Packing for your visit
The following are recommendations for all citizens regardless of the next soca destination we will tour.
The SOCA ISLANDS team has included some essentials in your package to ensure you have some of the basics. However, your attire will be dependent on the activities of the day, type of fete and personal taste.
Priority #1 – Comfort
The key is comfort as you will either be jumping up and partying for 5-6 hours or ‘chippin’ down the road all day.
Generally, for Ladies, attire is everything. Looking good is one thing, but making sure that your outfit doesn’t hold you back is another. Nothing should jump out, when you jump up or rip when you wine low. Shorts and a fashionable top always works and rompers are popular too, but with all the drinking bathroom frequent bathroom breaks may become a pain. Pack multiple bathing suits and incorporate them into your outfits.
Flats or sandals are popular for regular fetes and flip flops for beach fetes. However, if you prefer to keep your feet clean/dry, a comfortable sneakers is recommended. Few ladies wear heels or wedges at the more expensive All-Inclusive fetes, but a nice sandals is also appropriate. On the road: comfortable, light sneakers to match your costume or a pair of boots to play mas.
Men: Pack your shorts, cargo pants and a t-shirt or short sleeve shirts. Comfortable sneakers for fetes and loafer types will work for All-inclusive fetes. Slides/flip flop for beach fetes. Comfortable Sneakers for the road.
For J’ouvert or any other paint and mud party, both men and women should get a comfortable pair of sneakers that you would not mind throwing out after. For additional comfort and the anticipated long wear, shoes insoles such as memory foam or Dr. Scholl’s ® are recommended.
- The important stuff
- Cash and/or credit cards
- Wallet / handbags / clutch
- Cell phone (maybe your camera)
- Cell phone charger
- Tablet or laptop
- Personal items
- Any special soaps, face-wash or moisteriser
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Brush / comb / curling iron
- High SPF sunblock
- Any pain or prescription medication
- Feminine products
- Make-up / nail products
- For the fetes and the road
- Printed fete tickets / costume receipt
- Kit (outfits) for each event
- Comfortable sneakers / shoes (you may also slay in heels)