Our competition packing list

Below is the ballroom competition packing list that we use. It would be a good idea for you to create a similar list for yourself so that you know for certain that you have everything you need for a competition weekend. Stress about the competition, not packing for it! FYI, we only dance open Standard. If you dance any of the other styles or are dancing at a syllabus level, your packing list will look quite a bit different.

Man’s costume:

  • Tailsuit
  • Ballroom shirt
  • Bowtie
  • Collar
  • Shirt studs
  • Collar studs
  • Cuff links
  • Suspenders
  • Arm bands
  • Safety pins
  • Waist coat
  • Handkerchief
  • Black socks
  • Dance shoes
  • Warm up robe and/or tracksuit

Lady’s costume:

  • Ballgown
  • Jewelry
  • Dance shoes
  • Shoe clear elastic straps
  • Heel protectors
  • Warm up robe and/or tracksuit
  • Between-round slippers


  • Hair gel
  • Hair spray
  • Setting Hair Spray
  • Hair glue
  • Blow dryer
  • Bobby pins and/or hair pins
  • Hair comb
  • Small hair net
  • Hair elastic
  • Rhinestones
  • Shining Oil

Competition makeup:

  • Face moisturizer
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Eye shadow
  • Eye liner
  • Brow liner
  • Fake eye lashes
  • Eye lash glue
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Chap stick
  • Button up shirt


  • Toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Dress clothes for the ballroom when not competing
  • Clothes for outside of competition hotel and travel
  • Camera/Camcorder
  • On-deck bag
  • Gatorade and water
  • Membership card (i.e. USA Dance or NDCA card)
  • Shoe brush
  • Baby powder
  • Castor Oil
  • Cash and check book
  • Snacks
  • Super glue

In an emergency:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Sewing kit
  • Icy hot
  • Imodium AD
  • Band aids
  • Mole skin

Long list, huh? Well that’s why we need a list ;-) Time to make yours!

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