Sports fanatics know that the best way to get pumped up before a game is by participating in an exciting tailgating gathering. Everyone is eager, prepared and ready to celebrate.
They like getting to the game early, beating the traffic, popping open a few beers, grilling up some burgers, and enjoying the festivities that come before the game.
If you want to tailgate like a pro, there are a few necessary essentials you can’t leave home without. For instance, you definitely need something to sit on – the last thing you want to do is stand up the entire time; a tent for shade is important because you may be out in the sun for hours; a game to play, such as cornhole, is necessary for entertainment; and coolers are crucial, that is if you want to keep your drinks icy cold.
Get on the right track, have fun, get pumped and pregame like a pro. These are some must-have tailgating gear and accessories.
Football season is right around the corner, and we all know the sport just isn’t the same without some good ol’ fashioned tailgating action, right? And there’s nothing more fun than the pre-football ritual of playing cornhole—until now, that is. Beer Pong Golf, which launched on Kickstarter this month, is an all-in-one tailgating game that combines cornhole with beer pong and golf. – Starting at $89 on Kickstarter
Kelty wants to help all the lovers out there get low. This folding chair built for two is you and your S.O.’s key to covert cuddling…and other monkey business…at backyard BBQs, campfires, open-air cinemas, and outdoor concerts. – $99.95 at Amazon
Franklin’s Beach Bumz Golf Toss has combined class and performance in this newly engineered outdoor game. The cherry lacquered finish creates a water resistant coating that enhances playability in all environments. All six wooden bolos have been weighted perfectly to provide maximum bounce and deflection off all angles of the target. The durable bolo ropes have been hand woven to provide superior comfort during play. With easy twist bolts, this wooden golf toss sets up and breaks down in seconds. – $61.25 at Amazon
There is nothing that will ruin a tailgate faster than cold. No one wants to sit out in a parking lot drinking cold beer on a cold windy day. So, while your neighbor is packing up his tailgating equipment to huddle in the cab of his truck, you will be pulling out your Mr. Heater Buddy Heater to keep your party going. The Buddy Heater can heat up to 225 square feet of space but is still compact enough to store in a cabinet. You can place this heater anywhere around your tailgate since it runs on propane and stays on for 3 to 6 hours. – $75.12 at Amazon
A cooler is a necessity when planning your tailgating party, and the Coolest Cooler is the perfect tailgating cooler. It comes with a blender, USB charger, bottle opener, plates, space for drinks, a sweet speaker, and more. You can even pair with another Coolest Cooler speaker if one of your friends brings theirs to the tailgate as well. – $449.99 at Amazon
Prepping your favorite tailgating snacks is easier now than ever with devices like the EZ Prep Table from Kamp-Rite. This compact station comes in its own handy travel case and can be setup in less than two minutes. Once assembled, it features a sturdy counter-top and an insulated storage cabinet for kitchen utensils and food. – $109.95 at Amazon
There are several weeks where the end of warm season and the beginning of football season overlap. To help keep your brews cold — like, seriously ice cold — you might consider getting a Corkcicle Arctican or two. This high-tech koozie comes with a cooler core that attaches to the bottom, plus two layers of vacuum-insulated stainless steel to keep your drinks as cold as can be. – $19.95 at Amazon
After purchasing some of these great items for your tailgate, make sure to pack them up in the Camp Wagon from Coleman for easy transportation. This fantastic carrier has a 150 lb. weight capacity and is built with a special accordion folding design, which means it can shrink up for easy packing in the car. Plus the wagon comes with a one-year warranty, in case of any minor mishaps. – $104.29 at Amazon
Face it—if you’re not moving around a lot at the tailgate party or inside the stadium, chances are pretty good that you’ll eventually get cold feet. Most days its tolerable, but on particularly frigid days, it can ruin the whole experience. Get yourself a pair of these bad boys and you won’t have to worry about that happening. – $78.10 at Amazon
You’re about to be sitting in crappy uncomfortable stadium seats for the next few hours, so you might as well be super comfy during the tailgate party, right? – $399.99 at Amazon
If you’re the one serving up delightfully chilled bottles of the good stuff, this one-handed bottle opener will further impress your friends. With a little practice, you can reach into the cooler, grab a bottle, and pop off the cap in one smooth motion. – $16.00 at Amazon
Why should you have to pick between drinking an ice cold beer and holding a plate of food? You can do both with a Go Plate, even if you don’t have a table. The plates (sold in packs of 10) fit right over your bottle’s neck or even a cup or can. Clearly, you shouldn’t take a swig until you remove your food, but at least you’ll be able to eat without losing track of your beverage. – $27.79 at Amazon
The sun is strong, which is why you need the Kelty Shademaker 2. It is big enough to shelter large families from the sun or rain. Customers find that it’s easy to set up due to its spacious 100 square-foot floor. It comes with a convenient backpack-style carry bag for easy travel on the go. – $136.99 at Amazon