Top 10 Tailgating Tips to Get You Through the Football Season
College football is back, and so is tailgating for the big game on Saturdays. Whether your spread comes with a table full of food, cornhole boards, or rows of tents, tailgating is the thing to do before kickoff. Check out several tailgating tips to help get you ready for gameday.
“to do list” (CC BY 2.0) by wuestenigel
Planning your tailgate is one of the most important parts of gameday. Where are you parking? What are you bringing? When are you getting there? These are some of the big questions that need to be answered. Make sure you are organized, and the rest should be easy.
2. Find the Perfect Spot
Finding the perfect spot to tailgate is its own challenge. As popular as tailgating is in the South, it’s important for you to get an early start, find a good spot, and be respectful of fellow tailgaters close by.
After you’ve made your list of items for your tailgate, it’s time to go shopping. After you’ve picked everything up, make sure to check the list again. If you have people chipping in on the food, they can pay you back with Zelle® through the Renasant mobile banking app. Click here to learn more.
4. Decorating Your Tailgate
After dropping off the supplies for your tailgate, it’s time to set it up. Team colors, banners, flags, and pom poms are just a few ways to accent the delicious spread you just set up.
5. Don’t Forget Your Chair
“Lawn Chairs” (CC BY 2.0) by Mr Moss
We’ve all done it before. As soon as you set your tailgate up, you realize that one thing is missing…your chair. Tailgating makes for a long day, and that makes the chair really important.
6. Bring a First Aid Kit
“first aid kit” (CC BY 2.0) by Rick McCharles
Some version of a first aid kit should be at every tailgate. You never know when you may need it, but if something happens, you’ll have it.
“Cornhole” (CC BY 2.0) by fabiencambi
Tailgating is a marathon, not a sprint. Bring a football, the cornhole boards, and even a TV to watch other games. If napping is your form of entertainment, have at it.
8. Bring Plenty of Chargers
Between streaming music and posting your tailgate on Instagram and Snapchat, your phone may start to run low on charge. Throw a portable phone charger in with your stuff the night before for a little extra juice before kickoff.
9. Don’t Forget Your Tickets
“The First Ticket” (CC BY 2.0) by hectorir
It would be a shame if you made it all the way to the gate, and didn’t have tickets to get into the game. Double check and triple check the location of your tickets before going anywhere.
10. Clean Up
When you’re done tailgating, make sure to clean up your area. Throw away all of your trash, and leave your area cleaner than it was before you got there.