The Ultimate Guide To RV Tailgating For Canadians

By Court Lundy

Football season = tailgating season. Tailgating is so much fun, and no matter who you’re with, you’ll have a blast. Although things can get messy, having an RV is a huge bonus. You don’t have to lug around a cooler or a huge BBQ, and if you need to get away for a minute, you totally can. So you basically get the best of both worlds!

If you’re not familiar with tailgating, let me break it down for you. Tailgating is a social gathering which can take place at basically any sports event. You park your vehicle, in this case an RV, in a parking lot where the game is. Sounds easy enough! However, there are a lot of things that go into tailgating that you probably wouldn’t even think of. So here is the ultimate guide to RV tailgating for Canadians.



Make Sure To Be Prepared For Any Weather

Rain, shine, cloudy, windy, cold, no matter what, you better come prepared! Rain isn’t a good enough reason to not show up to a tailgating event. Football season is from September to February, but tailgating isn’t just for football. It can be for any sports event! Even though football is the most popular sport to tailgate at, you’ll still need to be prepared no matter what kind of weather. Since you’re bringing your RV, it makes it easier for you to stock up on these things.

Here are a few items you could stock your RV with so, come rain or shine, you won’t have to worry:

  • Tarp
  • Umbrellas
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Jackets
  • Rain boots
  • Blankets

These are just a few great items to have on board while tailgating. You’ll definitely use at least a couple every time!



Food Before Everything

If you’ve never been to a tailgate party, then you may not know that, besides the sport you’re cheering for, the food is the most important aspect of the whole party! I mean, you could go with hotdogs and hamburgers, but that’s so basic. Leave everyone wanting to hang out with you by cooking up some amazing recipes!

Here are a few that are bound to be winners:

Are you as hungry as I am right now? These would all make for great food items at the tailgate party. You can make a couple or all of them, but make sure you have enough for everyone! The great thing about bringing your RV is you have plenty of room to store all these in the fridge and heat them up later!



Don’t Forget The Alcohol!

Of course, you could just pack a few cases of beer and head out the door. But is that really exciting? If you like your beer, then go for it! But if you like cocktails, you’ll find many tasty recipes online. Think about it, whether it’s cold outside or very hot, you’ll want something festive.

Here are a few drink ideas to get you through the game:

  • Sangria
  • Caesars
  • Jungle juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Margaritas
  • Hot chocolate with Bailey’s

Of course, if you’re out in the blazing sun, make sure you’re drinking a lot of water in between drinks. All of these drinks are perfect, simple, and festive enough for tailgating! You could make a bar station with all of these drinks, or just pick a couple to serve out of your RV.



Bring A Generator For The Necessities

One of the basic necessities that you will need to bring with you are a TV or a projector to view the game on from the outside. You can set up your generator to start up the TV and start watching the game! It’s the best of both worlds. 

A generator is perfect for a ton of things! Oh, it’s also perfect if you decide to make chilli in the crockpot! Just plug it in and leave it be.



Bring Decorations For Your Favourite Team

How else are people going to know what team you’re cheering for?! Deck out your RV, your clothes, and your parking spot in your team's decor. If your team (let’s just say, the Ottawa Redblacks), are playing, then you could deck yourself our in Redblacks merchendise. Use black, red, and white decorations to help you stand out!

You definitely want people to know who you’re cheering for so you can make friends and cheer on your fav team with everyone! You can easily get these decorations at the dollar store to save some money, too. Plates, cups, silverware, banners, headbands, everything you could ever want!


Be Prepared With Seating

I know that tailgating involves a lot of standing, but who wants to stand all day? You’ll want to have somewhere to sit with all of your friends, especially when you start to get tired. While you can definitely sit inside if it’s colder, why not pack lawn chairs?! You can sit outside where the food is, the friends are, and not miss a thing.

Seating comes with something else too: blankets. No matter what time of year it is, people want to be sitting outside by a warm fire with a blanket and a drink in their hand. While you may not be able to bring the fire, you can definitely bring the blankets! Once the sun starts to go down and things start to cool off, take a seat and wrap yourself in a blanket. Sounds like the perfect end to a night to me!



Make Sure To Plan Ahead

All of the above things will make your tailgate party so much fun. However, if you’re not prepared, you could find yourself stressed out instead of really enjoying yourself! And what’s the fun in that? A few ways you can prepare better is see who is joining you and your RV during this tailgate party. Will there be a lot of people? Just a few close friends? These are things you need to know.

You’ll need to know how many people are coming for things like food, drinks, decor, etc. How much food should you be making? Should you make extras just in case people show up? How many drinks will everyone end up having? These may seem like obvious questions, but we just want you to not be stressed!

Planning ahead on all of these things will make your day so much easier. Send out invitations, call up a few people, whatever you have to do! Make a list of all the food you’re going to make (even though I did that for you!) and start preparing.



Am I the only one who really wants to go to a tailgate party now? Food, drinks, cheering on your favourite team with all of your loved ones, what could get better?! While tailgating is a pretty easy process, these steps will help make it even easier. You'll get to sit back, watch the game, and relax while you know everything has already been done. Just follow this guide, and you'll be good to go! 

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