Like many of you out there, I am head deep in Viva Las Vegas prep. For me, that is mostly sewing and Etsy purchasing. I am still a Viva newbie, as I've only gone one time before. We are actually staying at The Orleans for the first time this year. I can't offer much advice for hotel check-in or travel this time around. However, I can tell you all about what you should pack!
Make a List
Before you even start packing - you need to pick out what your wearing and then write everything down by day. We go Thursday through Monday. So my list looks something like this.
Day - Pink dress, Miss L Fire shoes, bakelite and pink earrings, wicker purse, hair flower
Pool - Shaheen playsuit, Remix wedges, bakelite, blue headscarf, blue button earrings, beach tote
Evening - Blue lurex dress, poly's, rhinestone earrings and matching bracelet, silver clutch
Record Hop - white bustier, mexican circle skirt, flats
I make a list like this for everyday that I am there. Obviously, you can tailor it to your needs. Maybe you don't need to bring a swimsuit for the pool, or you don't do the record hops. For traveling days, you will only need one outfit. I don't always change for the Record Hops, but if you have uncomfortable shoes and a tight dress - you may want to consider it. Also, don't forget your underpinnings! I've also seen girls write down their hairstyle alongside the outfit description.
I cannot stress this enough
If you mess your feet within the first day, you will pay for it the entire weekend.
Organize, Organize, Organize!
During your list writing and clothes pulling, your room will now look like a vintage store blew-up!
Place an entire outfit on a hanger or in a folded pile (if it doesn't need a hanger) along with a ziplock bag containing the coinciding jewelry and hair accessories. Mark the ziplock bag with the day/event (ie:Thursday - Day). You may think this is anal retentive - but if you do this, you won't forget anything. Also, after you are done wearing it, you can put the items back into the ziplock bag and in your suitcase/garmet bag. I hide all my Bakelite/bracelets in my purses.
After that, I always line the outfits up by day and double check my list.
Outfits from last year
In your suitcase, place your petticoat on the bottom, rolled up in a trashbag. I've also seen girls put in the mesh section. Next will be your shoes and handbags. Don't forget your toiletries, underpinnings and PJ's. Makeup and hair items are next (hot rollers/sponge rollers or curling iron, bobby-pins, hairspray etc. etc.) Fill the rest of your suitcase with your folded clothing and ziplock bags. Hang your dresses in a garment bag (if that's an option).
The biggest mistake I made last time was forgetting the Fella's garment bag with his shirts and suit. So, I will number ALL the bags with post-its and write them down on a list. As we pack the car, I will check off the bags as they go in. That way nothing is left behind.
I hope this has helped you! I can feel the delighful humm of excitement within the community as we get closer. I'm so excited to meet all of you!
What are your packing tips?
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