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5 Tips for Turning Your Car Into a Sports Tailgating Machine

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By Madeline Klein on July 31, 2018 in Life Hacks

Is there anything better than waking up early on a Saturday morning to snag the best tailgating spot? Have you been hoarding recipes on Pinterest to test out at the next football game? Do you not mind surviving some traffic if it means you’re going to enjoy college football at the end of it? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re clearly looking for some tailgating tips. You’ve come to the right place.

We’ve been doing some research and have gathered some tailgating tips for the next time you pull up into your favorite spot to cheer on your team.

1. Use clear drawers to pack your trunk

Clear drawers can be a lifesaver when you’ve got the trunk packed to the brim with tailgating gear. You can pack food, drinks, and any essentials you’ll need easy access to throughout the day. Because they are clear, you’ll be able to quickly and easily find whatever you may be looking for. Spend less time trying to find your favorite koozie, and more time hanging out with friends and enjoying the day.

2. Try a tackle box to organize utensils

You probably cooked some great dishes ahead of time, but always seem to have some last minute food prep to do at the tailgate site. A tackle box is a simple, efficient way to keep all your utensils at your fingertips. The different layers mean everything can have its own place. Silverware can be in one part, and so can your cooking spatulas and spoons.

3. Bring plenty of bungee cords

Bungee cords have a variety of uses at a tailgate and can be a saving grace in a pinch. Nowhere to set your paper towels? No problem! Loop the bungee cord through the cardboard center and hang your paper towels up nearly anywhere. Trashbag won’t stay open? You’ve got this! One side of the bungee can keep the bag open while the other side is hooked to a car door handle. Your friends will be in awe of your resourcefulness.

4. Magnetize your drinks with koozies

If you’re known for being an extreme multitasker at a tailgate, you can glue a strong magnet to a few koozies. When you need a free hand, you simply stick your drink to your car and quickly have the freedom to do what you need. Magnetic koozies seem so simple, right? It only takes some simple crafting skills and a little bit of prep ahead of time.

5. Pack extra seating

Seating is sparse at most tailgates. With the trunk packed full of food, tables, and yard games, there isn’t much room for anything else. Try finding small, foldable seats like this one. You can find chairs much smaller than your typical folding chair that will take up much less space. You can even fit these in the clear drawers we mentioned above, and have easy access all day.

Are you already counting down the days til your next tailgate? Make sure you keep your car in pristine condition with these summer car maintenance tips. That will help ensure you won’t run into any technical issues the next time you hit the road to head to your trusty tailgate spot.

Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digital media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!