the envy of your neighbors!

3. Prepare travel-friendly food. When planning your tailgating menu, think about how food will travel. There’s a great list of grill recipes from

4. Location, location, location. When at all possible, choose a location close to the stadium that allows you to tailgate right up to game time or park conveniently near a bathroom.  Either way, make sure you have plenty of room for what you have planned.

5. Timing is everything. Arrive at your tailgate destination about 3 to 4 hours before the game to set up.  Not only will you have plenty of time to cook and enjoy food, but you can still play games and spend time with friends. Make sure you leave enough time to breakdown tables, chairs, the grill and other equipment.

6. Games. Speaking of games, check out this monster list of the 30 best tailgating games, provided by Tailgating Party Site!