Have you ever made the mad dash to meet the courtesy van, only to arrive on set and realize you’d forgotten something? I know I have – more than once. But I finally got myself organized and made a list of the most useful things I’ve needed or wished I’d had with me on set.
Here’s a peek inside my bag:
Yes, I know sets provide water. But sometimes you can’t remember exactly where crafty is, and you know you’ll be called to set soon. I always put one small bottle in my bag. Better safe than sorry!
Trust me on this. Pack something that’ll give you energy and hold you over until the meal break. I always bring a banana or apple and a baggie of almonds and raisins.
For after your meal or snacks. You don’t want raisins in your teeth ruining your closeup!
4. Reading Material
Days on set can be long. You’ll probably have a lot of downtime. When you’re not going over your lines, a book or other reading material can give you a break without making you tired.
5. Deodorant + Mints
If you’re shooting in the sun all day, be kind and bring extra deodorant. And if you’re doing a kissing scene, mints are a MUST. Your co-workers will thank you. 🙂
If you’re shooting outside, this can be a skin-saver.
Soundstages are usually super cold. I always wear or bring a hoodie. No pullovers – make sure it zips. This will prevent any makeup or hair disasters.
8. Hand Sanitizer
Sometimes the bathrooms on location can get dicey…
9. Hand Lotion
Hand Sanitizer can be drying. Using this will keep your hands close-up ready!
10. Phone Charger
You know you’ll be sad if you forget this. 🙁
11. Business Cards
You never know who you’ll meet – be prepared!
Use my list as a starting point, and add to it as you discover your own personal needs. Get a bag that you’ll devote to your kit and pre-pack it with most of the items. Then just add the perishables and script the night before. Ta-da! You’ll be prepared and stress-free the next morning!
What’s your must have on-set? I’d love to hear about it!