Around the World with Swissgear – Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Experience Carnival in Brazil

Rio Carnival Season Jumpstarts the Year in Brazil

It’s said the New Year doesn’t really start for Brazil until Carnival celebrations emerge on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Marked by vibrant parades, symbolic costumes, and larger-than-life floats, the week-long festivity preludes the Lent observance and Easter holiday. This year, the grandiose festival kicks off on February 21st and ends February 26th.

Before you land at the RIOgaleão – Tom Jobin International Airport, however, gear up with a few coveted Swissgear items. Pack your Carnival attire in a tech-savvy carry-on and rely on the perfect street pack and wallet to protect essentials.

Travel with a Carry-On

What to Pack inside the Swissgear 7272 Energie Expandable Carry On

Opting to travel with a carry-on saves money and space. And with an integrated USB port, the Swissgear 7272 Energie Expandable Carry On is also saving you from a headache. Burnished with a stylish ocean blue coating, this hardside spinner mirrors the tropical fete you’re about to be immersed in. Featuring a split-case interior with elastic tie-down straps and multiple organizer pockets, separate festive garments, shoes, and other gear in designated pockets.

Conceal toiletries and undergarments in the large side compartment and nestle more than enough pieces under the tie-down straps, thanks to an expandable zip compartment. Glide through the airport smoothly with the help of eight 360-degree spinner wheels and a push-button retractable handle. A TSA-security lock ensures your belongings are protected, whether you’re traveling to Carnival for the first or 10th time.

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Swissgear 7272 19" USB Energie Expandable Carry On Hardside Spinner Luggage

Rio Carnival Season Jumpstarts the Year in Brazil

It’s said the New Year doesn’t really start for Brazil until Carnival celebrations emerge on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Marked by vibrant parades, symbolic costumes, and larger-than-life floats, the week-long festivity preludes the Lent observance and Easter holiday. This year, the grandiose festival kicks off on February 21st and ends February 26th.

Before you land at the RIOgaleão – Tom Jobin International Airport, however, gear up with a few coveted Swissgear items. Pack your Carnival attire in a tech-savvy carry-on and rely on the perfect street pack and wallet to protect essentials.

600 Blocks of Carnival in Brazil

Enjoy 600 Blocks of Street Carnivals

After participating in the samba parades, it’s time to head into the local enclaves for the Blocos de Rua (Street Blocks). Revelers from all over the world flood the streets of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Lagoa, and downtown Rio, the hottest spots for street carnivals. Characterized by samba bands, flamboyant costumes, and extravagant floats, these parties—sometimes called mardi gras—are open for anyone to jump in as long as you’re prepared to keep up as these parades last well into the night. This year’s Carnival will consist of almost 400 blocks performing over 600 street parties at any given time of day, so traveling with a lightweight backpack is a must.

Lightweight SWISSGEAR 1651 Backpack

A Lightweight Backpack is a Must

Carry the Swissgear 1651 City Pack to Local Street Carnivals

Maintain your party stamina accompanied by the Swisssgear 1651 City Pack. Featuring a contemporary noir satin and teal colorway, its slimline stature has a deceptively spacious interior to hold snacks, water, and other essentials. Keep bank cards, ID, and small accessories inside a front zip organizer compartment and store beverages in a large side mesh pocket. Air mesh shoulder straps and a signature Airflow pack panel provides all day breathability while you dance to the rhythms of Battucanada.

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Attend a Glamorous Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel

Aside from the energetic parades held throughout the city and inside the Sambadrome, the elite Magic ball held at the Copacabana Palace Hotel is a site to behold. The annual ball is known for its glamorous décor and upscale attendees adorned in luxurious costumes, gowns, and suites. Although, the Magic ball may seem as the antithesis of the inclusive street parties, guests are still immersed in Brazilian culture, music and food. Samba music is the pulse of these soirees, thanks to live bands and entertainers who keeps the rhythm going all night.

During the five-day Carnival celebrations more affordable balls are held at the Scala Rio Nightclub, such as the Gay Gala Ball, Red and Black Ball, the Marvelous City Ball, and Long Live the Beer Ball. Attend any or all these swanky events and get lost in carioca music and dancing with locals.

Continue Carnival Week with Essentials Intact

Swissgear Double Pocket Money Belt

Since Carnival week is an ongoing 24/7 bash, keep your necessities within hands reach without having to pause the momentum. This is where the Swissgear Double Pocket Money Belt comes in handy. Fasten this money belt around your waist and store money, your ID, debit cards, and other valuables inside its double-pocketed design. Its low-profile, tear-resistant silhouette easily tucks underneath your clothing to keep your things secured and hidden from any lurking pick pocketers. The elastic waist belt adjusts to comfortably fit around your waist and its padded back promotes much-needed ventilation.

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Double Pocket Money Belt

Blend in at the Carnival

Whether you choose to gape at the picturesque samba parades at the Sambadrome, revel in the exhilarating street carnivals, attend an exquisite ball, or all three, experience this once-in-a-lifetime carnival with your Swissgear go-to items. Blend in with the thematic backdrop of this year’s carnival and pack your costumes in the spacious 7272 Energie Expandable Hardside Luggage; Head out to local neighborhoods and join the never-ending samba trails with your 1651 City pack in tow; and carry the Swissgear double pocket money belt wherever you decide to saunter off to.

The Aftermath of Carnival in Brazil

After the thrill of Carnival week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, don’t be shocked if you find yourself immediately planning next year’s escapade.