Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s story and getting me ready for tailgating.
My sister and her friends are what I would call tailgating pros. For several seasons, they had season tickets to all of the home games and parking passes to start tailgating way before the game. Since it’s been a while since I’ve done anything “tailgate-y” I thought I’d ask what her essentials are and add some I think she should bring next time.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, guacamole, cheese dip (Velvetta and Rotel, or Velvetta and no bean chili), chips, veggies, hummus. Basically, you are there all day from way before the game to way after the game. So make sure you have enough food to keep you sustained (especially if you are also having drinks.) Don’t forget your grill so you can cook your food and your condiments for your burgers and dogs. It’s all about the meat!
Bring all the drinks. It’s HOT and you need to stay hydrated. You’ll water, beer, electrolyte drinks, OJ + champagne, a full bloody mary bar, soda, juice.
There are a lot of people and there is a lot of fun to be had. They would bring a generator to power much of their entertainment. They even had a TV in the back of the truck to catch the pre-game shows. Also, a bluetooth speaker is a plus for all of your jams. Corn hole is a great game you can pack up easily and play with friends. If you are tailgating on grass, horse shoes would work, too.
Parking lots are brutally hot. Bring a tent, or two, or three and make sure you have chairs to sit under them. Not get dehydrated during your day of fun. Don’t forget hats and sunscreen, too. You want to enjoy the game, not have a painful sunburn.
What would you add to the list for your tailgating essentials?