The Top 25 Things You Absolutely Need for a Proper Tailgate, in Order

25 things you absolutely do need when tailgaiting.
09/09/2013 12:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017


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.

1. Beer
Have you ever watched a football game sober? That wasn't a rhetorical question.


2. Ice
Your beer gets hot quick when it's in the sun/being sat on by a dude in a Brian Bosworth '80s belly jersey.

3. Cooler
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.

5. Meat
In order to gain the power to stand back up, you need protein. Look it up in the "P" World Book.

6. Grill
Only French tailgates eat cheeseburger tartare.