It is the rare pageant contestant that hasn’t had a mid-competition emergency with wardrobe, hair or makeup. Uncooperative hair, missing eyeliner and wayward swimsuit bottoms are just par for the course in pageant dressing rooms across the nation. Make sure to avoid the unexpected by keeping these items in your pageant gear bag at all times, replacing them when necessary.

  • Butt glue – Any competitor who has gone through a swimsuit portion of a competition without it will attest to its miracle-working capabilities.
  • Deodorant
  • Tweezers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tissues
  • Sewing kit
  • Extra makeup bag – stocked with foundation, mascara, blush, eyeliner and your favorite lipstick. These are meant to be backups, not part of your regular makeup routine.
  • Bobby pins
  • Clothes steamer
  • Copy of paperwork and talent music
  • aspirin or ibuprofen and allergy medication
  • eye drops
  • q-tips
  • band-aids
  • extra curling iron and/or straightener
  • stain removal pen
  • hairspray – and lots of it
  • makeup remover
  • cotton balls

Preparing for your next Miss Teen Pageant may take a bit of work and organization on your part, but not having to depend on other contestants for your basic needs can help you eliminate stress and avoid embarrassing shortfalls while on stage. Always consider your pageant bag as your competition-friendly best friend.