What could be better than gathering with fellow fans and tailgating before a big game? For a spread that will be the envy of the parking lot, you’ll need the right equipment. From portable grills to sun covers, don’t head to the stadium without these tailgating essentials.
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Tailgating is supposed to be about kicking back and enjoying yourself, so make sure to bring some chairs for you and your buddies. The ALPHA CAMP Oversized Camping Chairs are big, padded and comfortable. The chairs are collapsible for maximum portability, and they even come with their own cupholders. You’re going to want to get one for yourself and for each of your friends. Buy it here.
Parking lots are notoriously hot and most don’t have any shade to speak of, so a good sun cover is a tailgating essential. The CROWN SHADES 10×10 Pop Up Canopy is a fast and easy way to give your spot some much-needed shade. It’s so easy that it only takes one person to set it up! Plus, it has adjustable legs, a carrying case and a ventilated canopy for better air flow. Available in a variety of sizes and colors. Buy it here.
The ALPHA CAMP Camping Table Outdoor Portable Table is perfect for tailgating, with a heat-resistant, stone texture tabletop and a mesh pocket underneath for extra storage. Its legs are adjustable so it can be used while standing or sitting, and it folds away into its own carrying case when you’re done using it. Simple as that! Buy it here.
Don’t need a big table? Bring this Tailgating Table Collapsible Folding Camping Beach Table with you instead. This tiny folding table has cupholders for four drinks, a bucket for snacks and even its own cooler bag hanging beneath. Bring some ice and a lot of drinks with you for this one. Buy it here.
With 285 square inches of grilling area, up to 20,000 BTUs of grilling power and three adjustable burners with no-match lighting, the Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill is the ultimate tailgating grill. The nesting side tables will make it easy for you to bring all your grilling tools along with you too. When you’re all done, the grill’s legs collapse and you can push it back to your car with its heavy-duty wheels. Available in a variety of colors. Buy it here.
Is the Coleman Portable Propane Grill a little too much fuss for you? Bring this Blackstone Tabletop Griddle instead! This no-nonsense griddle offers 339 square inches of cooking area, up to 24,000 BTUs and heavy-duty burners for even heat. Buy it here.
A great grill master needs a great apron. The Asaya Chef, BBQ and Work Apron is a sturdy, canvas apron that is loaded with pockets and pouches for all your grilling needs. It also comes with a clip-on bottle opener and a hand towel. The apron comes in a selection of different colors to choose from. Add it to your tailgating essentials list! Buy it here.
Lawn games are definitely tailgating essentials. You’re going to need something to do between all that grilling! You’ll be the most popular people at the tailgate when you bring this GoSports Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss Game Set. People can’t get enough of cornhole, and this portable game comes with two collapsible targets, eight bean bags and even a rule book for those who need a refresher on the game. Football fans will especially love the design. Available in a variety of prints and colors. Buy it here.
The Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag is an insulated cooler that can hold everything you need for tailgating. The 24-liter bag can hold up to 40 cans! There are also two pockets on the sides for extra storage. The interior lining of the bag is made from PEVA foil and EPE foam to ensure that everything in the bag stays nice and cold. The shoulder strap also makes it easier to carry than regular coolers. Buy it here.
Looking for something a little more substantial? The Coleman Ice Chest has space for up to 100 cans inside. The top of the cooler features four built-in cup holders and can even be used for extra seating. It also features a stain-resistant liner, a water drain and insulation that can keep ice cold for up to five days. Available in a variety of sizes. Buy it here.
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