The weather is getting colder and football season is heating up -- along with the tailgating parties. Parking is often at a premium at football games, especially NFL games, so it pays to make a tailgate party worth your while.

Nearly 64 million people attended football games last year -- NFL regular season football attendance in 2018 was more than 17 million, and college football attendance was nearly 47 million, according to the NCAA. That's a lot of football fans, and half the fun is warming up with a well-equipped pre-game party. According to one survey, the most important accessory for a good tailgate party is a full barbecue, but we all know that's just the start.

Here are a few tailgating necessities, as well as luxuries, for fun, comfort and convenience, and for those who take their beverages and grilling very seriously.

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