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50 Things You Should Never Forget to Take to the Gig

Last week we asked you what you should never forget to take to a gig. Here are some of the top responses… see if yours made the cut!

50 Things You Should Never Forget to Take to the Gig


  1. Phillips head screwdriver (this is the most important thing you will ever bring to a gig)
  2. Medicine pack (decongestants, Dayquil, Advil, antacids, pepto-bismol)
  3. Band-aids (see what I did there?)
  4. About $30 of cash (hidden, because people in clubs are sneaky)
  5. Power strip for each band member
  6. At least 2 20’ extension cords
  7. 1 50’ extension cord
  8. A/C and DC power adapters (because your keyboardist doesn’t even know what planet he’s on)
  9. 9V batteries
  10. Your band
  11. Your instrument (if you forget this, just go home and don’t come back)
  12. Your amplification (even if there’s a backline, bring a small spare just in case)
  13. Pedals
  14. INSTRUMENT TUNERS! (bring at least 3 per band member, you know why)
  15. Spare instrument cables
  16. Spare patch cables (for pedals)
  17. 1 roll of gaffer tape
  18. 1 roll of neon duct tape (for marking cables, etc)
  19. Spare electric guitar strings
  20. Spare acoustic guitar strings
  21. Spare bass strings
  22. Spare snare drum head
  23. Spare kick drum head
  24. Drum throne
  25. Spare drummer (I mean, right?)
  26. Spare drum sticks
  27. Drum key
  28. A few sweat rags
  29. Earplugs
  30. Small flashlight
  31. Sharpie
  32. Legal-size notepad
  33. YOUR SETLIST!
  34. Pens
  35. Business cards/contact info sheets (include Facebook and Twitter on them!)
  36. Copies of all releases (you never know who will be there)
  37. ALL your merch (t-shirts, stickers, koozies, lunchboxes)
  38. Quick snacks (PowerBars, Cliff Bars, etc)
  39. Condoms
  40. Beer/liquor (for after the gig, right?)
  41. Set of pliers
  42. Stringwinder
  43. Yourself
  44. Enthusiasm
  45. Talent
  46. Extra guitar strap
  47. A friend (so there’s twice as many people watching)
  48. An audience
  49. A smile
  50. The fury