What’s In My Bag: Packing for Show Day

Alright, pack your bags, we’re heading to the big show! I’ve put together a packing list of things you’ll need for the weekend, so feel free to check them off as you go!

  • Suitcase/duffle
  • Sheets and pillowcase (your tan will ruin the hotel’s and you will have to pay for it)
  • Bath towel (same reason)
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Baggy T shirt and sweatpants (for after your tan and to sleep in)
  • Flip flops
  • Big hoodie (might be cold idk)
  • Something to workout in (if you still got cardio to do)
  • Extra clothes for lounging
  • Undies (I honestly forget these sometimes)
  • Bra (eh, do what you feel)
  • Dress or cute outfit for post show dinner (optional bc I’ve gone in sweats too)
  • ID/NPC Card (You will need to bring these & your suit to checkins [they sometimes check to see if your suit is “appropriate”]) Bring cash to checkins if you need to buy your NPC Card still (for full list of expenses click here)
  • Wallet
  • Cash (sometimes no card readers if you wanted a shirt or something)
  • Screenshots of your hotel and Tan confirmations (in case they don’t have you on file for some reason)
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Eyelashes
  • Eye lash GLUE
  • Nails or Nail Polish/Nail file
  • Razor
  • Curling Iron/hot rollers/straightener
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Hairspray
  • Dry shampoo
  • Paper cups (to pee through)
  • Lufa
  • Hair things (some people may call these ponytail holders)
  • Food Scale
  • Meals/Snacks
  • Utensils/Napkins
  • Extra baggies
  • Any supplements you take
  • Any other medication you need
  • Your own full length mirror (optional* but can come in handy when there’s nowhere to pose backstage

I always recommend having a little med bag (just in case)

I just put a few of each pill in a baggie (remember which is which) so that it doesn’t take up so much room with all the bottles.

  • Advil
  • Gas pills
  • Magnesium
  • Imodium
  • Benadryl
  • Excedrin Migraine
  • Tampons
  • Bandaids
  • Small Sewing Kit
  • Nail file (jagged nails can snag your suit!)
  • Dental floss
  • Tissues (to blot your face and armpits)

What to put in your backstage bag (I use my 6 Pack Bag Innovator 300 [Code CARA])

If you’re flying, bring it as your carry on, that way there is no room for error if they lose your luggage.

  • Competition Bikini (Click to get yours)
  • Competition Heels (click to get yours and use code CARA for 10% off)
  • Flip flops for in between
  • Small box with your comp jewelry in it (Click the heels link for jewelry as well)
  • Satin Robe or sweats for in between
  • Your meals to get you through prejudging (repack for finals)
  • Resistance band (to pump up backstage)
  • Candy (dat pump up candy tho!)
  • Sample packet of Pescience High Volume (Also for the pump. I like it, ok. Code CARA for 30% off)
  • Your med kit from above
  • Water
  • Travel Hairspray/Dry shampoo
  • Headphones
  • Phone charger
  • Bikini Bite (if you use it)
  • Small bag with makeup for touch ups (I normally have foundation, powder, eyelash glue, chapstick, and eyeliner in there)


I think that’s everything! I always end up writing everything out and crossing everything off my list as I pack it, just to make sure I don’t forget anything (the worst feeling ever). But as long as you’ve got your suit, heels, and makeup, you can make due with getting whatever else you need once you get there. All these things just make for a much more stress free weekend and are highly recommended! Good Luck!


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