The Ultimate Tailgating Essentials List

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At last! Football season is finally upon us. Of course, with football season comes tailgating season.

Tailgating is the quintessential American tradition of arriving to the stadium hours before the game starts for the purpose of grilling, drinking, playing lawn games, and enjoying the company of friends and family before the big game. But before you hit the road, make sure you have all the necessary tailgating essentials packed and ready to go.

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Here are some of the top essentials to make your next tailgate a success.

Grilling Must Haves

Any good tailgate has to have some kind of grilling component. After all, two of the the three tailgating B’s (burgers, brats, and beer) require a grill.

But bringing a grill to a stadium parking lot can be a little tricky. Ideally, you’d bring a charcoal grill to smoke your meat to perfection, but those are expensive, difficult to transport, and in many cases, not allowed in certain venues.

Instead, you’re much better off with an electric grill. They may be smaller, but they get just as hot, and most importantly, you’ll be able to use them at any venue.

Drinking Accessories

Now that we’ve got food on the grill, it’s time to get an ice cold beverage in our hands. A chilly refreshing can of your favorite drink raise the spirits (no pun intended) of fans of even the worst teams!

A critical item that cannot be left at home is a cooler. Coolers are the bedrock of any successful tailgate. Make sure to plan ahead and pack lots of ice along with your favorite thirst quenchers as both always seem to go quick. And to protect yourself from frostbite on your fingers, don’t forget to bring a coozie.

The smartest thing you can remember to do, though, is drink responsibly!

Fan Gear

You were having such a good time thinking about tailgating that you almost forgot about the game, didn’t you? That’s ok, it happens.

Fan gear is what separates a tailgate from any run-of-the-mill barbecue. After all, anyone could throw a barbecue in his/her backyard and invite some friends over. Not you, of course. You have a team to root for and that means covering yourself head to toe in your favorite fan gear.

Don’t Forget the Music

No tailgate is complete without great music. Whether you prefer country, rock or hip hop, make sure you have the right equipment for your tailgating tunes.

The good news is, there are so many great speakers out there, so you’re bound to find one to fit your needs. The bad news is, the options can be overwhelming!

The price range for speakers is wide so it’s important to have a budget in mind. Bluetooth speakers tend to be on the more expensive side, but they’re much easier to set up in a parking lot and are way more portable than plug-in or traditional speakers. Plus, you’ll be able to DJ your tailgate with personalized playlists from your phone.

Need a place to start? Check out these portable audio docks and mini speakers, up to 80% off.

Well, there you have it! With these essentials in hand, you’ll be well prepared to win the real game before the game–the tailgate. And by shopping for the essentials on BLINQ, you’ll be able to save a good chunk of change along the way. So, what are you waiting for? The next game is fast approaching–and so is that tailgate!

Author: Ben

Ben is a recent Cornell grad who also happens to be an expert deal-getter (he once successfully haggled an apple down to $.25 from $.80). When he's not negotiating produce prices, he loves playing soccer and finding the best happy hour spots in D.C.

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