I’m the worst packer. I have two defaults: pack everything I own but wear only one outfit repeatedly or attempt to travel light then spill hot dog mustard on my one pair of jeans the first day. Packing requires a certain level of focus and anticipation reserved for chess champions and dudes with XBoxes that I just don’t have.
Packing for the world’s largest tomato-throwing festival? Well, now you’re just throwing me for a loop here. These packing requirements differ slightly from your average business trip or humdrum family vacation and this is the beauty of packing lists. I’ve done all the hard work for you so you can concentrate on your target practice.
WHAT TO PACK FOR LA TOMATINA
GOGGLES – Have you ever rubbed your eyes after cutting a lemon? Or accidentally sprayed perfume in your eyes? No? Just me then? Well that’s what it feels like when highly acidic tomato juice runs (or is violently thrown) into your eyes. Protect those peepers!
REAL SHOES – And by that I mean no flip-flops, backless sandals, or anything else that you will, without a doubt, lose immediately. Wear sturdy shoes. Sneakers. Shoes with straps, so many straps.
HAIR ELASTICS – Ladies, I know I don’t need to tell you this. But while I’ve got your attention I’ll throw in that you should pack a SPORTS BRA and a few EXTRA LAYERS as sometimes people’s shirts disappear from their bodies. The struggle to stay clothed is real, folks.
WATERPROOF CAMERA – And if it’s waterproof I’m fairly certain it’s also tomato-proof. Bring your own, a GoPro, or purchase a waterproof disposable when you get there. You’ll want to remember this experience and prove to your parents how much you are learning in your study abroad program. The best learning takes place outside the classroom; we all know that!
WHITE CLOTHING – I know, exactly the opposite of everything your mother has ever told you about eating spaghetti. She also told you to not play with your food but look where we are. White clothing is a La Tomatina tradition for showing off just how bad you lost the world’s largest food fight.
WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND
ANYTHING YOU CARE ABOUT – First and foremost, don’t bring anything you won’t mind stripping off and leaving on a Spanish sidewalk. There will be no clothing survivors. Only casualties. That includes watches that weren’t specifically designed for submersion in tomato puree, hats and sunglasses that you didn’t buy at the drug store, and cell phones because DUH.
YOUR WIMPY DRUG STORE SHAMPOO – If there’s ever a time to go for the hard stuff, it’s La Tomatina. And after that, you should probably wash your hair pretty good too.
BAGGAGE – We’ve all got it. There’s just no room for it at La Tomatina. Physical or emotional. On second thought, a little emotional baggage may help you become a better tomato tosser. Put those supressed grudges to work and fire away!
YOUR MATURITY – (If you had any to begin with) It is the world’s largest food fight after all and isn’t that every kid’s dream? Leave all your inhibitions behind as well and go nuts! No, go tomatoes! Totally trademarking that phrase.
Do you have all these things? Fantastic! La Tomatina is just your kind of party. If you haven’t planned your trip to Spain yet, check out our 2016 La Tomatina and Spanish Bar-Mada tour packages while there’s still time to pack!