What to bring:

  • COSTUME: This is not mandatory but it is acceptable to wear costumes in the French quarter all year long, so if you have a fun one you rarely get to wear in your home town, New Orleans offers this as an extra opportunity.
  • UMBRELLA: Good for rain or shine, and it can be part of your costume or allow you to join in a Second line or Jazz  funeral too!
  • RAINCOAT: You can buy a cheap rain poncho here. Chances are it’s going to rain heavily at one point in your trip. So prepare, nothing closes, nothing cancels when it rains. Rain Storms are all the time and thunder and lightening too!
  • COATS & layers: It gets freezing in New Orleans. It’s always the heavy-cold northerners who high tail off the streets crying cold, the quickest! Our humidity is brutal in the summer and the winter. The temperature dial isn’t the best way to determine how cold it is; its always different in reality. Much COLDER in the winter and much HOTTER in the summer. In New Orleans it can be summer one day and winter the next here. November, December January and February are notorious for this, so pack layers and a coat!
  • CLOSED TOED WALKING SHOES: We offer broken sidewalks, litter and debris and multitudes of unknown body fluids on the busier streets, like Bourbon street. In the cemeteries we have bits of iron, broken brick and glass. Not to mention fire ant hills with ants that sting you BIG time. Flip flops are a flop here. Think clean and safe. Pack closed toed shoes and without the amount of walking you will be doing, they should probably be comfortable too!
  • A BUDDY: Do you have a designated Buddy? Even on-foot drinking can become a problem. People in New Orleans need a sober fiends to carry them home and or keep them out of trouble. You may think you know how to drink, but the spirits of New Orleans has different plans for you and they will go out of her way to prove you wrong. You are lured in by her 24-hour always-open sign and non-stop access to drink can lead you in to dark alleys… and you may not make it through the night. Drink a bottle of water with every cocktail and order drinks where you choose the liquor and watch it all poured fresh to keep you just tipsy and not turvy.
  • STREET SMARTS: Lots of scammers on the streets, walk where there are lots of people but ignore them if they wanting to bet ya’ they know where y got your shoes! You’ll lose that bet, “cause your got ‘dem on your feet!” But other scammers are in some hotels, stores, street corners all booking deposits and taking bribes to push you toward the places who pay them the highest percentage. They work for highest bidders, so buyer beware, do your own research and always book direct with the company you want. The only real visitor centers are on Jackson Square lower Pontalba building 1840’s house and the Basin Street Station Visitor center on Basin Street by St Louis Cemetery No. 1.
  • AN OPEN MIND: New Orleans is only geographically situated in the deep south, we are a wild an crazy! We are port town where all types merge and almost anything goes. We have some old ways, are European in our roots. Be respectful, smart, be tolerant, be open and just have fun. There are all types mingling in this Gumbo known as New Orleans so be courteous to the locals and the strangers in your midst and you will fall in love with us. Salute the spirits and they will watch over you too. You are welcome visitors so come in and revel in our unique culture: respect it, don’t  judge it or try to change it and we will have a long, fruitful relationship!
  • SAFE SEX GNOSIS: Well, you know the drill, but knowledge of not only protection from disease but also who and where you let yourself get lured off to is part of the safety issue too. Hopefully, street smarts I already mentioned will help and that buddy can as well. Be smart look smart and just think: does my ensemble scream Victim, Vixen or Valedictorian ?
  • BACK UP ID: Just in case you get sloppy, lose all your stuff or even lose your head and forget who you are. Just keep a back up ID in your room. It will help you make it home too.