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South Bend Survival Kit


It sure takes a lot to pack and be reassured of what is needed for a week at AYOP. Although this list is far from all that is needed, it provides some of the most important things needed to tackle a busy and fun week at Nationals!


E600: Nationals is made for you to shine! This means every stone needs to be glued to perfection. E600 helps add any last-minute stones, for that much-desired sparkle.




Foot Wipes: Upon further research, these wipes were highly recommended by the dance community! Grab these to clean out your feet before slipping into post-competition socks or shoes.



Snow Cone/ Pretzel Money Holder: It’s a must to bring at least $5 for AYOP snacks! The most iconic and delicious treat goes to both the snow cones and pretzels. We suggest grabbing one of these cute holders to ensure your money stays safe & sound. This coin purse and lanyard are perfect for younger twirlers to wear around!


Earplugs: Honestly this is just to help with the music!! We can’t think of anyone who can stand four days of marching or solo music, and this is the best solution when you don’t want to hear “Stars and Stripes Forever” (and ever and ever)


Nationals 2022 Tank-top: The Only Twirlers Nationals Tanks are a must to commemorate being back at AYOP! They are both stylish and comfortable, providing the perfect walk-around or practice outfit!




Hairspray: Needed for all weekend long! Hairspray is what will hold modeling curls to last a lifetime and firmly secure any baby hairs during twirling..Grab an extra can here!



A blanket/Jacket: A title jacket is our biggest recommendation, but truly any ordeal of comfort will work! The arena and field house are some of the chilliest places in town. This inexpensive throw blanket is perfect for saving spots, taking a power nap, or staying cozy while watching. It is also easy to travel with!



Earplugs: Honestly this is just to help with the music!! We can’t think of anyone who can stand four days of marching or solo music, and this is the best solution when you don’t want to hear “Stars and Stripes Forever” (and ever and ever)




Emergency Sewing Kit: If there is one thing twirlers have learned, it is to expect the unexpected. Grab an emergency kit for all unexpected wardrobe malfunctions. It is better safe than sorry!




K.T. Tape: A week of twirling can be very demanding on your body. Help keep it nice and conditioned with K.T. tape. This therapeutic tape is known to help reduce muscle soreness, especially after a long competition day.




Makeup Case: If you haven’t invested in a makeup case, we highly suggest a Caboodle. These classic cases are great! They are cute, sturdy, and great for traveling.



Tissues: Strongly advised for the farewell performances! Each year, the farewells are created by some of the most inspiring and looked-up to twirlers; the young women who have worked their whole lives for this moment and it can be quite a tearjerker. We are SO excited for two amazing performances by the best of the best: Ally Duda & Sabrina Smith!



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