Tailgating season is here! Are you ready to have your best one ever? It's easy when you're prepared, and HIDeXtra is here to help!
- Checklist, please! Think of what you'll be doing at the event and make a list of everything you'll need to take, from food and drinks to utensils, plates, cups, and games.
- Check traffic and plan your best route to avoid delays. Apps like Waze and SigAlert help predict traffic snags and suggest alternate routes.
- Pack your vehicle with your non-perishables the night before -- just remember to leave space for the cooler(s) when you pack your food in the morning.
- Show up early -- make sure you leave yourself enough time. You’ll need 3 to 4 hours before the game to set up and enjoy yourselves. Don't forget to factor in some time to break everything down and clean up once you're done.
Supplies & Equipment
- Trash bags: Responsible tailgaters clean up their trash! Don’t assume there will be waste facilities at the site and bring your own receptacles please.
- Canopy: Canopies not only protect from sun, but from unexpected downpours. E-Z Up even lets you design your own custom shade here.
- Folding Table & Chairs: Card tables and 6-foot tables that fold in half are worth their weight in gold for holding your pre-game spread. Sport-Brella makes an awesome recliner chair that features a 3-way swiveling umbrella with UPF 50+ sun protection, an insulated pocket that holds up to 4 drinks, and a built-in cup holder (with bottle opener!). Want to seat more? Insta-Bench 6-Seater Bench supports up to 250 lbs. per seat and weighs only 20 pounds.
- Music & Speakers: No one does speakers like Bose! Provide the right sound mix outside the car with this Bluetooth-compatible portable speaker. Its compact design, weighing in at only 3.03 pounds -- what? -- make it a must for tailgate tunes. For a quick-and-dirty playlist, check out Pandora’s Tailgate Party station or Cruisin’ with HIDeXtra.
- Cooler: The Coolest Cooler is the most successful Kickstarter project to date, raising over $13 million in crowdfunding investments. With a built-in blender, USB charger, and picnic supplies included, you have to see this thing to believe it. Be the envy of all your fellow tailgaters with this awesome invention -- it’s the Coolest!
- Grill: What's a tailgate party without a grill? From the classic Smokey Joe charcoal grill to portable propane models -- tabletop and standalone -- you can find a grill to fit your every need here.
Other Hot Tips
Best Vehicles for Tailgating
With built-in tables, video screens, fridge compartments, and reversible seats, some of these cars clearly had tailgating in mind during the design process! From trucks and SUVs to minivans and RVs, there are 11 great choices here. If you're planning on being out late and night or returning to your vehicle for a few more snacks before heading home, you might consider adding additional light to your vehicle. Check out easy-to-install LED light bars and light pods on HIDeXtra's website.
50 Easy Tailgating Recipes & More
Tired of chips and salsa? Rethink your food strategy and try adding sausage sliders, triple-chocolate beer brownies, and homemade beef jerky from Food.com's website here. Your companions will love you for it! While you're at it, check out these big batch cocktails. Ever had a Dirty Flower, Gridiron Punch, or a Grilled Sangria? Wait ... grilled what?
Last But Not Least ...
Please remember to name a designated driver to get you and all your companions home safely. As always, it's best to decide these things in advance so there's no confusion about who is or is not going to have those last few cocktails!
Whether you have the best equipment, food, or drink, the best way to enjoy tailgating is to enjoy the company you're with. Here's to an enjoyable and relaxing tailgating season! HIDextra has been a leader in the automotive aftermarket since 2008. We design and manufacture our own line of HID and LED lighting (including off road lighting, interior & exterior lighting, and headlight housings) for both cars and motorcycles. Our commitment to quality products and outstanding customer service is unmatched in our industry -- see for yourself! HIDeXtra: Where Extra Means Everything.