Here are some free printable competition packing lists! I know prep brain can set in and make it hard to remember what you need to bring – so I got your back.
The Men’s list is pretty straight forward as they don’t have as many items to get ready for stage. The items listed here are pretty universal.
- If you’re flying, you can take a Hot and Cold bag with your meals in ziplock bags to save space. They’ll stay cold until you get to your destination. Supplements can also go in ziplock bags (pre-portion them and label so you don’t have to open and sort through a million bags).
- Bring your own linens (bed sheets and towels) so you don’t stain the hotel’s and get charged.
- A shower cap will prevent spray tan from getting in your hair.
- Wear long sleeved shirt and pants to bed so you don’t mess up your tan.
- You can’t wash your hands with the tan on, so bring hand wipes.
- Bring a cover-up/hoodie to wear backstage.
- They don’t have chairs backstage, so having a blanket or big towel to sit on makes it more comfortable. Sitting on a cold floor for hours is not my idea of fun.
- If you have your own set of resistance bands, you don’t have to wait for the pump-up equipment to be free.
- Bring something to read/a phone charger and power bank so you’ll have something to do while you’re waiting.
- Since you will probably leave the venue between prejudging and the night show, make sure you bring an umbrella/poncho to protect your tan from the rain.
The women’s list is a bit more extensive. All of the above apply, as well as the tips below.
- Even if you have a make-up artist, you’ll still want your own kit of makeup just in case you need touch ups and your artist can’t be found.
- Getting a fancy mani-pedi is not necessary. If it makes you feel more confident, go ahead. Conservative french tip/nude nails are always better, as it won’t draw attention to your hands and feet.
- If you have it, bring an extra competition bikini in case they don’t allow your main one (they sometimes don’t approve bikinis that are cut too small in the back).
- Bikini bite is a roll on glue that will keep your bikini secure and out of your butt crack.
- A sewing kit or safety pins will save your butt if your bikini decides to break backstage.
- Dixie cups/GoGirls will help you protect your tan from your pee splatters. No matter how careful you think you are, you will splatter.
Thanks to this list, I’ve never been at a competition where I didn’t have everything I needed. Even if you do forget something though, fellow competitors will usually go out of their way to help you, sharing Bikini Bite, letting you know if your lipstick is a bit awry, or giving you a turn with their resistance bands.
All of your hard work is done; now it’s time to have fun and shine on stage!