Tailgating Checklist: Essentials for Game Day

Tailgating Checklist for Packing Essentials like Washers

Last updated on January 5th, 2021 at 03:49 am

Game day starts early, so you’d better prepare! Do you have all your tailgating gear packed and ready to go? The tailgating checklist we created in Google Keep helps us to keep all our tailgate essentials organized. It’s also great for reminding us when we need to buy new items to replace the ones we’ve used up. I’ve copied over our tailgating checklist for game day essentials so you can make sure you never forget the cheese or the condiments! (I mean, who would do that, really?! <sideways glance>)

Okay, so I may have forgotten cheese once. Just once! But who wants a tailgate burger without cheese?! And we had a big gathering. So, thinking on my toes, I bartered homemade football cookies with a guy running a sizeable tailgate a couple spots away. Crisis averted!

The bigger issue is if you forget the propane or the regulator for your tailgate grill. Then you’re really in trouble! But I’ve made this tailgate checklist to help you avoid forgotten items. Here’s the tailgate list that keeps our football parties running smoothly!

Tailgating Checklist: Food

We always organize our menu during the week leading into the home game. Here’s what we have on a regular basis – and you can obviously adapt it for your own menu!

  • Appetizers
  • Main Courses (Breakfast, Lunch, and/or Dinner, depending on game time)
  • Sides
  • Condiments –
    • Ketchup
    • Mustard
    • BBQ sauce
    • Relish
    • Pickles
    • Spices
  • Drinks
  • Desserts

Tailgating Food Checklist - Nachos... Um, Yeah!

Tailgating Checklist: Grill Essentials

  • Tailgating Grill
  • Propane
  • Grill Tools
  • Grilling plate
  • Oven Mitt
  • Cutting Board


Tailgate List: Party Ware

  • Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Ware
  • Solo Cups
  • Trash Bags
  • 1-gallon Ziplock bags
  • Ziploc Sandwich bags
  • Foil
  • Cleaning supplies – orange citrus cleaning wipes, etc.
  • Foil pans


Tailgating Essentials Checklist

  • Beer
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Yetis


Tailgate Packing List: Setup

  • Folding table
  • Eagles table
  • Chairs
  • Tablecloth


Game Day Packing List: Games

  • Washers
  • Cornhole
  • Football
  • Beer Pong / Oche Pong
  • Dice
  • Can Jam


Game Day List: Personal Items

  • Hand Warmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hand Sanitizer


Other Miscellaneous Items for Tailgating:

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Sharpie
  • Bungee Cords
  • Duct Tape
  • Wet Wipes
  • Power Adapter
  • Speaker
  • Knife or shears with safety sheath
  • Six pack holder
  • Candy necklaces
  • Rubber gloves


I hope this tailgating checklist proves as helpful to you as it has to us. Another tip we have embraced is we pack two big plastic storage boxes with clipped lids full of our tailgate essentials. Checklist items fit perfectly in these boxes with room to spare, and the bins stack and fit great in the trunk of my SUV. If you have other items to add to the tailgate essentials checklist, please add them in our comments below and I’ll be sure to update the packing list! Happy Tailgating!

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