Being an avid sports fan, it’s safe to say that I’ve done my fair share of tailgating. There are a few general points to remember ensuring you have the best possible experience no matter what your sporting event. Here is a list of things to remember gathered from various places around the web with a few of my own tips learned by experience.
There is nothing worse than running out of food at a tailgate, except for running out of beer. It is worth the extra money to have too much food; you can bring extra food home, but you can’t eat what’s not there. This is true at least ten times over for beer.
Make a list of what you need to bring; this will ensure nothing is left at home. Put your game tickets on the list too.
Bring your food in zip-lock bags whenever possible. This way you can just throw the bags out, instead of trying to clean a bunch of Tupperware containers. When you need a pan, invest in a tinfoil pan that can be thrown away afterwards instead of cleaned.
Buy good rolls for your food; nothing can ruin great burgers, chicken, or brats like a bad roll. Spend a few extra cents on good rolls.
Bring chairs. Rookie tailgaters never have them.
Choose a parking lot that has a view of the stadium if on-site parking is not available. A tailgate that is not within site of the stadium just doesn’t feel right.
Choose a parking lot (and space) that allows you to interact with other tailgaters. If you’re going to tailgate alone, just drink beer in your driveway at home instead.
Bring water; you will need it to put out the fire, combat dehydration, and it comes in handy for general cleanup too. Not bringing water is another rookie mistake.
Always double check that you have backup propane cylinders or extra charcoal depending on how you’re grilling. I’ve run out of propane with raw burgers on the grill. It’s never fun to go to the game hungry.
Wear team colors and fly team flags. Show a little team spirit!!
Things that are needed but are often forgotten:
Paper towels/napkins/wet naps
A good kitchen knife (but don’t bring it into the stadium!)
Bottle opener/can opener
Matches (just in case that lighter runs out of fuel)
Have fun and I’ll see you in Gold lot!