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If you are a first timer, be prepared for very long days, long weekends and lot's of down time. Sometimes you will get lucky and your meet will be near some retail stores and food services. Here you can get out, eat a good, healthy (or not so healthy) hot meal and maybe pick up something that you forgot to pack! However, sometimes you don't get that lucky. For the unlucky events, below is a checklist of items that you should always have in your bag.
garment bag with zippered pockets. I have the pictured garment bags (to the right) in addition to the Rac-N-Roll dance bag. Having a garment bag serves a few purposes. The first one is that it protects the costume/s. Often the bling can catch
the delicate material of another costume and this can cause tearing issues, especially if you have any lace on your costume. It is also more convenient to carry a costume when it is protected in a bag.
The reason that I say get a garment bag with pockets is because you can compile all of the accessories and necessary shoes for each costume in one place. This will save you the frustration of digging through a back pack, bag or whatever it is that you are using to transport all of the stuff that you need to have at a competition.
I have listed below a basic checklist that you can follow. Always, always, always, check and double check to insure that you have all of your costumes and all of the applicable dance shoes that you will need for each performance. You can always borrow a pair of tights, or a sewing kit or even use someone's make-up etc., but you can't ever borrow a costume or shoes! Well maybe on a rare occasion you can borrow someone else's shoes, but I wouldn't count on that.
The one thing that I did not put on the list to bring is extra embellishments. You should, without
hesitation, bring all applicable embellishments, ribbons or whatever you have yourself put on a costume along with matching thread or fabric glue. You never know when you will have to do a quick and I mean quick, repair job on a costume. If you've got the extra materials fixing or repairing a costume is easy. There will almost always be someone in your group that can sew and will likely be happy to assist you. It's all about being prepared.
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Lastly, bring reading materials, cards, electronics and chargers. You can of course bring camera's.
This is just a basic list, you can add or put whatever you like in your dance bag, especially in regards to food and entertainment items. The goal here is to get you started with a basic 'must have' list. Enjoy your event, happy dancing and good luck!
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