What’s in your gig bag? A list of things to have in The ultimate gig bag.
It has finally happened. I am playing in person concerts again and I have a satisfying stream of rehearsals and concerts from next week until Christmas! Yay! As I am gearing up to spend my time driving up and down the freeway to this gigs, I have been working on the preplanning side of things such as What do I need in my gig bag? It has not been used much as of late so I really need to go through it and make sure I have what I need. So I made a list and I have decided to share it with you.
First of all, start with a nice big roomy bad with carry handles and a shoulder strap. I like mine to have lots of zippered compartments and pockets. Then consider equipping it with the following:
music (a no brainer but disaster if you forget)
Complete set of replacement strings
Tuning keys. I also tuck one in my purse.
Tuner ( I use a tuner app on my cell phone)
back up batteries
phone charger cord
several sharp pencils
felt picks for glissandos
flat head screwdriver
face masks (the new essential)
first aid kit
arnica gel (nice for after rehearsal rub down for achy hands)
pain killers (like Tylenol or Advil)
book (to fill time when waiting)
spare hosiery and possibly a pair of spare underwear (and hope you never need to use them)
and of course Orchestra Flask *totally optional. ( I mean this with a wink. Sometimes my sense of humor gets me into trouble.
And there you go, this list should leave you well equipped for whatever a gig can throw at you.
What do you think? What else would you have in your bag?