This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It’s football season, and that means tailgating time!  Tailgating to me is the best part of attending an NFL game.  You get to pull into a parking lot with all your friends, eat great food, play games, relax, and have fun, while you wait for game time.

We went to the Buccaneers vs. Patriots game last week, and it was one for the books!  Amazing memories, great game, and lots of fun.  At the end of the night, I had myself convinced I “needed” season tickets.  Unfortunately, my hubby squashed that idea, with the logical response that my family isn’t in town often enough for us to tailgate that often. 

Tailgating can be fun whether you have a full over the top set up, or just a chair and a grill.  The atmosphere is what makes it so much fun, but I have a few tips that will make you afternoon at the game go smoother.

Tailgating Made Easy Tips

Freeze all your bottled water, it will keep your food and cocktails cold without having to take up precious cooler space with ice.

Bring hand sanitizer, usually the only bathrooms around are porta pottys.  Porta pottys and a table full of food doesn’t sound like a great idea, keep hand sanitizer on the table.

Put your tickets in your glove box, you’ll be walking around and having fun for hours outside, the last thing you want to do is drop your tickets in the middle of a parking lot somewhere.

Bring a big plastic tub to bring all your dirty dishes home.  I love being able to toss all the dirty stuff in a bucket and deal with it at home.  This makes clean up quick and easy so you can get cleaned up and into the game faster.

Use a helium balloon as a spot marker.  You know how I said last weeks football game was epic?  Well I left out the part where me and three family members got lost after the game and it took us over 2 hours to find the car!  Someone mentioned tying a balloon to the top of your car or tent, so everyone can find you, this will always be a must for me now!

Bring easy and delicious snacks!  A tailgaiting party isn’t complete without some delicious dip to sink your chips into, or crackers in my case!   We love Heluva Good! Dip because there are so many other dipping options!  With a assortment of flavors including French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, White Chedder and Bacon, Bodacious Onion, and more, they really have a flavor to satisfy everyone’s taste buds and to pair with whatever you want to dip.  We dip pretzels, bread, veggies, crackers, and so much more! 

At last weeks tailgate, I went with a full cracker tray with three great flavors of Heluva Good! Dip.  The dips fit easily in the cooler, the tray was easy to set up, and most importantly, everyone loved it!  Everyone could snack all afternoon without needing utensils, plates, or getting messy.
What is your favorite food to dip?  Make sure you look for these bold-favored dips in the dairy aisle at a store near you!

These are some simple ways I make tailgating easier for my family.  What’s your favorite tailgating tip?



98 Comments on 6 Tailgating Made Simple Tips

  1. Bill Sweeney
    October 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm (3 months ago)

    This is awesome! We love to tailgate.

  2. Amber Myers
    October 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm (3 months ago)

    Yum, I do love to eat. Football bores me, so I just stuff my face when people watch.

  3. Jenna Williams
    October 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm (3 months ago)

    We love tailgating. These are great tips for making the most of the occasion!

  4. Mitch A Chaitin
    October 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm (3 months ago)

    Thanks for this! We love to tailgate at home, in the living room, in front of the TV! That works for us!

  5. Michele Lee
    October 18, 2017 at 11:03 pm (3 months ago)

    Great tailgating tips. Thanks for sharing them.

  6. Marcie Wahrer
    October 19, 2017 at 12:34 am (3 months ago)

    Excellent ideas! I am all about my football and love tailgating.

  7. Lisa Marie Heath
    October 19, 2017 at 4:32 am (3 months ago)

    I’m all about making things simple! Love these ideas!

  8. Melissa Dixon
    October 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm (3 months ago)

    These all look really good! I love a simple solution for snacking!

  9. Christy Stucker
    October 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m on my way over!

  10. Rini Desai
    October 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm (3 months ago)

    I must try making these snacks

  11. Dana Brillante-Peller
    October 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm (3 months ago)

    Loving these tips. I have a friend who is always tailgating. Perfect to share with them

  12. Chelley Martinka
    October 20, 2017 at 1:48 am (3 months ago)

    Awesome! I love to tilgate!

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