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Tailgating, UCLA Style: Hack It

Some helpful tips to make your tailgate a little easier.

Super Bowl XXVII

On this week’s topic, I have to give a shout out to a family friend who showed us a mind blowing hack last weekend at a BBQ. You take a bag of chips and turn it into its own bowl. Yes, a bag becomes a bowl. Here’s a short video, thanks to digitaLLoupe:

Thus, this week’s article on tailgating hacks was born.

There are a million videos and Pinterest posts out there on the subject, but I thought I would bring a few of the best to you this week. This next video, courtesy of The List Show TV, has four hacks I found to be pretty awesome. Here’s a synopsis if you can’t watch the video right now:

—Put magnets on can coozies and stick them on anything metal

—Use a six pack as a condiment carrier

—Take an empty laundry detergent container and use it as a washing station (just rinse it out, then add water. Bring soap and paper towels and you’re set!)

—Use a muffin tin to keep cups from spilling

Here’s the video:

Michelle from brings us a pretty genius way to keep your table covered in the wind—just use a twin fitted sheet:

Crafty Morning

Buzz Feed had a great article back in 2013 about tailgating tips (a few of which were listed above), and you can click on the link for all 41. Here are a few of my favorites:

Use bungee cords to hang paper towels from your canopy:

Buzz Feed

Turn a prescription bottle into a mini first aid kit:

Buzz Feed

Stay organized by using pre-packed drawers with all of the essentials (I’ve also seen tool boxes used in the same way):

Buzz Feed

And, if you’re a real boss, turn your tailgate into a fully stocked bar with just a set of shelves:

Buzz Feed

And last but not least, we all struggle to pack the perfect cooler, with each food and drink item fighting for real estate. Here’s a video from Headline News that will show you how to pack all the essentials for game day:

Only 58 days until kick off...

Go Bruins!