Get Your Dance On: What to Pack for a Night on the Town

Gear Guide — By Alexi Ueltzen on November 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

It’s not magical shoes.
(Those don’t exist.)
It’s not the ultimate “going out” shirt either.
(Those do exist, but I’m pretty sure elves make them and leave them under the pillows of already-attractive and coordinated people.)
It’s not tiny earpieces that provide step-by-step instructions on local dances.
(But seriously, someone should invent those. “Dip her! Now!”)

It’s a list of basic, cheap, not-super-sexy-but-very-useful accessories that will make a night out dancing in a foreign destination a little bit smoother. Too bad we couldn’t find anything for pick-up lines.

1. Moleskin

If you’re on a trip, chances are you’ve been on your feet all day. If you’re out dancing later that night, chances are those feet are going to be a little bit sore, and possibly blistered. Whether it’s because you’ve already got a blister or because you want to prevent one, put some Moleskin on the tender areas. It’s flesh-colored, so it will blend in well (especially at night) and a little bit of Moleskin is a lot cuter than an oozing red bump in your foot.

2. Decent deodorant

There’s nothing like fitting into a stereotype, and the “sweaty, awkward tourist” is one that no one wants to be associated with. Help cross that first adjective off the list and be sure to use good deodorant or antiperspirant. Yes, there is a difference: deodorants combat body odor but not sweating, while antiperspirants actually prevent excessive sweat gland activity. Two highly-rated ones include Mitchum Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant (goes on clear, prevents wetness and odor and comes with different scents for men and women) and Crystal Body Deodorant (it’s all natural, scent-free and inexpensive). Now just leave your Hawaiian shirt at home, and you’re good to go.

3. A wrist wallet

If you’re heading somewhere that a) doesn’t have pickpockets, b) definitely has a reliable coat check and c) wouldn’t let you through the door while wearing a wrist wallet, then disregard this item. But for 99% of travelers, this actually makes a lot of sense. Wrist wallets are large enough to hold the essentials you need when going out (ID, a little cash, a key, maybe a phone), without forcing you to cram everything in the pockets of your jeans or lug a purse around all night. These things come in all kinds of fabrics (from flashy to subtle) and fits (well, wrist or ankle, basically). Phubby makes ’em big enough for iPods, and Sprigs has some seriously sporty fabric choices. Last piece of advice: please only wear one at a time. If you really have that much stuff you need to store on your person, it’s time for a fanny pack.

Did we leave a glaringly-obvious accessory off the list? Leave a comment and let us know.

[Photo: Haags Uitburo/Creative Commons]

Tags: dancing, deodorant, gear, Moleskin, travel, wrist wallet


  • smilinggreenmom says:

    Moleskin! I have never heard of this before wow 🙂 I actually LOVE my Topricin foot cream since it is natural and helps with aches, inflammation AND it helps relax them after a long day! These are great tips – and funny post 🙂

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