How to Tailgate like a Hoosier

It's  8:00 a.m. on a Saturday in October. If you think the campus of Indiana University is quietly recovering from the night before, think again. This is a tailgate town with a football problem.

If you're a freshman, the tailgate fields can be a little overwhelming and without knowing how to tackle them, your day can end quicker than you think.

Drink Water

Whatever you put in your cooler or purse for the day, don't forget a water bottle. Better yet, drink a full glass before you hit the fields. The scorching sun, dancing around for hours, and tailgate treats can dehydrate you really quickly.

Stick With a Group

With hundreds of screaming people under the influence running around fields of grass, it's easy to lose the friends you came with. And once you lose them, just assume the fields have eaten them up. Cell phone signal is iffy with everyone trying to meet up with five different people and there usualy aren't any clear landmarks to meet by except "the red truck with the white tent." If it takes holding hands to stick together, hold hands. You won't be the only ones doing it.

Pack for the Day

Along with a water bottle, expect to spend a couple hours in what seems like the great outdoors. Bring a hair-tie for the heat, hand sanitizer for the port-o-potties, and sunglasses. Sunscreen doesn't hurt, but will most likely sweat off before the game starts.

Don't forget to eat!

At least try to grab a granola bar out the door or put a bag of chips in your bag. Better yet, make a trip with friends to Willie T's BBQ stand in the Convenient Mart's parking lot at 17th and Dunn. Just make sure you eat something while you're out in the fields.

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!