The pavement in a parking lot looks uninviting until you pack in a lot of vehicles with tents, food and music. Tailgating is a destination in itself. Forget the game that might be going on at the stadium, many fans don't even get that far! With all the activity in the parking lot, there is so much to see and do without leaving the back of your car. How can you prep for a memorable tailgating experience?
- Plan ahead. Once your car is parked, you will have a difficult time leaving the parking lot to get to a store. Bring all the food, beverages and condiments you will need for several hours. You will also need a tent, chairs and a table or you can use the back gate on your vehicle. If you will be there all day, make sure you plan accordingly. Ideally, make a list and plan a menu.
- Load your cargo space with order in mind. You will need a table and tent first so they should be accessible when you open the gate. Certain vehicles are better than others for loading and unloading. Check out these top vehicles for tailgating.
- Have your battery tested a day or two before you plan to tailgate. If you are using a radio or other electronics, it could drain the battery.
- Bring sunblock, an extra change of clothing and a jacket. The temperature could fluctuate throughout the day and what you are wearing at noon may not be appropriate in the evening. Even on cooler days, direct sunlight can cause a sunburn and you may not realize it. Apply sunblock every few hours and wear your ball cap.
- Everyone is a fan so make sure you show support by wearing team colors or jerseys. Invest in some fun decorations to spruce up your tailgating spot such as pennants, signs and posters. Consider using reusable cups with your team's logo instead of disposable cups. Keep these items stored in your vehicle so you have them for every game.