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With college football starting on Saturday, August 28, and the pros kicking off on Thursday, September 9, tailgating season has officially arrived.

For jersey-wearing fans making an entire day — or weekend — of watching football, tailgating is the ultimate pre-game event. The grills are going, the footballs are getting tossed, and the tunes are playing.

However, there’s more to tailgating than just finding a primo parking space. You need the right gear to cover a few basics — food, shelter, and beverages. Here are the do’s and don’ts to nailing your tailgating game, thanks to these essentials from Walmart.

Set up shelter

You want shade, but you don’t want a difficult-to-assemble gazebo turning your good time into a team-building exercise. Simple Push technology makes pitching this heavy-duty canopy a one-person job you can do in a few minutes.

Unpack your trunk

Haul up to 225 pounds — and a lion’s share of family-sized bags of chips — in a sturdy wagon that rolls across grass or a pothole-filled parking lot without capsizing thanks to rugged, seven-inch wheels.

Get warmed up

Keep the energy going for a long day out by wrapping your hands around a hot cup of coffee on a brisk fall day. This grill-friendly coffee pot is a good way to save money and disposable paper cups.

Have food and beverages ready to go

Avoid a warm beer party foul: store goods for the grill in a wheeled cooler that can keep up to 84 cans icy-cold. For an extra touch of class, the lid has molded cup holders and can be flipped over for a spare seat.


Coleman 316 Series 50 Qt Wheeled Cooler, 16.6" ($29.82)

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Coleman 316 Series 50 Qt Wheeled Cooler, 16.6″ ($29.82)

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Create a hydration station

BYOW (bring your own water) in heavy-duty, BPA-free, durable containers with a small spout for filling up water bottles and glasses. Pacing yourself for a marathon day of football is a winning strategy.

Upgrade to more comfortable seating

A camping chair may not ever be your living room couch, but this one comes close with a built-in, self-inflating cushion for some extra support. When it’s game time, it neatly folds up into a carry bag with a shoulder strap.

Fire up the grill

Flip vegan burgers or beefy patties on a sporty BBQ with an insta-start ignition, delivering fast and consistent heat. The highly-portable design features collapsible legs and wheels, making it easy to position and lock into place.

Get a game going

Whether you’re ready to flex your college cornhole skills holding a plastic tumbler in one hand, or if you need a quick refresher, this set comes with instructions, two boards, and eight bean bags.

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