Carnival Masquerader Tips

I wanted to provide some of my carnival veteran tips I’ve learned over time. From things to make sure you pack in your suitcase to bringing your carnival costume back home.

Before You Go

1) Work toward the fast track. Try to pay off your costume balance before pickup day, This will decrease your wait time.

2) Fall in love with Soca. Carnival is soca heavy so get familiar  The more songs you know, the more fun you will have. Utilize SocaBuzz for the latest soca mixes.

On The Road

3) Stay hydrated. Everyone says this but it’s not fun feeling like you want to pass out on the road because it’s hot and you feel dizzy.

4) Pick a “lost and found” spot in the event that you lose your friends. Not being able to find your friends at 8pm in Trinidad can give you gray hairs. Some carnivals are smaller so you will likely find your friends quickly. But if your friend gets lost in a 3,000 people, 9 Truck band, knowing to meet your friends by “Drink Truck Number 2, on the right side” will be super helpful

5) It will be crowded on carnival days – remember why you’re there, have fun and be patient 

6) Walk with vex money – You may have to buy food for a drunk friend on the road or pay for a taxi home. You never know what will happen.

Bahamas Carnival 2019

Carnival Beauty

7) If you wear fishnet stockings, put on socks first. Then the stockings. This will prevent your toes from going through the net and will be more comfortable. Not wearing socks? Use gel insoles for comfort

8) Order your carnival boots a half size bigger to give your toes room in the front.

9) Trim the band off the top of your carnival pantyhose to prevent the muffin top look. Carnivalista’s new line has a blendina top so trimming isn’t needed.

10) Decided to do your makeup yourself? – Apply milk of magnesia or Mehron Makeup- Skin Prep Pro before doing your carnival makeup, that’s what will make it almost sweat proof

11) Want to stay looking gorgeous all day? Bring oil blotting sheets

12) Costume bands will have mobile portable bathrooms, tissue will always run out, bring some tissue or travelpack feminine wipes with you.

13) Always have hand sanitizer or hand wipes

14) Wristlets or hand pouches are alternative options to the drawstring backpacks or fanny packs on the road. Carnivalista recently launched the FLEX, which is a thigh pouch


Day Two
Carnivalista Flex on thigh

15) If the straps of your carnival bra can be moved, criss-cross the straps at the back. For smaller busted women, it will give you the illusion of more fullness, for larger busted women, it will give you more support.

16) Ladies – if you are not wearing panties under your costume panty, wash the crotch area of your costume. Those costumes go through a lot of hands before they get to you.

Steven Jackson Photography

What About Jouvert

17) Going to a Jouvert like party? The powder dye can discolor your skin, put baby oil or some type of oil on your skin, this will keep the powder’s dye from sticking to your skin and will come off easier.

18) If you rented a car, do not dirty the people dem rental, bring large plastic bags [garbage bags] and old towels to prevent damage to the car seats.

19) If you’re worried about staining your finger nails, make sure your cuticles and nail beds are moisturized or use baby oil; you should be able to clean them easily with a small bristle brush after

Caesar's Army Ambush BIM 2017
Photography Credit: Bajan Tube

About Your Costume

20) So you decided to play Frontline – Some frontliners will throw their feathers away, some of you want to keep yours. Bring with you a large garment bag to carry your carnival feathers back home if you traveled to a carnival. 

Added Bonus

Here is a printable Carnival Travel Check-list

Yours in Mas,


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