After a season of fine-tuning the equipment that makes your tailgate sing in harmony, the last experience any tailgate host wants to deal with is taking half of the next season to get all that equipment back into working order. Like athletes, tailgate gear needs to be kept in shape in the offseason so it is ready to go once the regular season begins.
One important component for the first game of the year is having everything you need to properly tailgate. If you are missing something, gear is broken, or the equipment is strewn across the house, the first game can be a battle and a letdown when the tailgate party does not run as smoothly as envisioned. Don’t let this cause you to pull your hair out.
One way to remedy missing or misplaced gear is to keep all tailgate gear in one location in the offseason. If equipment has a designated location in the offseason, it will all be at that spot when game one arrives and tailgate season emerges from its winter den. If there is a lot of gear or you constantly forget equipment, create a checklist of all your gear. Just like Santa Claus, check your list twice to make sure your tailgate can treat all the naughty and nice.