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All the Essential Tailgate Gear You Need for Football Season

Whether you spend your weekends at your alma mater or in NFL parking lots, this gear will get you to kickoff and then some.

friends barbecuing during tailgating party
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September can bring the remaining sweltering days of summer but also sees the return of one of America's greatest pastimes: leaf-peeping. Okay, just kidding, we're talking about something else. The end of summer means it's time for football season. For those of us who are (substantially) less physically gifted than your average linebacker, this doesn't mean suiting up and hitting the gridiron, but it does mean we're about to get back to what we, the fans, do best: tailgate.

Over the years, tailgating essentials have evolved from just a cooler and some food out of the back of a truck to gameday setups with multiple generators firing up a flat-screen and smoking ten pounds of brisket at 7:00 a.m. However you like to spend your gamedays, whether it is Saturday on campus or Sunday at the stadium, there are some must-haves for every tailgate party. We rounded up everything that we haul to our favorite tailgates and dropped them below to get you started.

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E-Z Up
E-Z Up Patriot 10’ x 10’
E-Z Up
PK Grills
PK Grills PKGO Camp & Tailgate Grilling System
Huckberry
Yeti
Yeti Tundra 45
Yeti
Lifetime
Lifetime 5-Foot Fold-In-Half Table
Walmart
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GrowlerWerks
GrowlerWerks uKeg 128 oz - Stainless Steel Growler (w/ CO2)
Huckberry
Looft
Looft Charcoal Electric Lighter & Firestarter
Huckberry
RTIC
RTIC Insulated Tote Bag
RTIC
Yeti
Yeti Colster
Yeti
REI
REI Co-op Camp Chair
REI
ThermoWorks
ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE
ThermoWorks
Sonos
Sonos Roam
Sonos
Honda
Honda 2200-Watt Remote Gasoline Powered Inverter Generator
Home Depot
RDGID
RIDGID 100 ft. 12/3 Outdoor Extension Cord
Home Depot
AYL
AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves
Amazon
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