Whether you’re a college freshman heading out to the first game of the year, or a time-tested veteran of NFL tailgating, with season tickets and a well-honed kit full of essentials, there’s plenty of tips and tricks out there to improve your tailgating game. Being prepared in advance can make hosting the big party seem effortless, and even when unexpected issues like bad weather or extra guests threaten the plans, you’ll be set for smooth sailing.
Even a cloudy day can spell sunburns if you’ll be outdoors for hours. Protect yourself from sun damage (and your food from an unexpected rainy spell) with a sturdy shelter that pops up quickly when needed and can be packed away just as easily when it’s time to go. If you’re at a game during a bug-friendly season, mesh netting can offer you some extra protection from bites.
Comfortable seating for the whole crowd is easy and inexpensive with these fold up chairs from AmazonBasics. A mini beverage cooler lets you keep your favorite drinks sequestered away from the free-for-all, which is key for the designated driver, or anyone with dietary restrictions. Holds adults up to 225lbs.