|Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau|
BYO Costume: Don’t wait to buy your costume in Key West. If you procrastinate, be prepared to see at least 30 other people in the same outfit.
Less is More: Even though it’s October, don’t count on lower temps like the rest of the country. The average high in fall is 85 degrees. Add in 70,000 participants and spectators on Duval Street, and the sweat factor just keeps rising.
Be Camera Ready: If you decide to take a walk on the wild side and sign up for the body paint, consider wearing a mask. In this digital age where photos and videos can quickly go viral, think about protecting your identity.
Bodypaint? Bring a Coverup: If body paint has turned your breasts into a work of art, keep in mind that you can only show your "canvas" in the designated Fantasy Zone. Bring a simple coverup that's easy to throw on and off.
Secure Your Footing: You’re going to cover a lot of ground, so don’t wear high heels. You could end up with your feet hurting all night, and it’s not safe to go barefoot.
Comfort is Key: Wild and wacky costumes are great, but make sure you can drink, access your wallet and use the restroom easily.
Travel Light: You'll be moving in and out of the crowd, so the last thing you need is a large purse or bulky costume to slow you down.