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I LOVE NOTES! If you’ve ever taken a workshop with me then you know I love notes and I love to share my notes if it helps others. Below are the notes I made to prepare for the Facebook live event yesterday.
Remember they were only intended to serve as a reminder to myself about stuff to cover so they make more sense and are more thorough as a companion to the video.
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START A LIST EARLY
As soon as I start thinking about packing for a big event, I get out a piece of paper and put it on my desk (or wherever you tend to be all day). This way as things pop up, I can write them down and not fool myself into thinking I will remember them later. This is usually 2-3 weeks before the event starts.
I gradually add to the list until it’s time to pack
But, I don’t just pull out the list and start putting stuff in the bag. I’ll forget something every time. The list is just to check after I’ve actually started packing and I don’t put stuff in my suitcase until it’s completely laid out.
Start with the basics. What do I need everytime I go on a trip regardless of where I am going?
Underwear, Socks, pajamas and outfits for each day.
First stack -
Underwear - For HC I recommend twice the number of underwear you would normally pack. You are going to sweat and you will want to be “fresh” in the evenings after classes. Don’t laugh! J
Second stack is pjs and sleep stuff -
PJs – If you are sharing a room, think about this before you pack your favorite nighty. You will want to wear something comfortable and something that you can layer. Just because you like to sleep in a 60 degree room doesn’t mean everyone can so there will need to be compromise in order for everyone to get the best sleep possible.
If you wear a sleep mask or ear plugs now is the time to set these out too.
A robe if you are shy, though you won’t be shy after four days together.
If you still need these things for a few days and aren’t ready to pack them, then add them to your list so you don’t forget them later.
Third stack is regular clothes –
Think about the non-dance stuff each day and pack those outfits
Arrival day – What do you want to travel in? Put these aside. You won’t pack these obviously, but it’s time to think about that because it will play into the shoes you pack later.
Thursday – reception. Something you can dance in, make a first impression if that’s your thing.
Friday and Saturday– Dinner and show. You can wear anything you want. Some people wear jeans and others dress up. If you are performing, then think about anything you may want to change into after the show.
Sunday - Dinner and “after party”
Departure Day – Might even be the same jeans or whatever you wore on the way out.
Now it’s time to think about each day’s dance events!
Dance over all –
You know you need ZILLS with fresh elastic! , dance shoes or footies. Any kind of brace you may need. Bring it! Even if your knee has been fine for a few months. You’ll be dancing a lot it’s better to just pack it. AND a dance bag to carry your stuff around the hotel each day
You’ll also want a sweatshirt or hoodie and maybe some leg warmers. Those rooms are cold in the morning. Then if you sweat and go to a lecture you may get cold too.
PUT YOUR NAME IN THESE!!
Notebook and pen/pencils
Folder to put all your handouts, SSCE certificates and notes in
Shoes to walk around hotel that you can take on and off easily
Friday – Choli, tank top, yoga pants, skirt, hip scarf, yoga mat, towel if you sweat
Saturday – fresh choli, tank, yoga pants, skirt, hip scarf. workshop specifics - basket, skirt, kneepads
Sunday – Same as the other days, sword if applicable (we’ll get to this) and tissues for Flow J
I take one class skirt. Then I tend to buy another when I get there J
COSTUMING (remember you are just laying stuff out right now)
I start from the bottom up:
Props if applicable
Safety pins, bobby pins and other costume specific hair things
Imagine yourself getting into full costume. Step by step.
Put the stuff you HAVE to leave out on your list so you don’t forget them later
Medications – write them on your list and always bring a couple of days extra
Also recommend advil or Tylenol and anything else you sometimes need like pepto. You’re eating at the hotel for three days.
Don’t forget the makeup remover wipes and eyelash glue. Though I think with 300 dancers there you might be ok.
Electronics and “other”
Phone (duh) – clean out your photos and make room!
Ipad or laptop
Business cards and promo items
Teacher stuff like music, handouts, certificates, etc.
REVIEW YOUR LIST AND MARK OFF ANYTHING IN YOUR STACKS
NOW I’m ready to get out the suitcase!!
PLUS you’ll need a bag for dirty clothes and a bag just in case you buy too much stuff and need to pack a second bag to get home (or go over weight)
You’ll want to put the things into containers before you start packing the suitcase
I put skirts in a compression bag, flowers in my nuts container and jewelry in smaller bags and boxes layered with protective cloth
CARRY ON expensive stuff!!
How to pack:
Sword – check in or ship. Do not carry on.
Yoga mat – unroll and fold. Place this on top of everything else
Continue to check those little reminder things off your list.
Final list check the day you leave to add in stuff you’ve been using like toothbrush, zills, medications, etc.