Essential Gear for Tailgating

From indestructible coolers to sleek portable grills, here is your starting lineup


October 19, 2021
Grilling burgers outdoors
Are you ready to tailgate? Here are a few essential pieces of gear you’ll want handy. Pexels

What’s more fun: the game or the party before the game? It’s time to upgrade your tailgate parties with some must-have equipment, like a portable grill, spacious cooler, some fun diversions along with chairs, tables and a tent to keep you dry if the weather turns on you. Here are some of our favorite tailgating items that you can purchase online today.

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill
This model has three adjustable burners for individual temperature control. Coleman

A reliable grill is any fan’s pride and joy come football season. Why should you sacrifice quality when you head to the stadium? We adore the convenience of the Coleman RoadTrip 285 Propane Grill. Setup is easy. Just fold it, roll it and reassemble it in a matter of seconds. And the cast-iron grill surface will tell opposing fans you mean business.

GoSports Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss Game Set with 8 Bean Bags and Travel Carrying Case - Choose American Flag Design, Red & Blue or Football
This foldable set weighs only 10 pounds. GoSports

While the burgers cook and the beers chill, fans need a way to cool off as well. While perhaps not the sport of kings, Cornhole is the preferred pastime of tailgaters. This version by GoSports sports a PVC frame and folds down into a compact carrying case. At only 10 pounds, this set is lighter and more nimble than the heavy wood varieties that are better left at home in the garage.

ABCCANOPY Pop up Canopy Tent Commercial Instant Shelter with Wheeled Carry Bag, Bonus 4 Canopy Sand Bags, 10x10 FT (White)
Match your team color – this number comes in 20 different hues. ABC Canopy

If kickoff is a few hours away, don’t let the sun scorch your party – you need a canopy tent. This model from ABC Canopy comes in six sizes and 20 colors. The material has a rating of UPF 50+ and its waterproof. Setting it up only takes a matter of seconds with two people. It comes with a roller bag, sandbags, stakes and ropes.

NFL 3-Piece Tailgate Kit (All Team Options)
The collapsible chairs, with a built-in cup holder, can support up to 225 pounds. Rawlings

Football fans are issued these portable chairs at birth, right? Available for every NFL team, this set includes two chairs and an “end zone” table. Ice-cold refreshments not included.

Igloo Polar Cooler (120-Quart, White)
A super-insulated body and lid keep ice for vie days at 90 degrees F. Igloo

Because we know you’ll ask: This cooler from Igloo can hold up 188 cans of soda or beer. And unless the game you’re watching lasts 5 days, they’ll stay ice cold in this model. It features reinforced, swing-up handles and double latches to keep the lid on tight.


Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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