Park Community Credit Union - The Ultimate Tailgating Survival Guide

Summer ending, kids going back to school, and fall quickly approaching are all signs of what is to come: Football season. There is nothing better than leaves falling, comfy sweatshirts, and sitting on the sidelines of a good ole fashioned football game. One of the many elements that make football so awesome is tailgating. Whether you are going to a high school or college game, one must master the art of tailgating. Thankfully, we are here to help you with that. Here are some essential, delicious and affordable ideas to make your tailgate as good as a touchdown.

1. Snack Foods

Everyone knows that the key to a good tailgate is the food. The best type of food to bring to a tailgate is something that people can nibble on throughout the day. The best way to go is to make or buy bar food. These include but are not limited too: Wings, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, chips, mac n’ cheese, sandwiches and lots of beer. All of these items range from 5 to 15 dollars. If you want to branch out from the basic tailgating menu then take a look at the list below.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sandwiches.

Sweet and Salty Popcorn.

Football Puppy Chow.

Build Your Own Nacho Bar.

Chocolate Football Pretzel Rods.

Grilled Cheese Fries.

You can view the recipes by clicking on the food or by visiting our Pinterest page.

2. Essentials

After you have all the food ready to go it is time to pack all tailgating essentials. This includes: shelter, seating, grilling materials, and much more. Since there is limited space in your car, you want to pack what is vital but also bring enough to make everyone comfortable. The necessary items include: Folding chairs, a cooler, a grill (if you’re cooking), a canopy tent, plenty of napkins, paper plates, utensils, trash bags, and cups. If you still have room in your vehicle, then here are some other items that will spice up your tailgate.

Decorations for your team.

Corn Hole Boards.

Paper Football Game.

Beer Pong Table.

3. Tailgating Tips & Tricks

Now that you have the food and essentials, you are all set for an incredible tailgate and football game. In case you still feel unprepared here are a few tailgating tips.

1. Make sure to bring cash to the game.

Some football stadiums do not take credit cards so you will need cash to pay. If you have a Park Community debit card but cannot get to a Park ATM, remember Park reimburses you up to $15 in ATM fee with Free Hi Checking.

2. Bring blankets, sweatshirts, gloves etc.

Once you hit mid season the weather tends to drop. Be sure to pack extra clothes to bundle up inside the game.

3. Start packing up your tailgate at least 20 minutes before game time so you don’t miss kick off.

4. You can never have too many napkins.

5. Pack cans instead of bottles to avoid the occasional shatter.

6. Ice up all coolers thoroughly and efficiently.

For more tailgating tips & tricks check out our Pinterest Page.

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