Updated: Nov 9, 2020
Everything You Need To Know To Make It Through Carnival Festivities
The Trek You'll Make & How Preserve Your Energy for all of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival
Welcome to my first Wine! Join me on this voyage as I experience one of the most historic and ionic festivals globally. Come with me on this journey to learn all you need to know about Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. I hope these tips inspire you to live your life to its fullest and hey maybe even plan your trip to Trinidad!
“Did you know you will trek about 20 miles each day of Carnival?
Here Are Top 4 Things You Need To Know To Last The Long Days of Carnival
1. YOU'LL COVER A LOT OF MILES
The actual Carnival aka “Pretty Mas” extends two full days, Monday / Tuesday leading up to Ash Wednesday. These are long days of walking and “wining” aka the national Trini dance, click here to catch me wining. The days typically start around 10am and go through around 9pm but some bands have an extended “Las Lap” Tuesday that can take you into 2am Wednesday.
Things To Know:
You can be on your feet for ~12 hours/day.
In these two days you will likely walk more than you have in the last month, well I did anyway!
My Apple iwatch tracked me at a 19.1 miles in one day. With an average amongst my friends of around 20 miles each day.
Don't forget this is just for 1 day.
Masqueraders will parade the streets, tracking these miles both Monday and Tuesday.
But don't forget, if you plan to attend fete's like J'ouvert Monday where more walking is involved you'll add in more even more miles to this.
How do miles walked during one Day of Carnival Compare?
For my Angelenos, that longer than walking from Downtown LA to Long Beach.
For my New Yorkers, that’s like walking the length of Manhattan twice or the length of 100 Empire State Buildings.
And my globe trotters that’s longer than the height of 40 Burj Khalifa’s (the tallest building in world today, 828 m / 2717 ft).
Again this is all done in one day.
So imagine the time on your feet for your entire Carnival experience.
2. PROTECT YOUR FEET
Buy bandages and medical tape to wrap your feet before you put on your socks, nylons or fishnets.
I recommend these 4 Aids that I found helpful:
Here's Some Recommendations:
Wrap your feet.
Wrap around each toe to keep from rubbing and pressing into each other
Wrap around areas you tend to blister, ie: outside baby toe, heel outside or bottom of big toe, etc.
Wrap or create cushion where there is pressure from feet to shoe/ground, ie: ball of foot, bottoms of toes.
Wearing Tights / Nylons / Fishnets? You Need To Read This!
Cut toes of any stocking you wear
Keeping your toes in any of these stockings will have your toes rubbing together.
No bueno, this is blister, cut, pain waiting to happen.
Wear socks under these stockings
You'll want to wear comfortable socks to keep your feet from rubbing.
Socks will also help to soak up any sweat (yes, its hot and your feet can sweat too)
Tap your stocking to your sock
Tap the opening you created by cutting out the toes to your sock.
Try to tap stocking to sock in an area where foot pressure is minimal, ie; arch, top of sock (where can't be seen).
Make sure to use the stickiest tape for this, Band-Aid Brand First Aid Products Medical Tough Cloth Tape so tape doesn't slide off.
I mentioned before your feet may sweat.
Minimize sweat that can create saggy socks, or slippy souls by powdering your feet before putting on your socks.
A fellow Trinidadian recommended this to me and it was a LIFESAVER that saved my feet!
Now let's get into the most exciting.... shoes, shoes, shoes!!!
3. SHOE SUGGETIONS
First of all, you'll probably want cute shoes to go with your Monday wear and Tuesday costumes.
Here are my Shoe Tips:
You likely want multiple pairs.
Monday and Tuesday have varying styles, Monday is more casual while Tuesday is more elaborate so may want alternate shoes.
You'll need a separate if you're attending a paint fete - they'll get destroyed in paint, mud and water.
You may also wear down you're shoes from "D Road" Monday.
Don't spend a lot.
You're shoes will be put through a lot.
Its really about your costume so as long as your shoes blend no need to splurge.
Comfort is "key"
When picking any shoe, comfort is the priority.
Make sure what ever shoe you decide on is comfortable.
Splurge on shoe inserts
BONUS: You may get free shoes.
Some bands include new sneakers (for both men / female) with your costume package!