Fun Tailgating Checklist

The checklist may vary depending on the tailgaters’ tastes and needs but it is a good starting point. A tailgate party is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, and in order to do that at least a little preparation should precede it. You may want to copy this list and use it for each tailgate party you attend.

The following list has been prepared by Jerry Hadley and Greg Roberts, who “spend years of study, travel, and research to summarize this list”. It was published in their guide “Tailgating in the Big Ten: a user’s Guide around the Conference”. Enjoy the humor!!!


  • Users’ Guide for Tailgating in the Big Ten
  • tickets (optional, you can get them there – “where there’s a will there’s a way”)
  • appropriate transportation (RV?, full size van?, mini van?, suburban?, station wagon?, sedan?, compact?, deathtrap?, 1975 Pinto?, city police cruiser?)
  • cash (for souvenir cups – a must)
  • food of choice: Greg’s Choice – hotdogs in a crockpot of barbecue sauce ( can you hear the arteries hardening?); Jerry’s choice – good old fashioned hamburgers on the grill with a side of Chili hot enough to burn a hole in your stomach)
  • barbecue sauce
  • grill
  • fuel (gas, lighter fluid, propane, rocket fuel, Jerry’s chili)
  • charcoal (or anything else that burns slowly, for example Lee Corso’s toupee)
  • beer (or light beer, for the health conscious)
  • other miscellaneous beverages
  • school apparel (including flags and banners – you can drape yourself in them)
  • make-up to paint your face with- - NOT!
  • music (except the obnoxious tape with all the college fight songs on it)
  • football, Frisbee, hackey sack, or some other type of entertainment to remind you that you’re not as young as you used to be
  • trashbag (for Al Gore and his friends)
  • extra barbecue sauce
  • extra beer (you can’t HAVE too much beer. You can DRINK too much, but you can’t HAVE too much)
  • extra folding chairs and tables
  • deck of cards
  • utensils for cooking and eating
  • weather information
  • sunglasses
  • rain gear
  • snow gear
  • tornado gear
  • riot gear (if a bowl game is on the line)
  • baby-sitters for the entire day as well as that evening, just in case you get a complimentary ride in a city police cruiser).(Incidentally we don’t recommend it, the strip search is overrated).
  • emergency barbecue sauce
  • emergency beer, just in case
  • emergency bottle opener, just in case
  • satellite TV dish (for the RV tailgaters)
  • theme T-shirt (The original authors’ text states: “Purdue Stinks” t-shirt but both acknowledge that they were “only using that as an example regardless of how true it may be”)