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1. Bring at least two coolers. One for drinks and one for raw food. Donít keep uncooked meat in the same cooler with the drinks, because if the bag leaks, youíll have contaminated everything.
2. Look in the garage. People tend to think they have to buy a lot of new stuff in order to tailgate, but most of us probably already have what we need around the house: folding chairs, lawn chairs, card tables, coolers. And donít be afraid to ask friends to bring anything you donít have enough of ó because tailgating is the ultimate potluck.
3. Research the stadium. Venues open up their parking lots at different times, so rely on TailgateWiki.com for this and other stadium-specific information (or go to the stadiumís homepage). Also read stadium rules and regulations, as some facilities ban charcoal grills.
4. Think hydration. You can never have too much bottled water, especially when itís hot outside. Count on three or four bottles of water per person.
5. Show them a sign. Itís going to be crowded, so make sure to fly a banner or flag high enough that everyone can see and locate you from above the masses. Or save money and float a cluster of white balloons from the corner of your tent (team colors might get lost in the crowd).