Tailgating is a favorite among American sports fans, and just about anyone can do it. Drive to the game, park in the lot, cook up some food, right? Sure, but to do it well, you might want to follow these tips from the experts:
- Arrive several hours early, so you have time to cook, eat and clean up before the game starts.
- If using coals, be sure to allow enough time for them to cool. Dump hot coals in a metal bucket or hot coal bin offered at the stadium. You can also place hot coals in an aluminum tin with small holes poked in the bottom, then douse with leftover ice and water from the coolers. Or avoid hot coals altogether with a portable gas grill.
- Bring an extra lidded bin to hold all used utensils for transporting home to wash.
- Tie a bundle of helium balloons to your car so friends can easily find you. Get them cheap at the dollar store. Dispose of them later by properly popping each balloon with a pin or scissors and placing them in a trash receptacle.
- Attach small magnets to your drink cozies so you can stick your drink to your car when you need an extra hand. Test magnets first to make sure they’re strong enough to hold a full can or bottle.
- Use upside down cupcake liners with a straw poked through the center to make a lid and keep insects out of your drink.
- Consider tailgating after the game to keep the party going and avoid post-game traffic.
- Use a pop-up hamper lined with a trash bag for a makeshift space-saving garbage can.
- Toss fresh sage or rosemary on the coals to act as natural insect repellent.
- Don’t forget your tickets!
Hopefully now that you’ve heard all the tailgating advice from the experts, you’re ready to throw a game day party of your own. Go team!