So, it’s Saturday morning. Do you know where your tailgate is? With football season in full swing, tailgates abound - and having a game plan for your game day will set you up for the ultimate tailgate.
Here, we separate the ultimate tailgate checklist into two categories: college students and grown-ass adults. No matter what category you fall into, we think you’ll appreciate having an official checklist to guide your game day decisions.
First up, the grown-ass adults:
- If you’re visiting your alma mater for the weekend or if you live in a college town, a game day is always better when you figure out your tailgate spot ahead of time. Yes, it’s painful to get your friends on the same page and agree on a spot, but it’ll make all the difference when you wake up at 7 am ready to go. What are your school’s classic spots? Golf courses, tennis courts, vacant lots? Figure it out, call them up, and reserve a spot a few weeks (or months, if you’re into that) ahead of time.
- Figure out who is bringing what booze or how you’re splitting that up. Going in on a keg? Get it ordered, send out your Venmo requests, and you’re set. Maybe enforce a two-pack entry fee for the tailgate if that’s more your speed. Either way, just like on the field, communication is key.
- Kick-off time is important. Since TV networks determine kick-off times, you’ve gotta pay attention to updates. If it’s a noon game, your tailgate will be greatly enriched by a Bloody Mary bar, coffee + Bailey’s, and greasy breakfast meats. If it’s a later start, keep something non-alcoholic on hand to avoid dreaded tailgate fatigue.
On the subject of food, “more” is always a great idea. If it’s a noon game, your tailgate better be rolling by 9 am. Some food ideas for early games:
- Trays of breakfast sausage - get some sausage links prepped and cooked the night before, drop them in an aluminum pan, and heat the pan up in the morning. Voila, hot sausages by the time the first beer is cracked.
- Carbs, carbs, carbs. Grab some trays of donuts the morning of and pick up some croissants or rolls the night before. Open up the packages, and you’re ready to roll!
- Potatoes. Assign someone the holy task of making cheesy potatoes - and accurately convey to them the importance of this task.
- Something...sort of healthy? Bring along some chopped-up fruit so you can pretend that your day-drinking has been cancelled out.
For a later start, these staples will never let you down:
- Get yourself a pop-up camp grill and just keep brats rolling on it all. day. long. Don’t forget buns, mustard, ketchup, and whatever weird stuff goes on brats where you come from.
- Snacks, snacks, snacks. Keep your chip, pretzel, cheese cube, and cracker game STRONG. This is what will sustain your crew from first beer to final shotgun.
- Some kind of potato-based food, like the aforementioned cheesy potatoes.
- You’ll need to refuel, and sometimes, sugar is the backup QB that comes through in a pinch. Grab some trays of cookies and brownies for that last-minute lift.
- Whether your game starts early or late, coffee and Bailey’s is never a bad idea. Tailgating takes a toll on the body; sometimes coffee is what separates you from going all day long and taking a nap behind someone’s pickup. Don’t be that guy.
Get your gear in order. If it’s been a while since you’ve been back to campus, check out your gear, and maybe grab some fresh stuff. And if you’re looking for the ultimate tailgating gear, you have to check out our Tailgater Pro. It’s got all the gear you need for game day - we’re talking built-in koozie, bottle opener, stealth pocket, and TechChamber to keep your Juul safe and your vapor of choice within reach. Plus, all of our gear is customizable - if you’ve got a big crew reunion, why not commemorate it with something they’ll actually use?
Day-of “please don’t forget this shit” checklist:
- Credit/debit card
- Your colors!
- Sunscreen if you need it
- A change of clothes (you never know what will go down)
- Rain gear if it’s looking threatening
- Layers for those chilly fall games (we know something that can help).
- Water bottle
- Cell phone
- Way to charge aforementioned cell phone
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to the ultimate tailgate.
Now, for the college kids. Your list is shorter. Like, a lot shorter. It’s mostly about survival, but trust us: all the grown-ass adults are vaguely jealous of you and, even though they might seem like they have their shit together, they would much rather be doing what you’re doing. We digress. Here’s YOUR ultimate tailgate checklist:
- Step one: Set an alarm. It’s painful, we know you went out last night, but set a damn alarm. Don’t be that friend who sleeps through the 7am tailgate start. Noon kick-offs suck sometimes, but if you show up, you won’t regret it.
- Step two: Get your gear in order. Suit up with your team’s colors, and if it’s chilly, layer up with a hoodie (preferably one that also has a koozie, bottle opener, and integrated vape tech). Plan ahead for a long day - and don’t wear shoes that make you miserable.
- Step three: figure out your food game. You’re going to be putting your body through a lot today - get something with protein and carbs, like a bagel sandwich. Something you can eat on the way to the tailgate is ideal.
- Step four: If you’re hungover from the night before, get out in front of it. QUICKLY. Now is the time to find the bloody mary bar or get some coffee and Bailey’s in you.
- Step five: find your tailgate. This is the easiest part of the day for you, since you either wake up where the party is happening or you walk two feet and find one. Done.
- Lastly: Go crazy, but for the love of God, drink some water. You don’t want to pass out before kickoff.
See? We told you your list was shorter. Now get out there and make us proud.
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