In the meantime, I wanted to share our itinerary so you can see how long we’ll be staying in each location and how we plan on getting around. This is a great example of how you can plan the important details ahead of time, but still leave lots of open time to be spontaneous while you’re there.
Planning a backpacking trip can be a big undertaking, and I think the hardest part is knowing where to start. As I’m currently planning my next trip to Europe, I wanted to share some pointers that helped me along the way.
I’ve finally recovered enough from Mardi Gras to post an update! Four straight days of drinking too much, eating way too much, and sleeping too little warrant an extra day of recovery in my book.
Here are some thoughts and tips from this year’s trip:
Normally I hate packing, but packing for Mardi Gras can actually be fun, because you’re basically just preparing to party for several days in a row!
As I’m getting ready for my fourth trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, I thought I’d share some packing tips that might come in handy for the Carnival newbie:
Wear Mardi Gras Colors
You may have noticed that Mardi Gras celebrations are traditionally defined by three different colors – gold, green, and purple. But did you know that each color has meaning? Gold stands for power, green represents faith, and purple means justice.
I usually like to coordinate at least some of my wardrobe to incorporate these colors. It’s definitely not a necessity – you’ll see people from all walks of life wearing all different types of clothing (we’ll get into costumes later) and sometimes no clothing at all – but if you have some clothes that match these colors, it’s a fun way to accessorize and fit right in with the Mardi Gras theme.