Things to pack on your Carnival trip
Time to get serious I need to start to get my stuff together for Trinidad Carnival.
Things to pack on your Carnival trip
The Carnival Diva Edition
Make up kit (maybe a little extensive)
Eye Shadow Base
Water Proof Gel Eyeliner
Lip Liner Pencil
False Eyelashes (bring the drama)
Glitter adhesive (you can use clear eyelash glue Duo is a great brand )
Water proof mascara
Oil blotting sheets
Sun block (the strong stuff I don’t care if you black or white)
Epsom salts (to soak your feet after the jammin')
Contact lenses paraphernalia
Allergy kit, if needed
Feminine hygiene products
Health boosters such as Airborne
Mas players list/ Costume repair kit
Double sided tape
Needle and thread
2/3 pairs Mas tights low rise (dancer tights)
Extra Sequins and feathers
|Capezio Ultra Soft Tights (comes in plus sizes); $10 - $15 at Amazon|
Technology Packing List
iPod(s) or other player’s
digital camera and memory card
laptop, netbook, iPad, kindle...
For all the above: batteries, chargers, cords!
Unlocked gsm phone
|Kodak EasyShare C183 digital camera, available at Walmart.com etc.|
Maps of the area
Reputable taxi services
Guidebooks--buy the best! It's a small investment, compared to the cost of your vacation.
Ziploc bags Use for toiletries, makeup wet swimsuits,
***Tickets to the fetes
Feel Free to add
I will add:
an itinerary of where you plan to go morning, noon, and night each day...and an outfit selection plan for each so you know what to pack!
Also, copies of important documents such as passports, licenses, flight itinerary, guesthouse/hotel contact information, and a HARD COPY of contact information for people you plan to link with at the carnival as well as all the contacts in your phone in case the phone is lost or stolen...should email yourself a scanned copy of everything so worst case, if your luggage disappears you still have access to major paperwork!
Let your banks know which country you will be in and what dates BEFORE you leave so that they don't suspect fraud and freeze your account if they see charges racking up in a foreign country all of a sudden!
A memory card for your camera with the MAXIMUM gigabytes of memory! Don't want to run out of memory far from a computer!
Carnival 2015 updates to the list:
5 Hour Energy (1 or 2 cases)
Gel mask (can be refrigerated or kept in a small cooler of daily ice in your room to sleep with and eliminate puffy eyes if, like me, your eyes get puffy when short on sleep! Not at all sexy for your fete pics and you don't want to be hiding out behind sunglasses 24/7 after your first day of extended Trini-style partying!)
A couple handheld wave-able versions of your nationality's FLAG so you can jump and wave and represent where you are from for carnival!
TRINIDAD CARNIVAL 2015 UPDATE (TAKEN FROM ANGELAPANAMA.COM):
Bug Spray & Sunblock [2015: CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUS IS CARRIED BY MOSQUITOES!]
The mosquitos in the Caribbean are trained assassins. They laugh at your mediocre bug spray & then they eat you alive. This is the method that worked for me and Paco and saved us from the usual “eaten alive by flying ninja assassins” scenario:
Step (1) Apply an oil or lotion based bug repellant
Step (2) Apply spray bug repellant [ENSURE IT CONTAINS DEET]
Step (3) Apply Sport SunScreen Spray (sport being the key word)
Step (4) Bug repellent bracelets on the wrist and ankle
Seems extreme, I know. Maybe you are one of the lucky people that mosquitos don’t bother.Even if they don’t bother you, don’t skip the sunblock. I have a friend that never learns and always spends the week after carnival peeling and looking like he has leprosy.
(1) Draw string backpack - Your jouvert band may or may not give you a backpack, come prepared.
(2) Zip lock bag for your important ish. Nothing worse than having to run from the water hose cause you have your cell in your pocket.
(3) Baby oil – gone are the days of having blue skin after jouvert , Cover yourself in baby oil and the paint will fall right off. Now I am not a fan of carrying around open containers of baby oil. I feel like they are bombs waiting to explode all over my ish. So I buy the travel size for each jouvert. I don’t open it until I arrive at the jouvert & then I dump it.