Gig Bag Checklist

Sarge_jokersPAYattention How frustrating is it to get to a big show and then realize that you forgot to bring an essential item you need? It happens all the time with bands on the road. Below is a list of items that you should bring along with you that can help you get through any venture away from home. Fell free to print this so you can check off the items as you build your own gig bag. Don’t forget: its better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

AAA card (or some kind of road-side assistance information)


Credit Card(s)

ID (always) and Passport (if traveling outside the U.S.)

Phone number of a friend in the city you are in

Gas money


 Hand sanitizer

Sweat-proof sunscreen and lip balm.

Grooming items (include deodorant, toothbrush/paste/mouthwash)

Condoms (if you’re going to play, play nice)

 Extra change of clothes in case you get stuck somewhere and need to stay overnight.

Natural baby wipes (great for makeup removal, freshening up, and removing stains from clothing)

Lint roller

Safety pins

A few paperclips of various sizes (you’d be amazed what you can clean or repair with a bent paperclip)

A few protein bars (Power Bar, Soy Joy, etc.)

Watch/travel clock

Sarge Tip

Keep your ID, wallet, cash, etc. on you at all times.


Below are more items for individual members of your band:


Sales/Promo/Business Items– CDs- Promo items- Mailing lists– Merchandise– Sharpies

– Business cards

– Performance Rights Affiliation Card

– Cell phone (please turn to silent during the show!)

– Makeup

– Hair products

– Directions to the venue

– Name and number of venue contact

– Duct tape and/or Gaffers Tape

– Itinerary/Tour Book/Call Sheet

– The show file, containing your copy of the contract

– Important phone numbers

– Laptop accessories (if applicable)

– Set lists

– Wallet or vinyl zip ouch to keep receipts in

Acoustic Guitar– Capo- Cloth- Finger-ease, if you use it- Picks (lots of ‘em)

– Pickup- Slide

– Strap

– Tuning pegs/keys

– Wood conditioner

Drums– Adjunct rack percussion items- Carpet or blanket.- Drum key- Fingerless gloves or stick grips

-Kick drum pillow or blanket or dampener item-Kick pedal

-Tone control rings

-Your drum throne

-Your own cymbals

-Your own high hat and clutch

-Your own snare

-Your own sticks and brushes (plus extras)



Electric Guitar-Capo-Cloth-Effects Pedals (neat and readily daisy-chained)-Extra strings


-ease, if you use it

-Picks (lots of ‘em)



-Tuning pegs

-Wood conditioner

-Your amplifier


Electric Bass Guitar– Bass head and cabinet- Effects pedals- Extra strings- Strap

– Picks (lots of ‘em)

– Tuning pegs



Horns/Brass– All the pieces of your horn- Clip-on mics- Clip-on sound reflectors

– Cloth to clear out spit valves


-Music stand clip-on light

-Music stand or clip-on chart cards



-Spare valve pads


Keyboards– Digital in/out box- Keyboard stands- Laptop rig and appropriate connectors

– Sample bank and appropriate connectors

– Sound module

– Sustain pedal

Saxophones/Woodwinds– Cleaning cloths- Clip on Mics- Mouthpiece- Reeds

– Saxophone strap/baritone harness


Strings– Bow resin- Cables if using acoustic/electric- Clip-on music stand light

– Cloth

– Music Stand

– Pickup

– Your bow

Voice– A water clip and sheet music clip accessory for the mic stand.- Lozenges, Throat Coat tea, or other vocal care product- Microphone and cable- Personal in-ear monitor

– Personal steamer / pocket sauna

– Water (not cold – lukewarm is best)

– Honey

Compiled by Chris Erwin

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