Everything You Need to Plan a Tailgate Party

When I’m mourning the last lingering days of Indian summer, there is only one thing that can comfort me: good old-fashioned college game day. As a proud member of the Cal Dance Team, I follow my alma mater’s football team with thirsty anticipation. With three wins under our belt, a solid (and cute!) quarterback, and a #24 ranking on the BCS, it’s looking like it might be a good year for the Golden Bears! Whatever your mascot may be, there’s no time better than the present to plan a spirited tailgate. The season is fresh, so there’s still plenty of promise and hope for wins—plus the weather isn’t too cold yet. Gather up your crew and head to your favorite NCAA or NFL stadium with some brews and delicious eats. Wondering what to pack? Here’s everything you need, car tailgate not included, to host the ultimate pre-football party.