The summer may be over but that only means one thing; tailgating season is here! Whether you’re a die-hard football fan, or just tagging along for the food and beers, tailgating is a great way to enjoy the game while spending quality time with family and friends!
Football fans are notorious for throwing big tailgating celebrations in stadium parking lots before kickoff. Some fans choose to stick to the basics with hamburgers, hotdogs, and lawn chairs, while others may go all the way with catered menus, extra long folding tables, and fancy grills.
To help you get the most out of your tailgating experience, we’ve compiled a list of some friendly tips to get your party going the right way. Even if you're not one of those people who will spend every weekend from now until winter showing off your team pride in a parking lot with finger foods, these tips will help you ensure even that nothing goes awry while you celebrate.
1. Choose Your Grill Wisely. while your huge gas grill with all the bells and whistles may be a hit at all the cookouts and barbecues, for tailgating purposes you may want to consider something lighter, and less dangerous. Remember, you’ll be in a crowded parking lot with lots of other tailgating parties; no one wants to interrupt game day with a barrage of fire trucks and ambulances.
2. Go Disposable. Nowadays environmental awareness is at an all time high and while that is great in everyday situations to reduce waste, it’s not exactly ideal when you think of tailgating. Whether you plan to head inside the field at game time or not, the last thing you want is a long and lengthy clean up period. Plastic forks, plates, and cups allow you to simply keep all your trash organized so at the end of the night, you have fewer dishes to haul home with you. Don’t forget to recycle!
3. Be Respectful. Remember, even though your outdoors, you still have to share space and be respectful of the other tailgating parties out there. Abstain from any vulgar or rude comments about the opposing team, especially if there are children present. Watch your alcohol intake, being a drunken, rowdy fan is never fun to be around, and try to keep your area clean and mess to a minimum.
4. Bring a First-Aid Kit. Booze, fires, and parking lots? Accidents happen all the time, and the last place you want to be unprepared for one is at a tailgating party. Bringing a first aid, lot’s of water, burn ointment will allow you to attend to any minor maladies on sight instead of wasting time and energy looking for EMTs or worse, having to leave the tailgate.
Like any other social gathering, tailgating is what you make it. Have fun, cheer on your team, and create a memorable experience for your friends and family by following the advice above. For more great car and life related tips, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!