Tailgating Etiquette

Have you been tailgating correctly?  Did you know there are actual rules for correct tailgating etiquette?

  1. The first and foremost rule is,  if you are attending a tailgate party, do not show up empty handed.  This can be further expanded to say, bring something good.  Do not show up with a bag of chips and then fill your plate with piles of everyone else’s yummy, homemade food.  Do not bring a six pack of cheap beer and then drink their high-end whiskey.  Nobody appreciates a freeloader at their party.  Don’t be that guy (or gal).
  2. There are no gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan sections at a tailgate party.  Know your limits and don’t ask.  When in doubt, don’t.
  3. Bring a comfortable chair and one to share.  People like to sit and stand, and will usually assume that any chair is fair game.  Coolers are also considered chairs.  If you choose a cooler for a chair, be prepared to keep getting up when someone wants a drink.  If someone brings a super-special chair, like a leather reclining lounger, do not sit in this chair.  It’s taboo.
  4. Be prepared to work.  If you aren’t going to cook, help with the cleanup.
  5. If you are tailgate hopping, don’t grab food or drinks unless it’s offered to you.
  6. Remember to pace yourself.  As in marathon running, be prepared for the long run and not the sprint to the finish.  You don’t want to end up as that person napping in a chair.
  7. Don’t forget to show your team spirit.

Here are some useful items to bring along to your tailgate party.


But remember the most important item at all fun tailgate parties.

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Have fun and stay safe!


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