Competition Day Packing List

February 28th kicks of Pole Sport Organization’s 2015 competition season with Pacific Pole Championships in Los Angeles, and if you have ever competed before you know that means lots of stresses, adrenalin, tears, and cheers. In the days leading up you are focused completely on your performance piece, which unfortunately means some important competition day preparation might be left to the last minute or forgotten completely.

The last thing you want to do on the day of your competition is deal with missing grip aid, a ripped seam, or hunger pains. So make sure you are prepared for every situation competition day and you don’t leave anything at home with this handy packing list:

Snacks: If you are anything like me stress and butterflies make it nearly impossible for me to eat anything substantial before performing, but you want to make sure that you are in peak condition for your performance and that means eating. Pack a variety of small snacks like nuts, fruit, and energy bars so you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Sweatshirt/Jacket: IT WILL BE COLD! You have been warned!

Baby Wipes: Perfect for quickly wiping off grip aids, dirty floor grim, sweat, and more after you perform. It will get you feeling refreshed and ready to watch the rest of the competition.

Spare Costume: Hopefully you’ll never have to touch your spare costume, BUT what if the worse happens – an irreparable rip, a big stain on your white costume, a strap breaks, etc? You’ll be thankful you packed a matching top and bottom that your can perform in in an emergency!

Safety Pins/Double Stick Tape: Take care of minor wardrobe mishaps on the fly with these competition day staples. Even if you don’t think you need them, you never know what will happen the day of, and you don’t need the added stress of a wardrobe malfunction to ruin your day.

Suggestions for Additional Items to Pack:

  • Small sewing kit
  • Pasties
  • Book/Magazine (something to do while waiting that won’t stress you out)
  • Band aids
  • Duct tape (duct tape can save a costume, repair a broken suitcase, cover open cuts and pole burns on your foot while not falling off on the pole just be sure to put a band aid or gauze on underneath)

Forgot something on competition day? Your fellow polers can come to your rescue! Don’t be afraid to ask the other competitors to borrow hairspray or check your booty coverage. Just be sure to respect their space and not interrupt anyone who is about to go on or is purposefully keeping to themselves.

Now have fun and break a leg!

What are your competition day must haves?