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How To Plan A Carnival Trip

Did you hear ? Carnival is coming back and there’s some newbies out there so I’m here to give you some tips. Even if you are not a newbie & want to plan better , I have some tips for you too.

A carnival trip is a bit more to plan out than a regular trip . There’s so much more to consider and it can get overwhelming. If you take your time , your planning can be easy.

Research

Research , research, research ! I can’t stress this enough . If you’re here , then that’s a great step. I would suggest looking at other blogs , YouTube videos , and explore more resources.

The first thing you should do is find out when and where carnival and the parties are taking place .

Flight & Hotel

Figure out what day you want to leave and return . Some people come a few days ahead and leave a day or two after. It’s your own preference on what you want to do.

Once you figure out the days , BUY YOUR FLIGHT ! Dont wait too long to buy because flight prices will increase. Buy the roundtrip and not one ways ! Use Skyscanner , Google Flights , or Hopper to track flight prices.

Try to choose a hotel or Airbnb close to everything so you don’t spend too much on transportation.

Once you create an itinerary, you should be fine.

Bands

Choosing a band is usually next after you get the essentials . A band is the organization that provides you with the costume packages , jouvert packages , and more.

Google is your best friend when finding out what bands are participating in a specific carnival.

After you know what bands are participating , follow the band on Instagram for all updates .

There’s a band launch first , which showcases all the bands costumes .

Usually after band launch , you have the option to put down a deposit on the costume you prefer.

The deposit is approximately $100-250. Sign up for Digit to start saving now. Also , check out my saving tips HERE !

After your deposit , you are given a deadline and payment plan .

Choose a band based on costume preference and reputation .

The package includes Jouvert entrance , Jouvert attire , food and drinks for Jouvert , your costume , carnival entrance , food and drinks for carnival and more.

Distribution

Now it’s time to pick up your costume or t shirt package .

1. Check the bag ! Before you leave , make sure all items are in the bag . Make sure you have the right sizes.

2. Put the wristband on immediately! This is your ticket to everything .

3. If something is missing , ask the staff.

4. It may take long or it won’t take much time . I wouldn’t schedule too much around distribution times.

5. Get contact information from section leader or a staff member for any costume mishaps or questions.

Parties

There will tons to choose from . There will be cooler parties , concerts , pool parties , and more . I like to go to different ones but it’s up to your preference .

Get your tickets as soon as you can . Do not wait for your friends ! If they didn’t get their tickets , go alone !

Carnival

Finally , the day is here ! Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years.

1. Stay hydrated . Be sure to drink water throughout the day.

2. It’s a long day so wear comfortable shoes and rest when needed.

3. If you’re with friends & lose them , don’t worry. Set up a meeting place and you’ll find them eventually.

4. Be mindful of how much liquor you drink.

5. Use a small bag for your essential items – money , card , ID , keys , first aid kit , etc.

6. If you don’t know something , ask a question . There’s security and staff there with you .

7. It will be crowded and hot and attitudes will rise , but be as nice as you can . You won’t see these people anymore . Just walk away.

8. Every carnival is different . Try to go with the flow as best as you can .

9. SUNSCREEN ! Reapply throughout the day.

10. Have fun , hopefully you have a great time and will go to another carnival .

Budget

Carnival is an expensive hobby . Everything will be more expensive and in demand . Its best to plan as early as you can.

The extra costs on a carnival trip are the costume packages , party tickets , makeup , and other extra fees you need.

Carnival Body

I actually don’t like the term “ carnival body” . Any shape or size is welcome to carnival. However , I understand people want to look their best in the costume. Don’t let the costume wear you , you wear the costume.

It’s also usually a long day of walking , sprinting , moving , and dancing . Just be sure to stay hydrated and take rest stops when you can .

Music

Before you go to carnival , be sure to know all the latest songs you will hear on the road. It helps to be able to move with the crowd .

Here are some playlists to check out :

1. ByFarMega – HERE

2. Private Ryan – HERE

3. DJ Jel – HERE

4. Close Connections – HERE

Solo Friendly

Can you go to carnival alone ? Honestly , yes. You will lose your friends on the road anyway . I went to Jamaica by myself and had the time of my life. I think I’ll plan my carnival trips solo as well.

Explore

If you’re in a new country , try to explore as much as you can . Be a tourist ! You can make this carnival trip into a two – for – one trip. Explore the new place and take part in carnival events.

Changes

With COVID , there will be some changes we’ve already seen.

It will be less people participating and more protocols in place.

Bonus

Here are some little hacks that I do when it’s carnival time .

1. I follow the bands on Instagram and turn on post notifications.

2. I join group chats and Facebook groups to get information, not necessarily to meet up with anyone .

3. Because I’m short , I usually ask somebody tall to get my drinks from the truck .

4. If I need help with my costume , go early to where your band is meeting and someone will help you .

5. Get a hotel or Airbnb near where the events and carnival are to save on transportation.

Don’t Forget

The next carnival is Miami on October 10 , 2021 ! Read about my 2019 experience and some smoovee tips – HERE !

Plan Your Trip With Me

For first time participants, I will be offering limited FREE travel consultations . Send a message on Instagram – HERE !

Also , get your FREE carnival travel guide HERE !

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25 thoughts on “How To Plan A Carnival Trip

  1. I’ve never been to a carnival, or planned a carnival trip, but these tips are so helpful! Your post is definitely making me want to experience a carnival very soon! It sounds like so much fun!

  2. I love the tips about following the bands on Insta for more tips on where to be and when. We have a carnival in Toronto that I’ve never been ot but I’ll have to try it now!

  3. As an introvert who doesn’t like big parties, the idea of attending a carnival is terrifying haha. But maybe I should try to just once just to say I did and see what it’s like! These are great tips though! I had no idea that there were companies who provide the costumes and everything for you

  4. Carnival looks like so much fun! I’d definitely love to visit and experience the atmosphere in person! Thanks for the great guide!

  5. A carnival trip sounds like so much fun! I have never been to one before but I would love to at some point and plan my own trip there.

  6. I’ve never been to carnival, and honestly had no idea there was so much involved in planning it! This is an excellent, detailed starter guide. It’s great, too, that you’re offering your expertise to help other plan with your consultations and travel guide.

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