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Pageant Packing Checklist

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. (Read: How to Stay Organized on Pageant Day)

Packing can make you feel very anxious. I am right there with you, but as we often say on 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! (Read: 5 Tips to Help Prevent Stress During Pageant Prep)

Pageant Packing Checklist

Competition Wardrobe

My suggestion is that when you pack each of your competition items that you pack those items together so that you can quickly grab the bag and make the necessarily changes throughout competition. This will also keep you organized and help you not to forget anything in your room.

  • Evening Gown (Read: How To Travel with a Dress on an Airplane)
    • Undergarments
    • Jewelry
    • Shoes
    • Hair accessories
  • Interview
    • Undergarments
    • Jewelry
    • Shoes
    • Hair accessories
  • Talent Outfit / Costume
    • Undergarments
    • Jewelry
    • Shoes
    • Hair Accessories
    • Props
  • Swimsuit
    • Butt Glue (Need Butt Glue? Click Here)
    • Shoes
    • Earrings
    • Hair Accessories
  • Opening Number Outfit (if not being provided by the pageant)
    • Undergarments
    • Shoes
    • Jewelry
    • Hair accessories


  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Mouthwash
  • 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
  • Teeth whitener
  • Retainer
  • Eye Drops


  • 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
  • Nail Care
  • Makeup Removers
  • Cotton Balls
  • 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
  • Watch
  • MP3 or iPod with Charger
  • Noise machine
  • Selfie Stick
  • Headphones – (Your roommate might snore)


  • Crown
  • Sash
  • Passport / Drivers License
  • Labels
  • Journal
  • 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


Regardless of what your director says do not take their word for it that there will be healthy food for you leading up to the competition. I often find it humorous what the mass public considers “healthy”. More than likely you’re on a specific diet from your trainer and if that’s the case you’ve got to take your destiny into your own hands and come prepared.

  • Protein bars
  • Rice Cakes
  • Bottles of Water
  • Oatmeal
  • Pre-made meals that you put in Tupperware, store in the mini-fridge and then heat up in the microwave.


Girls like Olivia Jordan and Nina Sanchez packed and label each of the wardrobe pieces before going to Miss USA. They both knew every outfit that they were going to wear before getting to the host hotel. Follow their lead. Even if you don’t put everything in oversized zip locked bags you can take photos of each outfit and accessories then store and label it on your phone for quick reference.

  • Rehearsal Clothes
  • Dinner Outfits
  • Appearance Outfits
  • Travel Clothes
  • Workout Clothes
  • Hotel Room Lounge Wear
  • Hair and Makeup Clothes


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

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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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