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If you have been a reader (or social follower), you know I have no shame sharing my Trinidadian culture and love for carnival. I haven’t played mas in years, but I stay up to date with the music and various carnival events held each year. Trinidad & Tobago Carnival is less than two weeks away and people from all over the world are preparing to visit the twin-island republic for what they claim as “the greatest show on earth”. If you’re participating in any of the festivities this year, today I’m sharing a list of items to bring along in the ultimate Trinidad Carnival Packing List.
The first items to include in your carnival packing list are basic essentials. If you’re traveling anywhere outside of your own country a passport book is needed. Make sure you’re aware of any visa or passport expiration requirements before heading out as well. You don’t want to be denied entry on your flight for not having enough free pages or time left before expiration. To save time after landing, have an address of the hotel, guest house or family member you’re staying with for the Customs & Immigration agent. Entering through Trinidad specifically, I’ve known many people to not be prepared and get frustrated when they don’t have this information.
Health and Beauty
Specifically for the ladies, this will probably be the second biggest category of items to add on your packing list. Pack basic toiletries, along with prescription and pain medications. If it is that time of the month, I suggest using a menstrual cup over tampons and pads since you only have to empty every 8-10 hours.
Protective styles work best, but you may want to wear your hair differently. Make sure it is out of your face and bring a good amount of shampoo and conditioner. As far as makeup goes, pack essential skincare and beauty items. You can schedule to do your makeup for Carnival Monday and Tuesday for a fee or check out these carnival makeup ideas for a DIY look.
For the Fetes
The more comfortable the better works for me, but this is Carnival! You want to look your best because EVERYONE will be taking photos EVERYWHERE. For casual, glam and bohemian styles, check out these outdoor fete options. While you want to look your best in the fete, j’ourvet is a little bit different. Wear shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. If you’re concerned about getting your hair messed up with oil, paint, and powder, a clear shower cap with a bandana or cheap wig should suffice.
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On the Road
In addition to wearing costumes for Tuesday, there has been a huge increase of styles available for Trinidad Carnival Monday wear. Add beads, glitter, body jewelry and more to your costumes for Monday and Tuesday. The more creative the better.
If you plan on cooling down on Ash Wednesday for a beach lime (or fete), dress accordingly. Make sure to bring enough food and drinks or head over to Richard’s Bake and Shark at Maracas beach for a taste of Trinidadian goodness.
Need an easy printout to help while packing your belongings? Download a copy of my FREE carnival packing list today.