Tips for Surviving LSU Tailgating

Y’all, we made it! Fall means football in the south, and this Saturday is the first LSU game of the season! And it’s a home game! There’s no better way to kick off the start of the season than a home game. The cooking, the dancing, the drinking, the tailgate games, yelling Tiger Bait at the poor, unfortunate souls. There’s just nothing like it! This will be my 9th season of LSU tailgates – four years of college (2011-2014) and every year after that. My husband and his family have season tickets so we NEVER miss a game! And our friend group has our own tailgate called the Whiskey Tree, which this will be the 6th year of the Whiskey Tree. Dang we’re getting old! 

LSU football is something Ryan and I look forward to all year long It’s like Christmas every weekend in the fall! We love it! Even if we didn’t have season tickets, we would still go up to tailgate to visit one of our favorite places in the world, LSU’s campus. When I graduated from LSU, James Carville was my commencement speaker. During his speech he said, “When you leave this university, you take 3/4 of your heart with you. The other 1/4 stays here.” So every fall Ryan and I return to LSU to visit the place where we met, fell in love, and to make our hearts whole again! Okay… cheesy part’s over! Let’s get to it!

Since I’ve been tailgating for almost a decade, and hosting a tailgate for five years, I guess you could say I’ve become somewhat of an expert! I’ve definitely learned a thing, or two, or ten about the do’s and don’ts of LSU tailgating! Whether you’re tailgating at LSU for the first time, haven’t been in years and need a refresher, or are an LSU tailgating expert, here are my top 9 tips on how to survive LSU tailgating season. You’ll find that some of these are silly, sarcastic but also serious all at the same time. Check it out!

get there early.
Game days are longgg, but they also fly by in the blink of an eye. I always feel like I have so much time, and then I check the time and it’s 4:30 p.m. with less than 2 hours left of tailgating. So try to arrive early. We only get 6-7 home games a year so you have to maximize the fun-ness! If you wait until later in the day to get to campus, you’ll be stuck in traffic and it will take forever to find a parking spot. If you’re not out there by noon, you’re tailgating wrong. Plus, who doesn’t want to sip mimosas under the “stately oaks and broad magnolias” all morning?!

take care of yourself.
You know the saying, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”? That’s what game days are. They are long! It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fun of the day and the hustle and bustle, but remember to take care of yourself throughout the day. 90 percent of football season occurs during the hottest fall days. Make sure to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and keep it fresh by reapplying deodorant. You’ll thank me later!

wear light clothing.
If you think Louisiana is hot in July then you have never spent all day out tailgating in September. And let’s be honest, the heat and humidity last long into October and November so it’s important to dress light! I always wear light, flowy, loose-fitting clothes. Rompers, jean shorts, game day tees, tanks – my best friends when it comes to my game day wardrobe. I wait until the cooler game days to wear jeans, long sleeves and sweaters. And while we are on the topic of clothing, make sure to wear the right clothing, specifically colors. My LSU game day wardrobe consists of purples, golds, and whites. Try to avoid the “purple” shades that are more maroon than purple. It’s not a good idea to wear those ever, but specifically when we play Arkansas and Texas A&M. And speaking of what not to wear…

avoid leopard and cheetah print.
I cannot stress this enough! One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls wear cheetah or leopard print on LSU game days. I won’t be mean and call you out on this, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be thinking it LOL! Leopards and cheetahs are not the same animals as tigers, believe it or not. There are plenty of tiger print clothing options out there, I promise! And if you can’t find any, then just steer clear of animal prints and stick to purple and gold clothing.

wear comfortable shoes.
I don’t think I can say this enough so here it goes again. Game days are long! Comfort should be your top priority. And what’s the #1 thing you always want to be comfortable? Your shoes! If you didn’t know it already, LSU’s campus is HUGE! You’re not just going to be walking everywhere, you’ll be standing for long periods of time. Cowboy boots, flat sandals, platform sandals, cute sneakers. These should be your footwear options. Anything that you can wear for 12+ hours! And if you show up to tailgate with wedges on, expect to get some weird looks, ladies. LSU is not that type of tailgating scene!

carry a clear purse.
If you have tickets to the game, you need a clear purse to bring your belongings in with you. I know it can be annoying, but it’s for our safety. It took me a minute to invest in a nice clear bag. Years ago for almost an entire season I used a Ziploc bag. Ha! So embarrassing looking back now! And I would say, even if you don’t have tickets to the game, I would still tailgate with a clear purse. You never know if you might get last minute tickets to the game and then you’re S.O.L and either have to hide your stuff in the bushes (not joking) or stuff it all in your pockets. I’ve had this happen to so many of my friends and it makes you feel really flustered on a day that should be nothing but fun!  

pack toilet paper.
Y’all, I know this may sound like a joke, but I’m being serious! Regardless if you use port-o-potties all day out on the campus grounds, or you’re lucky enough to find a nice indoor bathroom, nine times out of ten there will be no toilet paper. It’s inevitable that it’s going to run out! There’s 102,000+ people on campus!  Don’t get stuck drip drying on the toilet. Pack your own, or grab some napkins from a tailgate or from the food court in the Student Union. Oh, and pack hand sanitizer. Those two should go hand in hand while tailgating!

At the Whiskey Tree, I’m known as the tailgate police. It’s a job I take very seriously, ha! I cannot stand when people are mooches and try to steal food and beer. And I will, without hesitation, call you out. It’s not fair to the people who have done all of the work setting up the tailgate and spent money for you to show up and just mooch. We’re all grown adults here. Let’s act like it and bring your own beer. No one really wants to share their beer with you. At least bring a case that you can drop in someones ice chest  and once you’re out they will probably give you some. Or an insulated ice chest backpack is an easy way to carry if you’re going to be tailgate hopping. If you’re more into liquor game day drinks, I always use my sunscreen bottle flasks so #1, I don’t have to carry big liquor bottles around and #2, it’s easy to sneak alcohol into places. But if you don’t want to lug around your beverages, my next tip is for you…

bring cash.
I never carry cash with me. Ever. I always feel like I spend it faster. But on game days, I always keep at least $20 with me, just in case. You never know when you’ll be in a situation that’s cash only. And also, if you are tailgate hopping, it’s common courtesy to offer up a couple of bucks to the hosts of the tailgate. With our southern hospitality most people will offer you a drink and maybe some food, so be polite and say “thank you” by donating some money to them. Chances are they will have Venmo that you can send them money but you should probably carry a few dollars with ya throughout the day anyway just to be safe. 

Do you have any other tailgating tips? Let me know in the comments! I’m always open to new suggestions to make these great days even better!


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