One of the advantages to being a truck owner is that you have the ability to bring along enough stuff to make for a totally awesome tailgate party. The bed space can easily fit a grill, but what else should you bring with you? And, how can you acquire these things without breaking the bank? After all, your money should mostly go to getting food! So let’s take a look at the items needed for a successful tailgate party.
First, you’ll obviously need the grill. You probably already have one, but if you don’t, a small grill can be purchased for a reasonable amount without the need to look for sales and deals. It should be one that uses propane as plain charcoal can take a long time (and even a propane grill can be used with charcoal if you want).
Next you’ll need a stereo. Don’t try to get away with using the speakers in your truck as that makes the sound a little off from certain angles. Instead, a little boom box action will get the mood set right. If you don’t have one, a used unit will work great and you can find them in Hollywood pawn shops anywhere.
A cooler is also a must as you’ll need somewhere to keep all your food. The larger the better, and styrofoam ones can be purchased for not very much money.
Lastly, you’ll need some toys to keep people occupied and having fun while the grilling is going on. Things like beach balls, footballs, frisbees, etc. will give your tailgate guests something to have fun with. So stock up and have those ready.
Lastly (and optionally) a TV would be fun to have. But carrying a TV around is a bit impractical. The solution is to get a portable projector. You can easily get a screen setup pretty much anywhere (careful with wind) and be ready to relax and watch a game.