Must-have tailgating supplies for game day

Fall is my favorite time of the year. With that comes cool weather, everything pumpkin, fire pits, football and TAILGATING.

During COVID we learned how to tailgate at home, or “home gating.”  Either way, I tend to enjoy “snacking” even more than football.  What matters with tailgating is getting your friends and family together to hang out and enjoy some good fellowship. If I am not traveling, there is no place I’d rather be than home having fun with friends and family. 

Are you a college sports fan? Or NFL sports fan? You can find anything you need for any sports fan at Fanatics. Fanatics is the “world’s largest collection of officially licensed fan gear from all the leagues, teams and players you love.” I married into a Pittsburgh Steelers family, so of course we are all things from the Burgh. We follow college football, too.


These are few of my favorite must-have tailgating essentials:


A canopy tent with your team logo sets the tone for getting your tailgating party started. You’ll have shade and a gathering spot. Something about a tent with a team logo just draws people over even if it is in your backyard.  


You’ll need some tables and chairs. 



You’ll need some nice grill tongs, a grill glove, and apron. Can’t have a tailgate party without some kind of grilling. 


Tailgate cups for the gang. You can get a pack of 16.




And plenty of your favorite team apparel – t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and socks from your favorite team.



If you really want to show your team spirit, you can get a fire pit with your team logo. These are pretty cool looking. Have you tried the smokeless portable fire pits? They really do create less smoke.


Blankets and throws. You can never have too many sports team blankets and throws!




You are going to need some fun games, like cornhole, ring toss, darts, or yard dice.



Can you ever have too many coolers?  Nope. Check out this Florida Gators Collapsible 3- in- 1 Cooler. You can use it as a cooler, wastebasket, or a laundry hamper! Look for these in your team’s colors.

Don’t forget your garden flag.  Gotta let the neighbors know where you stand on the important things.


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