These tailgating hacks will get you all set up for the perfect game day! Tailgate hacks are going to simplify your tailgating fun, so it is less stress or more relaxing with friends.
Whether you are at a racetrack cheering on your favorite race car driver, or rooting for your favorite football player, these tailgating tips and tricks will for sure ease your mind. Sit back and learn all the ways to simplify your tailgating events.
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Tailgating Hacks You Need To Know
1. Prep Burgers The Night Before
Take the time to prep your burger patties the night before. Toss them in a container and place wax paper in between each patty. Then when you get to the event, toss on the grill and cook. Place a thumbprint in the center of hamburgers and they will not shrink up as bad. As well a one ice cube.
2. Burger Toppings
Same thing, prep the lettuce, slice the tomatoes, onions, etc for your burgers. Place in a container and have it all ready to go. Just unwrap and serve.
3. Water Bottles
Freeze your water bottles and toss them into the cooler. As they thaw you can drink ice-cold water, on that hot summer day.
Take an old 6-pack container and use it to hold your condiments. If you buy smaller sized ketchup, bbq, mustard, etc they will fit in the bottle holder spots. I just bought a rootbeer set in glass bottles and it worked great.
5. Keep Cooler Extra Chilled
Add in salt to your ice. This will help drop the temperature of your cooler even more. That way your drinks stay extra chilled on that hot day.
6. First Aid Kit
Always keep a first aid kit handy. This has saved the day more than once. I pack one up and keep it in my truck. Have items like acid blockers, bandaids, alcohol wipes, etc.
7. Jumper Pack
After a full day of having fun tailgating your battery might need a break. In that case, always have jumper cables or a jump pack handy so that you can ensure you make it home. I prefer the jump pack that way I don’t need another vehicle to help give my battery a boost.
8. Hand Wash Station
If you are not near running water, create a homemade hand wash station. Bring a container that holds water, soap, and paper towels. I have found old large laundry soap containers with a spout work great, but you can also buy a container.
9. Grill Baskets
If you plan to cook up veggies to top hot dogs or serve as a side, bring grill baskets. It allows you to cook a ton of veggies at once. Great for serving a crowd.
10. Bungee Cord Holder
Strap a bungee cord onto the truck or even tent, to help hold a roll of paper towels. It is pretty handy to have and is affordable and easy.
11. Cup Holder
Save back those cup holder trays you get at your favorite fast-food joints. Then when you tailgate place plastic cups in each and use it to hold pre-sliced veggies, condiments, and more.
12. Pack Cooler Properly
To maximize your cooler pack it right. Any drinks go on bottom with a layer of ice on top. Then place any bagged food or food containers on top of the ice. The fuller it is in the cooler the less hot air to melt the ice.
13. Tailgate Essentials
Pack up essentials in a plastic container. Have plastic serving utensils, ladles for soup, spatulas, a grill brush and more. That way you have all the essentials in your car.
14. Metal Bucket
If you plan to cook on charcoal have a metal bucket to store any leftover charcoal. This is a safe way to store it to ensure it all goes out and doesn’t start a fire.
15. Foil Bricks
Take bricks and wrap them in aluminum foil. Then place your hot casseroles and dishes that are hot. The brick and aluminum foil will help hold the heat and keep your warm dishes a bit warmer than just sitting them on a table.
16. Plastic Tote for Dirty Dishes
Make sure to pack a tote to toss in any dirty dishes. This is a great way to maintain the items so they don’t make a mess in your car. Then transfer to the kitchen and wash or toss in the dishwasher.
17. Trash Bags
Don’t forget to bring trash bags for tossing away leftover food, trash, and more. I always bring a few extras, just in case you need them.
18. Clorox Wipes
Clorox Wipes are another great item to pack. If you don’t want to take a whole tub, place some in a sealable bag, and then tuck into a tote. Great for wiping down messes, and areas that might have had raw meat on it.
19. Time Frame
One big thing is not knowing when to go. A general rule of thumb is to arrive at least four hours before the game starts. Then try to have your meal finished up before two hours. That way you have a good amount of time to clean up, gather trash and break down and put away the grill or other items.
20. Magnets On Koozies
Attach magnets to koozies to hold drinks. There are places to sit your drink anywhere without sitting on the ground and risking it getting spilled.
21. Mason Jars
All sizes are great to have on hand. Toss in some condiments, add in warm chili for your friends to grab and eat, and the list goes on. Mason jars with lids are a multi-purpose tool.
22. Single Serve Bags
Make walking tacos and forget all the paper goods. This is a great way to eliminate extra items. We have done this in the past and prepped all the toppings and tossed into plastic Tupperware.
23. Make Nice
Always go out of your way to make friends with neighbors. Even if you don’t know them, you might end up needing help later on, and you can ask. Plus it is a way more enjoyable experience if you can befriend the people you are around.
24. Tailgating Apps
Did you know there are tailgating apps? There are and they are popular! Check out these must-have tailgating apps and see if they will come in handy for you!
Always check the rules of where to park, any special noted rules for the area you plan to tailgate. Don’t go without reading rules, to ensure you follow them properly and don’t run into any issues.