In some circles, tailgating is considered more important than watching the actual game. Shop these essential tailgating items to ensure your next game day is a blowout victory, whatever happens on the field.
First things first: the foundation of a good tailgate is the physical space it occupies. With these items, you can be sure your spot in the parking lot is comfortable, covered, and crowd-friendly.
Not only does a good tailgating tent keep you protected from unpredictable fall weather, it also makes your party easy to spot among the endless rows of cars in the lot.
Tailgates are hours-long affairs, so you'll need to take a load off at some point.
Pull up that chair to a matching table to kick back, chat about the game, and marvel at your collection of fan gear.
A tailgate's not complete without some fun games and ways to pass the time until kickoff. Check out these picks for a dose of friendly competition and major-league fun.
There aren't many bigger bummers than trying to soundtrack a party using the small, tinny speakers on your phone. Pump up your tailgate jams with a Bluetooth speaker—and make sure you grab one that can stand up to damage from raindrops or spilled drinks.
Games (aside from the one you're partying for) are college tailgate essentials—they're a given at any great tailgate. Our suggestion is to find a handful for some variety.
Have you ever been to a tailgate party that didn't have anything to eat or drink? No, you haven't, because those don't exist. Having tailgating gear for food prep is an absolute necessity here, so you'll need to be ready to keep everyone filled and happy. Before you make a run to the store, grab these Goods items.
As long as you're filling that grill space with burgers, chicken, and shish-kabob fixings, you might as well show some team spirit while you're at it.
Any cooler can keep your drinks cold, so the key to a great one is extra features like zipper compartments, wheels, or backstraps. Trust us, it’s worth spending a little extra for convenience here.