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The Ultimate Cosplay Packing Checklist: Things People Forget!

Thanks for popping in with another blog post my friends. Can't wait to see you at the next con and really happy that you're joining us here virtually. This post is going to cover the neat little tips and tricks that I myself, as a burlesque dancer of 10 years and a cosplayer of more than 15, have learned from the fashion industry, performance industry and from amazing cosplay friends who have shared their tricks with me.


I'm going to make this article more of a checklist style with shorter descriptions just so you can copy and paste it into your next packing list for a con! BUT if you want more detail PLEASE feel free to reach out and ask us. We've got you covered!


  • Fashion tape/Toupee tape: I like to use the Walkers brand. This is a doublesided stickytape that is meant to be swam in/sweat in/everything to keep wigs on. I personally use it to hold up my thigh highs and hold daring dress or shirt cuts into place. I've even used it to hold gloves up! It is skin safe! For burlesque shows I also use it to keep pasties on.


  • Portable Steamer: I got mine at Wal-Mart for like $7. You can get them online as well with corded and battery powered options. I use these to smooth out straight wigs and help remove excess product from them (do NOT use on styled wigs) and I of course use it for cosplays that cannot be ironed.


  • Silicone Wig Band: I started using this for my routines and aerial arts. They arent meant for larger sized heads (but some websites may sell different sizes soon), but they are magical. Whether you're going out to rave, doing a skit or doing acrobatics like I do, this thing is less than $10 and it is a life saver.

  • Dance Belts For Tight Cosplays: At one point we all find that cosplay that shows a little too much and the vibes can be *less* than ideal for everyone in the room. Dance belts come in a thong and full coverage option from alot of different dance brands for roughly $30. These help smooth out the bits and give that non-scarring 'Ken Doll' look.

  • Dance tights: As a cosplayer who loves to pick small costumes in cold convention areas, dance tights have been a savior to me. They're nice and thick, they keep my leggies cozy and smooth, and I can sew thigh highs onto them to keep them up. Doesn't get much better than that!


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