As in my most favorite season of the year. Browns season, obvi.
Don’t get me wrong – I love summer. But there’s something about Browns season (aka Fall) that just makes me happy. There’s a sense of optimism in the Cleveland air. A new wardrobe that needs to be purchased. Beers before 9am. Debating our tailgate location. Burgers, brats and wings for “brunch” before gametime. Picking out the perfect jersey for the year (so far the only one that’s lasted the last few seasons? My boy Joe Thomas’). And seriously, we look good this year so far. I’m actually really optimistic about the season (yes, I say that every year…but this year feels different).
With the season just a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d give my breakdown on a successful tailgate. You see, I’ve been doing it for awhile (including back in the day when we would get to Muni at 4:30 a.m. to get our favorite spot and start with breakfast and Bailey’s in our coffee).
First things first: you gotta have your gear ready to go. This season the NFL is throwing a wrench into my usual packing situation. You see, I bought this cute Browns purse a few years ago – perfect size right?
I had plenty of room for my wallet, cell, etc. Hell – I could even fit a zip-up in it for cool weather games. So unfortunately with this awesome new rule about purses, my guy friends are gonna have to help a girl out with her “stuff”. (Okay this is TMI but seriously, where’s a girl supposed to put a tampon if she’s going to the game? In a plastic baggie? What?!)
My usual “gear” to bring with:
- toilet paper (I’ve learned after sharing an RV with friends that guys don’t always remember this important item)
- paper towels
- an extra shirt and/or hoodie (you don’t want to smell like beer throughout the whole game if there’s an incident in Muni)
- hand sanitizer (if you’ve tailgated before, I’m sure you get it)
- an extra set of flip flops
- ponytail holders (you gotta help other girls out occasionally)
- cell charger (if you have access to somewhere to charge during the tailgate)
- tylenol, etc. for the post-game headache you may have
Then the obviously:
- food (we like to do breakfast and lunch in our tailgates)
- post-game snacks (you’ll be in traffic for awhile trying to get out of Muni)
- more beer
- beer pong, cornhole, etc.
- fun drinks like jello shots or pudding shots
- your tickets (don’t ask….there’s been more than one incident where tickets have been left at someone’s house….)
Where do you tailgate? What’s your must bring item to a tailgate?