DO NOT bring expensive or valuable items with you on tour. If you need any clarification on this statement, let me simply say:
DO NOT BRING EXPENSIVE OR VALUABLE ITEMS WITH YOU ON TOUR.
Keep in mind you have to carry ALL your stuff all by yourself, and frequently at around 2 a.m., when you move from housing site to housing site, so packing light is a smart thing.
You will need clothes for about two weeks. Exact figures of each type of clothing are very much an individual judgment. The formula I use to figure out how much of what to bring is, for undergarments, to add four items for each week (4+7). For shorts, subtract four. Shorts, especially if your section does section hype shorts, can easily last more than one day in even the most extreme conditions. However, you don’t ever want to run out of underwear or socks! A tip on packing your clothes: For whatever reason, rolling rather than folding things saves space, and prevents your clothes from getting wrinkled.
16-20 sets of undergarments
2 long-sleeve T-shirts
2 pairs of windpants or sweatpants
2-3 sets of pajamas
1 sweatshirt, fleece, or warm jacket
1 light rain jacket
Off-day clothes — you’ll want to look decent when you have the chance to mingle in normal society (those places with non-drum corps people) A pair of long and short jeans or pants (and a belt) and one each of a long-sleeve and a short sleeve shirt are plenty.
athletic shoes — bring an extra pair, if you can.
shower shoes and sandals for around housing sites
Uniform accessories: 2-3 sets black T-shirts (under armor) and 3-5 sets black socks, and your marching shoes.
How much do you use for a week or two? DO NOT count on any opportunities to restock; too much is better than not enough.
Toothpaste, toothbrush, toothbrush case and floss
Contact solution, contact case, lens drops, glasses and glasses case
Shampoo and conditioner
Body wash (no bars of soap) and a shower poof
Razor, and shaving cream
Hairbrush/comb, gel, hair ties/clips/bobby pins
We have first-aid supplies, but it’s helpful to have a few of your own things.
Band-Aids – the “active” variety hold best
Ace bandage- Cloth athletic tape- Any braces (knee, wrist, ankle, elbow, etc.) that you may need
Aloe vera/Solarcaine – Gold Bond — many people swear by it, although I’ve never used it
Second Skin — a water-based gel that is great for cushioning blisters
Personal prescriptions — be sure to bring enough!
In the bus:
SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS (99 cent store!!!) and a bag or tub to contain them.
Bungee cord (s )
Fitted twin sheet to cover your seat
Blanket — Pillow
Practice pad and sticks/mallets. Music and dot books.
Carry-on bag — most people just use their backpacks, but keep in mind it might have to double as your rehearsal bag
On the field:
Water jug — at least a gallon
Dot book and string or other strap to attach it to your body.
Folder with clear sheets for music — always keep your music with you for reference!
Baseball Hat, or like hat (not visor) — bringing an extra is always a good idea!
Sunglasses- Chapstick/lip balm with sunscreen
Sunscreen, waterproof, SPF 45 at least
Laundry bag for dirty clothes. 10 dollar roll of quarters. (If you’re particular about soap brands, stop and check your local laundromat. Different places stock different brands. Otherwise you can buy what’s available where ever we stop)
Flashlight — a smaller size will do just fine
Scissors- Duct tape and/or white or black electrical tape
Ziplock bags — several each sandwich size and gallon size — these double as great toiletries containers, amongst other things
Kleenex and/or toilet paper
Pens and pencils- A pad of notebook paper- Staff paper
Cell phone and charger.
This should get you through tour just fine.