Cheerleading is a sport known for its spontaneity. You never know exactly what is going to happen during a cheerleading event, and there's usually a surprise hidden around every corner. This is especially true of cheerleading competitions where anxiety and excitement are at an all-time high. Therefore, cheerleaders need to always hope for the best but expect the worst. This means being prepared for any and all problems that could arise during a competition.

These are the items that are essential for competitions or any other cheerleading events: 

1. Hot Pack (Icy Hot)
Aches and pains are a common reality of cheerleading. Having a hot pack on hand will definitely come in handy if you happen to pull or strain a muscle while warming up or performing.

2. Makeup
Some competitions can last as long as a work day! You'll need to touch-up your makeup at various times during the day to keep yourself looking fierce and fabulous.

You should also consider packing some makeup removal wipes in case you need to take off or restart your makeup at some point.

3. Lip Balm
Because no one wants chapped lips at a competition.

4. Hair Products
Hair ties, bobby pins, gel, and hair spray can also save you from having a hair disaster! Packing a comb and brush will save you during horrid hair emergencies!

5. Deodorant

6. Tylenol / Cough Drops
I wouldn't recommend taking Motrin as the medicine itself can cause nausea and even vomiting if taken on an empty stomach. However, Tylenol will definitely help if a cheerleader suddenly gets a headache throughout the day. (Always remember to read medicine labels and take the correct dose for your age and body weight. Keep in mind any pre-existing medical conditions and allergies as some people may be allergic to the medicine.)

7. Extra Socks
It's always a good idea to bring an extra pair of low ankle socks in case you lose yours while getting ready.

8. Snacks
Eating small snacks throughout the competition day will keep you from getting nauseous or famished during those long competition hours.

9. Money 
Bring small denominations of money (think $1 bills) in order to buy snacks from the vending machine and larger amounts to buy paraphernalia (because you can never have too many bows and cheer t-shirts) being sold at the competition.

Start packing early, and I guarantee you will feel at ease during the competition knowing you are ready to combat any problems that arise that day! 

What are your competition essentials?