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SPY Guide: 10 Tips for Top Tailgating

10 Tips for Top Tailgating
Image courtesy of Hayneedle

* Tailgate like a boss
* Always come prepared and don’t forget the little details
* Keep things portable so you can pack up and go

Football season is around the corner, and that means food, friends, friendly rivalries…and of course, tailgating. It’s a uniquely American tradition where the practice of drinking and eating before opposing teams go head-to-head date as far back as the Civil War, well, according to Vice.

Whether you’re a die-hard alum or a tailgating newbie, here are 10 tips to throw an unforgettable (and successful) tailgating party.

1. Minimize the Mess

Keep mess to a minimum with this practical and convenient pop-up trash bin by Trademark Global. This plastic trash bin goes anywhere and collapses to three inches for easy storage. It’s strong enough to hold up to your messes, too.

Trademark Tools pop-up trash bin Image courtesy of Amazon

  

2. Keep All Your Tailgating Essentials Organized

A smart and easy way to keep all your essentials organized is a toolbox in the trunk of your car, like the Excel 2 Drawer Portable Tool Box. You can easily organize everything you need for the big game, like grilling accessories, sunblock, can openers, toothpicks, bottle openers, tongs and your favorite condiments, spices and seasonings with this scratch and chemical-resistant tool box.

Excel 2 Drawer Portable Tool Box Image courtesy of Hayneedle

  

3. Stay Grill Ready

Get everything you need for great grilling with the Mr. Bar-B-Q 20 Piece Soft Grip Barbecue Tool Set. The 20 piece set includes a spatula, grilling fork, tongs, basting brush, grill brush with replaceable head, two replacement heads, four skewers, eight corn holders, and a handy carrying case.

Mr. Bar-B-Q 20 Piece Tool Set Image courtesy of Hayneedle

  

4. Grill on the Go

Feed your hungry guests without lugging around your heavy grill with this lightweight Collegiate Portable X-grill from Picnic Time. This folding portable charcoal BBQ grill features a slimline design, electro-plated steel body and chrome-plated tri-fold cooking grate. And the best part? It comes with your choice of licensed NCAA team logos and colors so you can grill while showing off your school pride.

Picnic Time Collegiate Portable X-Grill Image courtesy of Amazon

  

5. Bring a Cooler or Two

If you’re doing any serious level of tailgating, make sure you have a few coolers on deck like the Coleman 75 qt. Xtreme Cooler. It features a durable plastic construction with Xtreme 5 technology and Thermozone insulation so you know your beers, sodas and water will remain ice cold. This rust-proof and leak-resistant cooler also includes a hinged lid with four cup holders and a retractable handle that can hold up to 118 cans. Pro-tip: Be sure to label your coolers so guests can find drinks easily.

Coleman 75 qt. Xtreme Cooler Image courtesy of Hayneedle

  

6. Give Tired Feet a Rest

With all the cooking and mingling, be sure to give tired feet a rest with this ultra comfy and functional Sports Directors Chair by Picnic Time. It features durable canvas carry handles for easy transport and a sturdy aluminum frame that has a 300-lb. weight capacity. Choose from five classic colors that includes Black, Hunter, Red, Purple and Navy.

Picnic Time Sports Directors Chair Image courtesy of Hayneedle

  

7. Give Guests a Game Break

We all know tailgating can go on for hours, so why not give guests and new friends a fun game break with this Bocce Ball and Croquet Set from Franklin? It combines two classic outdoor game in one package and is crafted with high-quality materials so you’ll know this set will be around for many tailgate parties to come.

Franklin Bocce Ball and Croquet Set Image courtesy of Hayneedle

  

8. Get a Tailgating Table

With the food, drinks and sweets ready to go, be sure to include a tailgating table or two that will showcase and display your creation proudly, like the Iceberg 600 Series Utility Table. (You don’t want to be serving chili from your trunk). Measuring at 30 x 60, this durable table is lightweight for easy transport, set-up, and storage — an ideal go-to for those who are frequent tailgaters. Keep it in the garage for parties at home, too.

Iceberg Utility Table Image courtesy of Amazon

  

9. Protect Yourself from the Elements

Be sure to keep you and your guests protected from the elements with a durable and easy-to-set-up canopy much like UnderCover and their 10 x 10 ft. Super Lightweight Aluminum Instant Canopy. It features a heat reflective coating with 99% UV blockage so you can tailgate in any weather conditions and still be comfortable.

UnderCover Canopy Image courtesy of Hayneedle

  

10. Keep the Drinks Coming

What’s a tailgate party without drinks? Show off your school pride and impress your guests with this stylish Indoor/Outdoor NCAA Portable Bar from Best of Times. This portable L-shaped bar can be set up in minutes with no tools required. It features water and UV-resistant fabric with a removable in-shelf food grade cooler to keep your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments nice and cold. It also comes with a storage bag with wheels for easy transport to and from the game. Choose from a variety of NCAA team logos and colors to support your favorite team.

Best of Times NCAA Portable Bar Image courtesy of Hayneedle

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