You Need To Pack For Contest Day
by Amy Peters
You’ve planned and prepared for this contest day for
months. Now you want to make sure to be prepared the day of the event
by having everything you’ll need with you. Packing the day or night
before will ensure that you get everything packed, and won’t have to
worry about packing the morning of the contest. You want to be organized
and fully prepared for this day, so don’t forget any of the listed items!
Protan, Jan Tana, Olympic Tan or whatever you decide to use. Also bring
gloves (latex, powder-free), sponges and lotion or posing gel to put
over your tanning product for a little shine on stage. Don’t use Pam,
the judges don’t like it, it is too shiny.
To hold your suit in place, you don’t want it riding up or moving while
you are on stage.
To pump up with right before you go out on stage. You never want to
count on them having weights or dumbbells backstage.
Food, Water, Supplements & Goodies For After
Food: Bring all the food, for all your meals the whole day of contest
in case prejudging lasts longer than you expect. Bring extra food to
share, in case another competitor forgot theirs. Low sodium tuna, sweet
potatoes, rice cakes, honey, PB, bars, trail mix, Reese’s Peanut Butter
Cups and M&M’s.
Water: Bring extra bottled water!
Supplements: Potassium, Herbal Diuretics, Thermogenics for energy, Advil
Goodies: Chocolate, Cookies, Cheesecake, Pies or whatever you’ve been
craving for after the show.
And lots of it. This will calm your nerves and help with a dry mouth.
Suits, Shoes & Jewelry
Suits: Pack each suit in its own Ziploc bag, to protect it from hair
products, makeup and tanning products.
Jewelry: A pair of rhinestone earrings and bracelet to accentuate the
stones on your suits.
Sweat suit & Flip Flops
You want to be warm and comfortable backstage. Loose clothing is better
worn over you tanning product so it doesn’t leave any marks on your
Towels: 1 big & 1 small
You will work up a sweat on stage; you’ll need a towel to wipe your
face. Bring a big towel to sit on in case there is nowhere to sit.
Hair & Makeup Stuff
Even if your hair and makeup is already done, bring your hair products
and makeup to touch up. Don’t expect to use someone else’s stuff, bring
a curling iron for sure. Don’t forget a mirror in case they are all
Scissors, Rhinestone Glue With Extra Stones
& Safety Pins
Bring just in case you need to quickly fix something on your suit or
Just in case they didn’t get your copy in the mail when you sent off
your entry form.
To read backstage if you get bored, or need something to take your mind
off the contest.
You will want to take photos with the other competitors and the new
friends you’ve met backstage. Make sure someone in the audience has
a camera or borrows yours so you can see yourself on stage.
Cell Phone & Charger
You might need to call someone in the audience that is at the show with
you, or you may want to call home with the good news!
If you are competing in Fitness don’t forget to bring you music along
with an extra copy in case one gets lost.
About the Author...
Amy Peters, BS
National Figure Competitor
I graduated from Texas Woman’s University with
a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. After graduating in May 2000,
I started my own business as a nutritionist doing nutrition consulting.
Since graduating, I have worked with numerous individuals helping
them reach their fitness goals through proper nutrition by not
only educating them about nutrition, but also helping them learn
what is right for them, the individual. My philosophy on healthy
nutrition is not about being or feeling as if you are on a diet.
It is a lifestyle change that is realistic and maintainable for
Eating is a pleasure and we live in a world surrounded
by food. You should enjoy what you eat, and feel good about your
healthy food choices. A healthy nutrition plan should consist
of 3 basic components: variety, balance and moderation. It is
important to eat a well balanced diet consisting of a variety
of foods that are satisfying and convenient, as well as easy to
prepare. This will ensure success on a nutrition plan. If you
enjoy what you eat, and can easily plan and prepare your meals,
you will be able to follow the plan with ease and not feel as
if you’re on a diet; because diets do not work! I work with any
kind of client regardless of their goals; whether it’s losing
body fat, gaining muscle, or anyone who just wants to learn about
healthy nutrition. I also do contest prep for
bodybuilding, fitness and figure athletes.
Bachelor of Science Degree-Nutrition in Business and Industry
CIAR Certified-Biomechanics of Resistance Training
SWU-EDU-Sports Nutrition Certification