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The Ultimate Tailgate List

It’s time to leave for the game. Have we packed everything? Here’s a list to help you answer that question.

What to Eat

  • Main Course: Steaks. Chicken, Roast Beef, Turkey Breast, or Ham. Don’t limit yourself to just one.
  • Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Sausages (Pork, Bratwurst, Italian)
  • Bacon – it goes good with everything
  • Salt, Pepper and favorite seasonings
  • Lettuce-Cheese-Tomatoes-Onions-Pickles
  • Appetizers – Grilled Oysters, Corn on the Cob, Sliders
  • Eggs if you’re starting really early.
  • Deli Meat in a tray (good appetizer)
  • Crackers
  • Vegies (if you must)
  • Salads – Potato, Macaroni, Coleslaw, Green
  • Dressing
  • Hot dog-Hamburger buns
  • Bread-Sandwich Rolls
  • Ketchup-Barbecue Sauce-Mayonnaise-Butter-Mustard-Relish-Horseradish-Hot Sauce
  • Chips, Pretzels, Tortilla Chips and Salsa, Nacho Cheese, Guac, and multiple containers of dip
  • Chili for Chili Dogs and Burgers
  • Baked Beans
  • Sweet Peppers-Hot Peppers
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dessert – Cookies, Cake, Pie, Candy

 

Stuff To Wash All That Good Food Down

  • Adult Beverages of Choice (This Means Alcohol)
  • Margarita Mix
  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Coffee, and Creamer and Sugar
  • Iced Tea or Lemonade in a dispenser
  • Juice
  • Bottled Water
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Sodas
  • Jello shots -preferably in team colors
  • Ice in stay clean cooler

 

The Hardware

  • Portable grill
  • Propane gas or charcoal
  • Matches or lighter
  • Grilling utensils
  • Grill Scraper
  • Grill Spray or Oil
  • Oven mitts, potholders
  • Apron
  • Spatulas
  • Tongs
  • Pots or pans for chili or beans
  • Can and bottle openers and corkscrew
  • Spray bottle of water to cool down flare-ups or people
  • Hot coals bucket
  • Wooden skewers
  • Basting brush and pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Thermometers
  • Serving utensils
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins and wet naps
  • Plastic zip bags
  • Hand sanitizer and toilet paper
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Multiple coolers with plenty of ice
  • Disposable tablecloths
  • Cupcake liners to cover drinks
  • Can and bottle size cozies
  • Plastic containers for leftovers
  • Plate screens to keep bugs of your masterpieces
  • Large garbage bags
  • Toothpicks

 

The Campsite

  • Canopy or picnic tent
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding tables
  • Generator and electric fan
  • School or state flag
  • Flag pole
  • Empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.
  • Binder clips (You never know what you’ll need to hold together)
  • Bungee cords (good for paper towels)
  • Helium balloon on a long string (Helps people find you)
  • Decorations
  • Portable fire bowl & firewood
  • Team banner of blanket to create extra shade

 

Entertainment and Comfort Items

  • Tickets to the game (Put in vehicle the night before, if practical.)
  • Radio or Bluetooth speakers
  • TV
  • Satellite Dish
  • Sunglasses
  • Cell phone
  • Binoculars
  • Hat/beanie
  • Chalkboard/chalk
  • Heater
  • Stadium pillows/backrests
  • Temporary tattoos, beads, necklaces, bandanas pom-poms, wigs, face paint. All in your team colors.
  • Official tailgating playlist
  • Statistics to back up armchair quarter-backing and second-guessing the coach
  • Football
  • Junior-size football—for those who are less gifted, yet highly enthusiastic
  • Toys for kids
  • Beanbag game
  • Playing cards
  • Newspapers-Books-Magazines
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Big Foam Hand
  • Pom-Poms
  • Pennant

 

Just in Case Items

  • Ponchos
  • Umbrellas
  • Lucky T-shirt
  • Bug spray
  • Jumper cables
  • Mini flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Visine
  • Tissue
  • Sharpie
  • Masking tape
  • Blankets for cold or rain
  • Antacid
  • Cowboy boots

 

Special Operations

If you have time and circumstances permit, try these things.

  • Skewer kabobs the night before. Saves time.
  • Freeze water bottles to take the place of ice in coolers.
  • Use six pack holders to carry condiments.
  • Marinate the night before. (Not you, the meat.)
  • Consider wind direction when positioning your grill. Consider movement of the sun in positioning canopy.
  • Prepare and pack burger patties and toppings in advance (cut onions, tomatoes, lettuce and pack in a container.)
  • For ultimate relaxation, arrive at least 6 hours before the game. Start eating at least four hours before the game.
  • Convert the back of your car/truck into a fully-stocked bar by building a set of shelves which will fit into the opening.
  • Designated parking spot sitter: If allowed by the venue, send a person to arrive at the tailgate spot up to 24 hours in advance to secure the preferred position.

Have I left anything out? Add it to the comments.

 

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