The Ultimate Tailgating Gear Checklist

The Ultimate Tailgating Gear Checklist

Have the best tailgating experience, no matter who wins the game, with the best gear. We're sharing the ultimate tailgating gear checklist here.

As most sports fan know, tailgating is a major part of the fan experience.


So important in fact that the average NFL fan tailgater will spend almost $200 on each tailgate

Entire game days will revolve around your tailgate, and that means they require some planning. And while the most important part of a game day is the actual game itself, you want the before, during and after to be the best of the best.  


So if you want your tailgate to be the talk of the quad, then you need to consider what tailgating gear will work best for you. 

We've taken the time to come up with the ultimate tailgating gear checklist, so you can have the number one tailgate while cheering on your number one team.

1. Canopy

A major component of your tailgating gear is going to be the canopy. 

If you're planning on spending multiple hours outside on a hot day, you're going to want some shade. Additionally, if it decides to rain on your tailgate, this will keep the party going. Any professional tailgater knows that a little rain is no reason to call it quits. 

Additionally, if it decides to rain on your tailgate, this will keep the party going. Any professional tailgater knows that a little rain is no reason to call it quits. 

On top of providing shelter, a canopy is a great way to set your tailgate apart. You can look for canopies with your team's logo so your friends can easily find you in the sea of fans and everyone will know who you're rooting for.

2. Seating 

Unless you want to stand around for hours on end, you definitely need to invest some good foldable chairs for your tailgate. 

These Coleman Oversized Quad Chairs are not only comfortable enough to camp out in for hours on end, but also have a little cooler attached to the arm rest! That way you barely have to leave your chair for more drinks during the game. Just stock up, plant yourself in front of the TV and enjoy.

Or you can take your comfort to the next level and invest in some trailer hitch hammock chairs, so everyone in the lot knows you're a professional tailgater. 

3. Grill

Just like no tailgate would be complete without good food, no tailgating gear checklist would be complete without a grill. 

When looking for a grill perfect for your tailgate, portability is key. After all, you're going to be lugging a lot of equipment around to set up the perfect game experience, so you don't want a grill that makes your life harder.

This Coleman Road Trip Portable Grill is a great option for any tailgater. With a collapsible stand and wheels, you can easily load it up in your car and move it around the tailgate. 

Don't forget to invest in a good instant read thermometer to go along with your grill, to ensure that your burgers and brats are perfect.

4. Cooler

Of course, a major part of any tailgate is going to be the beverages, so you're going to want to keep them ice cold. 

This job is perfect for a Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler. With a 50-can capacity, you'll have plenty of space to keep all of your guests hydrated during a long day. These rugged coolers will stand the test of time and can protect your food and beverages from bears and rowdy fans alike.

If you're looking for a smaller, more transportable option, you can check out the Yeti Hopper Two. With a thick strap and tapered body, this cooler is perfect for hauling around on long days and deserves a spot on your tailgating gear checklist.

5. Cups and Koozies 

While you can stick to the tried and true red solo cups, it doesn't hurt to upgrade in the container department. After all, you can't properly cheer on your team if you're worrying about warm drinks, right?

Keep your drinks straight-out-of-the-cooler cold with a Yeti Rambler that holds ice two times longer than your average tumbler. 

If wine is more your speed, then check out these Vino2Go Wine Tumblers. These tumblers let you get rowdy with your pinot without worrying about spillage. 

If you don't have a lucky koozie that gets brought out for every game, then consider investing in a heavy-duty Yeti Rambler Coaster. With double-wall vacuum insulation, your favorite beer will stay frosty and sweat-free for hours. 

6. Cornhole

Tailgating and cornhole go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or as the famous fictional kick returner, Forrest Gump might say, like peas and carrots.

Perfect for killing time during halftime or distracting you from your team's less than stellar score, cornhole is the ultimate tailgate pastime and therefore earns a spot on your tailgating gear list. 

It gets your competitive spirit going, just in case you didn't already have it going already. Just don't let it get too competitive because friendships can be tested and even broken over an intense game of cornhole.

It also gets bonus points because you don't even have to put your drink down to play. Score!

7. Speaker

A tailgate is essentially a party, and what would a party be without music? Whether it's for hanging out before the game kicks off, or celebrating after a win, a good portable speaker is an essential tailgating gear item.

Look for a product that is compact so it won't take up valuable space in your vehicle. Just don't sacrifice sound and quality in favor of size. After all, you want your team's fight song to play loud and clear, so your competitors hear every word. 

Also, having a speaker with Bluetooth pairing capabilities makes it easy to change up the music, giving everyone a turn to play what they want.  

8. Cold Weather Protection 

In a perfect world, your tailgate would have perfect sunny and 75-degree weather every time. But sadly, this is not a reality. 

As the season goes on, the weather will turn colder, but that isn't any reason for your tailgate to suffer. You just need to add a few items to your tailgating gear list as the weather changes.

Don't let freezing temperatures deter you from your tailgate by investing in a pack of hand and feet warmers. Inexpensive but effective, just pop a few of these babies in your coat pockets or in your socks and keep on partying. 

On top of hand warmers, don't forget to pack some throw blankets with your team's logo on them. This shouldn't be a burden, seeing as how the most dedicated of tailgaters love to show off their team colors any chance they get. 

9. TV and Satelite Antenna 

While a lot about tailgating has stayed the same over the years, one thing that has changed is the technology. 

Gone are the days when you had to rely on your radio to know how the game was going while you're camped outside the stadium. The ultimate tailgating gear list will include a good outdoor television and portable antenna. 

You might be tempted to drag your regular TV outdoors with you for your tailgate, but if you want the best experience, invest in an all-weather TV. These TVs can handle bad glares that are sure to happen at your tailgate, even with the help of a canopy.

And what would your outdoor TV be without a portable satellite antenna? A great option for the dedicated tailgater who wants all of the red zone action is the DISH Network Tailgater

The portable antenna comes with a receiver that is easy to set up, perfect for getting your tailgate ready to go without any huge hassle. Also, it offers a pay-as-you-go service, so you can only pay for it when you need it. That way you don't have any commitments once the season is over.

Choosing Your Tailgating Gear

Ultimately, finding the right tailgating gear will depend on how you want your experience to go. 

Not everyone will want to buy a new outdoor flatscreen, and not every fan base will need to plan for below freezing temperatures. 

While you might not need every item on this list, it's a good place to start if you're new to the tailgating world and unsure of what to pack. And if you're a seasoned tailgater, maybe you'll be tempted to try out some gear we listed for you.

And yes, the amount of heart and spirit you bring to your tailgate are the most important things, but ice cold beer never hurt, right?

Have any questions about our products we listed? Let us know!

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