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10 Things You Need to Bring to Your Next Football Tailgate

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Football season is in full swing, and you know what that means. Yes, a lot more shouting in the house than usual; but it also means good times with friends, food and drinks. And the best way to experience it all? Tailgating!

1. Snack Box Trays

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While tailgating is a ton of fun, it also requires a fair amount of planning and preparation. So we've rounded up our top 10 must-have items to bring to your next tailgate. 

1. Snack Box Trays

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If one of your hands is holding a drink and the other's holding a burger, what hand will you use to play parking lot games? These football-themed snack box trays solve that problem! Each tray has a snack holder, a large section for a main course and even a drink holder. Now you can mingle, multitask and munch with ease. 

2. Portable Grill

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Photo source: Walmart

2. Portable Grill

Bringing a grill may seem like a no-brainer, but the challenge is choosing which grill to bring! We recommend the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill because it's compact and portable, yet substantial enough to cook for a group. The grill's adjustable base makes it easy to transform the grill from tabletop use to floor stand use. And when you're done, the whole grill folds up into a small case and even has a built-in carrying handle!

3. Spice Carousel

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3. Spice Carousel

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Tailgating gear definitely adds up, so the more compact and portable everything is, the better. When it comes to spices and seasonings, this KitchenArt Select-a-Spice Carousel does just that. Rather than pack up all your spices individually, you can store them all together in this convenient carousel. It comes with 12 canisters, which automatically measure out quarter-teaspoon increments with the turn of a knob. Because of its built-in handle, it's super easy to transport too!

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4. Insulated Wine Carafe

4. Insulated Wine Carafes

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Tailgating is often associated with beer, but we've got something special for those who prefer wine or cocktails. These Swig Life Wine Carafes hold 25 ounces of your favorite drink (or an entire bottle of wine) and keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours. These carafes also feature an airtight stainless steel lid, so you don't have to worry about any leaks or spills. 

5. Reusable Ice Cubes

5. Reusable Ice Cubes

Photo source: Amazon

Photo source: Amazon

These Urban Essentials Reusable Ice Cubes are quite literally a game-changer. When you use these reusable ice cubes, you no longer have to worry about ice diluting your drink or melting in your cooler. Simply freeze them in the reusable bag (included) then use them to chill your drink of choice. When you're done, just wash them off, pop them back in the bag and store them in the freezer for the next time. 

6. Portable Pong

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6. Portable Pong

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You've probably heard of Pong, but have you ever played with cups that are 24 inches tall? You can with Wicked Big Sports Pong! Each set comes with six cups, one ball and one pump. Each cup is lightweight and collapsible, and everything folds up in an easy-to-carry storage bag. Are you ready to take your Pong game to the next level? 

7. Clip-on Bluetooth Speaker

7. Clip-on Bluetooth Speaker

Photo source: JBL

Photo source: JBL

What's grillin' and chillin' without a little music? Carry the tunes to your next tailgate with the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker. Measuring at 5.4 inches tall, this speaker may be small, but it's mighty; it offers 10 hours of playing time and packs a surprisingly powerful sound. This speaker's also waterproof and features a clip so you can secure it onto your belt loop, bag or chair. 

8. Weather-proof Outdoor Blanket

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8. Weather-proof Outdoor Blanket

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When the weather gets cold, you can bet that football fans still tailgate; but you'll want to be sure to bundle up! Get an extra layer of warmth with this Lightspeed Outdoors Plush Outdoor Blanket. This blanket features an outer shell that's rain- and wind-proof, and its interior is made of warm soft fleece. It's a generous size, measuring at 72 x 58 inches, and it also folds up nicely into the sack that's conveniently included. Bonus: It's also machine washable! 

9. 32oz Tumblers

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9. 32oz Tumblers

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Whether you're drinking wine, cocktails or just plain old water, these Swig Life 32oz Tumblers will keep your drinks cold (or hot) for hours. They hold a lot of liquid so you'll need fewer refills, and they're cup holder friendly so you can easily bring it with you anywhere. These insulated tumblers are also dishwasher-safe and come in nine different colors and patterns. Lid and reusable straw are included.

10. Folding Rolling Cart

Photo source: Global Industrial

Photo source: Global Industrial

10. Folding Rolling Cart

Now that you've got your tailgate checklist, you'll need something to help you carry everything to the game! This Olympia Tools Pack-N-Roll Cart is sturdy enough to carry up to 80 pounds, which you can easily roll thanks to its wheels and extendable handle. When you're done, the whole thing folds up neatly so you can store it out-of-sight until you're ready to use it again. 


Which of these products have you tried? 

What other tailgating essentials do you recommend?

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