It's happening! You are heading to Spain to study flamenco, YES!
So, what should you bring to stay happy and healthy? Of course you can always purchase items when you arrive, however I recommend to come prepared so you can hit the ground running. Your time is precious, get to class and focus on improving your dancing!
Here is a list of my top essentials;
1) FOAM ROLLER
A foam roller is key for injury prevention. With all the footwork, you need an easy way to release those tired and tight IT bands. This time to maximize suitcase space, I purchased a pool noodle from the dollar store and cut it down with an exacto knife to a desirable size. It is on the softer side, so make sure you test it out before you pack it up.
Make sure you write it down. You will be getting a lot of great insight from teachers, classmates, shows etc. Carry around a small notebook and pen to document these experiences. It's easy to think that you will remember everything, but trust me it's also easy to forget.
3) WORN-IN FLAMENCO SHOES
You do not want to start your new classes with new shoes. Focus on your dancing and not how much your heal needs a band-aid. I would recommend to only bring one pair, your favourite pair, and then buy a second pair if it's in the budget. Being in Spain is a great time to increase your shoe collection, you get to try everything on and no shipping costs apply.
4) MASSAGE BALLS
A personal favourite. I use two lacrosse balls and a small rubber bouncy ball (way better than tennis balls). They can be used anywhere on the body. However, make sure you try the two lacrosse balls on either side of your spine while lying on the floor, as well as rolling out the legs. Another must try is the small rubber ball under your feet. Integrate this practice into your life. For instance, I like to roll the small ball under my feet while I'm eating or working on the computer.
5) WATER BOTTLE
Stay hydrated. I like to use a water bottle that has a filter. This way its easy to fill up at any point and it is better for the environment.
6) FOOT SPRAY
Buy one or make your own. Some of my favourites include ingredients such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and witch hazel.
7) ESSENTIAL OILS ROLLER
I like to carry around the immune system blend. Therapeutic and relaxing. No time to get sick.
Stay fresh. I use a natural deodorant, not an antiperspirant. Natural deodorants work well, but sometimes you need to try out a few brands to find the perfect fit.
9) RESISTANCE BAND
Great for travel. Resistance bands are portable, light weight, and adaptable to different needs. Use it for stretching or strength training. Leg stretches are my favourite.
10) JOYA TOES
Give those tired feet some love. Joya Toes are toe spreaders that can be worn around the house after your classes or during yoga. Excellent for realigning the bones and rejuvenating tired, achy, and swollen feet.