From Instagram – What purse do you recommend taking?
Per Churchill Downs, you can’t bring a bag more than 12 inches on any one side. That gives you some wiggle room on what you choose. But my #1 tip: bring a crossbody bag.
Unless you’re sitting in one of the inside dining rooms or suites, you won’t have a place for your bag to just sit. Even in the boxes, you’ll have to put it on the ground (it gets gross) so bring a crossbody bag. You’ll have a drink, your program, your betting tickets and you won’t want to mess with holding your bag. Especially in the crowded paddock and clubhouse areas.
If you go back through any of my Kentucky Derby style posts, you’ll see lots of options.
From blog search – What should I pack in my bag?
A couple years ago I did a full post on purse essentials. Get the full run down here.
But here’s the Cliff’s Notes. Bring CASH. The ATMS often run out of money halfway through the day, so bring cash for betting and cocktails. Bring a pen that doesn’t smudge (or a permanent marker) to mark up your program and take notes before betting. Bobbie pins and a ponytail holder (for hat/hair mishaps ). Band-aids (you might need them for blisters). Mints/Gum. And if the weather even mentions rain, pack a poncho.
In case you didn’t know, you can also bring food into the track, as long as it’s in clear plastic bags. So it’s always a good idea to pack some snacks or sandwiches. If you’re coming in from out-of-town, just know that you can order Derby box lunches from local groceries, sandwich shops and places like Panera.
From Instagram – Should I pack flats?
If you can, YES. If you can manage to bring in some flats or flip-flops, do it. The walk in and out of the track, especially the out part, can be killer. If you can manage to fit a pair in your bag, like these Yosi Samra foldable flats (I have a pair), do it.
From blog search – “How do you place a bet?”
You’re in luck. I just wrote a full breakdown on how to place a bet at the track. It’s not as complicated or hard as guys in seersucker suits make it seem.