Wade Cothran | Nov 17, 2021

10 College Tailgate Gear Essentials

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And just like that, it’s officially fall. The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and the college stadiums are starting to safely fill back up with lively football fans. If you’re a fan of college football, you’ll know that tailgating is an essential part of any game day. What better way to get into the team spirit by kicking back with friends and family, drinking some craft brews, and throwing some delicious food on the grill? 

If you’re looking for some new college tailgate gear to level up your tailgating game this football season, look no further. In this blog we compiled a list of our favorite game day accessories that are essential for any successful tailgate. Keep reading to learn more! 

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1. Folding Chairs 

Tailgates can often last hours before the big game actually starts, so if you’re looking to chill out with your friends, it can be a good idea to pack along some chairs. Use these team-themed folding chairs to show your team spirit while sitting around the grill and listening to some tunes. 


2. Spirit Flags 

Hang a school spirit flag off your car or tent to show your team spirit. Tailgating is all about wearing your team’s colors with prides, and flags can take this to the next level! 


3. Cornhole Set 

Tailgating isn’t just for drinking and grilling, you can also play yard games and drinking games to get in the competitive spirit! Bring along a cornhole set to play against your friends, and even neighboring tailgaters. Games are a great way to get everyone involved in the fun, just be careful when the opposing team’s fans challenge you to a match! 


4. Liquor Canteen 

While most stadiums do not allow alcohol inside, there are typically no rules that apply for a tailgate. If you’re feeling like something stronger than a craft brew, pack along your favorite liquor for cocktails or sipping in the BrüMate Liquor Canteen


These canteens can hold up to 8 oz of liquid, and are crafted with a special proprietary coating to eliminate that pesky metallic taste that comes from other stainless steel flasks. Featuring a non-slip silicone cover with a leak-proof cap, you can drink without having to worry about spills or messes in the game day parking lot! 


5. Rehydration Bottle 

Sure, tailgating is notoriously meant for drinking, but we want you to actually make it to the game! Pack along a BrüMate Rehydration Bottle to stay hydrated throughout the entire tailgate party. This epic bottle can hold up to 25 oz of liquid and features a screw-on straw lid for easy sipping. Want to keep the party going? The special lid doubles as a 1.5 oz shot glass. Whether you choose Hydration Mode or Party Mode, this bottle has your back wherever you go. 

person holding water bottle.


6. BackTap

You don’t want to show up to a tailgate without a cooler. How else will you keep your drinks fresh and cool all day long? Use the BrüMate Backtap for all of your cooler needs. The Backtap is the world’s first stainless steel lined, backpack cooler with a tap. How cool is that?! 


This cooler can hold up to 3 gallons of your favorite beverage, 14 slim cans, 12 standard 12 oz cans, or 5 bottles of wine. Use the tap to serve your group, or simply use it as a cooler to store your drinks. Plus, this backpack cooler has comfortable backpack straps so you can easily transport it anywhere around the tailgate. 

couple sitting on tailgate of car.


7. Imperial Pint 

For any tailgate party you attend, you’ll want an Imperial Pint to bring with. BrüMate’s Imperial Pint holds up to 20 oz of your favorite beverage, and will keep it cool, fresh and tasty from your first sip to your last. The versatile design allows this tumbler to be used as a cocktail glass, pint glass, shaker, and travel tumbler. Along with attending to all of your drinking needs, this tumbler is a part of BrüMate’s new MÜV collection with a completely leak-proof locking lid. Gone are the days of spilled drinks, say hello to tailgating in style. 


8. Fitted Tailgate Table Cover 

A folding table on its own can be a great game day accessory. It can be used to spread out food, as a mini bar, or to play beer pong. If you want to kick your tailgating spread up a notch, use a fitted tailgate table cover to show off your team’s colors. 


9. Tailgate Tents 

Football games often happen rain or shine, which means that tailgates do too! Be prepared for intense sun or cool drizzle with a tailgate tent to keep your food, drinks, and yourself safe from the elements. Bring a tent in your team’s colors to show off your game day pride!


10. Hopsulator Slim Can Cooler 

If you’re spending an extended amount of time outdoors holding a can of your favorite beer or seltzer, you’ll want it to stay cool for as long as possible. Use the Hopsulator Slim Can Cooler to keep all of your 12 oz cans ice-cold. The Hopsulator Slim isn’t your average can cooler. In fact, it can keep cans cool up to 20 times more than standard can coolers. With special BevGuard™ technology that eliminates condensation and keeps your drink fresh, this is something you will not want to forget for your next tailgate. 

slim can cooler.


Raise Your Glass for Your Favorite Team!

It’s game day season, and we can’t wait to see photos of your tailgate adventures! If you’re using BrüMate to show your team spirit this season, tag us on Instagram (@bru.mate) and you might see yourself featured in future blogs or social posts! Need more game day inspiration? Read up on our team tumblers to find your next tailgate obsession.