8 Simple ways to maximize your tailgating fun.
There are so many things to love about a tailgate. The smell of the grill. The refreshing flavor of a cold beer. The anticipation of the game. Quality time with your friends and family. Some of life’s simplest pleasures.
There is very little that rivals the experience of tailgating before a game. Here is a quick guide on how to make the most of your tailgating experience.
1. Find out how you can contribute. Reach out to the organizers or whoever invited you and see if you can bring something or donate a few bucks to whoever bought stuff. Tailgates are a community event and they work best when everybody helps out.
2. Show up early. It doesn’t matter if you know everybody or if you are meeting people for the first time, showing up early is a good idea. You have the leisure of picking a stop to set up your gear and you get to meet and greet people as they arrive.
3. Bring a buddy. Nothing contributes more to a tailgate than the people that are there. The more the merrier definitely applies, so make sure to bring somebody along and try to make new friends while you are there.
4. Get involved in the activities. Beer pong, cornhole, ladders, any of the games out there are supposed to be a way to meet new people and to have fun, so take advantage of it and make the most of it.
5. Wear protection (no, not that kind). Sunscreen and insect repellent are necessities when outdoors. Nothing makes you regret tailgating as much as a terrible sunburn or itching for days afterward. This is not the type of sunscreen we are talking about. Although, this is a great invention. Click on the picture for more info.
6. Drink responsibly! Cold beer is a staple of tailgating, but we have all seen what happens when it goes too far. Try to keep track of how much you drink – the day is far less fun when you are blacked out under your folding chair. Also make sure that you have a plan for getting home if you’re not going to be sober by the time things are wrapping up.
7. The best way to help with that is to make sure to eat something while you are there. It is easy to overlook while you are busy having fun, but it could well be the most important thing you do all day. It slows down the alcohol uptake, so you can stay standing for longer. Grabbing a bottle of water to sip on also helps.
8. Finally, this isn’t a cook-out, it’s a tailgate! You’re here to watch a game, so keep track of the time and be ready to pack up when it’s time to head into the stadium!
Hopefully this is a useful guide for you, whether you have been tailgating your whole life, or if you’re going to one for the first time. Can’t wait to see you out there.