The Ultimate Pageant Packing List

You’ve made your list and checked it twice, yet keep remembering more items you need to bring! Check out The PageantFile’s Ultimate Pageant Packing List, with everything you need and other things you hope you won’t need, plus the things you don’t need but will want!

Appearance Wardrobe

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Visitation Night 1
  • Visitation Night 2
  • Visitation Night 3

Competition Wardrobe

Quick Tip for Competition Wardrobe Organization: Use a gallon sized Zip-Lock bag for each phase. Label with your name, title, and the phase. Inside, put your shoes and a smaller ziplock (also labeled) with jewelry and hair accessories.

Bonus Organization Tip: Attach each bag to a hanger, and store inside the proper garment bag!

  • Interview
    • Outfit
    • Shoes
    • Jewelry
  • Opening Number
    • Outfit
    • Shoes
    • Jewelry
  • Lifestyle and Fitness
    • Swimsuit
    • Shoes
    • Jewelry
    • Spray Adhesive (aka, butt glue)
  • Talent
    • Gown/Costume
    • Shoes
    • Dance Accessories (Tights/Foot Undies, backups)
    • Instrument Repair Kit
    • Props
    • Music Backup CD
  • Evening Gown
    • Gown
    • Shoes
    • Hair Accessories
    • Jewelry

Rehearsal/Hotel Wardrobe

  • Pajamas (warm and cool options)
  • Extra Socks and Underwear (Reusing these are no fun)
  • Bras: Backless, Strapless, Sports Bra, Stick On
  • 3 Rehearsal Outfits (Including Leggings/Shorts, Tees/Tanks,
  • Sweatshirt (even if its warm outside, air conditioning will make it cool inside)

Hair & Makeup

  • Hair Straightener
  • Curling Iron
  • Hot Rollers
  • Bobby Pins (seriously, just buy a new pack)
  • Comb/Teasing Comb
  • Hair Spray
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Makeup Sponges/Cotton Balls
  • Portable Mirror (just in case)
  • Makeup Kit with extras
    • Foundation
    • Concealer
    • Contouring
    • Mascara
    • Eye/Brow Liners
    • Lip Stick
    • Blush
    • Brushes
    • Makeup Remover Pads
  • Matte Bronzer/Tanner for Spray Tan mistakes
  • Lotion


  • Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (don’t risk hotel toiletries!)
  • Razors/Tweezers
  • Contacts/Solution (large bottle and portable, and have an extra case)
  • Deodorant (stick and spray)
  • Face Wash
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion (one bottle for competition, one for at the hotel)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair Brush
  • Blow Dryer
  • Hair Ties
  • Tampons/Panty Liners (Regardless of cycle!)
  • Nail Polish (Clear/White/Nude) and Remover
  • Baby Wipes

Relaxation Station

  • Book/Magazines
  • Journal/pens
  • Headphones
  • Coloring Book/Crayons


  • First Aid (Tums, Tylenol/Advil, Cough Drops, Pepto Bismol)
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Empty Bag for dirty laundry
  • Phone/Tablet/Laptop Chargers
  • Sewing Kit (with safety pins!)
  • Double sided tape/Duct Tape
  • Lint Roller
  • Garment Steamer
  • Moleskin (for shoes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Extension Cords
  • Small Blanket (naps in the theater, cuddling in the corner, etc)
  • Crown Box with extra bobby pins, autograph cards, business cards, and platform swag
  • Healthy Snacks- Fruit, Veggie Slices, Whole Grain Bread, Gallon of Water, Cereal Bars, Peanut Butter, Nuts (Be sure to check about allergies before nuts leave your hotel room)
  • Reusable water bottle (for rehearsal and appearances)

Did you include everything above on your personal Pageant Packing List? What did you forget? What else would you include? Share in the comments below, and as always- Don’t forget to share this with your friends and pageant sisters!


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