It’s tailgate — err — football season again!
Whether you “pregame” at home or at the stadium, there are certain tailgate essentials every fan needs.
We stock up on cheap beer, plastic cups and family-size chips in preparation for the big game. You might say tailgating has become pretty predictable.
Fear not, football fanatics. The answer to beating tailgate tedium lies in extravagant picnic accessories. Like camping, tailgating is taking a turn for the glamorous. With portable Wi-Fi hotspots and buttery chairs hitting the mainstream, tailgates as you know will never be the same again. Take a look at some of the coolest, most luxurious tailgating gear you needed, like yesterday.
1. Yeti Cooler
Currently experiencing a surge in popularity, Yeti coolers are suddenly the newest, hippest outdoor accessory. Of course, it isn’t all hype. The coolers’ patent-pending technology keeps grizzly bears (and other creatures) out and frosty, cold beverages safe.
2. Big Green Egg
Like Yeti, Big Green Egg grills have also garnered lots of attention lately. Eggs are made with ceramic and stainless steel instead of metal, like traditional grills. Ceramic allows for easier temperature control, better insulation and quicker warm-up time. All of this to say, you’ll spend less time at the grill and more time drinking with friends.
3. Leather apron
For the stylish grill master, classy handyman or messy home cook, a leather apron is the epitome of luxury. You’ll be the envy of every hipster at neighboring tailgates.
4. Handmade football
Corn hole is old news. After all, it doesn’t have anything to do with football. Why not get in the spirit of the game by “tossing the pigskin”? This hand-crafted leather football was made specifically with the everyman in mind, not NFL players.
5. Folding chair
You prepped all week for this day, now, take a seat and relax like the king you are. This elegant folding chair features a fold-out side tray for drinks and eats and supple Buffalo hide leather. Talk about luxury!
6. Sound System
Every good tailgate has a fantastic playlist. Make yours shine with this streamlined wireless speaker. It features built-in Apple AirPlay technology and Bluetooth compatibility. Plus, you can hook up any device with a headphone jack to the speaker’s aux input.
Don’t settle for a flimsy plastic tent when you can have a canvas one. This heavy-duty canvas tent with a steel frame won’t give way on windy days. For especially cold tailgates, lower all four side flaps for extra warmth.
8. TV Stand
If you’re a tailgating pro, then you obviously have a designated tailgate television. But, do you have a TV stand that attaches to a trailer hitch? The tailgate TV stand rotates 360 degrees, offering the best viewing experience for everyone at your parking lot party.
Made of fir wood and aluminum, this picnic table is about as sturdy and stylish as it gets. Plus, with seating for four, you’ll never have to fight over camping chairs again. It totally beats standing around the buffet line trying to balance a drink and food plate.
What’s a classy tailgate without high-quality bourbon? If you can get your hands on it, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve is the best there is, but it comes at a high price. Basil Hayden or Weller 12 are decent substitutes.
Of all the items on this list, portable Wi-Fi might be the most coveted. If you can’t Instagram a picture of your tailgate, did it even happen at all?
When the tailgate comes to a close and it’s time to head to the game, throw this copper flask in your boot like an old distinguished pro. Made from the highest-quality solid copper and backed by the Pappy Van Winkle family brand, this flask is as good as it gets.
The ultimate symbol of leisure, hammocks, finally makes it way to the tailgate. Of course, this particular hammock only works if you or a friend owns a pick-up truck. Still, pretty cool, right?
For the anti-DIYers, there’s an easier way to achieve fancy tailgate comforts. Southern Tradition offers tailgate rental services so you can party in style, without the set-up and tear-down hassle.