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Kick Off a Season to Remember
with 10 Tailgating Essentials

Wide aerial shot of hundreds of game day tailgaters set up on morning of game
Written by Flexshopper

Smell that air? Crisp, cool, electric! It’s the morning of the tailgate and big-game energy abounds. Naturally, your pre-game party must live up to this wondrous mix of circumstances. A truly memorable tailgate balances honored traditions with some fun, unexpected twists. We have some ideas around that, plus must-have, pay-over-time ways to get the party going long before kickoff.

Seven young adult tailgaters in blue team gear big smiles holding blue cups

Shake Up Your Tailgate

This level of superfandom deserves to go big and get noticed. So, mix it up! Here are some creative ways to pre-game with personality for tailgate experiences they’ll be talking about for years.

  • Deck Out Your Vehicle – Whether it’s a nauseating degree of home-team spirit gear or a full-on effort to mimic the mascot, make sure your ride is game-ready
  • Because… Why Not! – Each tailgate, collaborate to write a themed team chant (one week it’s a Lizzo-inspired cheer… next, your personalized version of ‘We Will Rock You’)
  • Come to Play: Go Big – Invest in some oversized portable fun! Jumbo Checkers, Giant Jenga, and Lawn Darts are huge crowd pleasers
  • What’s Your Game-Day Drink? – Aaand, a new tradition is born! Design your official tailgating drink and let everyone in attendance fight to name it
  • Smile! It’s a Selfie Center – There’s not a pom-pom, banner, foam finger, or hat this idea doesn’t love. The kitschier, the better
  • Boring Food is Just Rude – Put a twist on traditional favorites (think “Juicy Lucy Stuffed Burgers” from The Pampered Chef) or hold an all-in chili or wings cookoff!
  • The Comforts-of-Home Factor – Favorite chairs, cozy blankets, Bluetooth speakers, proper playlist, TV, and games help establish a memorable mood

Football tailgating scene with closeup of fiery grill and tailgaters in background

Know Your Pre-Gaming Essentials

With the above list duly noted, the fun will take care of itself, but nothing brings down the warm-up party like realizing you’re missing something really essential. Here are some must-have ways to gear up for game day (and they happen to come with easy weekly payments you’ll love).

The Grill: Tailgating’s Main Event 

Napoleon TravelQ 240 Series Portable Liquid Propane Grill – Blue

ortable Liquid Propane Grill-


  • With 9,000 BTUs and 240 sq. in. cooking area
  • Ergonomic control dial with JETFIRE ignition
  • Ergonomic handle / Folding legs


Weber – Traveler Portable Gas Grill – Black


  • Sturdy, compact design for a seamless experience from travel to setup to storage
  • Large grilling area (up to 15 burgers or 20 sausages)
  • Low-to-high temperature range / Efficient gas usage


Coolest Pro-Level Performance 

Avanti – 50 Liter Portable AC/DC Cooler

AC?DC Cooler


  • Heavy-duty, lightweight construction / 1.2 cu. ft. capacity
  • ECO – power saving mode / USB connectivity
  • Low voltage protection system



YETI – Tundra Haul Hard Cooler – Desert Tan

Yeti Hard Cooler


  • First-ever YETI cooler on wheels features Tundra’s legendary toughness and unmatched insulation power
  • The toughest cooler on two wheels


For Your Pre-Game Playlist

JBL – Xtreme 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Black

JBL Portable Speaker


  • Effortlessly delivers massive JBL Original Pro Sound
  • Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets
  • 15 hours of playtime / Waterproof and dustproof


ION Audio – Sport XL High-Power All-Weather Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Black

Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Rugged IPX5 water-resistant, rechargeable speaker
  • 120-watt dynamic amplifier with Bass Boost feature
  • Built-in AM/FM radio / Telescoping handle and built-in wheels



Travel-Ready Musts 

Dark Red Reclining Camp Chair 

Reclining Camp Chair


  • Stylish, comfortable, and highly functional with 3 seating positions
  • Adjustable arm rests / Padded seat and back rest
  • Folding steel frame / Durable polyester canvas


Creative Portable Camping Folding Table with Cup and Glass Holders

  • High-quality materials / Patented support system
  • Integrated corkscrew/bottle opener
  • Strong steel-tube design for high-capacity durability




Spirited Add-ons 

Nostalgia Hot Dog Steamer

HotDog Steamer

  • Steaming drawer holds 20 hot dogs / warming tray – 6 buns
  • Three-position cooking dial / Easy-view water-level indicator
  • Disassembles for easy cleaning



Budweiser Bluetooth Speaker Cooler Bag

Budweiser Bluetooth Speaker Cooler Bag


  • Insulated cooler holds 24 cans
  • Includes Bluetooth speakers and rechargeable battery
  • Front zippered pocket



Wide aerial shot of hundreds of game day tailgaters set up on morning of game

Friends. Family. Fabulous Food.
Your 2022 Tailgates Will be Epic!

We hope these ideas have made you smile and inspired some new traditions for this fall. We’d love to bring some pay-over-time peace of mind to gearing up for your greatest tailgating season yet. Apply with FlexShopper today. (Oh, and Go Team!)

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