Tailgating is one of the most important parts of game day- but what makes the perfect tailgate? Find out how grilling out before the game and spending time with friends and family can make your afternoon even more memorable. But, in order to get the most of your tailgating experience, you need to be prepared for the big day and know exactly what to expect. In order to get the full enjoyment out of tailgating, you need to make sure you leave yourself enough time before the game. You'll probably need to show up about 3 to 4 hours before the game to set up. That should give you plenty of time to cook the food, play some games and just hang out with your friends. Don't forget to factor in some time to break everything down once you're done. For those die-hard tailgaters, there's always the option of coming back to the parking lot once the game is over to do some additional tailgating. This will make your tailgate stand out more than any other one in the lot. This might save you some frustrating time in post-game traffic and give you the chance to celebrate a great victory.
This is an obvious tip, so let's take a look at what planning ahead for a tailgating party really means. Of course, if you're in charge of cooking you'll need to bring the food and the grill and maybe even the drinks. But what about the utensils, plates, cups, garbage bags and so on? Try to think of everything you’re going to be doing when you're tailgating and make a list of everything you'll need. Once you've parked and started your tailgate party, you most likely won't be able to leave the lot to pick up anything you might have forgotten. Try to think of things that you'd need at home, and then bring them along. For some locations, this may mean planning ahead for crazy weather situations, like thunderstorms or even typical issues like using the bathroom. In fact, if there are no bathrooms available, it may even be necessary to rent a port-o-potty to make the afternoon a little more comfortable for everyone. Whatever you do, don't leave trash, food or bottles lying around when you're done. It's in everyone's best interest to keep the place nice and neat so you'll have a premium spot to tailgate throughout the rest of the season.
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