Con season is ramping up, and the upcoming weekends are filled with conventions of all sorts. Those on the con circuit have been busy mapping out their schedules, arranging transportation and lodging, and often making big decisions about which con they will be attending.

Whatever you choose to attend, there’s always packing to be done. Convention weekends, especially for cosplayers, require a considerable amount of foresight and unconventional packing lists. Here’s a basic rundown of stuff that you’ll definitely want to remember, as well as an in-depth cosplay repair kit packing guide.

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Clothing

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Nerdy shirts
  • Geeky dresses/skirts
  • Trusty jeans
  • Whatever clothes will get you through the weekend
  • Socks
  • Underwear
    ***We have first hand experience with forgetting this item. DO NOT RECOMMEND.***
  • Bras
  • Pockets are your friend
  • Belts
  • Jewelry
  • Sweater
  • Warmer evening options

Hygiene

hygiene

  • Deodorant
    don’t be that person
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
    those cute little bottles really don’t do it
  • Body Wash
  • Razor/Shaving Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Pain Medication
  • Fresh Breath Strips
  • Band-aids
  • Feminine sanitary products
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair-care accessories
    -Hair ties
    -Headbands
    -Bobbi pins (ALL THE BOBBI PINS)
    -Curling Iron
    -Blow Dryer
    -Hair Bows
    -Hairspray
    -Mousse
    -Styling Gel
    -Detangler
  • Prescription Medication
    -inc. Birth Control
  • Allergy Medication
  • Face Wash
  • Lotion
  • Tissues
  • Saline Solution
  • Contact Case
  • Extra pair of contacts
  • Glasses
  • Cotton Swabs/Balls/Pads
  • Make-up remover
  • Make-up
    Foundation/Concealer/Powder
    -Blush
    -Eye Shadow
    -Lip gloss/Lipstick
    -Eyelash Curler
    -False Eyelashes
    -Mascara
    -Bronzer
    -Eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Sunscreen
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail File

Basics

  • Badge Confirmation/Badge
  • Hotel Reservation
  • ID
  • Backpack/Purse/Other Bag of Holding
  • Wallet/Spending Money
  • Poster Tube
  • Contact Cards

Electronics

charger

  • Phone Charger
  • Portable Chargers
  • Personal WiFi device
  • DS/3DS/game system
    get those street passes kiddies!
  • Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • SD card
  • Laptop/Charger
  • Tablet/Charger
  • Cases to hold any devices
  • Power Strip
  • Extension Cord
  • DON’T FORGET THE CHARGERS
  • DOUBLE CHECK THE SD CARD
  • TRIPLE CHECK THE CHARGERS

Cosplay Corner

This isn’t our personal kit…but it is the same basket!

We recommend putting together a list of all the pieces that make up your cosplay/s to ensure nothing gets left behind. Include everything from the largest piece of armor to the smallest hair tie. If you need 13 bobbi pins to secure your hair the right way, jot it down! Since each cosplay has unique needs, there’s no one comprehensive list.

THE OUTFIT ITSELF

  • Cosplay Outfit
    no accidentally leaving a piece behind!
  • Wigs
  • Wig Caps
  • Wig styling aids
  • Stockings/Socks/Pantyhose/Leggings
  • Undergarments/Shapewear
  • Shoes
  • Props (armor, accessories, pets, weapons)
  • Cosplay Make-up Kit

Cosplay Repair Kit

Having a well-stocked repair kit is essential to any high volume con–anything can…and will…happen! Make sure you’re prepared for the wears and tears your costume might undergo. A well thought out repair kit can save a cosplay from ruin!

  • Needle/Thread
  • Extra
    -Zipper
    -Velcro
    -Glue dots
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Unique Stitch/No-Sew fabric glue
  • Super Glue
  • Febreeze
  • Stain Remover
  • Wrinkle Releaser
  • Lint Roller
  • Shoe Goo
  • Tacky Glue
  • Clear nail polish
  • Extra
    -Buttons
    -Snaps
    -Ribbon
    -Cosplay details
  • Bring extra of any pieces that can detach from the cosplay and be lost (bows, ribbons, rhinestones, sequins, feathers, sparkles, any findings that are added on!)
  • Seam Ripper
  • Safety Pins
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Fashion Tape
  • Scissors
  • Cotton Swabs

Packing is only the beginning of a convention weekend! Making sure everything is packed and ready can be a huge weight off your shoulders, though. Be certain everything you’ll need is packed, and happy convention going!

Writer. Cosplayer. Binge Netflix Watcher. Anime Dweeb. Book Enthusiast. Harbours inappropriately strong feelings about Shakespeare and William Blake. Once lost a whole day theorizing about Game of Thrones. The most motivated procrastinator she knows. Sometimes it works out in her favor. Mostly just causes widespread panic. It’s all good though, because she never forgets her towel.

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