While getting things together for a bodybuilding, fitness or figure competition, the list of items may seem endless. Small tubes of this, or bottles of that suddenly give the feeling you’re packing far too many things. While there are some things you’ll realize you won’t need, there are also some not-so-obvious little items that may make you more comfortable in the end.
Sewing Kit or Safety Pins
No matter how well put together a posing suit is, there’s always the chance of your suit pulling apart somewhere.
The venue may not have accommodations for everyone to have their own chair and mirror. To prevent any makeup mishaps, bring a small facial mirror. You can find one of these at nearly any store for a couple of dollars.
Tylenol, Ibuprofen and Benadryl
Dehydration, hunger and lack of sleep are often the culprits behind headaches on competition day. Though it may not be something you need; it’s good to have Tylenol or Ibuprofen on hand. Another item to have on hand is Benadryl. Every now and again, the tanner can cause a reaction such as hives.
If you plan to do your makeup at the venue, be prepared with your favorite products, but only bring what’s necessary. Bringing your entire make-up vanity will not only take too much space, but will be something else you have to lug around. If you put your make up on beforehand, bring basics such as eyeliner, mascara and lipstick to freshen up before for the night show.
A small tube of Vaseline will suffice to use for your teeth when you go on stage. Cotton mouth is common from dehydration, and with all the smiling you”ll be doing, your lips may stick to your teeth. This makes for unattractive photos.
Toothbrush/ Dental Floss
With an ultra long day and dry snacks, you may need to freshen up and brush or floss your teeth.
Extra panty liners will salvage your posing suit bottoms. Though the suits are small, a pantyliner can be worn underneath. It will protect the material from tanner; in case you plan to re-sell your suit afterward.
Each organization has a federation card that will need to be purchased prior to the show, or the day of. Be certain to bring enough cash to cover the cost. Prices can be as high as $100 so don’t come empty handed. If you plan to have photos taken, you’ll need cash for that, also.
Though you may not like the use of antacids like Rolaids, Tums or Mylanta, an antacid may be needed for your post contest meal. After months of dieting on chicken, broccoli and almonds, a meal loaded with grease and sodium is bound to upset your stomach.
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