The Ultimate Pageant Packing List!

So it's pageant weekend already? It's been anticipated for months along with practice, preparation, and exercise. It can get pretty hectic and overwhelming at times, but organization and a bag packed to perfection can help you smooth sail your way into a brand new title. Ensuring that you have "everything but the kitchen sink" is essential to make sure that if anything goes wrong, you're more than prepared! (In some cases, you may need to take the kitchen sink too!) Here are some tips for packing plus the only pageant packing list you'll ever need.

When packing for a pageant, never rule out anything. There's nothing worse than needing something and not having it. It's always better to have something and not need it. When it comes to the world of pageants, you never know what could happen backstage so it's best to be prepared and cautious than stressed and a mess.

Totally always bring a back ups if you're unsure about something. However don't rely on your back up as an actual option when it comes time for competition  Deciding between two outfits can slow you down and sometimes shake your confidence. However, having an extra swimsuit when yours falls in the toilet when trying to change can literally be a crown saver!

Try your hardest to stay organized. We all know that in the frenzy of competition things get thrown here and taken off there, but packing organized can save the day. Put outfits together with all their accessories and separate them. Being able to go to an outfit without having to scramble helps with your on-stage appearance. You seem more calm, relaxed, and natural.

Now, those were a few tips but this is the only list you'll need to bring with you ever:

  • Competition Evening Gown
  • Talent Outfit/ Costume
  • Swim Suit
  • On-stage question outfit
  • opening number outfit
  • interview suit/ dress
  • Jewelry for each outfit
  • Accessories (including hair stuff) for each
  • Shoes for each
  • Undergarments for each including a little tuck from spanx and a little lift from padding!!
  • If you're a dancer ... EXTRA DANCE TIGHTS (rushing = ripping)
  • If you're a singer... your favorite mug
  • If you're a baton twirler.... batons and extra batons
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Panty Hose
  • Breath Mints
  • Duct tape/ packing tape/ "Hollywood tape"/ double sided tape
  • Scissors *Snip Snip*
  • Power strip or extension cord
  • Corn Starch -just in case you get a little sweaty
  • Towel- same reason among others
  • Glue- I recommend E-600
  • Face Mirror, full body mirror
  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc...
  • Spray on tanner or bronzer
  • Lotion
  • Thank you notes, pens, stamps
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Sheet/ blanket (To put on floor at your station to keep your feet from sweating, keep them clean, keep your gown clean, and catch anything that may fall)
  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes
  • Stain Remover
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pillow/ small blanket for rehearsal
  • Copies of your paperwork
  • Cut of your talent music
  • Extra copy of your talent music
  • iPod, MP3 player, headphones
  • Hair Care
    • Straightener
    • Curling Iron
    • Hot Rollers
    • Blow Dryer
    • Hair Spray
    • Brush
    • Comb
    • Hair Clips
    • Hair Pins
    • Ponytail Holder
  • MAKE-UP!!!
  • Deordorant
  • Tweezers
  • Razor, Wax, Depilatory Cream
  • Skin Care
  • Make up removers
  • Travel size toiliteries
  • Dental floss, toothbrush, tooth paste
  • Perfume/ Body Spray
  • Feminine products, midol
  • Lashes and lash glue
  • Q-tips 
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail glue, fake nails, nail polish, nail polish remover
  • CLEAR NAIL POLISH- when things start to fray, clear nail polish saves the day!
  • Medications, contacts, glasses, etc...
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera and batteries or charger
  • Emergency cash
  • Tote Bag
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Shoe inserts, gel insoles
  • A steamer
  • Energy bar, protein bar
  • Water Bottles
  • Clothes Rack
  • Preparation H- Your secret to a quick "nip and tuck"
  • A great attitude
  • A good time


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