Tailgating is one of the great traditions of American sports. Nothing beats the amazing atmosphere of small tents, excited fans, live music, and delicious barbecue at these pre-game outings. But, it can also be chaotic planning a tailgate party due to packing, setting up, and many other details. Luckily, there are some ways to tackle the time between packing the car and heading to your seats.
We have some hacks for you to use with US Cargo Control's products to ensure a smooth tailgate. Follow these tailgating tips and you’ll be ready to handle the day easily.
Bungee Cargo Nets
Bungee cargo nets are a simple solution to securing tailgate items in your truck bed or trunk. Having one of these nets beats worrying about things shifting around or flying away from your truck. To attach the bungee cargo net to your vehicle, connect its hooks to the side rails or anchor rings. Watch below on how to secure a truck bed cargo net demonstrated by our teammate, Adam Shouse.
Read 3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds to find which net is right for your truck.
Skin Moving Blankets
Skin moving blankets don't have to be used just for moving; these durable blankets are also useful for tailgating! With a 6-pack or 24-pack, you can keep yourself, friends, and family warm when the weather gets cooler (they'll be thanking you). You can also use them as padding to your stadium seat to stay comfortable from kick-off to the end.
Besides using skin moving blankets to add padding to your seats or keep yourself warm, we carry high-quality moving blankets that you can use in your trunk or truck bed to prevent abrasions to the vehicle or the tailgate items. Moving blankets like our Econo Deluxe and Supreme Mover are great long-lasting pads that have exceptional durability and protection.
Moving blankets can keep your items from scratching or denting your vehicle, and can even help items from moving around. Perfect for those tailgate trips!
Find out which moving blanket you should get when choosing the right pad for your needs.
Ratchet Straps and Cam Straps
If you're packing larger or heavier cargo for your tailgating party, you can't go wrong with our ratchet straps. Ratchet straps are extremely beneficial for long-haul truckers so their cargo loads do not shift or get damaged, and they're especially a great resource for securing your heavy tailgate items!
If you have lighter cargo, we recommend our cam straps as these provide more flexibility. Securing a smaller or lighter load with a heavy-duty ratchet strap can overkill your items, so we suggest using a cam strap since this is more convenient. The cam strap will still provide sufficient strength and holding power to your lightweight items, just like a ratchet tiedown will with a heavier load.
If you're unsure of how to use a ratchet strap, read our Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It.
CUSTOM AND COLOR OPTIONS: we have custom options that are available for you to customize your perfect tiedown. We also have multiple color choices so you can match your vehicle or show your team spirit!
Did you know you can hang a paper towel roll with bungee cords? If you're bringing a tent to tailgate, you can use these cords to hang the paper towel from the tent's struts. You may not think you need it, but you'll notice how much easier your life will be once it's hung.
Another use with the bungee cords is attaching a portable fan to the tent. If you don't have a fan that has a hook to clip onto the struts, this is the next best thing to do. Air circulation, here we come!
USCC Tool Bag
Pack all your tailgate essentials in your vehicle's trunk or truck bed. The USCC tool bag is a useful storage option to keep tools and tiedowns in one place, and you can use this carry-on tote for your tailgate adventures too. With 12 interior pockets and 8 exterior pockets, store your BBQ sauce, grilling utensils, and paper plates, and you're ready to go!
USCC Tumblr - 2 in 1 Can Cooler and Tumblr
Need to keep your drink cool or hot? Have a can that needs to stay cool during the hot weather? You can do both with our 2 in 1 Can Cooler and Tumblr. Use the Tumblr to fill your drink inside and maintain its temperature, or place your can to keep it cool. This will keep beverages cold or hot for 24 hours and it is super easy to clean.
Enjoy the Big Game!
Now that you've figured out some hacks to make the tailgate experience smooth, it's time to sit back and enjoy the game. Have fun, and be safe!