Nothing says tailgating like a cool, refreshing beverage and grilled meats while handing out with friends. Whether for your favorite football team or a popular outdoor concert; have an all-time great tailgate experience with these easy travel tips from your favorite auto repair shop on how to create the perfect tailgate kit for your car this football season.
Create a Checklist
Before you start assembling your tailgate kit, make a checklist of the items you need to purchase. This way, you won’t miss anything you’ll need for the perfect tailgate experience.
Put Together a Kit in a Container
To keep your tailgate kit organized and easy to get to, create a trip through the car in a box or plastic container. This will allow you to quickly grab your frequently used items, and throw away the items that aren’t needed anymore. Some items to add to your kit include:
Tent or Canopy
If you’re setting up your tailgate outside, a canopy is a must-have item. Depending on the size and number of guests you expect to invite, you should have at least one or two. If you plan to cook in the tailgate party area, make sure that your tent is away from trees and other flammable objects.
Nothing says tailgating like a grill. While you don’t want to keep a grill or lighter fluid in your kit, you can keep grilling spatulas, tongs, dishes, and plates.
Dinnerware and Serveware
Serveware is also worth including in your kit. Typically, you’ll want to have plates, cups, bowls, utensils, napkins, and plastic silverware. You may also want to add serving bowls if your tailgate will be serving salads or other food options.
Don’t forget to add cleaning items to your kit such as aluminum foil, paper towels, and plastic bags. Some other things that will be useful in your kit are a flashlight (if you’re parking in dimly lit areas), trash bags, and hand sanitizer.
You can use your car keys to open bottles of beer or wine! Another easy solution is to keep a bottle opener in your kit. If you choose this option, make sure it’s an easy-to-use opener that snaps into place and is easily removed when empty.
Also add a few entertainment items such as a deck of cards, a radio, tape player, and books. If you have kids attending your tailgate party, you may want to include some toys for them. This can help kids from getting bored.
Another key part of attending games is showing team loyalty. Frequently attend games for your favorite team? Consider keeping some of your fan gear in your tailgating kit. This way, you’ll have a variety of items to wear to the game from team flags to face paint in team colors.
One of the biggest attractions at a tailgate is having barbecues, playing games, sharing drinks, and other activities. Be sure to include games such as cornhole and toss-around football in your kit.
You never know what the weather will be during your next tailgating session. If it’s raining, having access to ponchos and umbrellas can be helpful. You can also include sunscreen, bug spray, and other items to help you stay comfortable even when the weather is less than desirable.
Lights, Flags, and Other Decorations
Don’t forget about adding lighting to your tailgate party area! String up some solar lights or a string of white Christmas lights for a festive atmosphere.
Picnic supplies go hand in hand with tailgating. Having a big blanket to put on the ground creates more space to spend time together with those you love. A picnic basket is also a great idea. As well, consider adding some extra food items to your kit in case you run out of favorites during your tailgate. Be sure to keep these items in an easily accessible location so everyone can use them without digging through the car trunk.
Travel Tips & Auto Maintenance with Foreign Affairs Motorwerks
These are just a few ideas on how to create the perfect tailgate kit for your car. To get your vehicle ready to tailgate this football season, contact Foreign Affairs Motorwerks to schedule a service appointment.