It’s hard to travel. It’s hard to have little dancers. It feels nearly impossible to combine the two!
Yet, we’re all gearing up to do it weekend after weekend during dance competition season. Soon, packing up your gear and essentials will be a no-brainer. For those first few out-of-town competitions, however, I compiled a MUST HAVE list of dance competition essentials.
When my daughter competes in multiple routines at a competition, I grab a big Ziploc bag and put the shoes, tights, and costume together and label it for the dance and time/day of performance. This helps me avoid rummaging through the suitcase and gives me peace of mind that my husband or friend can get my daughter dressed and ready in the event I get stuck somewhere else!
- Dance Shoes – Be sure to have every pair: ballet, tap, jazz.
- Dance Costumes
- Dance Tights
- Coordinating Hair Accessories
Extras for the Competition
Hair and Make-Up
Pro tip: always bring an extra of everything! I love to be overprepared and offer help to other dance moms who forgot something — we’ve all been there!
- Eyebrow Pencil
- Glitter (if applicable)
- Hair Accessories
- Hair Elastics
- Paddle Brush
- Bristle Brush
- Bobby Pins – as many as you can pack!
- Hair Nets
What are some of your must-haves in your competition bag?