I noticed that many cosers don't seem to be as prepared as possible during events.
At the suggestion of hikari_ryuu I decided to help by posting a packing list of the stuff that cosers should bring/ buy at the venue.
There will be 2 lists following this short introduction.
The first will be catered to the cosers who are staying overnight near the venue, (ie: Chalet, hotel... etc) and need to make sure not to leave any items in their house.
The second list is for cosers who get ready at home and want to travel lightly to the event.
Packing list for alternative accommodation
Clothes, accessories, footwear:
1. Pajamas/ something comfortable to sleep in
2. Spare undergarments & other clothes to change into after showering.
3. Costumes (including all the accessories) -Please make a list prior to packing to check off and make sure that you don't leave behind an earring or something!-
4. Towel. Necessary if staying in a chalet with many people. Optional if staying individually in hotel
5. Footwear. Even if you intend to go barefoot at events, it's best to bring a pair of slippers. Better to be safe than sorry....
6. Jacket. Useful in case of freezing air conditioning at night and lack of blankets.
Wig & styling stuff:
2. Wig stand/ headform. Useful in wig styling. But not absolutely necessary for some short wig styles.
3. Wig brush. Those with metal bristles are less likely to cause kinking of wig fibre
4. Wig conditioner. In case your wig is super chui...
5. Wax/ Hairspray or both. to make your wig style stay in place for the event.
6. Styling implements (hair straightener & curlers). Heat treatment can help remove kinking and is also useful if your wig isn't as curly or straight as needed.
7. Wig cap. Please use a wig cap...
8. Hair scissors. Actually any scissors... in case you forgot to costest the wig and realise that your fringe is freaking long! *cough*
Props: (for repairs)
1. Your props
2. Double sided tape
3. Masking tape
4. Markers/ paints for any necessary touch ups
5. Hot glue gun & Hot glue sticks
6. Extra newspapers
8. Scotch tape
1. Shampoo & Soap. You can discuss w/ your friends and maybe just one person can bring it.
2. Toothpaste and Toothbrush
3. Shower cap, if you want...
4. Face wash
5. Moisturizer. PLEASE PUT ON MOISTURIZER!!! Air conditioning and makeup really really can cause your skin to flake and it's damned ugly.
6. Makeup remover. If you intend on removing your makeup before going home or if event is >1 day.
7. Sunscreen. not necessary if you want to be a lobster.
8. Deodorant/ Antiperspirant.
Nail polish: -if necessary-
1. Nail polish color
2. Base & top coat. (not necessary but good practice)
3. Nail Polish remover. (if you need to change your nail color for the next day)
4. Nail clipper & nail file. In case of brittle nails which snap.
* Fake nails WILL fall off easily. Be warned.
** For reason above, I'd recommend painting your original nails unless you don't have a choice.
*** If you are using fake nails, to be safe, bring extra sets of fake nails and nail glue along.
1. Contact lens (if necessary or preferred)
2. Contact lens solution & case (IF lens is not disposable dailies)
3. Contact lens eye drops. (if eyes are sensitive and tend to become dry)
4. Makeup. Basic is foundation, concealer, eyeliner, contour, lipstick and mascara.
5. Makeup remover.
6. Makeup tools. (eg: sponges, brushes... etc)
1. Safety pins. You never know when wardrobe malfunction will occur...
2. Bobby pins. To secure your wig to your natural hair. Yes, if done well, you can roll around and the wig won't drop off...
3. Cotton swabs & cotton buds. Good for removing makeup and nail polish.
4. Sewing kit. In case of wardrobe malfunction
5. Fashion tape. In case of wardrobe malfunction
6. Wet Wipes & tissue paper.
7. Water bottle. Keep hydrated. Don't be begging water from everyone like I did. :p
8. Hp charger. T.T
Packing list to travel lightly
In case of wardrobe malfunction:
1. Safety pins. You never know when wardrobe malfunction will occur...
2. Sewing kit. In case of wardrobe malfunction
3. Fashion tape. In case of wardrobe malfunction
In case of prop failure or damage:
1. Glue (UHU glue, super glue)
If you don't want to go home in full cos:
1. Jacket. esp if your cosplay is v revealing.
2. Change of clothes (if preferred)
3. Ziplock your wig came in
Hygiene items & touch up:
1. Contact lens case filled w/ appropriate solution (IF lens is not disposable dailies)
2. Contact lens eye drops. (if eyes are sensitive and tend to become dry)
3. Makeup to touchup. (eg: powder foundation, concealer, eyeliner, lipstick)
4. Wet wipes & tissue paper.
5. Nail glue & extra fake nails (if using fake nails)
* Take off your contacts if your eyes can't tolerate contacts well!
1. Bobby pins. To secure your wig to your natural hair. Yes, if done well, you can roll around and the wig won't drop off...
2. Makeup wipes. For quick removal of makeup. (Please remove the residual makeup at home!)
3. Comfortable footwear. unless you can endure wearing your platforms/ high heels / wedges during the whole event and traveling.
4. Water bottle. Keep hydrated. Don't be begging water from everyone like I did. :p
* Please try to bring a small bag to carry around, please don't leave your valuables lying around in plain sight.
Credits to hikari_ryuu for giving it a look to make sure I didn't forget anything
Credits to darkarn for suggesting to bring extra fake nails and spare change of clothing
Credits to PinkKatSyah for Prop stuff
Credits to KannoHotChocolate for UHU glue for light travel
Credits to Miss_Papa for suggesting means for wig storage
Last edited by Tesun; Feb 29th, 12 at 01:09 AM.
Hmm... For fake nails maybe get another set or two in case they really fall?
And not all events are near chalets (AFA and STGCC, unless you want to use those atas hotels ), toiletries may not be needed (or cannot be used cos' no shower facilities; pardon the pun)
The 1st list is highly comprehensive of stuff you need to make sure you have at home in the first place, to ensure that you have the means to create an awesome cosplay.
As you can see, the toiletries part was under the list titled "Packing list for alternative accommodation",
therefore, the list is geared towards those who have the means to acquire alternative accommodation for events.
I think it's just gross to sleep over at some place w/o brushing your teeth...
Of course, hotels and chalets may provide shampoo and soap, but if 20 ppl are coming over to use the facilities, then... it may not be sufficient...
I think it's pretty obvious that there isn't any hard and fast rule when it comes to preparing for cosplay. This is just one of the guides by which cosers can take advice from and modify for their needs.
I am also aware that some
richpeople do rent 'atas' hotels for the night before an event and share the cost with their group, so basically treating it as a chalet...
Regarding fake nails falling off... the point is... they fall off...
Not that you'd lose the nail after they do, sure that happens, but not quite as often.
My point of writing it is because, after you apply fake nails, you become almost incapable of doing anything.
anything includes, touching up makeup, fixing wardrobe malfunctions, hell even pulling the zipper on your purse is difficult... OTL
So I recommend NOT using fake nails, but actually painting your own nails.
Of course, there are individuals who due to unfortunate circumstances are unable to paint they nails (badly chipped or weak nails),
then they haven't got a choice, don't they?
*re-reads first post*
Ah I see what you mean now (must have missed out the words "alternate accomodations")
As for the fake nails, what I meant was that you should recommend nail paint for the reasons mentioned but make a side-note for those who can't to bring extra sets of fake nails in case they do really fall off and go missing/dirty which can spoil their cosplay.
For packing lightly, I *think* some "normal" clothes will be good too (if you can squeeze that into your bag that is)?
PS: And yes, I forgot that people do share hotels a la chalets too, my bad. It is much more uncommon that sharing chalets though.
Oo you can get things stickied? I always thought that would not be up to me but the mods...
Last edited by Tesun; Feb 28th, 12 at 02:29 PM.
hmm... ok I'll reorganise the travel lightly list.