Ultimate Tailgating Checklist
|Essential Tailgating Setup|
|Tent or canopy||Folding chairs for each guest|
|Beverage cooler||Folding tables for eating, cooking, etc.|
|Food cooler||Table clothes in your team color|
|Ice||Canopy weights (for gusts of wind)|
|Cooking + Grilling|
|Grill||Rolling utility cart (for your cooking setup)|
|Grilling tools & accessories||Lighter & lighter fluid|
|Grill fuel (propane & charcoal are most popular)|
|Eating + Dining|
|Food, appetizers, & snacks||(Sturdy) Disposable cutlery|
|Beverages for everyone attending||Disposable cups|
|Plenty of napkins & paper towels||(Sturdy) Disposable plates|
|(Sturdy) Serving utensils/tools||Condiments & spices|
|Tailgate games (we recommend having at least 3)||Football or frisbee|
|Portable speaker||Playing cards|
|Television to watch the game||Tailgating generator|
|Weather Gear + Safety|
|Fans (for hot game days)||Extra canopy or tent (for extra space if needed)|
|Ponchos (for rainy game days)||Mesh net for food (to guard against bugs)|
|Cold Weather Gear|
|Blankets||Team hoodies or sweatshirts|
|Hand warmers||Portable heaters|
|First aid kit||Bungee cords (for mounting and security)|
|Clean Up + Extras|
|Large trash bags||Sunscreen|
|Wet wipes||Food containers|
|Sharpie (for labeling drinks and food items)||Bug repellent|
Let’s be honest, a tailgate is nothing without some delicious food to eat alongside it! You don’t want to be stressed about having to prep and cook all your food at your party. We recommend preparing your food the night before or the morning of to get the most out of your day:
Don’t forget to pack various cooking utensils to cook and enjoy a tasty meal, including tongs, a grill fork, serving utensils, an oven mitt, and napkins. You can keep a supply of these items in a small plastic storage tub so you’ll always have them ready to break out at the tailgate.
No tailgate is complete without some tailgate games and some music. After you’ve enjoyed some tasty food and had a few drinks, bust out the games and tunes to pump up the party! Academy offers a wide variety of games to choose from so you’ll find one perfect for your family and friends. You can even get games that are personalized with your team’s details. That way, everyone knows who you root for.
Plan to also bring along a portable speaker so you can listen to your pre-game playlist and get everyone excited for the game. Playing cards, frisbee, and football are more popular ideas for entertainment at the party.
Q: How do you make a tailgate fun?
The best way to have fun tailgating is to have a variety of things to do, including cooking and eating, drinking, playing a lawn game, setting up a photo booth, or watching the pregame show on a portable TV. You should also have a way to play music and plenty of team gear to show your pride.
Q: How do you set up a good tailgate?
A good tailgating setup all comes down to the supplies you bring because if you don’t have the right supplies you won’t have everything you need to enjoy it. By using our tailgating checklist above, you can make sure to bring all the essentials to set up an amazing tailgating experience.
Q: What should you not do at a tailgate?
Tailgates are a place to have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of sports, so it’s necessary to act civilized and respectful of everyone around you. Many tailgating parties involve drinking, but make sure people pace themselves so it doesn’t get out of control. You may sometimes have fans of opposing teams near your setup. Everyone should act respectfully and leave the competition on the football field.
Q: What are the best foods to bring to a tailgate?
Some of the most popular foods to enjoy at a party are finger foods that are easy to transport and eat, including dips and chips, veggie trays, sandwiches, and pizza. If you have a portable grill that you’re bringing, some common choices are burgers and hot dogs, but make sure you bring along buns and condiments. Chicken wings and nachos are also popular choices.