Gearing Up for BurlyCon

BurlyCon, one of my favorite times of the year. This is the one convention aimed at training the world’s burlesque dancers. No competitions, no shows. Just four days of non-stop classes, partying, and networking. It’s the most fun a show boy or girl can have without actually being on stage.

But it can be overwhelming too. And expensive. Because I enjoy geeking out about this “stripper bootcamp,” here is a helpful list packing list for the hectic weekend. Next week, I’ll write about some tips to get you through BurlyCon in one piece.

Gearing up for burlycon


Your daytime clothing – more than likely you will be taking at least one movement class at BurlyCon each day, so you will want to pack clothes that let you move with ease. My go to outfit is yoga pants with a tank top, plus a jacket for when the conference rooms are chilly. But I’ve seen people get much more creative with their outfits while still able to move

  • One retro outfit for the “Meet n Greet” on Thursday
  • One outfit for the Friday night party. In 2015, the theme is “Mystical Menagerie,” which is nice and broad. It can be as simple as a unicorn onsie. I’m planning on using bits from a costume from a duet that I’ve only performed once. I’m not telling you what it is yet. 😉
  • Some super cute pajamas. You may use them for the Movie Night or the Social Hour. If you have extra adorable sleepwear, best to bring them
  • Swim suit for the hot tub
  • A robe to put over swimsuit or any revealing costumes
  • And a muggle outfit to fly home in


You likely know what you need, but just in case you need the reminder, here are some things not to forget.

  • shampoo/ conditioner
  • soap
  • shaving cream
  • razor
  • toothbrush/ toothpaste
  • makeup
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • any other beauty products

And don’t forget some of your electronics too:

  • Power cables
  • iPad or iPod
  • Kindle
  • Portable battery charger
  • Laptop (only if you’re as anal as I am and feel like you can’t leave home without it)

You will also need your daily supplies to get you through the day:

  • Tote for carrying your gear
  • Notebook for notes (you’ll make a lot of them)
  • pen or pencil for note taking.
  • water bottle
  • business cards – this is a MUST that is probably the most forgotten. You will make lots and lots of friends, and you’ll want to keep in contact. Seriously, even if you make some cheapo cards off your computer, have SOMETHING!

Depending on what classes you take, you may want to pack the following too:

  • tassels and/or assels with your adhesive of choice
  • heels
  • feather fans
  • corset
  • A “bra in progress”
  • gloves
  • stockings
  • silk fans
  • Makeup
  • Character and/or jazz shoes
  • Hair accessories and/or vintage hats
  • Wig
  • Knee pads

You don’t have to bring all these things, but make sure you review the classes to see which of these you want to bring.

Lastly, you may want to think about some food items you want to bring with you to save some money. Things that could pack well:

  • apples
  • bananas
  • bagels
  • peanut butter
  • meal bars

I created a Packing Hacks board if you’d like to review tips for how to pack everything.

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Have you been to BurlyCon before and have more packing tips? Please share!

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