We’ve made it, y’all! This Saturday is the FIRST LSU home game of the season. Whether you’re a LSU tailgating veteran or going out for your first time this season, here are my 10 tips on how to survive LSU tailgating season! This post is a little silly, a little sarcastic & 100% true.
Since I’ve been tailgating for more than a decade now, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to navigate the LSU tailgating scene and the to-do’s and not-to-dos.
See the full list below & I’d love to hear your other suggestions!
1- Dress in light clothes (… and in the right school colors)
There aren’t many places hotter than a South Louisiana tailgate in early September (and sometimes even still in November…). You’ll want to wear the lightest, loosest-fitting clothes possible. Flowy dresses, shorts, and tank tops will be your friend. Stay away from the blue jeans and leggings until it gets a little cooler (if that day ever comes).
Oh, and make sure you’re wearing the right colors. Don’t show up on campus wearing some off-the-wall colors that you clearly weren’t planning to tailgate in. And watch out for those weird shades of purple that are actually maroon.
2- Wear Flats
For goodness’ sake, ladies. Please wear flats! Your wedges are really cute, I promise. But LSU’s huge campus is no place for them.
Your feet will hate you if you try to walk around in those things all day. Making it just from the parking lot to your tailgate spot will be a challenge enough. And that doesn’t include all the additional walking and standing around you’ll do all day.
Do yourself a favor and find some cute sandals or sneakers to wear. Your feet will thank you. And you’ll get way fewer weird looks.
3- Avoid leopard.
I’m guilty of this. And I’ve even been bashed right here on my own blog for it. Apparently, leopards and tigers aren’t the same animals.
So you wearing leopard print on game day doesn’t mean you’re a Tiger fan. I learned Tigers have stripes. Leopards have spots.
4- Have a tailgate plan.
If you’ve been tailgating a while, then chances are you have a few tailgates you always end up at throughout the day.
And you know wandering around campus without a plan of where you’re actually going can be the worst. You’ll be lost, hungry and maybe even without booze.
Then, you’ll be forced to eat lunch at the Student Union.
Either throw your own tailgate party, get invited to a friend’s tailgate or show up at a random one — we’re pretty friendly folks. But whatever you do, don’t just sit on the curb all day or hang out at the bookstore.
5- Go exploring.
So while having a destination in mind is always a plus, I don’t suggest staying in one place all day. Especially if you’re visiting campus for the first time, you’ll want to see ALL there is to see. Our tailgate party is CRAZY huge, and you should definitely walk around and check out all the different tailgates and parts of campus. Plus, it just really gets your Tiger spirit going seeing everyone else cooking, dancing, cheering, playing games, yelling Tiger Bait at the lost souls, etc.
Unless you’re going to a tailgate with kegs, bring your own beer. No one really wants to share their beer with you. They’re going to want all that for themselves. So at least bring a pack or a case for yourself.
If you’re worried about carrying it around, get a insulated backpack or a ice chest on wheels that’s easy to transport.
7- Arrive early.
If you wait until later in the day to come to campus, three things happen. First, you’ll get stuck in game day traffic. Second, you’ll look forever for a parking spot and end up miles away. Third, you’ll miss all the fun.
If you’re not drinking before noon, then you’re doing it wrong!
8- Carry a clear bag.
If you want to bring your belongings into the stadium, make sure you carry a stadium-approved CLEAR bag.
If you don’t, you may be forced to hide your stuff in the bushes — which is surprisingly usually a safe option. I’ve hidden umbrellas, ice chests, etc. in random bushes on campus and came back for them later.
But I suggest playing it safe and just bringing a clear bag. And here’s an easy one you can make yourself for less than $15!
9- Bring Cash.
We’re pretty friendly folks here in the South, so we usually welcome you with open arms to our tailgates. But the polite thing to do is to donate some cash to the tailgate host(s). Sometimes they’ll have open kegs, food and snacks. So to say thank you, always have some cash handy.
10- Pack toilet paper.
I couldn’t be anymore serious about this! You’ll most likely be forced to use porta-potties all day or you’ll stand in long lines for the “nicer” inside bathrooms. Either way, toilet paper WILL RUN OUT! This way, you have your own. Go ahead and pack some hand sanitizer too.