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Tailgate Like You Mean It Everything you need to be the life of the parking lot

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Tailgate Like You Mean It Everything you need to be the life of the parking lot

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If you’re attending a slew of big games this season, show up in style. Serious tailgaters know you’ve got to equip yourself with just about everything you can think of while outside the stadium. The innovative essentials below vary from practical to semi-absurd, and they’ll definitely make you the envy of fellow sports fans. Let the tailgating begin!

Coolers that do more

Put up to 30 cans of soda or beer into the Picnic Time Verdugo Tote for Four ($52.99 at JCPenney). But the fun doesn’t stop there. This thing features everything you need to serve and enjoy your meal: plates, utensils, cups, a corkscrew, cutting board and a salt-and-pepper shaker. The only thing absent is a table, but that comes later.

Picnic Time Verdugo Tote for Four at JCPenney

 

Most people may be drinking beer, but for the wine enthusiasts there’s the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Caring Cooler ($35 at Amazon), which holds several wine bottles and snacks. Its slim design ensures that it’s easy to carry, and the bright print makes it easy to spot amid a sea of coolers. All the proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit committed to ending child hunger in America.

Trae Bodge enjoying a cold glass of wine from the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Caring CoolerTrae Bodge enjoying a cold glass of wine from the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Caring Cooler

 

Here’s something that’s slightly ridiculous but undeniably awesome. The Picnic Time Buccaneer Grill & BBQ Set ($159.95 at Amazon) is an all-in-one tailgating tote featuring a removable cooler (holds 24 cans), charcoal grill, spatula (with a built-in bottle opener!), tongs, barbecue fork and more.

Picnic Time Buccaneer Grill & BBQ Set at Amazon

 

Cook that food with style

If that cooler-grill hybrid is too much for you, the GigaTent Folding Portable Charcoal Grill ($19.99 at Walmart) is simple to set up and break down. Plus, it has a handle for easy transporting. Just grab a bag of charcoal and get cooking!

GigaTent Folding Portable Charcoal Grill at Walmart

 

Unless you’ve got hands of steel, you’ll need tools to cook with. The KitchenWorthy 5-Piece Stainless Steel Grilling Tool Set ($19.12 at Wayfair.com) contains a slotted spatula, grill tongs, grill fork and a carving/slicing knife, all in a convenient carrying case. You’ll be the ultimate grill master.

KitchenWorthy 5-Piece Stainless Steel Grilling Tool Set at Wayfair

 

If you plan to prepare meats, be careful with that raw juice. The dishwasher-safe and shatterproof Tovolo Clean Flip BBQ Trays ($27 at Amazon) allow you to prep ingredients on one side and then conveniently flip the tray to serve cooked foods on the other.

Tovolo Clean Flip BBQ Trays at Amazon

 

If you’re hardcore—and I mean hardcore—your tailgate is going to feel inadequate without a Blacktop Party Hub Grill/Fryer ($239.89 at Amazon). It combines a grill, deep fryer, griddle and warming plate. This means you can kick things off in the morning with eggs, bacon and pancakes and keep the party going throughout the day with hot wings, seared steak, fries and so much more.

Blacktop Party Hub Grill/Fryer at Amazon

 

Serve up the grub

Space is tight in the parking lot, so don’t come bearing a jumbo-size kitchen table. The portable String Light Company Picnic Table ($49.69 at Wayfair.com) comes in five colors, is made of lightweight aluminum and is a cinch to assemble and pack up (bag included). Also, you can always use it to play flip cup before and after meals.

String Light Company Picnic Table at Wayfair

 

Is the crew done eating? Give them an hour, and they’ll be back for more. In the meantime, keep the food bug-free with the Trademark Home Mesh Food Cover Set ($17.99 at Kohl’s). These collapsible covers will protect your grub while providing a clear view of it. They expand enough to fit cakes, bowls or other serving pieces up to 8 inches tall.

Trademark Home Mesh Food Cover Set at Kohl's

 

Don’t just stand there

You’ll be milling around most of the time, but at some point, you’re going to want to lounge. Do so comfortably in the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair ($59.99 at Amazon), which is your La-Z-Boy away from home. The chair has three different reclining positions, a three-way swiveling umbrella (with UPF 50+), a cup holder and an insulated storage pocket with a bottle opener.

Sport-Brella Recliner Chair at Amazon

 

If you want to provide shade for everyone and not just yourself, invest in a canopy tent, like the Tailgate Tent Canopy ($199.95–$219.99) with your team of choice emblazoned on all four sides. This 9-foot-by-9-foot water-resistant tent offers 6 feet of clearance to the bottom of the canopy, offering plenty of room for everyone (except your uber-tall guests). The tent retracts to four feet and requires two people to set up.

Sports Team Logo Tailgate Tent Canopy

 

Now for the drinks

Sorry, frat boy, but not everyone is down for beer and Fireball shots. Some people prefer to approach the stadium in a wine-induced coma. Keep your vino at the perfect temperature with the insulated Vino2Go 10 Ounce Wine Tumbler (set of two for $19.99 at BigKitchen.com). These portable tumblers are basically adult sippy cups, so you can party on without spilling a drop. They’re also available in a variety of colors like red, black and purple to represent your favorite team.

Vino2Go Wine Tumblers at BigKitchen

 

For that rabid fan who is as generous as he is drunk, let us present you with the Beer Belt ($21.95 at Wear Your Beer). It holds six beers around your waist with an oversize buckle that can withstand extreme mayhem. There’s even a pocket on the front to hold important things like a phone, ID, playing cards or money.

Beer Belt

 

If you want to be fancy—or you have some margarita-loving fans to impress—bring along a gas-powered Portable Blender ($299.95 at Comfort House). This baby has a horsepower engine, which means it’s loud, and your tailgating neighbors are sure to come snooping around to check out the cocktail chaos. Thankfully, the blender has enough torque to make frozen beverages in just 15 seconds. So you can serve those nosy neighbors and have them on their way lickety-split.

TailGator Portable Blender at Comfort House

 

Don’t forget the non-alcoholic entertainment

You gotta have tunes! The Logitech UE Mobile Boombox ($76.88 at Amazon) is a great tailgating companion. It’s built with premium materials and a rubber casing, so it will stand up to game-time abuse. The Bluetooth-enabled speaker can wirelessly connect up to eight devices and you can control it from up to 50 feet away.

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox at Amazon

 

No game day is complete without cornhole. And now you can enjoy the activity through the night thanks to this LED Glow Cornhole Set ($57.77 at Hayneedle). You’ll get the two target boards with LED-lighted areas as well as eight beanbags and glow sticks. This is how Tron tailgates.

LED Glow Cornhole Set at Hayneedle

 

Coupon tips from our editors banner

JCPenney: Save 15% sitewide.

Wayfair.com: Get free shipping on $49 or more.

Kohl’s: Through September 14, save an extra 15% off all orders.

Wear Your Beer: Take 20% off top-selling merchandise.

 

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