- Cooler filled with food, drinks, a lot of ice! Don’t bring glass bottles – they’re usually not allowed, and you don’t want to clean up broken glass.
- Grill – and don’t forget the gas or the charcoal!
- Koozies – a must, could make or break the tailgate
- Sunglasses – again, make-or-break item
- Cornhole boards (don’t forget the beanbags) and a football to toss around
- Loudspeakers and a great playlist. A suggestion: Don’t use your car’s sound system unless you have jumper cables, or you remember to turn it on and off to save your battery.
- Table for games
- Utensils, plates, napkins, plastic or paper cups, and, most importantly, trash bags!
- Game day swag: tents, T-shirts, face paint, tattoos – wear your team colors!
- Tailgate/camping chairs
- Dress for the occasion – coats, ponchos, rain boots, etc. Make sure you have the right footwear for the weather and the game!
- A carefully packed basket that contains plastic wine glasses, reusable picnic plates, linen napkins, reusable utensils
- Picnic blankets
- A cooler full of ice and, well buried in the ice, chilled wines. Recommended:
- Le Rosé de Clarke, Listrac-Médoc, 2010
- Saint-Amour, Joseph Drouhin, 2010
- Also well packed in ice: Southern-inspired hors d’oeuvres such as smoked mullet dip, heart of palm salad
- For the grill:
- Key West pink shrimp, marinated in lime juice, wrapped in smoked bacon
- Burgers, from classic beef to bison to Dog Island grouper
- A good charcoal grill and pecan coals for extra Southern flavor
“Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
“Dixieland Delight” – Alabama
“Fishin’ in the Dark” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
“Chicken Fried” – Zac Brown Band
- A tent for shade, plus lawn furniture – especially chairs and a table
- A grill and plenty of fuel or charcoal. (Check to see what type is permitted.)
- Simple kid-friendly grub, from barbecue chicken legs to burgers and brats. Snacks such as popcorn, chips and dip.
- Don’t forget soft drinks or juice for the kids, in addition to the essential “adult” beverages of choice. And remember, plenty of ice … and bottled water, which all ages will appreciate as the day wears on.
- Paper products and disposable utensils are the easiest way to serve up food
- Don’t forget trash bags for an easy cleanup
- For kids, games are great – beanbag toss, a football, etc.
- Another fun thing for kids is bringing some face paint to get them decked out before you go to the game
- And, finally, a change of clothes, in case face paint, snacks, parking lot games, or anything else gets messy
Subaru Gear carries quite a few items that would contribute to a successful tailgate event. Here are just a few:
- Picnic blanket
- Can holders, stadium cups, koozies
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