Tailgating a college football game is a rite of passage for all university students. Even if your team isn’t a D1 school that doesn’t mean your university doesn’t take tailgating seriously! Some of the best memories are made at a tailgate, and with everyone in high spirits and full of pride, you’d be silly to miss it. But not coming prepared for the fun is a game-breaker! Plan right and in advance by making sure your car or bag is packed with these ten essential items for tailgating.
1. Spirit Wear
If you’re heading to the game, you’d better look like you know which team you’re rooting for! If you can’t afford the full on jersey, grab a cute fitted t-shirt and accessorize with face paint, hair bows, foam fingers, and more. Just don’t be caught dead wearing the other team’s colors! Visit the OCM college gear shop to score your team’s wear!
2. Team Blankets
Rain or shine, cold or hot — football is played in just about every climate across the United States. Bring a team blanket to add to the spirit, cover up on chilly days, protect yourself from the rain or snow, or utilize as a cushion to an uncomfortable seat. You can even drape the team blanket over your vehicle as a way to add some pride to your tailgating space.
3. Tasty Food
The key to doing tailgating food right is that it has to be portable. This usually leaves you with burgers and hot dogs, but you can take your tailgating to the next level by thinking outside of the box. Some crowd pleasers include chili, grilled jalapeno poppers, no-mess mini-pizzas, and Frito pie. Don’t forget about desserts either! Decorate team-themed cookies or ice some cupcakes in your team’s colors.
Music is essential, especially when pumping your friends up for the game! Set up your playlist to include your favorite high-energy tunes. If you don’t want your car running all day, you may also want to bring along some portable, battery operated speakers as well. This way, you can take them with you wherever you go!
It wouldn’t be a tailgate unless there was a bean bag toss! But you don’t have to stick to just that. Grab some board games, DIY a football toss, create a giant sized Jenga, or go traditional with lasso golf. Your fellow tailgaters will love the bit of entertainment and a jolt of early competition.
No one wants to stand around for hours. Folding chairs or at least a few comfy seating areas is a must-have. While travel chairs are best, you can also create your own by bringing pillows to attach to a cooler or design simple cushions for milk crates.
7. Cleanup Kit
While it would be easy to just pack up and take off once the game is over, you are obligated to make sure your space looks better than when you started. With garbage bins limited, bring your own garbage bags, towels, and wipes. You’ll make tailgating that much easier and fun when you come prepared!