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The Best Tailgate Gear for Game Day

We've rounded up our top picks for the most clever and useful tailgate gear you never knew you needed.

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Coleman NFL Cooler Quad Folding Tailgating & Camping Chair with Built in Cooler and Carrying Case (All Team Options)via amazon.com

Quad Chair

Here’s a chair that will have fellow tailgaters talking! This quad chair ($40) can be printed with your NFL team’s logo and it has a built-in soft cooler in one arm to keep drinks cold. It also has a side pouch for snacks or game programs. Don’t miss out on these cheer-worthy tailgate appetizer recipes.

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Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grillvia amazon.com

Portable Grill

A pre-game party simply isn’t complete without a parking lot barbecue. This best-selling Coleman grill ($250) is a propane grill that gets the job done in style. Like magic, the instant-start button ignites the grill without the need for flame or lighter fluid. From burgers and hot dogs to vegetables, it’s the perfect parking lot companion.

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Barbecue Spatula With Bottle Opener - HEAVY DUTY 20% THICKER STAINLESS STEEL - Wide Metal Grilling Turner for Burgers Steak & Fish - Large BBQ Grill Handle - Best Cooking Utensils & Accessoriesvia amazon.com

Spatula

Cook up some flippin’ delicious burgers with this multipurpose, heavy-duty stainless steel spatula ($13). The serrated edge comes in handy for easily cutting meat, buns, vegetables and more right on the spot. It even includes a built-in bottle opener so you can pop open a frothy brew as you grill (like the best craft beer in your state).

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Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heatervia amazon.com

Space Heater

Cold temps shouldn’t stop diehard fans from throwing the best-ever tailgate party. Bundle up and put your game face on! This flameless, convenient portable space heater ($70) is a must-have for loyal fans who don’t mind braving the elements on frigid game days. Stay warm with our best slow cooker tailgate recipes, too.

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 Bluetooth Speakers, Anker Soundcore via amazon.com

Bluetooth Speaker

Rock out to some tunes and get everyone fired up before the big game with this small but mighty Bluetooth speaker ($28). The crystal clear sound, 24-hour battery life and sleek design will make your music the center of the parking lot party while dishing out your college team’s favorite tailgating recipe.

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Kolder Licensed Inc. NFL San Francisco 49ers Krazy Kovervia amazon.com

Beer Bottle Sweaters

Beer cans seem to get all the love when it comes to being hugged by fun and colorful koozies. Now you can keep your bottled beer ice-cold until the very last drop with these comfy NFL-themed bottle sweaters ($7). Packing soda for the tailgate? Keep ’em cool, too, because these stretch to fit a range of containers from 12-ounce to 2-liter bottles.

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HERSHEY'S 01211HSY S'Mores Caddy, Brownvia amazon.com

S’mores Caddy

Graham crackers + marshmallows + chocolate = the ultimate trifecta. Carry all of the sweet ingredients to build the perfect s’more in this adorable caddy ($18) that looks like a classic Hershey’s chocolate bar. It’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth around the grill, especially if you add these surprising ingredients to make the best s’mores ever.

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Tailgating Pros Cornhole Boardsvia amazon.com

Cornhole Boards

Bags, bag toss, sack toss, cornhole, baggo…whatever you call it, this game has become a staple at tailgates, cookouts and parties across the country. Show off your perfect aim (and team colors!) with this sturdy cornhole set ($95). It comes with a carrying case so it’s easy to pack up and bring to any parking lot party.

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 Camerons Products Tailgating Tablevia amazon.com

Collapsible Folding Table

Looking for a compact, durable, high-quality tailgating table that can do it all? Look no further. This collapsible folding table ($70) is easy to carry and features an insulated cooler, four cup holders and a food basket. It’ll be the centerpiece of your tailgate before you know it.

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FORTEM Car Trunk Organizervia amazon.com

Trunk Organizer

Keep everything in place with this durable, waterproof and spacious trunk organizer ($40). Easily store and haul snacks, drinks, tableware, napkins, electronics or whatever else you need for the perfect tailgate. Plenty of side pockets are built-in for extra storage, too.

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 XL Plush Fleece Outdoor Stadium Rainproof and Windproofvia amazon.com

Fleece Outdoor Blanket

Stay warm and dry with this extra-large waterproof and windproof picnic blanket ($30). It will be the ultimate champion for windy stadiums, frigid Friday night football games and rainy days at the field. It’s big enough for sharing with family and friends who need some heat.

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Knox Electric Cooler and Warmer for Car and Home with Automatic Locking Handlevia amazon.com

Electric Cooler

Think of this electric cooler ($100) as more of a portable mini-refrigerator. It’s roomy enough to hold cans, bottles, snacks, condiments and whatever else you’re going to sip or munch on at the tailgate. It even comes with two built-in cords, one for wall outlets, and another for car power adapters. Never worry again about forgetting to pick up a bag of ice!

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 TahoeBay 12 Blank Beer Can Coolersvia amazon.com

Koozies


A classic staple for any tailgating scene. Koozies are a must! Check out this multi-color pack ($13) that has a color for just about any team you’re repping.

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 ABCCANOPY Commercial Pop up Canopy Tentvia amazon.com

Pop-Up Tent


Don’t let rain wash out your tailgating plans. This durable pop-up canopy tent ($170) withstands rain, heat, snow and wind with its sandbags in tow! Up next: Get our best tips for hosting a tailgate party.

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