Tips for Upgrading your Tailgate

Whether it's your first time tailgating or you need to lighten the load, Garnet and Black Traditions' Phillip Graham gives us the quick walk through of tailgating essentials.

In preparation for this season of Gamecock football, I stopped by Garnet and Black Traditions to learn a thing or two before I head to Williams-Brice Stadium for my first game.

Tailgating in the palmetto state is more of a competition event than it is a pregame parking lot hangout. It’s all about who has the biggest, best setup in the lot.

Here’s what I learned…

Bring a lot, but pack light… folding tables, chairs, and tents are critical to a good time. These items are light weight and compact (more room for friends!)

Bring a high quality cooler, or two. ¬†When the game doesn’t start till late afternoon, you don’t want to find your drinks have gotten warm when you need a cold one the most.

It’s always a good idea to have multiple coolers to separate food and drinks.

A small propane grill is a good idea. You wont have to dispose of hot embers at the end of the day and the propane grill should be easier to transport.

Take care of your trash! A pop up trash can is an easy way to let people know where the trash goes.

Tailgating can be as mild or wild as you make it. These tips will help you get the most out of your game day experience.