Football season is upon us, and I for one am very excited. This is the one part of the season where every team is tied and I can dream of the Super Bowl. This year I have season tickets for my beloved Browns. I’m so excited to go to every game and of course tailgate. Of course I always forget something important for the tailgating experience. So I’ve decided to make a helpful checklist for your convenience. (I’m not going to mention your tickets, ID, or money.)
- Entertainment – This is key aspect for your tailgate. I would recommend bringing a cornhole set or a football. These games will keep you near your tailgate base. You don’t want to miss food or the latest and greatest joke. Don't forget our Football Theme Party Games.
- Radio – Turn the radio on and put on the pre-game show. It’s always good to be informed of what’s going on with your team, and who you can expect to see. Especially useful if you’re playing a team you know nothing about.
- Chairs and a table – You’re going to have food, and you’re going to eat said food. Therefore you need a table to put the food on, for easy access. And you need a table to sit in to eat the food. It’s also the worst when you’re the only person who doesn’t have a chair so you end of hovering. That’s no good.
- Cold Weather Gear – We’re from Cleveland and the brightest warmest morning can change really quickly. You should keep an extra hat and gloves and jacket in your car just in case. What would you prefer: sitting in the rain with a jersey on? OR your jacket and gloves resting in your trunk? Trust me, pack the extra gear. You don’t have to bring it out until the weather changes.
- Bottle opener or Wine Opener – How many times have you gone down to a tailgate and forgotten your beer bottle opener? Too many to count, right? It’s terrible. Make sure you pack it because you’ll enjoy your tailgate and you could possibly make someone’s day.
- Napkins, Paper Towels, Wet Naps – You’re going to get messy when you eat, it’s a guarantee. And nobody wants to have their hands dirty for the entire game, it’s just a hassle. This is also necessary if you brought a football or cornhole, nobody wants to touch a football covered in bbq sauce.
- Be courteous – Ok this isn’t really something to bring, however it’s important to remember. Clean up after yourself. Watch your language around the little ones. These are all simple reminders which will help everyone’s enjoyment of the tailgate.
Is there anything you absolutely must have that we left off? Leave a note in the comments section. Game on!