Tailgating is less of an art, and more of a science, but, like, really low-level science that's even before learning that some rocks are different from other rocks. Doesn't mean it can't still be tricky!!
We've all seen true parking-lot ballers who bring TVs, and couches, and Nevin Shapiro, but you don't really NEED any of those things to get down and dirty and into that blessed state where the game itself becomes completely unimportant. So we rounded up a list of the 25 things that you absolutely do need, in descending order of importance -- No. 1 is more essential than No. 2, which is more essential than No. 3, and now we're just counting so we'll stop talking. After we do the list, of course.
Have you ever watched a football game sober? That wasn't a rhetorical question.
Your beer gets hot quick when it's in the sun/being sat on by a dude in a Brian Bosworth '80s belly jersey.
Where are you going to keep that ice and beer? In your hands? Wrapped in the Bos's jersey?
4. A chair of some kind
Standing while drinking is basically impossible, as proven by every bar, all of which have seats.
In order to gain the power to stand back up, you need protein. Look it up in the “P” World Book.
Only French tailgates eat cheeseburger tartare.
Because it COULD work, but it’s ultimately a bad idea to light that grill using hay.
8. Lighter fluid
Match-lit charcoal is for pussies and every last one of them knows it. PRO TIP: do NOT use on hay.
So it’s not as sexy as “a chair of some kind”, but keep reading -- you're going to have a LOT of things you need to put on there.
The faker the better.
Feel free to swap this one with cheese if that’s your style/you are in fact Teresa Heinz Kerry.
Think it should be higher? You’re clearly terrible at asking the guy next to you with an odd number of buns to borrow one, you match-lit hay-eater.
The poor man’s meat. Or something.
After chips because a thicker-cut Tostitos can totally flip a burger.
QVC claims they’re perfect for keeping meat and chips and ketchup in one place.
16. Team-representing clothing so you look exactly like every else
And don't bother with the tricks. No one is fooled by your new retro tee.
17. Something that produces music
Even if that’s just a car with working jumper cables. Danity Kane isn’t going to play itself!
18. Solo cups
People will never stop making fun of you if you get the losery Skywalker cups.
19. Guy constantly trying to make teams to play flip cup
Seriously, he’s essential. It’s better than you having to do it.
20. Hot girls wearing team gear cut to display cleavage
You saw the picture, right?
21. Some kind of game to play
Settlers of Catan doesn't count, hay-boy.
Because you’re too poor to afford a canopy.
23. Old guy with stories of when he played football with no pads back in the '60s, even though they totally wore pads then
You actually don’t even have to bring this one, he just shows up.
WHOA, LOOK OUT FOR THE RICH DUDE WITH THE SUNSCREEN AND THE $39.95 CANOPY!!!
Wait, you're tailgating for a hockey game?