Whether you tailgate because you’re a die-hard fan of your home team or you are just there for the snacks and camaraderie, one thing is certain: Tailgating is a sport in and of itself—at least it is where I’m from.
Packing up tailgate essentials the night before so you can hit the road early in the morning and snag the best spot in the lot is just the beginning. There is just as much preparation that goes into the tailgate as there is for the big game itself, so we have rounded up 15 essentials you need to have packed and ready to go to make your tailgates the most fun and functional this football season.
The weather will be cold, but your drink will be colder if you’re using a YETI Can Insulator. These come in three sizes, so no matter your can of choice, you never have to worry about going without one. The double-vacuum insulation and no-sweat design will keep your hand dry, and the stainless steel material can withstand even the wildest tailgates. Pro tip? Make sure to get a different color than your friends so everyone knows whose drink is whose.
10+ colors available
Nothing says "tailgate season" quite like an ice cold beer and, our favorite—snacks to get us through long days of cheering on our favorite teams. This cooler is more lightweight and portable than a traditional cooler if you're not up to lugging around food and beverage for a larger group and the backpack straps make it perfectly portable from the parking lot to the stadium and beyond.
Show up to the tailgate with this heavy-duty yet compact cooler on wheels, and everyone will know you’re not messing around this season. The Roadie® 48 cooler is made with impact- and puncture-resistant wheels, comfortable handles, pressure-injected polyurethane locks (for keeping food and drink cold OR hot), and more for easy transporting and trustworthy quality week after week.
2 colors available
Is it just me, or are foldable chairs one of those things that get forgotten constantly? I always remember that I need one, but I never remember to grab one. This year, I am keeping them in the car so they are always ready when I need them. This one has two mesh cup holders, a carry strap, and an organizer with a zip pocket, mesh pocket, and cell phone holder.
10+ colors available
Let your friends know you’re on cooking duty (or that you’ll at least bring the grill). This lightweight, foldable, and portable grill and smoker can be easily packed into your car and assembled on the spot. All you’ll need is the charcoal and whatever is on the menu.
2 sizes available
Play your team’s touchdown song over and over while you’re tailgating to get ready for the game. This speaker by Kove is great for large groups of people because you can split the speaker in half and put each on different sides of your tailgating spot.
5 colors available
If you plan on going into the game (no shame if you’re just there to tailgate and leave), you’re going to need a clear bag. In the past, these were never very cute, but since stadium regulations have changed and now require them, there are actually some great options. We love the chain detail and magnetic closure on this one.
4 colors available
Wind, rain, snow, sleet, or shine, tailgating never gets canceled, so you better have a durable tent handy. We recommended investing in one that is durable because you don’t want to be the crew that is constantly picking their tent up and reassembling it on a windy day. This one comes with a top cover, side wall, carry bag, and sandbags.
9 colors and 3 sizes available
Between not being near anything but a porta potty while you’re tailgating and being outside for most of the day, you’re going to want to have your own hand sanitizer on deck. Touchland hand sanitizers are moisturizing (which will be life-saving for colder game days) and compact (so they fit in the tiniest of stadium bags).
10 scents available (including unscented)
This post is sponsored by Yeti, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.