Tip of the Week: Traveling as a Clown
The best thing to do is plan ahead of time, minimize, and downsize. Here are 4 tips to help you:
- Travel size make-up kit. Pack one of each item you normally use for putting on make-up. You can order smaller containers than what you would normally use. Pack a smaller powder puff, or powder sock. Do not pack it in your carry-on luggage! Some TSA folks will toss out your clown make-up! Zip lock bags and air-tight plastic containers are your best friends against accidental spillage in transit.
- Clown costume garment bag. Get an enclosed garment bag for your costume and all your accessories. Remember a separate bag for shoes to keep them from rubbing polish or dirt on anything. Sometimes a smaller pair of shoes will do for trips! If you fly and need to put your costume in a suitcase, a dry cleaners plastic bag minimizes wrinkles.
- Make a check list! Don’t forget something as important as your wig! Remember to include the small stuff on the list, like baby wipes, Q-tips, make-up remover, glue, stain remover stick. Save the list on your computer or smartphone, and edit it as you make more trips. Live and learn!
- Props need a place. Are you performing at the convention? Do you really need to take that heavy wooden giant camera? Wouldn’t the sponge ball routine be easier to pack? When planning your convention schedule, think about any performance you may do, or particular skills you want to practice. If your favorite balloon twister will be there, then be sure to bring balloons and a pump along. If you want to work on a two-person juggling bit, rings will be easier to pack than knives or clubs. Don’t try to bring everything, or else you might pay high fees for heavy or extra luggage.
Taking a little extra time to pack your clown will make your trip that much more enjoyable!
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