As competition season approaches, nerves grow, excitement builds, and stress levels rise. It is important to arrive to a competition calm, excited and most of all, prepared. No matter how many competitions you have attended it is always easy to leave something behind. Many teachers, dancers and dance moms are familiar with the aggravation of a rip in tights and not having a back up pair or suddenly realizing you need something as simple as double sided tape but didn’t think to pack any. We have created a quick checklist of those crucial items, some obvious and some not so obvious, as you pack for the big day.