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What Is a Tailgate Party, and What to Bring to?

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The tailgating season is coming, and it is the right time to get yourself well-prepared for the occasion! This guide will tell you important things about the topic, including what to bring and how to prepare for a tailgate party like a champion.

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What Is a Tailgate Party?

The term “tailgate” in this case refers to a truck component that is often used to carry food and logistics to an event. Nonetheless, it is just a term. Thus, many people partake in such an event without bringing either their car or the tailgate.

A tailgate party is commonly held to celebrate a pregame period. Americans see it as a fun way to celebrate something early. More often than not, people simply use such an occasion to gather with friends and family members.

Why Do People Love the Tailgate Party

A lot of people find it hard to give an answer when they get asked “What is a tailgate party?”. However, they may not realize that many of them have been actively partaking in one. They simply love how casual and spontaneous the event can be.

men cooking in tailgate party

Tailgate parties usually happen a few hours before a sports event. By tailgating, people can save up on food and beverages. And, they can still partake in a game without even going into the arena, saving them even more money on game tickets.

What to Prepare for a Tailgate Party?

There is no hard and fast answer to the question “What is a tailgate party?”. You can gather with several friends behind your car before a football game and simply call it one. But, if you want to know how to properly hold one, here are the things you should prepare.


To have a great tailgate celebration, you need to bring the right vehicle. A sedan is okay, but an SUV or a truck will work best for the situation. Also, it is recommended that you bring a foldable tent so everyone can have a shelter when they enjoy the food and drink.

Don’t underestimate the benefit of a tent when you are holding a tailgate event. It can protect you from both sun and rain. Also, if you think that you will be sweating a lot outside, you should bring several towels and keep them in a safe place.

Also, don’t forget to check your local regulations to avoid any problems down the road. Usually, it is allowed as long as it happens on public property. If your tailgating spot is owned by a private entity, you may also need to check with the managers and operators.

Grilling, Food, and Drink

Speaking of food and drink, refreshments like hotdogs, chicken wings, and burgers are everyone’s favorite. And, make sure you have a cooler box with you to keep the drink chilled. Bringing a table and a few chairs is also a good idea.

Preparing your food and drink on the spot is also a possibility. In fact, it can actually make your tailgate event more enjoyable and memorable. Everyone can partake in the food preparation and have intimate interactions with each other through the event.

Bringing a propane grill or stove is often the best way to cook food during a tailgate event. Yes, you can bring a charcoal grill if you want to go the old-school way. But, it is less practical and can create more mess if you don’t know what you are doing.

Game and Entertainment

If you want to take your tailgating event to another level, you should also bring an entertainment system with you. Whether you bring a karaoke system or a video game console, Growatt INFINITY 1300 portable power station will be a reliable power source for you.

portable power station for tailgate party

This power station is specifically designed for portable situations. And, thanks to the 1382Wh storage capacity and 1800W power output, it will provide your entertainment system with enough power to keep it running for at least several hours.

Don’t worry, this device only takes 1.8 hours to charge via the wall socket. Another thing that makes it a great idea to bring Growatt INFINITY 1300 to your tailgating event is that it has 14 outlets, so your attendees can charge their devices before the game begins.

Clean Up

Tailgate events are often informal and everyone can simply partake in it. However, it does not mean that you can just be irresponsible about it. The truth is, your tailgate celebration is not over until you have cleaned up your mess and turned the place into its original form.

You will do yourself a favor by cleaning everything up before the game begins. Dealing with such a mess takes up a considerable amount of your energy and forcing yourself to do it after a long and tiring game can be a serious burden to you.

Trash bags and paper towels are some of the things you should bring to make cleaning up easier. If you bring dips and sauces, bring food containers so you can store them and bring them back home again. You can also wrap unused ingredients with aluminum foil.

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How Long Does a Tailgate Party Last?

A tailgate event often lasts at least a couple of hours. However, if you plan to bring a big group of people, you can stretch the event to up to 4 hours. This will give you enough time to prepare the food, set up the entertainment system, and do the cleanup afterward.

To provide your guests with the ultimate tailgating experience, you should bring an adequate portable power source with you. Typically, a power station with more than 1200Wh will allow you to run your entertainment system until the party ends.

What Makes a Good Tailgate Party?

There are a lot of things that make up a good tailgate celebration. The most important thing here is to make sure that all your guests are having fun throughout the event. Also, you should also make sure that no one gets hungry or thirsty.

Playing good music is the ultimate way to lift up the mood. Set up your playlist beforehand so you can take care of other important things while you are there. And, remind yourself to be a good neighbor by not playing the music too loud.

How to Keep Food Warm at a Tailgate Party?

Bringing a casserole carrier is the most practical way to keep your food warm during a tailgating event. Such a carrier usually comes in different sizes so you can pick one that suits your needs. However, it will only keep your food warm for a few hours.

Since you can bring a portable power source to your tailgate celebration, you can also get yourself a thermoelectric cooler. This kind of cooler can keep your food temperature at around 140°F. You can also use it to chill your beverages.

Final Thoughts

Are you ready to hold a memorable tailgating event and become the talk of the neighborhood? It is a great opportunity to hype up yourself and your fellow fans before a sports game. Don’t stress too much about everything and allow yourself to have a lot of fun along the way!

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