The Ultimate Tailgating Must-Haves

Nothing beats a Sunday afternoon tailgating, but what do you need to have that ultimate experience? Is it the perfect handpicked drinks? What about the cooler decked out in stickers of your favorite team? There are so many things to consider when planning for your upcoming tailgate for your favorite team. The best tailgates are full of fun, friends and the best items!

The perfect cooler

Most tailgating experiences happen in the heat of summer where an ice-cold beverage is a must. Picking out the best cooler is important in ensuring your ice keeps throughout the afternoon. You have to look at the insulation level and the overall cooler quality. Don’t forget to customize it to your needs either. Be sure to consider things like if you need a spout or wheels before purchasing. Bonus points if you cover it in team stickers!


Now that you’ve got your cooler, you’ve got to fill it with drinks. You can’t have the full tailgate experience without your favorite beer. Consider your environment when selecting your beverages. Can you have glass bottles or should you go with cans? Don’t forget to add some water, too. You don’t want to get dehydrated and miss the game.


Let’s be honest, everyone loves tailgate food. When shopping for the best menu, consider if you will have a grill handy or not. Hot dogs and hamburgers are a tailgating staple that you can’t go wrong with. Don’t forget the buns and toppings though. You also need a great side from classic chips to the more adventurous route like potato salad. Whatever you get, make sure it’ll sit on your stomach well throughout the day.

An enclosed cargo trailer

Now that you’ve got all this stuff to take to your tailgate, where will you keep it and how will it get there? Consider getting an affordable enclosed cargo trailer. You can transport all of your favorite tailgating items inside the trailer with room for extra things that you think of along the way. It will also offer you a place to sit down that not in direct sun or shelter from an afternoon shower. Just like your fun cooler, you can also decorate the trailer in your team logos or fun flags. You can even get a trailer with a window so that you don’t miss any of the fun while chilling inside.

Hand-held fan

We all know summer and early fall and get pretty hot fast. The best way to cool down while still enjoying your tailgate is a hand-held fan. There are so many options from battery powered to rechargeable to ones that spritz water. You could even get a little fan that connects to your phone’s charging port.


Don’t forget to set the scene of your tailgate and make it fun. Adding the perfect music can draw in a great crowd and provide easy entertainment. No one wants to sit around in silence all afternoon. If you are using online streaming, make sure you’ve got enough music downloaded in case your reception is bad or have a radio as a backup plan.

Family and Friends

Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to your ultimate tailgating experience. You’ll want to be able to show off all your hard work and fun new items. Plus, a tailgate isn’t fun unless you have people to share it with.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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