Tailgating and socializing are nearly synonymous, but avoid gallivanting through crowds of rowdy tailgaters alone. Because alcohol impairs decision making, it’s especially important to sick with a buddy if you have been consuming alcohol. If you do head off on your own, make sure your friends know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
The sun might not be sizzling like it was during summer, but even under a cloud-covered sky it’s easy to get scorched while tailgating. If you’re hosting a tailgating bash, have plenty of sunscreen on hand for your guests and don’t forget to protect yourself. Dehydration is another potential tailgating villain.
Mild dehydration symptoms include headache, dizziness, sleepiness, strong-smelling urine and thirst. Drink water to battle dehydration, not soda, juice or alcohol. Drinking water in small amounts throughout the day helps guard against dehydration.
If you’re sweating over a grill, you’ll need to be particularly vigilant about consuming water.
You’ve put a lot of thought into game day; don’t ruin an otherwise festive day of tailgating by being unsafe. Follow our crash course in tailgating safety and you and your guests will enjoy a healthy and entertaining day of pre-game partying that won’t soon be forgotten.