12 Tailgating Essentials That Pack + Travel Well

Tailgating season is here, and we've picked out all the essentials you'll need to celebrate your favorite team's road to victory.

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October 22, 2018

Outdoor Blanket

This outdoor blanket can work nicely as a warm-up option for anyone who's feeling chilly during the tailgate festivities. Buy one for each of your family members as a special gift to kick off the start of tailgating season.

Buy It: Eddie Bauer, $28.00

Kitchen Towels

Here's the thing: once the barbecue is fired up and you're diving into your tailgate treats, a regular napkin is just not going to do. We suggest using these lovely, striped kitchen towels instead. They're big enough to cover your entire lap while you're chowing down or clean up any unexpected spills. Throw them into the washer when you get home, and they'll be as good as new.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.49 (Pack of 4)

Cooler Light

The universal tailgating challenge: how the hell do you see what's in the cooler after it gets dark? Wonder no more with this rad cooler light. There's no mounting involved with this device; simply turn it on, toss it in and voila. You can see all your drinks now!

Buy It: Amazon, $22.95

Barbecue Tool set

This heavy-gauge barbecue tool set is so good you'll want to use it even after you get home from the big game. And truth time: your barbecue skills deserve the respect of all the proper tools. A full-size turner, fork, tongs and a grill brush come in a handled carrying case that's easy to throw into your supplies bag.

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, $49.95

Food Storage Containers

Use these sturdy storage containers to bring all of your yummy tailgating treats with you. Each one in the set has an airtight silicone seal, which will help you avoid any annoying spills.

Buy It: Amazon, $17.95 (Set of 36)

Barbecue + Cooler Set

This combo barbecue/cooler comes in its own easy-to-carry bag as well as its own barbecue tools. There are lots of extra pockets, so you can fit in all the extra gear you might need to bring, too

Buy It: Amazon, $112.14

Compact Folding Chair

In our opinion, you don't want to skimp on your tailgating chairs. You'll usually be hanging out for quite a while before the game starts, so you should prioritize comfort. We love that this chair comes with a compact carrying case that can even fit into a smaller handbag.

Buy It: Amazon, $32.98


If you and your friends like to daytime tailgate, you know what it's like to get stuck baking in the sun. This clever "tailbrella" is a great way to get some major shade wherever you park. This nine-foot umbrella also comes in a bunch of different color options, so you can pick the one that matches your team's official colors.

Buy It: Amazon, $139.99

Portable Spice + Condiment Kit

How are you supposed to bring your honey siracha glaze to the tailgating part-ay? This portable condiment kit is the answer. With four jars for seasonings and three for sauces, you can bring all your rubs, sauces, glazes and everything in between. There's even a handy carrying case so that you can avoid any unwanted spills.

Buy It: Amazon, $18.99

Tailgating Games

Bring along these fun games to keep your group busy while you're tailgating. This three-in-one set lets you play either ladderball, bean-bag toss or washer toss. Put the kids in charge of organizing their own game-time kickoff, and they'll stay busy for hours.

Buy It: Amazon, $47.54

Tailgate Table

We're pretty confident this tailgating table will make all of your outdoor-entertaining dreams come true. There are four cup holders, a built-in, insulated cooler and a food basket where you can easily store your snacks. It's light and portable, so you can easily move it around. For bigger tailgating parties, you can buy a few and set them up around your vehicle to create different snacking stations.

Buy It: Amazon, $44.99

Collapsible Team Cooler

This large cooler is a perfect solution to hold all your beers and drinks and is available in several team logos. You could also use this as a temporary garbage can for your group and simply fold it up when you're done.

Buy It: Sam's Club, $29.98