10 Top Baseball Tailgating Hacks

Proper tailgating requires more than a grill and cooler of beer. Tailgating is a way of life. Sharing food, drinks, and good times with your family and friends makes the afternoon of baseball more memorable. To make the most of your tailgating experience, you need to be prepared. Really prepared. Below are some seasoned tailgaters’ top tips:

  1. Learn how to pack the ultimate tailgate kit. Buy a toolbox specifically for tailgating, pack it with tailgate essentials, and leave it in the trunk of your car. The main compartment should contain spatulas, skewers, tongs, a basting brush, can and bottle openers, and a small torch. The middle drawer is for cleaning up, so fill it with garbage bags, paper towels, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and Ziploc bags. Throw in a poncho and sunscreen to protect against the weather too. The bottom drawer is for your spices, seasonings, and sauces.
  2. Prepare your food the night before. Skewer and marinate kebabs, prepare and pack burger patties and toppings.
  3. Place bottles of water in your freezer the night before the big game. You can use these instead of ice in coolers, and you’ll have a cool drink when they melt.
  4. Keep that empty six-pack holder: It makes a handy container for sauces and other condiments.
  5. Arrive two to four hours before the game. That way you’ll have plenty of time to cook, clean up, and enjoy time with your group.
  6. A metal bucket is vital for storing any still-glowing coals after the party.
  7. When you get to the game, attach a big, colorful helium balloon to the car on a long string, so that nobody will get lost, and your friends will find you.
  8. You can assemble a makeshift cooler easily. Take drinks out of their case, line it with a double layer of garbage bags, replace the drinks, and add ice. When you are finished, you can deposit the entire case in the trash.
  9. To save on washing up and add a twist to the meal, serve chili in bread bowls. Simply hollow out some sturdy bread rolls and fill with chili.
  10. It’s all about the game, after all, so serve a special drink in your team’s color and top the glass with an upturned cupcake liner lid in a matching shade. Not only will you be indicating where your loyalties lie, you’ll also be keeping insects out of your drink.