Tailgating is a weekend tradition whose origins can be traced back to the Civil War, when spectators brought picnic baskets to watch the First Battle of Bull Run. While the gridiron wars celebrated in today’s modern incarnation are far less severe, the role of food and drink has slowly expanded from its humble packed-lunch roots to take on a culture all its own.
Fortunately, there’s no need to choose between the comforts of home and the one-of-a-kind gameday experience only found on the grounds of an NFL stadium or college campus. This right tailgating setup can provide the best of both worlds to dedicated sports fans born with a flair for party planning and a warped notion of sensible spending — not to mention those fortunate mooches they call friends.
What to Wear
Look the Part
Be prepared for whatever the day throws your way, and leave no doubt about whose side you’re on.
NFL Throwback Jersey ($150)
Mophie Juice Pack H2Pro ($130)
RRL Slim-Fit Selvedge Denim ($275)
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Sweatshirt ($120)
Nike Tech Fleece Windrunner ($130)
New Era NFL Official On Field 59Fifty Cap ($35)
Pappa Bert’s Sippin’ Seat ($30)
Wet Ones Singles ($10)
Garrett Leight California Optical ($315)
Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch ($950)
What to Eat and Drink
Don’t be the guy who brings Ballpark Franks and Lay’s. Put some effort in and reap the benefits when you are the most popular guy in the lot.
Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler ($485)
Corkcircle Arctican ($20)
GoGalley Eagle 100 Grill ($2,700)
Thermapen Mk4 ($99)
Debragga Executive Dry Aged Sampler ($295)
Best Made Co. Engineer Stripe Apron ($68)
The Go Plate ($20)
Coleman Portable Deck Chair with Swivel Table ($48)
Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix ($6)
Tailgaterz Gameday Buffet ($75)
What to Do
Watch the Pre-Game and Get Amped
No tailgate is complete without entertainment. Put the game on the flatscreen, put the fight song on repeat and toss the pigskin around in preparation for kickoff.
SunBrite 55-Inch Outdoor TV ($4,095)
UE Megaboom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($300)
Wilson Official NFL Game Football ($94)
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Portable Inverter ($1,300)
Fantasy Football Trophy ($45)
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket ($49 per month)
Winegard Carryout G2 Portable Satellite TV Antenna ($590)
E-ZUp Hub Shelter ($1,208)
Pelican Remote Area Lighting System ($770)
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera ($150)