26 Distinct and Delicious Tailgating Sandwiches

We've sampled some of the best sandwiches from restaurants all over America. Now it's your turn! Try making these sandwiches for the next big game, and we promise you'll be the talk of the tailgate.

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The Main Ingredient: The Food

The Main Ingredient: The Food

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a full-on carnivore, what food you bring can make or break a good tailgate. From burgers, chicken and steak to hot dogs, sausages, corn and other assorted veggies, make sure to know your crowd and pack accordingly. Sandwiches are also always a welcome addition, so try out these 26 unique sandwich recipes, and you’ll be the talk of the tailgate. 960 1280

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Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips

The best way to kick off any tailgate is to crack open a cold one and chow down on some appetizers. From guacamole and salsa to hummus and spinach, no matter what you decide to bring, you can never go wrong with chips and dip. And, if you’re looking for options other then chips, bring along some fresh cut-up vegetables like carrots, cucumber and celery, perfect for healthy dipping. 960 1280

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Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

One of, if not the, most essential item on the tailgating checklist is a portable grill. If you want to make grilling quick and easy, bring a portable gas grill with an attached propane tank, but if you want that smoky bbq flavor (and believe me, you do), make sure to bring a bag of charcoal and some matches to get the party started. 960 1280

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Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Ideal for tailgating, plastic silverware and cups are useful and easy to dispose of. The same can be said with paper plates, napkins and paper towels. Bringing proper grilling utensils is also key, so if you have one, bring a grilling kit, equipped with tongs, a spatula and a cleaning brush. 960 1280

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Condiments

Condiments

As we all know, the importance of quality food is essential to quality taste. However, almost more important to ensure complete deliciousness are the condiments. Ketchup, mustard, relish, salt and pepper should be on hand at every tailgate, no ifs, ands or buts about it. 960 1280

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Beer, Wine, Water and More

Beer, Wine, Water and More

A major key to a successful tailgate is definitely your beverage selection. For early-season games in warm weather — and heck, all games for that matter — beer and wine are as essential to a tailgate as players are to a football game. When braving the cold, drinks like warm apple cider punch and spiked Thai coffee are sure to keep you warm and give you a nice buzz. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Tailgating can be an all day event, so bring plenty of water to help stave off any pregame hangovers. 960 1280

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Over-the-Top Electronics

Over-the-Top Electronics

If you want to be considered the ultimate tailgater, that means pulling out all the stops. Make sure you bring a fully-charged speaker (wireless preferred) to get the party started with some tunes. But perhaps the greatest addition to any tailgate, is a flat-screen TV, perfect for watching pregame coverage or any other games being played during tailgating hours. Ideal locations for said TV are, the trunk of your SUV, the bed of your pickup truck or on top of your centerfold table under your pop-up tent (canopy). 960 1280

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Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

In order to keep your status as the ultimate tailgater, you’ll need two very important pieces of equipment to get your TV up and running. An inverter charger that can be used like a household power outlet when connected to your car’s DC port, and a power strip that can hold the plugs for the cable box, TV and whatever other appliances you may have brought along. 960 1280

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Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Weather be damned! One thing is for sure when bringing a pop-up tent to a tailgate, you’ll be protected by anything mother nature sends your way. Keep yourself and the food dry when it rains or snows, relax in the shade when the sun is scorching down or set up your flat-screen for primo game watching without the glare. 960 1280

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Games, Games, Games

Games, Games, Games

Want to bring a little more fun to your tailgate before your team hits the field? A football has, and always will be, a priority for any tailgate. However, lawn games such as bocce ball, corn hole and can jam are becoming increasingly more popular at tailgates across the country. 960 1280

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Centerfold Table

Centerfold Table

Not only is a table a welcome addition, it’s practically a necessity to the tailgating checklist these days. Small enough to fold up and slide into tight spaces in your trunk, a centerfold table is ideal not only for something to eat on, but is also the perfect size to set up and play a tailgating favorite, beer pong. 960 1280

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Collapsible Chairs

Collapsible Chairs

You wanna be comfortable when your tailgating, right? Sure, you can always use the bed of your pickup or the trunk of your SUV to take a load off, but the most ideal sitting option would be to bring collapsible camping chairs — both comfortable and lightweight — and also easy to store. 960 1280

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Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

During those early fall games, you definitely want to make sure your skin is protected. Tailgating can be an all-day affair, so make sure you bring sunscreen to avoid sun burn and bug repellant to stave off any unwanted bug bites. 960 1280

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Gear Up!

Gear Up!

Whether your at a home game or an away game, making your team allegiances known is an important part of tailgating tradition. From hats and t-shirts to flags, blankets and yes, the occasional blow-up figure, decorate your camp site in your favorite teams colors and apparel. 960 1280

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Don’t Forget These Key Items

Don’t Forget These Key Items

I can’t tell you how many tailgates I’ve been to where two very key items we’re missing. DO NOT forget to bring trash bags to clean up after yourself, and DO NOT forget to bring a bottle opener / wine key to help open your beverages. 960 1280

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A Camera / Phone

A Camera / Phone

There’s no better way to save all your favorite tailgating memories then snapping a few pics (and selfies!) of you and your crew. Trust me, if you are the ultimate tailgater, there’s plenty of fun to be had and you won’t want to ever forget it. 960 1280

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University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) - The Grove

University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) - The Grove

Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty! Like many schools around the country, Ole Miss claims to have the best tailgating scene around, and one trip to Oxford may leave you convinced. The reason? The Grove. This 10-acre quad/park at the heart of campus transforms into downtown tailgate town on Rebel’s game days. A sea of blue and red cover this grassy area as fans dressed in their Saturday’s best parade from tent to tent, sampling delicious food and drink. It is a true taste of southern hospitality that can’t be missed. 960 1280

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Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) – Midnight Yell

Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) – Midnight Yell

No one, and I mean no one, may like their football as much as the natives of West Texas. For many of them, that means heading to College Station every Saturday to tailgate for the Aggies of Texas A&M. If you plan on joining the party, make sure to get there the night before for the Midnight Yell. Students and A&M supporters pack Kyle Field (sometimes up to 40 or 50,000!) to practice cheering for the game in one of the more unique college football traditions. 960 1280

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Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) - The Food

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) - The Food

For real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. For tailgating, it’s all about the food, food, food. Perhaps no school demonstrates this better than LSU. It seems that every tailgate in Baton Rouge is well planned and well seasoned with everything from jambalaya and ponce to crawfish. And make sure to come hungry, because there is always enough for seconds, thirds and fourths. 960 1280

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Clemson University (Clemson, SC) – The $2 Bill

Clemson University (Clemson, SC) – The $2 Bill

This tradition is one that hits the road with its fans. Starting in 1977 after Georgia Tech refused to play Clemson, Tiger fans now stock up on $2 bills, freshly stamped with an orange tiger paw, to spend in opposing cities in an attempt to note all the money that tiger fans bring in to their market. The result is a lasting and clever way to leave a Clemson footprint on rival teams and economies. 960 1280

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University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) – The Cockaboose Railroad

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) – The Cockaboose Railroad

Ever tailgate on a train? No? Well look no further than then University of South Carolina. Roughly 50 yards from Williams-Bryce Stadium are 22 railroad cars that you can rent out on game day for your tailgate party. Each car is uniquely decorated, but all feature top-of-the-line interiors, flat screens, full kitchens and rooftop decks. This is a tailgating tradition truly unique to the Gamecocks of South Carolina. 960 1280

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University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) – The Vol Navy & University of Washington (Seattle, WA) – Husky Harbor

University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) – The Vol Navy & University of Washington (Seattle, WA) – Husky Harbor

Both of these fine institutions feature what we so humbly call boatgating. Their waterside stadiums offer the perfect opportunity for fans to bring their pre-game festivities dockside. In Tennessee, they call it The Vol Navy, and in Washington, it’s Husky Harbor. But no matter what you call it, tailgating plus boating equal greatness. 960 1280

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Penn State University (State College, PA) – Nittanyville

Penn State University (State College, PA) – Nittanyville

The scene in Happy Valley on a fall Saturday morning is something to see for yourself. Thousands of fans, dressed in white from head to toe, camp out in tents, campers and RVs to prepare for the Nittany Lions next game. The pop-up community of Penn Staters is affectionately called Nittanyville and boasts some of the most passionate tailgaters you’ll find in the country. 960 1280

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University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – Charter Hill

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – Charter Hill

Better known to the Golden Bears faithful as Tightwad Hill, this popular tailgating and viewing venue is unique to the University of California. Just over the east side from California Memorial Stadium is the small foothill, providing an amazing – and FREE – view of Cal games each Saturday. For 90 years, students, alumni and faculty have climbed Charter Hill to enjoy this amazing game-day tradition. 960 1280

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University of Florida vs. University of Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) – The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

University of Florida vs. University of Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) – The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

One of the most anticipated matchups of the college football season takes place in Jacksonville, between border rivals Florida and Georgia. This game always has one of the largest tailgate parties with nearly as many fans staying in the parking lot to keep the party going as actually going inside for the game – hence the unofficial title, "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." 960 1280

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Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – Mirror Lake Jump

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – Mirror Lake Jump

One of the biggest games every year is the heated rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. Each year, thousands of THE Ohio State students meet the week before the game for a midnight party and tailgate on Mirror Lake, a shallow pond on campus. If you dare (and many do), take the frigid plunge into the lake with the other co-eds. Mind you, the game usually takes place in mid-to-late November every year; so don’t forget a warm winter coat for when you exit the lake. You don’t want to miss the game because of frostbite. 960 1280

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Syracuse University
Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. 960 1280

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Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

In a state like New York — known for their iconic pizza — it’s hard to imagine another food breaking the cycle and taking over the top spot of most iconic food. With that being said, Buffalo wings may have originated down the road, but they’ve slowly made their way down I-90 from Buffalo to Syracuse, to make a serious push to the top that list, in the hometown of the Orangemen. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

"Bear Down" on the Sonoran hot dog, a staple on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise and more, this one-of-a-kind dog is sure to make your taste buds jump for joy. 960 1280

  

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Surrounded by bars and restaurants serving up the finest bourbon in the world and plastered in UK apparel and keepsakes, downtown Lexington, KY, is one of, if not the, premiere college basketball town in America. Being the winningest program in NCAA history has its perks, and Big Blue Nation never lets you forget that. 960 1280

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University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

Kentucky Burgoo, a stew typically made with 3 or more different kinds of meat and assorted vegetables like okra, lima beans and corn, has been a staple in Lexington for over 150 years. However, it doesn’t seem right to have anything else representing the state of Kentucky in the food and beverage debate other than bourbon. So, we’ve combined the two for a delicious burgoo and bourbon tailgate party. 960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.  960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

On Tobacco Road, it’s a never ending blue-blood battle when it comes to basketball, and the same can be said for their barbecue. When you’re heading to Chapel Hill, NC, for a game, make sure to try a slow-smoked, hickory-wood flavored pulled pork sandwich. They may be the best in the south! 960 1280

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Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns. 960 1280

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Marquette University - Bratwurst

Marquette University - Bratwurst

It’s hard to imagine heading to America’s Dairyland and not having cheese as the top choice, but when it comes to tailgating in Milwaukee, one dish reigns supreme — the bratwurst. Pair your brat with a delicious local beer and your well on your way to an epic tailgate. 960 1280

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University of Texas - Austin, TX

University of Texas - Austin, TX

With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite. 960 1280

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University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that saying holds true when it comes to the local barbecue. If seasoned and cooked correctly (which should generally take about 12 hours in a smoker), the Texas-style barbecued brisket found in Austin is some of the most tender and juicy in the entire country. 960 1280

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Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.  960 1280

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Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Oh my, sweet sugar cream pie. Filled with vanilla-flavored cream and baked to perfection, no trip to Hoosier country is complete without a taste of the state’s rich, custard pie. 960 1280
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.  960 1280

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Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

This dish may look like your average fried chicken, but we promise this Nashville specialty is unlike any other around the country. Dipped in a heavily-marinated paste that has been doused with cayenne pepper, this spicy treat is a must-try when marching through Commodore nation. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Columbus, OH, may be considered the fast food capital of America, but on game days, it’s not fast food leaving it’s footprint on tailgating scene, it’s the delicious Buckeye donut. This chocolate donut with a peanut butter center is named after its resemblance to the buckeye nut and is the perfect way to end your tailgate with a bang. 960 1280
Georgetown University - Washington, DC

Georgetown University - Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas." 960 1280

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Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

This smoked, half-pork / half-beef sausage, is a specialty localized to the Washington D.C. area. Spiced with herbs, topped with onions and smothered in chili sauce, the half-smoke is a local favorite of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. 960 1280

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Duke University - Durham, NC

Duke University - Durham, NC

The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game. 960 1280

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Duke University - Hush Puppies

Duke University - Hush Puppies

Separated by just 8 miles from "that other school" in Chapel Hill, Durham — the home of Duke University — also specializes in the barbecue game. However, there is one tasty, deep-fried side treat found in bbq joints across Durham that can rival it’s deliciousness: the small cornmeal cakes known as hush puppies. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - Pasty

Michigan State University - Pasty

A favorite of Sparty, students in East Lansing and Michiganders far and wide, this delightful pie-crust turnover, stuffed with assorted seasoned meats and potatoes, can be found all over the the northern part of the state. 960 1280
University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it  was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations." 960 1280

Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau  

University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

Smothered in a dry rub consisting of brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder, these slabs of spare ribs are a must-try on any trip to land of the Jayhawks. 960 1280

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The Main Ingredient: The Food

The Main Ingredient: The Food

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a full-on carnivore, what food you bring can make or break a good tailgate. From burgers, chicken and steak to hot dogs, sausages, corn and other assorted veggies, make sure to know your crowd and pack accordingly. Sandwiches are also always a welcome addition, so try out these 26 unique sandwich recipes, and you’ll be the talk of the tailgate. 960 1280

Jamie Grill / Getty Images  

Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips

The best way to kick off any tailgate is to crack open a cold one and chow down on some appetizers. From guacamole and salsa to hummus and spinach, no matter what you decide to bring, you can never go wrong with chips and dip. And, if you’re looking for options other then chips, bring along some fresh cut-up vegetables like carrots, cucumber and celery, perfect for healthy dipping. 960 1280

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Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

One of, if not the, most essential item on the tailgating checklist is a portable grill. If you want to make grilling quick and easy, bring a portable gas grill with an attached propane tank, but if you want that smoky bbq flavor (and believe me, you do), make sure to bring a bag of charcoal and some matches to get the party started. 960 1280

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Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Ideal for tailgating, plastic silverware and cups are useful and easy to dispose of. The same can be said with paper plates, napkins and paper towels. Bringing proper grilling utensils is also key, so if you have one, bring a grilling kit, equipped with tongs, a spatula and a cleaning brush. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Condiments

Condiments

As we all know, the importance of quality food is essential to quality taste. However, almost more important to ensure complete deliciousness are the condiments. Ketchup, mustard, relish, salt and pepper should be on hand at every tailgate, no ifs, ands or buts about it. 960 1280

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Beer, Wine, Water and More

Beer, Wine, Water and More

A major key to a successful tailgate is definitely your beverage selection. For early-season games in warm weather — and heck, all games for that matter — beer and wine are as essential to a tailgate as players are to a football game. When braving the cold, drinks like warm apple cider punch and spiked Thai coffee are sure to keep you warm and give you a nice buzz. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Tailgating can be an all day event, so bring plenty of water to help stave off any pregame hangovers. 960 1280

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Over-the-Top Electronics

Over-the-Top Electronics

If you want to be considered the ultimate tailgater, that means pulling out all the stops. Make sure you bring a fully-charged speaker (wireless preferred) to get the party started with some tunes. But perhaps the greatest addition to any tailgate, is a flat-screen TV, perfect for watching pregame coverage or any other games being played during tailgating hours. Ideal locations for said TV are, the trunk of your SUV, the bed of your pickup truck or on top of your centerfold table under your pop-up tent (canopy). 960 1280

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Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

In order to keep your status as the ultimate tailgater, you’ll need two very important pieces of equipment to get your TV up and running. An inverter charger that can be used like a household power outlet when connected to your car’s DC port, and a power strip that can hold the plugs for the cable box, TV and whatever other appliances you may have brought along. 960 1280

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Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Weather be damned! One thing is for sure when bringing a pop-up tent to a tailgate, you’ll be protected by anything mother nature sends your way. Keep yourself and the food dry when it rains or snows, relax in the shade when the sun is scorching down or set up your flat-screen for primo game watching without the glare. 960 1280

Boston Globe / Getty Images  

Games, Games, Games

Games, Games, Games

Want to bring a little more fun to your tailgate before your team hits the field? A football has, and always will be, a priority for any tailgate. However, lawn games such as bocce ball, corn hole and can jam are becoming increasingly more popular at tailgates across the country. 960 1280

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Centerfold Table

Centerfold Table

Not only is a table a welcome addition, it’s practically a necessity to the tailgating checklist these days. Small enough to fold up and slide into tight spaces in your trunk, a centerfold table is ideal not only for something to eat on, but is also the perfect size to set up and play a tailgating favorite, beer pong. 960 1280

Streeter Lecka / Getty Images  

Collapsible Chairs

Collapsible Chairs

You wanna be comfortable when your tailgating, right? Sure, you can always use the bed of your pickup or the trunk of your SUV to take a load off, but the most ideal sitting option would be to bring collapsible camping chairs — both comfortable and lightweight — and also easy to store. 960 1280

Hero Images / Getty Images  

Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

During those early fall games, you definitely want to make sure your skin is protected. Tailgating can be an all-day affair, so make sure you bring sunscreen to avoid sun burn and bug repellant to stave off any unwanted bug bites. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Gear Up!

Gear Up!

Whether your at a home game or an away game, making your team allegiances known is an important part of tailgating tradition. From hats and t-shirts to flags, blankets and yes, the occasional blow-up figure, decorate your camp site in your favorite teams colors and apparel. 960 1280

Tim Clayton / Getty Images  

Don’t Forget These Key Items

Don’t Forget These Key Items

I can’t tell you how many tailgates I’ve been to where two very key items we’re missing. DO NOT forget to bring trash bags to clean up after yourself, and DO NOT forget to bring a bottle opener / wine key to help open your beverages. 960 1280

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A Camera / Phone

A Camera / Phone

There’s no better way to save all your favorite tailgating memories then snapping a few pics (and selfies!) of you and your crew. Trust me, if you are the ultimate tailgater, there’s plenty of fun to be had and you won’t want to ever forget it. 960 1280

Thomas Barwick / Getty Images  

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