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Nine tailgating essentials
Fall is prime tailgating time for sports fans. Whether you are at the game to cheer on your alma mater or favorite pro team, here are nine must-haves for your parking lot pregaming.  
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Portable grill 

You can always go the no-cook cold cuts and pizza route, but serious tailgaters won't leave home without a good grill to make some delicious food on-site. 

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Utensils

You need the right tools when it comes time to grill those hot dogs.

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Cooler 

Thirsty tailgaters want their beers to be cold no matter how chilly it gets. This cooler holds 85 beverage cans with ice, so, depending on the size of your tailgate party, you might not need one this big. 

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Cups

Don't forget the disposable cups for those cold beverages. 

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Folding table 

You need a place to proudly display your tailgating bounty, and this is where the folding table comes in. Find one that is sturdy but easily storable.  

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Team swag 

Paint your face, wear your favorite jersey or show off your team spirit with a chef hat and apron. You want to make it very clear where your loyalties lie. 

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Wet wipes 

Even if you don't get into a parking lot scuffle with fans of the opposing team, things at a tailgate are bound to get messy. Keep some wet wipes on hand so you don't get barbecue sauce all over the football you and your buddies are tossing around. 

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Folding chairs

At some point during your tailgate, you are probably going to want to sit down. After all, you will have hours and hours to kill before the pregame fanfare even starts. Find chairs with built-in side tables so you can safely set your drink aside while you eat.

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Designated driver

Perhaps the most important thing you need at your tailgate is a safe way to get home after the game. Have a designated driver or make plans to use public transportation or a cab so you can enjoy a worry-free tailgate. Well, worry-free until the game starts and your wide receiver drops a pass in the end zone. 

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Nine tailgating essentials

Fall is prime tailgating time for sports fans. Whether you are at the game to cheer on your alma mater or favorite pro team, here are nine must-haves for your parking lot pregaming.  

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