Tailgating Essentials, Hacks, Food, Ideas & More

Football season is right around the corner, so I have put together list ideas for tailgating essentials, hacks, food, ideas and so much more for you to prepare for this season’s tailgate parties.

I have put together lists for tailgating essentials, hacks, food, ideas and so much more for you to prepare for this seasons tailgate parties.

Being prepared for football season and a tailgating event really does make your get together go so much nicer. You don’t want to forget anything or realize you don’t have something when you get there. If you have a group who helps you with your party, assign tasks, roles, and contributions ahead of time. Also, check stadium tailgating policies if this is your first time going to a stadium.

I have put together lists for tailgating essentials, hacks, food, ideas and so much more for you to prepare for this seasons tailgate parties.

Tailgating Hacks

I have put together lists for tailgating essentials, hacks, food, ideas and so much more for you to prepare for this seasons tailgate parties.

Tailgating in Style

I have put together lists for tailgating essentials, hacks, food, ideas and so much more for you to prepare for this seasons tailgate parties.

Tailgating Food

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Tailgating Must-Have Essentials

Cooking – Portable Grills, smokers, smoking wood planksfryers – line your grill with foil for easy cleanup. Extra LP Gas or charcoal for your grills and smokers. Slow cookers are great for keeping food warm and for storage.

Grilling accessories – utensils, mitts, aprons, wireless meat thermometer, and a metal bucket with a lid to put used hot charcoal coals in.

Tables, chairs, and canopies – Small folding tables for food prep and larger folding tables for guests with folding chairs and don’t forget Canopies to cover it all.

Washable or waterproof tablecloths – great for when the weather may be bad and you need something to drape over items

Several coolers – Separate ones for the adults and kids drinks and coolers for food you will be grilling

Extra Ice – stack your cans on the bottom of the coolers and then lay ice on top to fill in spaces. Food should be packed on top. Frozen bottles of water make spare ice or use ice substitutes.

Plastic Milk Crates or 5-gallon Plastic Buckets– Perfect to carry non-perishable items in

Beverages, bottled water, bottle openers, and plastic team cups – set up a beverage table with galvanized tubs of different beverages with your bottle openers tied to the handles. Glass dispensers can hold water, tea, etc. The tubs make great storage to and from the game.

Prepared food – The night before marinade meat in plastic bags, form hamburger patties and stack between wax paper, precut all the burger fixings, condiments in easy to use containers and veggies washed, prepared and stored in plastic bags or bins. Think of making finger foods to keep from having to supply utensils to eat with.

ServingPlates and napkins, wooden utensils (if needed, large slotted serving spoonsfootball-shaped serving dishes, serving trays on ice, So many serving items come in your team’s colors to choose from.

Plastic containers and bags – Have extras for leftovers

Signs – Let everyone know about your party or to list what you are serving.

Trashbags and/or trashcans – Set up a cleaning station with detergent, extra water, rags, wet wipes, wash bin, and paper towels. Check ahead where to dispose of your used coals and other trash.

Comfy Needs – Blankets, throws, and hand warmers, Sunblock and bug repellent

EntertainmentTailgate games, outdoor speakers, radio, projector and screen, and extension cords

EmergencyPortable Phone chargers, First Aid Kit, Small extinguisher, and Flashlights

I hope this list will get you started on what to bring to your next tailgate party!!

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Enjoy,

Tammy

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22 Comments

  1. Who doesn’t love a good tailgating party. They are really big around where we live. Guessing there are some new items we might need and enjoy. Always looking for new recipes to try out.

  2. My family loves football season and I’ve hosted my fair share of football parties. It’s always fun to get new ideas, hacks, and recipes – so many great ideas.

  3. Tailgating is so much fun. You get to hang out with your friends watch some football and enjoy some delicious food. You have some great ideas here.

  4. I’m not into football, but I love tailgating season because of all the fun recipes that everyone comes up with. You can find the best snacks at tailgating parties!

  5. So excited for fall and football to be back. There is just something fun about spending your weekends enjoying the games while indulging in some tasty treats.

  6. I’m so excited for tailgating season, mostly for the food! We definitely use the heck out of our canopy, since the sun is still really hot here during tailgating.

  7. We are total football fanatics and so excited a new season is almost upon us. I can not wait to tailgate while incorporating a few of your awesome ideas!

  8. this is one handy dandy list. If only I was tailgating but alas no one I know is into sports anymore!!

  9. My husband would love all of these things! These are perfect items for fall ball season!

  10. I love tailgating parties! They’re a great way to get together with friends and family while enjoying a good game. This post is definitely worth taking note of!

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