7 must-have tailgating essentials ahead of the 2021 NFL season

Choose from a fun pre-match game to a cooler you can sit one while sipping a cold one. (Photo by Fanatics)
Choose from a fun pre-match game to a cooler you can sit one while sipping a cold one. (Photo by Fanatics)

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We're a couple weeks away from the NFL regular season and unlike last year, fans of all 32 franchises will be able to see their favorite teams live. If you've been counting down the days until the first tailgate of the year, then you're likely upgrading fan gear and necessities to camp out in the stadium parking lot.

Fanatics has thousands of items ranging from coolers to games and even car decals that will elevate your pre-game experience. We browsed through the site's inventory and located our seven favorite items from some of the NFL's most popular teams. Most products are available for each city and plenty remain in stock.

Scroll on to see what the options are and shop even more options at Fanatics ahead of the Thursday night matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and reigning champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 9.

Chiefs Quoits Ring Toss Game

Kansas City Chiefs Quoits Ring Toss Game
Kansas City Chiefs Quoits Ring Toss Game

Have some friendly competition before the real Chiefs game with this ring toss. You play it like horseshoe and the pieces stack together for easy storage.

$40 at Fanatics

Steelers Rawlings Tailgate Table & Chairs Set

Steelers Rawlings Tailgate Table & Chairs Set
Steelers Rawlings Tailgate Table & Chairs Set

Take a load off with this table and chairs package. The chairs hold up to 250 pounds and also comes with a logo carrying case.

$100 at Fanatics

49ers Picnic Caddy

49ers Picnic Caddy
49ers Picnic Caddy

Carry food, drinks and other party essentials in this caddy. It collapses for easy storage and travels well from the car to any final destination.

$45 at Fanatics

Bears 6-Pack Mini-Cals Face Decals

Bears 6-Pack Mini-Cals Face Decals
Bears 6-Pack Mini-Cals Face Decals

Wear your Bears pride on your face with these face decals. They just peel and stick to the skin and can be taken off once the match is over.

Buccaneers 4' Game day Tower

Buccaneers 4' Gameday Tower
Buccaneers 4' Game day Tower

This bigger than life tower game is laser engraved with the Buccaneers' logo and colors. When finished, you can package it all in a handy storage case.

$100 at Fanatics

Bills Yard Dice Game

Bills Dice Game
Bills Dice Game

If a tower is too tall of a challenge, dice are a fair alternative. The set includes 6 extra large dice, 2 dry-erase scoreboards, 2 dry-erase markers and a storage bag.

$45 at Fanatics

Raiders Ottoman Cooler & Seat

Raiders Ottoman Cooler & Seat
Raiders Ottoman Cooler & Seat

We love this cooler for a number of reasons. It has a front panel door for easy access to snacks, an integrated luggage strap on back side of cooler and when the top is closed, holds up to 350 pounds when used as a seat or ottoman.