15 smart gadgets to improve your tailgate setup


Do you wait all year for the college football season to roll out? In preparation, we’ve stocked up on stadium-approved accessories and drooled over SEC-inspired cake designs, and now we’re looking to get you ready for your best tailgating season yet. After asking friends, colleagues, and scouring reviews, we’ve rounded up 15 clever products to help you streamline your next hatchback!

15 smart gadgets to improve your tailgate setup

Collapsible tailgating table with cooler

There’s nothing quite like gear that loves multitasking. This foldable table includes four cup holders and a food basket perfect for bowls of snacks or for storing supplies like paper napkins, plastic cups, cutlery, and more. Tucked under the food basket is a five-quart insulated container. When folded, the table fits into a handy carrying case over the shoulder, like those used to fold camping chairs. You understand HERE for $44.99.

Multi-purpose folding table, $44.99 | Picture: Home Depot

lounge car

Another fabulous all-purpose piece of equipment is the Lounge Wagon, which doubles as a rolling storage cart. and a roomy bench seat that easily accommodates two adults or three kids – perfect for carrying all your tailgating gear, then relaxing when you’re ready. It even comes with an umbrella for shade and sturdy wheels to navigate tough terrain. However, the wagon weighs 43 pounds and is too big to fit in the trunk of many small vehicles, so if you don’t have an SUV or truck, we recommend taking measurements before ordering. The Lounge Wagon is available HERE for $349.95.

cart and chair equipment collage

lounge car, $349.95 | Image: Amazon

All-Terrain Rolling Cooler

If refreshments are your main concern, we recommend loading up your precious cargo in this 70-quart Trailmate cooler from Igloo. It features all-terrain wheels, a telescoping handle, bottle openers, extra storage compartments for small items like keys and sunscreen, and a butler’s tray that’s stored inside the lid and attaches to the handle of the cooler, providing a handy extra surface when you need it. Order yours at Igloo for $249.99. (Currently down from $279.99!)

igloo rolling cooler

Trailmate Igloo Cooler, $249.99 | Picture: Igloo

Refrigerated condiment tray

Prepare your toppings, condiments and garnishes ahead of time, then store, serve and keep them fresh with just one product. This five-compartment basket includes a lid to keep debris and insects at bay, an ice cube tray for cooling, and a variety of serving utensils. We can imagine many uses for this bad boy, far beyond toppings for burgers and hot dogs – bloody mary toppings, chili toppings and even a range of chilled snacks like pickles, olives and cheese cubes. cheese. The tray is available HERE for $29.99.

refrigerated condiment tray with ingredients inside

Refrigerated condiment server, $29.99 | Image: Amazon

neck fan

The first games of the season can be brutal – stay cool with one of these much-loved hands-free neck fans! This one’s rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries, and the design is bladeless, so there’s no risk of your hair getting caught. It’s available in the green hue pictured here, as well as fun shades of blue, gray, and pink. Get yours HERE for $31.99.

neck fan

Bladeless Neck Fan, $31.99 | Image: Amazon

Cast Iron Portable Launching Grill

Granted, it might be the opposite of a “gadget,” but if you love cast iron cooking, you’ll love this easy-to-carry grill from Lodge. With cast iron’s reliable heat retention and distribution, charcoal is ready in a snap and you’ll get even shade on all your meats and vegetables. Plus, it will arrive pre-seasoned and ready to roll! The grill is available HERE for a special Williams Sonoma price of $103.96.

cast iron grill with brats

Cast Iron Portable Grill, $103.96 | Picture: Williams Sonoma

Fly fans

Table fans like these have grown in popularity with pasture boards, which are crowd-pleasing but don’t offer much resistance outdoors. Fly fans not only keep pests away, but they provide a little extra air circulation around the table. These are available in a set of two of Amazon for $27.99.

fly fans

Food fans (pack of two), $27.99 | Image: Amazon

Trio Beverage Cooler

Can coolers are getting more and more sophisticated, and we’re here for it. This triple threat from Brümate can accommodate tall and short cans, thanks to a freezable insert. Or, if you’re sipping a draft beer, cocktail, or even an iced coffee on game day, this cooler also comes with an airtight lid, turning it into a thermal mug. It is available from Brumate in a wide variety of colors for $29.99.

can cool

Hopsulator Trio, $29.99 | Image: Brümate

burger master

This non-stick burger press makes preparing burgers a breeze. To use, simply spread your seasoned ground meat into the well. When you seal the lid, it cuts burgers into perfectly proportioned patties. From there, you can easily store and transport them on game day, or even stash them in the freezer to use for the rest of the season! The Burger Master is available on Amazon for $22.86.

burger master

burger master, $22.86 | Image: Amazon

270 Degree SUV Awning

A reliable awning is essential for tailgating season, and while there are a wide variety of options available at different price points, this unique Rhino Rack design offers a whopping 69 square feet of coverage. With its large coverage area, easy storage and durable material, it was rated the best 270 degree awning by Addicted to equipment. (But, note that it will probably take two pairs of hands for easy setup.) Put this awning on Amazon for $690.78.

270 degree shade for suv

270 degree batwing canopy, $690.78 | Picture: Amazon

Telescopic stool with phone charger

This stool is ideal for crowded events and long lines! A lightweight disc – complete with a carrying handle – easily converts to a sturdy stool with a capacity of up to 400 lbs. This is great for older fans, people with mobility issues, or even tired kids. The best part? The stool has a built-in device charger, so you can charge your phone while you’re seated. (Just be sure to top up your stool before the game!) Order yours for $36.99 at Amazon.

telescopic stool

Portable telescopic stool, $36.99 | Image: Amazon

Foldable beer pong table with cup holes

Whether you participate or not, you have to admit that beer pong is a classic pastime. This lightweight table folds into a compact carrying case for easy transportation and setup. It also has cutouts for the cups, which allows for regulation play, but also prevents the cups from flying. Plus, the surface is made of a dry-erase material so you can easily keep score or decorate in team colors. Order one at Amazon for $109.99.

beer pong table

Beer pong table, $109.99 | Image: Amazon

Ecological Plates

Bamboo and palm leaf plates are a chic and eco-friendly option for disposable serving dishes. They instantly elevate the look of any buffet table, their neutral hue matches any team color scheme, and they’re compostable to boot. Hang a pack of 50 that includes 25 dinner plates and 25 dessert plates HERE for $35.

bamboo plates

Palm leaf plates, pack of 50, $35 | Image: Wal-Mart

Collapsible trash bag holder

No more tying trash bags to car door handles and tree branches, and no more spills at the end of the day! This collapsible plastic trash bag holder (with an easy-open lid!) will keep your lawn tidy, and its simple black design won’t be an eyesore. Take one HERE for $15.07.

collapsible trash can

Collapsible trash bag holder, $15.07 | Image: Amazon

Lightweight Folding Cooking Station

If half the joy of tailgate fare is cooking on the spot, a collapsible cooking station like this will instantly up your game. This particular table offers a variety of surfaces for prep, storage, and serving. The shelves even have multiple cup holders, including places to store your stemware! When it’s time to pack up and head home, the lightweight table folds into a compact configuration that’s easy to transport and store in your vehicle. You understand HERE for $79.99.

Foldable table

Folding cooking station, $79.99 | Image: Sports + Outdoors Academy

Long live an unforgettable season!


For creative dishes to complete your tailgate and watch party menus, check out our recipe archive!


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