Tailgating is an American tradition that everyone can enjoy. You can have some stellar food, spend time with friends, and cheer on your favorite team. We’ve put together a list of tips for tailgating to help you make the most of your experience. In addition to a quality vehicle, there are some important things to keep in mind before you head to the game.
According to Buzz Feed, one of the most important things is preparation. You should plan to arrive four hours early and eat two hours before the game. Although this might sound excessive, you’ll need plenty of time to set up and tear down. Most importantly, tailgating can go wrong if everyone is rushing around to avoid missing the game. Give yourself plenty of time.
When it comes to food, bring as much prepared food as possible. It’s a good idea to get a food thermometer if you don’t already have one to keep track of internal temps. If you have meat or other food that spoils easily, be sure to put it on ice. Also, be sure to label food items and drinks. Show which are vegetarian/vegan friendly, which might affect allergies, and which drinks have alcohol.
Be friendly and enjoy the game. No one likes to see fighting and bickering over a game—be respectful. Make friends with your neighbors, and—most importantly—have fun! Tailgating doesn’t have to be perfect—remember to relax and enjoy the game.