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Football, food, music and fun! What could be more fun than tailgating? While fun, tailgating with kids presents extra challenges. With a little patience and planning, however, your family can have a great time.

Park near a bathroom and in an area without a lot of traffic. Kids will need room to play and bathroom breaks are inevitable. The last thing you want to do is leave the fun to walk a mile to find a potty.

Bring a change of clothes for every member of the family. The time you don’t bring a change of clothes for yourself will be the time that your child squirts ketchup all over your shirt.

Pack lots of baby wipes for easy clean-up. Since hand sanitizer is no longer recommended, you need something for portable cleanup.

Tailgating is all about food! Bring easy, kid-friendly snacks. Stick to stadium type items like hamburgers and hot dogs, and prepare as much in advance as possible.

Bring things for the kids to do. Cornhole is great, but if you don’t have space, a ball or Frisbee will provide a lot of entertainment.

Pack a first aid kit for emergencies. Be sure to pack medicines such in case the smorgasbord is hard on little tummies. Don’t forget the sunscreen, either.

Provide a place for kids to nap. A small tent is handy. Don’t forget chairs sized for the kids, either.

Add some kid-friendly music to the playlist. We aren’t suggesting you listen to the “PAW Patrol” theme song, but a few recognizable songs will be fun.

Help kids get into the spirit. Dressing them in team colors and let them help decorate the car. A few balloons will make it feel like a party.

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