Every dancer knows that the dance bag is one of the most important things to keep organized during competition season. You travel a lot, have limited time to get ready for your next routine, and must be prepared to pin back a stray lock of hair to keep that ballerina bun up to code. Your dance bag holds everything you need for competitions, and you need to keep it well-stocked.
Everyone’s bag will be a little different, but let’s look at a few must-haves when it comes to your dance supplies.
1) Dance Shoes
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you must remember to pack all the shoes you will need! Jazz, tap, ballet – forgetting even one could be disastrous. Make a checklist of all the shoes you will use for your performances and mark them off as you pack them in your bag. While you’re at it, throw some extra tights in there – you can never have too many pairs.
2) Make Up Bag and Hair Accessories
Have you ever noticed that your hair or makeup tends to need attention moments before you perform? You need to be able to touch up your look quickly and easily. Organize your make up, hair pins, brush, hair ties, jewelry, and any other accessories you need inside your bag so you can grab them quickly when you need a fresh swipe of mascara.
Nothing is worse than looking around for the source of a bad smell, only to realize the smell is coming from you. Dancing is hard work, and you’ll break a sweat and then some before you’re halfway done for the day. Add some deodorant, perfume, towels, and anti-bacterial soap to your bag before you leave for your next competition.
4) Snacks and Water
You never know when you might need to raise your blood sugar or rehydrate during a competition. Keep a variety of healthy snacks, like protein bars, nuts, or fruit inside your bag so you can have a small snack anytime you need it. We highlight some of our favorite snacks and recipes here.
Don’t forget the water bottles, too. Staying hydrated is crucial for a dancer, especially during a competition.
5) First Aid Supplies
An unexpected scrape can happen anytime, so throw a few Band Aids in your bag, along with some antibiotic ointment and some antiseptic wipes. You can pick up a basic First Aid kit in your grocery store and add it to your bag before you leave so it will be right on top. If you take any medications, be sure you include those as well. Once the competition starts, you may not have a chance to leave, so you want to have everything you need available immediately.