Bodybuilding Competition Packing List

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.

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Download Men’s Packing List

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.


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Download Women’s Competition Packing List

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!


6 thoughts on “Bodybuilding Competition Packing List

  1. Good things always come to those that wait, and I’m just enjoying training right now. I don’t either, I’m thinking it’s probably just them getting it out of the way. I want to have fun while being fit 🙂

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