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Pageant Packing Checklist

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Ironically enough, as I was writing this article, I was in the process of packing; although the packing criterion for my escapade was restrictive, which is no fun. I am a diva and a bit high maintenance when it comes to packing, do I have any compatriots? I know, it’s hard, you would rather be safe than sorry. However, the average hotel room is not equipped with the capacity to house all of our precious “must haves.” So we here at The Pageant Planet want to help you put on your practical hat and see what you truly need, what you don’t, and how to pack it all.

Packing can make you feel very anxious. I am right there with you, but as we often say on The Pageant Planet, preparation and organization can make all of that stress disappear. Therefore, the painless cure to this issue is to get organized. I promise, with this step by step to do list, you will be on your way to a stress-free pageant week!

Let’s Cover the Basics

Competition Wardrobe

  • Evening Gown- including appropriate undergarments, jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories
  • Interview- including appropriate undergarments, jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories
  • Talent Outfit/ Costume- including appropriate undergarments, jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories
  • Swimsuit- including butt glue, shoes, minimal jewelry, and hair accessories
  • Opening Number Outfit (if not being provided by the pageant)- including appropriate undergarments, shoes, jewelry, and  hair accessories


  • Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Mouthwash, and Floss
  • Hand Mirror
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen- Medicines
  • Lotion
  • Tanning Lotion or Bronzer
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Face Wash
  • Acne Creams
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Feminine Products
  • Perfume and Body Spray


  • Primer, Base, Foundation, Powder, Mascara, Eyeliner (pencil and liquid) Blush, Eye shadow, Eyebrow pencil, Lip pencil, Lipstick (corresponding shade for each phase of competition), Lashes and Glue, etc.
  • Nail Care
  • Makeup Removers, Cotton Balls, and Q tips


  • Bobby Pins
  • Ponytail Holders
  • Hairspray for Hotel Room and Hairspray for Backstage Dressing Room
  • Brush and Fine-tooth Comb
  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron
  • Hot Rollers
  • Hair Dryer


  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Laptop
  • GPS
  • Watch
  • MP3 or iPod with Charger


  • Robe and Slippers
  • Blanket and Pillow
  • Safety Pins
  • Copies of your Paperwork
  • Cut of your Talent Music
  • Thank You Notes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera and Extra Batteries
  • Emergency Cash
  • Purse or Tote
  • Steamer
  • Clothes Rack
  • Breath Mints
  • Panty Hose
  • Sewing Kit
  • Books
  • Extra Clothes for the Week i.e. rehearsal clothes, dinner outfits, appearance outfits, etc.

These essential items were given to you by pageant blogger, “Pageant Girl” on her blog, Pageant Girl Solutions.

Wow, we covered a little more than the basics, but now you can rest assured that your pageant needs will be fulfilled.

However, if you want the ultimate guide on what to bring to your pageant and when you should begin training for what then here is a free report that took us weeks to put together.

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