Face it, tailgating is a sport in its own right. More than 17 million fans attended NFL games last year, and according to the NCAA, total college football attendance was nearly 48 million. That's a lot of tailgate parties, and that's just football. As the weather gets colder and football season heats up, here are some of the best accessories for tailgaters, whether you're a college student who's just starting out, or the fan who seems to have everything.
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Solar Powered Cube Generator
$1,206 by Wagan
This is a solar-powered generator that can be used for camping, emergencies, outdoors, tailgating, and more. You can use it with your laptop, TV, power tools, microwave, smartphone, lights, or whatever else.
Alpine Ice In-Cooler Entertainment System
$995 by Alpine
This is likely the most expensive cooler you'll ever buy. It's got an Alpine sound system in a premium Grizzly Cooler, with a 56-quart storage capacity.
Outdoor Pizza Oven
$297 by Pizzacraft
It's a lightweight, portable pizza oven that's safe on any surface and hooks up to a propane tank.
The Beer Belly
$30 by The Beer Belly
This hydration flask is disguised as a beer belly. Brilliant.
Photo: The Beer Belly
Made by the makers of The Beer Belly, this hydration pack turns an A cup into double Ds and holds your favorite beverage.
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$140 by Tailbrella
This tailgater's 9-foot umbrella attaches to the trailer hitch and comes in nine colors, including Digital Camo.
Custom Tailgating Grill
Order a custom tailgating grill that attaches to your vehicle via the 2-inch tow hitch. Get it designed in your favorite team's colors and theme. Request a quote at tailgatingideas.com.
Solar Cooker Camp Stove
$389 by One Earth Designs
Grill those wieners with the power of the sun. This solar cooker featured on "Shark Tank" harnesses solar energy directly by reflecting and intensifying the sun's rays.
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Foldable Beer Pong Table
$329 by Sport Beats
A folding beer pong table with a carrying handle, it doubles as a dining table when the burgers are ready. Available in one color: Beer.
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$40 by Kan Jam
You might need a few extra parking spots for this one. Kan Jam is a two-on-two flying disc game, where you try to get the disc into the can/goal. It doesn't have to involve beer, so maybe this is a good one for the kids.
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"Tailgating: Upping Your Game" cookbook
$12 by CQ Products
You need really good game-day grub for the best tailgating experience, and this cookbook has game-changers like Hoo-Ya Hoagie Dip, Tai-d Game Turkey Wraps, Bases Loaded Potato Salad and Sideline Slammers. It's spiral-bound, too.
$25.95 by Baxbo
It looks like a scarf, but it holds water, or your favorite beverage.
$820 by Winegard
Here's a portable satellite TV antenna so you can watch games live at your tailgate party. Winegard says this one is the smallest of its kind.
Beer Chill Sticks
These beer and beverage bottle chiller sticks cool wine or any other bottled beverage.
Hammaka Trailer Hitch Stand and Chairs
$241 by Hammaka
This trailer hitch stand comes with two air chairs and mounts right on the trailer hitch. There's also a hammock version.
Telescoping Portable Flagpole
$130 by Camco
Fly one or two flags with this portable flagpole that anchors under the car tire. Comes with a U.S. flag.
License Plate-Mounted Bottle Opener
$10 by Wrenches & Bones
What ever happened to twist-off caps? In any case, this bottle opener, which attaches to Jeep Wranglers, might be the next best thing.
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Pop-Up Shower Tent
$33 by WolfWise
This collapsible lightweight shelter opens in seconds giving you a private place outdoors to change clothes, take a shower or use the restroom. We don't recommend using it as a restroom unless you buy the...
...Portable Toilet Bucket
$25 by Camco
Holds five gallons, lightweight and easy to clean (if you use the bag liners that come with it.)
$17 by SLOTDOG
This device cuts a grid into hot dogs so they cook quicker and create crispy caramelized-edged squares which grab hold of your toppings. Works best on thin-skinned hot dogs.
Kevlar Hot Gloves
A must-have for protecting your hands when grilling outdoors. They're made of Kevlar, and with five fingers, you can still show your team who's No. 1. There are several brands, prices vary. These shown are made by AIMBIG.
Ice Pack Flask
$15 by You Can Hide It
Here's a stealth flask disguised to look like a reusable icepack, made of beverage safe plastic, and holds up to 14 ounces per flask.
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Inflatable Serving Bar
$17 by SorbusKeep food & beverages cold with this inflatable serving bar with a drain plug.
Hand and Toe Warmers
$13.39 by HotHands
Face it, football games are cold. A package includes: 10 pairs of hand warmers and two pairs of toe warmers.
Lava Buns Heated Seat Cushion
$30 by Vesture
Face it, football games are cold.
Six-Pack Suspenders with Six Detachable Coolies
$20 by Six Pack Suspenders
Here's another way to wear your beverage and make a fashion statement, too. Adjustable suspenders come with detachable neoprene custom can coolies.
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Gas-Powered Portable Generator
$1199 by Lifan
This handy little gas-powered generator is just 26 x 20 x 22 inches and a perfect fit for recreational use, tailgating, camping, RV'ing, or even emergencies.
Marinade Sauce Pot with Lidded Silicone Basting Brush
$28 by A1PP
Keep bugs out of your marinade and sauce: the stainless steel pot has a basting brush integrated into the lid.
Photo Booth Props Kit
$15 by Big Dot of Happiness
Here's a 10-piece kit for Instagramming your tailgate party that includes 10 football arrows and speech bubbles. It's not complicated, just have someone hold the sign up and take their picture.
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Football-Shaped Bamboo Cutting Board/Serving Tray
$17 by Clever Creations
This may be the crowning touch to the perfect tailgate party.
Photo: Clever Creations