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What to Pack for the Ultimate Tailgate

It's fall, which means tons of vehicles will be lining up in stadium parking lots before a football game. Your mouth might salivate thinking about the fresh-off-the-grill hot dogs and burgers. You'll probably also hear the loud buzz of chanting, music, and conversations. Tailgate season has arrived, and if you want to have a good time, make sure you bring these items along with you!

Compact Grill

It's not a tailgate unless you have a barbeque, so make sure this is one of the top items on your packing list! If you want some delicious wings, burgers, or hot dogs, you'll want to have one of these on hand. 

Cooking Tools

The food isn't going to cook itself on the grill, so you'll need some tools to handle the food safely:

  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Meat thermometer 
  • Grilling gloves
  • Oil
  • Table 

Food, Beverages, and Supplies

And of course, you're going to need the actual food. And you'll need to pair it with utensils (plates, napkins, utensils) and drinks. A good tip is to store your drinks in a cooler with plenty of ice. Also, plastic bottles, cups, or aluminum cans are the best options; you don't want glass shards to be laid out. The glass can hurt people and your tires on the way out if not careful, so it's best to avoid glass containers. Lastly, bring garbage bags to clean up after yourself once the tailgate is over.


As mentioned earlier, music is a staple at a tailgate. Whether you prefer to heat pregame coverage or your favorite songs, your speakers will keep everyone in your group entertained.


The last important item to add to your tailgating packing list is a power generator - you're going to need to fire up your grill, TV, radio, etc., somehow! You don't want to power up all your devices with your vehicle as it can drain your battery real fast. A portable generator will give you enough juice to last you throughout the day.


Now that you have an idea of what to gather and load onto your vehicle don't forget about your car! From the engine to your battery, Lorentz Automotive has your back. To ensure you arrive and leave safely to your tailgate, feel free to schedule an inspection with Lorentz Automotive by giving us a call at (972) 318-2938

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