When Derby Week hits, the hustle
and bustle of parties and activities takes over and you may feel like your head
is spinning (hopefully not from too many mint juleps!). Whether you are
planning just one day at the track or an entire week’s worth of festivities, it
is so hard to remember all the little things that can make such a huge
difference in your experience at the track. From sore feet, drained mobile
devices, and potential weather mishaps – these issues all have quick solutions
that are smart to keep with you at all times.
*Make note that Churchill Downs prohibits purses
larger that 12” in any dimension
- A small external phone charger: A long day at the racetrack with friends means
taking pictures, texting acquaintances and documenting memories. All of this
comes at the cost of your cell phone’s battery. Consider a tiny portable battery
pack, which comes in a size tiny enough to
fit in the smallest clutch!
- Foldable Flats: No matter how
comfortable you think your fabulous heels may be, the likelihood is that they
will eventually turn on you. Foldable flats are exactly what
they are described as: small, foldable ballet flats that fit into any handbag.
Some even come in their very own pouch!
- A Poncho: I know, I know. None of us
like to even
consider that Derby Day
will every be anything short of 72 degrees and sunny… but better safe than
sorry, as always. Churchill Downs does
not allow umbrellas on the
property, so you will need another plan. Most general stores and
sporting stores carry small, disposable ponchos that are folded no larger than
the size of a notecard. Heaven forbid it be needed, you will be grateful.
- Removable Shoe Straps: If you are like
me and you adore the look of an oh-so-chic pump, then this next tip will be
your ultimate foot-saver. For shoes without straps, walking long distances or
generally being on your feet all day can be painstaking. Some retailers offer adjustable,
removable straps for shoes without any!
They even come in clear so they don’t change your overall look.
- A Simple Wrap or Pashmina: If the
weather is a bit chilly, it will keep you warm. If the weather is toasty, it
will keep the sunrays off of your shoulders. That is, unless your hat doubles
as it’s own southern parasol – in which case your friends may benefit as well.
These are just a handful of ideas
based on the lessons I have learned the hard way over the years! Now prepare to
enjoy all of the beauty and excitement that the majestic
Run for the Roses has to offer! Remember to wear your SPF and
See you at the track!
The Southern Gloss