Editor’s Note: I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to compete in four state pageants – two of them in the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant. (And I’m so excited to return this summer for my final year in the Miss America Organization!) I compiled this list of those little extra things to bring (and what you should leave at home) for that fabulous week in Zionsville. Enjoy! Xoxo
For the hotel:
DO: Bring all of your hair styling tools. Blow dryer, wands, straighteners, etc. The hotel bathrooms will have a hair dryer already, but make sure to bring your own in case your roommate leaves her at home so you aren’t stuck with just one! Bring a case of bottled water to keep in your room along with a variety of salty and sweet snacks for you and your roomie to share. (Granola bars, mini candy bars, almonds, etc.) If you tend to get cold easily, bring extra pairs of fuzzy socks and sweatshirts.
DON’T: Don’t feel compelled to bring all of your electronics! If you can survive with just your iPhone and an iPod, consider leaving the laptop behind. With so many accessories around, it can get easy to misplace things in the mix. Also, think about leaving expensive jewelry at home. Your time can get really hectic in the mornings and it would be a shame to misplace something like your beloved pair of diamond earrings.
For your “go between bag”:
For sure bring your favorite tote bag to fill with your crown box, extra bobby pins, autograph pad, and sharpies for going back and forth between appearances, the hotel, and the performing arts center. Keep some of that bottled water and a few of those snacks from your room in case you need a pick me up between events. (Throw in loose powder, lipstick/gloss, oil blotters, gum/mints, extra contacts/solution, and hand sanitizer too.)
Be sure to have toiletries on hand, yes, but you don’t need full-sized bottles. (They take up too much room!) Grab a few travel sized bottles of hairspray, dry shampoo, and even a mini hairbrush from Target or Walmart so you can leave space in your bag for larger items.
Hair styling tools
Baby wipes/facial tissues
Double sided sticky tape
Tylenol (just in case)
Bottled Starbucks coffee if you need caffeine throughout the day
Anything you may need for your talent
All competition wardrobe clearly labeled (duh)
3 drawer cart to hold small things like jewelry, shoes, etc
Thank you notes for our Miss Indiana sponsors to write in your downtime
No phones or cameras backstage 🙂