Hopefully this list will help you figure out what you need to bring to your next competition. Some things might not apply.

Dance Clothing
  • Whatever dance clothes that you are going to wear (more detail below)
  • Shoes (1 broken in pair and one extra pair is a good idea)
Dance Accessories
  • Towel – to wipe off sweat
  • Safety pins – always come in handy
  • Breath Mints – a generally good idea for dancers (especially after that second cup of coffee)
  • Pen & paper – to write down all the awards you are going to win to get a new friends phone number
  • Water bottle – might come in handy
  • Dance shoe brush
  • Small bag to carry it all in
Remaining clothes
  • Normal clothes for a trip
  • You will want comfy driving clothes
  • You will want clothes to just hang out in – like to wear in the morning on the way to the comp
  • A jacket/shawl/sweater is a good idea for when you’re not dancing-it’s usually cold in the ballroom


  • Dark Socks
  • Belt(s)
  • Vest/Dance Jacket
  • Tie
  • Pants
  • Shirts (Ballroom and Latin)
  • Dance Shoes (Ballroom and Latin)
  • Hair Spray
  • Dark Underwear (in case you have a rip)
  • Vaseline (if you have patent leather shoes)
  • If you wear any make-up, see below.



  • Smooth dress
  • Latin dress (or outfit)
  • Pantyhose/Fishnets (if applicable)
  • Dance Trunks (muy importante)
  • Dance shoes (Ballroom and Latin)
  • Jewelry


  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Face Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Mascara
  • Nail Polish
  • Fake Eye Lashes (if applicable)
  • If you are wearing fake nails: nail glue


  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
  • Gel/Glue


  • Hand Cream – this sounds silly but if you put it on your legs it keeps your dress from sticking to you
  • Baby Powder
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Naproxen is always a good idea
  • Something to wash your face off with at the end of the day especially if you are leaving right after the comp
  • Safety pins – you never know what may happen
  • A button down shirt for the morning of the comp – you don’t want to ruin your hair after you spent so much time putting it up.
  • A razor

Did I miss anything? Please leave the other stuff in the comments section below. Hope this helps!