I've been trying to get my head together as Viva Las Vegas is only two weeks away.... arghhhhhh!
Is there anyone else coming too?? (I know Laurence from Lost in the 50's is going, will I see more lovely people?)
We were very lucky this year, and booked a room at The Orleans before it sold out - apparently the rooms ran out faster than ever this year.
Once again, the stress over what to bring - we're heading to New York and Chicago afterwards, followed by a couple of days in Los Angeles before heading home. That means a combination of Australian spring and winter clothing.
Lessons learnt from last time:
- Don't bring anything that needs a petticoat - and don't bring a petticoat
- Seperates, seperates - the best thing to bring
- Don't always count on buying an outfit at Viva to wear - bring enough that you won't worry
- Fancy outfits - who am I kidding, I'm just there to dance and they're not practical
- If you see something amazing and it fits you, buy it - you won't see it again
- Don't bother with a swimsuit unless you really love the pool - I swam once! (although, I do have a 1940's sunsuit I've been saving for VLV, but it packs down small)
- Jewellery weighs a ton, pack light
- The water is GROSS in Vegas. You may need to buy bottled water in bulk (we bough gallon bottles and refilled from those).
- Careful with the amount of bobby pins in your hair, or the TSA will pat your head down (hair scarves are the answer to easy hair)
- It's easy to get a US pre-paid mobile card (T-Mobile on Tropicana Ave, Vegas, sell them) but don't forget to get your phone unlocked first
- Separates are a lot more versatile and easier to wear travelling - obvious, but bring things that don't need ironing. I'm packing some poly-blend 1940's blouses and jumpers
- Medicines - bring your own. We found it really hard to get the good cold + flu capsules at Walgreens (bringing my own Codral this time)
- Bring anything specialised you might need - i.e a barrel curler and pins. Yes you can get them at Sallys but it saves time. Go to Sallys anyway and buy up
- Gloves! Bring leather gloves because Chicago is like Antarctica!
- Buy all the things that you can't get at home (hello Sephora, remember me??)
Being gay in the USA
- Not an issue in the big cities
- Not an issue in Vegas
- Not an issue at all at Viva Las Vegas (in fact, Jakk didnt get the comments or looks she would here, when she used the women's bathroom/change rooms)
- Turns out the Belmont/Lakeview/Boystown area of Chicago is the gay and antiques district - guess where we are staying?
I hope I do get to see some familiar faces there!