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Top 10 Tailgating Tips to Get You Through the Football Season

September 18, 2018

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.

1. Planning

to do list by wuestenigel, on Flickr
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

The Grove, University of Mississippi (Ol by Ken Lund, on Flickr
The Grove, University of Mississippi (Ol” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Ken Lund

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.

3. Shopping

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grand openi by City of Marietta, GA, on Flickr
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grand openi” (CC BY 2.0) by City of Marietta, GA

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

IMG_9412 by switz1873, on Flickr
IMG_9412” (CC BY 2.0) by switz1873

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 by Mr Moss, on Flickr
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 by Rick McCharles, on Flickr
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.

7. Entertainment

Cornhole by fabiencambi, on Flickr
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

iPhone 5c with pink charger by wuestenigel, on Flickr
iPhone 5c with pink charger” (CC BY 2.0) by wuestenigel

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 by hectorir, on Flickr
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

Recycle bins by vastateparksstaff, on Flickr
Recycle bins” (CC BY 2.0) by vastateparksstaff

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.

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