Time travel is a tricky thing, so come prepared.
If you weren’t lusting after a hoverboard in the ’80s, chances are, you weren’t listening to Doc Brown either. But you should have, because getting stuck back three decades in the past was serious business. You can’t just gun it to 88mph and hope for the best. Stock up on that plutonium and check your flux capacitor, or you can kiss your chances of making it back to the future goodbye.
Get in trouble, but make sure it's in a group setting.
Everybody knows detention’s a drag, but, in the ’80s, it didn’t have to be. Punishments are always more fun when you’re hanging out with attractive and interesting classmates on a Saturday. Share your deepest fears with one other. Ask someone outside your social circle out on a date. And, if there’s time, throw in a good makeover.
Boomboxes are the most adequate way to declare undying love.
Sure, today’s kids have infinite amounts of music at their fingertips, but where’s the poetry in that? True romance is found in lugging several pounds of plastic onto your shoulders and blasting your beloved’s eardrums with Peter Gabriel. The swooning should commence shortly after that.
Traveling via alien is the best mode of transportation.
We’ve already mentioned ET once, but it’s worth pointing out that ’80s movies didn’t shy away from launching kids ridiculously high in the sky and trusting they weren’t going to fall to their doom. Sure, the closest you were ever going to get was duct-taping a basket to your Schwinn, but it was something.
Decor is what you make of it.
Sure, the 1983 film A Christmas Story wasn’t set in the ’80s, but it gave the decade the leg lamp — and that was priceless. Among other things, the timeless holiday classic also taught us to stand up to our bullies, avoid sticking our tongues to frozen flag poles, and guard our turkeys with our lives.