Pageant Checklist: Must Have Items To Compete And Win

Let’s kick off this week with some pageant talk. I have the pleasure of representing the state of New Jersey in this year‘s Mrs. America pageant. In a little over a week I will be traveling to Las Vegas Nevada to compete. So it hit me, I should not only share my experiences and this journey with you all I also wanted to share the many ways I prepare for this pageant. Today I am going to list my complete and detailed packing list. This will include everything a pageant queen will need while competing or traveling to compete in your next pageant. 

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As a Mrs. competitor and because of the fact that my pageant is going to be a little over 10 days in total I will have more than one suitcase while traveling to nationals. For me this will include multiple outfits for rehearsal and pageant appearances. It will also include tons of evening wear, gowns accessories, shoe options, and if you are new here plenty of hair extensions. As a hairstylist, changing my outfit also includes changing my hairstyle. Wigs and extensions for me is a must have item for me. 

Let’s Talk Packing Tips.

I currently have 3 suitcases in my office opened and ready to organize. So before I place anything in my suitcases I map out my entire outfit. This includes shoes, accessories, and if I’m in the mood hair extensions. I’m serious about my hair lol. Once each look is complete I will place the outfit in a garment bag. I love these inexpensive ones from Amazon. I also use garment pages for my evening gowns and for my upcoming pageant I will be traveling with 5 gowns. Yes, you read that correctly. I use a heavier garment bag for these which is also from Amazon, HERE. It makes it easier to pack all the essentials with my gowns so I can see each piece. This will also make show day and packing to go home a breeze. Trust me.

For all of my daily outfits for rehearsals, I decides to pack light. Since my pageant will be in Las Vegas which has warmer weather year round. I kept most of my pieces to knits and cottons. Still very stylish, yet comfortable to move around in. When it comes to packing, cotton material is so simple. You can roll your items up like a towel and fit everything in one suitcase. This have saved me so much space. I also am making a effort to only bring 3-4 pairs of shoes. I’m trying my best, but this is hard for me. I love shoes.

Now, let’s get to our MUST HAVES

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Before we get into my recommended packing necessities I want to let you know that of course this list was created specific to my needs. Additionally this list is subjective because my pageant competition has more than one category of competition. So when I compiled this list I tried to keep it very specific to the basic necessities however depending on your level of competition and system you decide to compete in your list of must-haves will vary. KEEP SCROLLING, I have a PRINTABLE list for you.

Skin Care

  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup Remover
  • Cotton Pads / QTips
  • Eye Cream
  • Perfume
  • Lotion

Makeup

  • Lip Balm
  • Eye Brow Pencil
  • Lip Stick
  • Facial Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Face Powder
  • Setting Powder (Translucent)
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Mascara
  • Eye Lashes
  • Lash Glue
  • Brow Pencil or Gels
  • Facial Bronzer
  • Setting Spray
  • Eye Shadow

Hair

  • Shampoo
  • Dry Shampoo (Spray)
  • Conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Elastic Hair Ties
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Extensions
  • Gel
  • Styling Clips

Personal Hygiene

  • Body Wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Self Tanner
  • Moisturizer
  • Spray Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Shower Caps
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Mouth Wash

Tools

  • Hair Brush
  • Comb
  • Flat Iron
  • Curling Wand
  • Hair Rollers
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Clothing Steamer

Essentials

  • Extra Copies Of Your Paperwork
  • Mirror
  • Bandaids
  • Clear, Nude, White Nail Polish
  • Polish Remover
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins
  • Two-Way Tape
  • Tide To Go
  • Shoe cushions
  • Phone Charger
  • Extra Pillow Case
  • Snacks

Wardrobe

  • Interview Outfit
  • Evening Gown
  • Swimsuit or Fun fashion/ fitness outfit
  • Orientation Outfit
  • Costume
  • Talent Outfit
  • Undergarments
  • Nude Pageant Shoes
  • Earrings 
  • Shapewear
  • Slippers
  • Robe
  • Button Down Shirt (For hair and makeup)

As I mentioned previously, this list is pretty extensive. This does not mean you need everything on this list but I would recommend you use this list as a guide. You may not need a sewing kit but extra double sided tape maybe more your speed. If you are looking for a checklist that you can print out and use while packing I have a free printable guide HERE or you can sign up below and receive it INSTANTLY. I have more on my personal pageantry journey here on the blog if you want to get to know more about me.

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