Some of my greatest memories are from tailgating with friends and family over the years. Fall, my favorite time of year is one of the most awesome times to spend time grilling, playing games and hanging out enjoying good conversation. There are a variety of events to tailgate at such as concerts and baseball games.
However, football tailgating is extra popular! Sporting your favorite football attire, painting your face your teams’ colors and even color coordinating some food choices are some of the favorite things to do!
Below are tips on how to have a truly awesome tailgating experience.
- Pack and prepare thoroughly! When you tailgate, it’s similar to camping. You need to have the mindset that you must think of everything to take because once you get to your spot and set up, you don’t want to leave. Will you be grilling out or doing more finger foods? Will you want to throw the football, play Frisbee or perhaps the popular corn-hole game? How many chairs do you need? Think of things such as garbage bags, plates and utensils. How about packing a canopy? Here is a helpful list to help you prepare for tailgating.
- Leave in plenty of time. – Proper prepping for a great tailgating party takes time. Therefore, don’t you want to have plenty of time to enjoy? A good rule of thumb is to allow at least 3 to 4 hours before the game so you can set up, cook and enjoy hours of fun. That does not consider how long it takes to get to the game. Also, remember to anticipate traffic. Allow yourself enough time to enjoy a great time tailgating.
- Find a great place to tailgate. – Picking a proper place to tailgate is probably on the very top of my list! I always like to make sure I get there in plenty of time to get one of the best spots. It is nice to be near a grassy area where you can sit out and possibly have shade if it is hot. Also, a grassy area is especially nice if you have kids. I like to get in a corner area that is more private. Honestly, you never know who can pull up beside you when tailgating!
- Do your research! – Does the area that you are thinking of tailgating cost money? Be prepared for that. Do they have rules such as no alcohol or grills? These are things to research before you get there and may not be prepared.
- Clean up after yourself! – Leave plenty of time for cleanup! Many people like to tailgate after a game too. It’s nice to do that while everyone else is sitting in traffic! Make certain you brought trash bags and all other necessary items for proper clean up. Don’t leave the place a pig sty. It was your party and your mess so clean it up!
There are many cars that are suitable for tailgating. The ever so popular SUV’s and trucks are generally a top pick for many. Edmunds.com has a fantastic list of the top 10 coolest vehicles to use while tailgating. Did you know the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country Mini Van was a top pick? Also the Dodge Ram 1500 and, cough, the Ford F 150.
Stop by Sedalia’s Bryant Motors today to let us help you pick out a perfect tailgating vehicle for the final Mizzou game against the Razorbacks, or any type of event!