12 Tailgating Essentials to Score for Football Season

Down! Set! Hut! Shop! These tailgating must-haves are sure to make game day even more fun and stress-free.

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August 10, 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year and, no, we're not talking about sleigh bells or Santa Claus.

We’re talking tackles, touchdowns and tailgate parties! Football season is so close we can practically taste the ice-cold brews, burgers and bottomless buffalo chicken dips.

Whether you plan to host your very first tailgate party or throw your 12th-annual game day gathering, the key elements to a successful party remain the same. You need a location that offers shade and shelter against the ever-evolving fall weather, fresh food that keeps guests full all day and seating that provides the crucial back support all adults need to survive a full day of cheering.

Kick off tailgate season with all the practical gear you need to celebrate your team in style this fall. Below, we share our game-day entertaining essentials and go-to gear guaranteed to keep your tailgate crew comfortable and happy no matter the weather or score at the end of the game.


Cheer on your team in the stadium without tearing up your back in the process. The Flash Furniture stadium chair is equipped with a supportive, padded seat and comes with a top handle for effortless transport to and from your tailgate. Scoop up the chair in black for versatility or grab it in one of the 17 additional hues to match your school or team colors.

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What's a tailgate without a chargrilled burger (or three)? The HERO Portable Charcoal Grill System has everything you need to grill out on game day. Each grill is non-stick for easy wipe-downs. Plus, it’s the world’s first dishwasher-safe grill, proving effortless clean-up after the game.

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Introducing the only propane grill you’ll ever need on game day: the Coleman Propane Party Grill. The pint-sized design is ideal for on-the-go celebrations while simultaneously offering reliable grilling capabilities no matter how stormy the forecast is. Plus, this grill features a push-to-start ignition that makes grilling simpler and quicker than ever before.

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Don’t let chilly fall temps stand in the way of your football tailgate. Prepare for brisk and breezy game days with this cozy waterproof outdoor blanket. Use it to bundle up in the stadium or lay it out on the ground for picnic seating at your game day gathering.

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Keep the game day party going — rain or shine — with the Rightline Gear SUV Tailgating Canopy. The handy tent attaches directly to the rear hatch of your SUV, minivan, wagon, crossover or truck with ease. Each canopy comes with waterproof strapping to keep your car damage-free and guards the rear window against the sun to keep your cargo as cool as possible on steamy Saturdays.

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This cult classic has earned a reputation as a game-day staple and with good reason. The YETI. Tundra 35 makes light work of caring 20 cans at a time and promises to keep your libations icy no matter how high the temperature gets. Snag it in the crisp white option or choose from the additional three colors — Harvest Red, Navy and Desert Tan.

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$15.69 (Pack of 24)

Fun fact: Buffalo chicken dip and chili cheese dogs taste twice as nice when eaten off plates that represent your team. This 24-piece paper plate set makes the perfect addition to any Tennessee Titans tailgate outside Nissan Stadium. Not blessed to call yourself a Titans fan? The good news is that you can snag the same 24-piece plate set to represent your favorite NFL franchise instead.

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Why leave all the competition to the players? Get in on the fun at your next tailgate with this investment-worthy bean bag toss game. Each set comes with two portable boards with your choice of customization or monogram. Also included: eight bean bags and a canvas travel tote for an easy commute from your car to the quad across campus.

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$9 (Pack of 20)

The only thing more certain than passionate rivalries on game days is the splashes, spills and stains everyone leaves behind. Get ahead of the mess with these pretty yet practical tailgating napkins. The white backdrop and gold lettering play well with any team colors and will be a welcome addition to your tailgate buffet.

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Offer your tailgate guests bottomless H2O (or perhaps provide them with something a bit more spirited for the special occasion). This one-gallon drink dispenser comes ready to use with an elevated stand, built-in cup storage and a spigot for effortless serving.

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There is a short window of time in which an adult can comfortably sit without proper back support. Go ahead, do yourself a favor and scoop up this Coleman Camping Chair for the upcoming football season. It checks all our adult-friendly boxes: easy to tote, foldable and fully cushioned to provide the lumbar support that everyone over 30 needs in order to rally after a full day of tailgating. Best part? Each chair also comes with built-in cup holders to keep your libations within reach at all times.

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We’ve expressed our undying love for grilled burgers and brats at tailgates, but we have yet to discuss how stressful grilling can be when you’re working out of the back of your vehicle. Not to fret, friend! Introducing the folding outdoor grill table you never knew you needed and will never want to live without. The foldable design is perfect for taking on the go, offering four unique spaces to prep, serve and store cooking supplies within reach. You’ll use it during football season and continue to bring it out for family functions, camping adventures and neighborhood parties throughout the year.

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