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Step Up Your Game with these 22 Brilliant Tailgating Hacks

This is not about a grill and a cooler of beer: Tailgating is a lifestyle. Tailgating is a staple at almost every sporting event from NASCAR racing to college football games. What better reason to bring family and friends together than a sporting event? During this time of year, some of the biggest sports fans come out to support their teams and some people come out just to enjoy all the commotion and festivities. Before the big day, check out these tailgating hacks to make your game day celebration much easier.

Always keep a toolbox packed with tailgate essentials in the trunk of your car

Learn the rules of packing a cooler

Skewer and marinate kebabs the night before

Shape and pack up burger patties between sheets of wax paper the night before, too

Label your coolers so guests can find drinks easily

Freeze water bottles to use in place of ice in coolers so you have cold water to drink after they melt

Fill a six-pack holder with your favorite hot sauces and other condiments

Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin

Pack extra set of the essentials

Bring a large plastic tub to haul back dirty dishes

Pack jumper cables

Bring a metal bucket for still-glowing coals and make sure your grill is extinguished properly

Turn a cooler into a warming oven using foil and hot bricks

Float a big helium balloon on a long string from your car, so friends can find you

Consider wind direction when you position your grill

Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station

Hang a paper towel roll using a bungee cord from the tent struts

Bring a pre-packed set of drawers so everything is handy and organized while you’re cooking

Turn a case of beer into a toss-away drink cooler

For colder months, bring a variety of soups in thermoses and tin mugs

Pack portable jello shots in your team colors

Serve a specialty drink in your team’s color with a matching “anti-insect” cupcake liner lid

Build a tailgate beer pong table

Most importantly: Make nice, introduce yourself to your neighbors

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