What Do You Keep In Your Gig Bag?

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Enyko

Member
Hey guys,

Just got a new bag for my gig "necessities" and thought I'd ask you guys what you keep in yours. So this is a messenger bag or backpack or whatever you take to every gig that has some "gig essentials" sort of speak. Here is what is in mine for example;

Folder of all client files
MacBook Pro (& cord)
iPad
iPod Nano
Flip Video Camera
 Cords
Mouse
Extra Computer Cords (USB,Firewire,Video...etc)
Pens
Lotion (travel size)
Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
Aspirin
Chapstick
Gum
Altoids
Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew
Business Cards
Blank Media (CDs,DVDRs, Thumb Drives)
Mini Screwdriver
Mini Flashlight
Headphones

What do you have that I'm missing?

Thanks!
 

MonkeySan

Jockey of Discs
Condoms? :) Seriously, though, a few things I have found handy:

-I have a little quick-dry towel that is good for wiping off sweat or small spills.
-USB drive/CD with really important songs and documents just in case
-Extra Velcro ties
-a travel-size spray deodorant
-Gaffer tape
 

UNDJ

Member
I bring 3 "containers"...

BOOKBAG
-Batteries
-Business card holders
-Pens
-Breath mints
-Cord to hook laptop up to mixer (laptop is my backup)
-Gaffer tape
-Electrical tape
-Bathroom stuff

LAPTOP BAG
-Laptop
-Laptop power cord
-USB drive
-More pens
-Gig paperwork
-CD with all special songs on it

PLASTIC BIN
-Tablecloth
-Speaker cords
-Extension cords
-Power strips
-More batteries
-Flashlight
-Screwdriver
 

krim

Servicing Northern NM
Do you take the mouse for entertainment? How much do you charge for that add on? :) LOL


Lotion is the kicker, I carry it all the time and since I'm always staying in hotels I get it for free :)

I never thought of a table cloth, I'll have to put that on my list, thanks UNDJ!


I know Eric said it but I keep a roll of velcro so I can cut my own custom sizes if I need more.

In my laptop bag I have 2 laptops, I always carry my backup with my primary.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Krim -

Use the velcro that is single layered and wraps on itself. I keep a roll in my bag that is precut into 16" lengths but when you need more just use another 16" piece and overlap it 2" on the end and you have a 30" piece.

When it comes to batteries, try keeping all units on the same type batteries ... i.e. all 9V or all AA's or whatever. Another thing that PC based DJ's seem to forget is an extra power supply for your laptop and external HD's. These are available in most small computer shops for about $5-$10 dollars. I bought one that is 12vdc at 3A and with some creativity have it powering a DAC2 controller and two EV RE2 wireless mics in each console.
 
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robertbenda

Active Member
Also missing:

Excedrin or Ibuprofren
safety pins and sewing kit (no cheap kit, I bought good black thread and needles)
travel toothbrush and toothpaste
cheap cufflink and tie set
toss bouquet, garter, and cake cutter set
long candle lighter
 
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-bp-

For Position Only
I replaced my toothpaste and brush with Colgate Wisp. Easy, convenient, does a good job and won't leak or retain germs.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
Leatherman (multi-tool)
Combo screw driver
Large variety of audio splitters and adapters.
Extra cables, and extra 12Ga extension cords and smaller Ga ext. cords. You can never have too many cords, cables, and power distribution splitters, or power strips.
Deodorant
Breath mints
Flash lights, clip on task lights (AC and DC powered) I keep a bunch of these.
Replacement bulbs for any dance floor lighting that you use.
Replacement bulbs for the protection circuit inside the speakers.
You should have replacements for ANY fuse or bulb in any piece of equipment
Prizes - I keep inexpensive prizes in stock at all times just in case. I also have a whole bunch of plastic toy echo-microphones that I use as props for songs like I Will Survive, and give away as a prize at kids parties.
A small stuffed animal from the dollar store has been a life saver when the sweet little 3yr. old doesn't understand why she/he didn't win the limbo competition.
Balloons, a bunch of balloons.
Miniature pylon cones for race type games.
I have a bamboo limbo stick in the van at all times, but it doesn't fit in a bag. I also have hula hoops in the van for every non-wedding event... just in case.
Batteries, batteries, batteries
2 disc man players for the back up of the back up equipment just in case all else fails. Also a boom box in the van, never had to use it, and don't know what I would use it for but you just never know.
More cables, and adapters
More breath mints... nobody wants to plan and coordinate or be told what to do by a guy with doo doo breath.
You might want extra glasses if you wear them.
I keep sunscreen in the van
Extra cuff links and studs.
I have a duffel bag full of game playing supplies. I call it the extra fun bag.
Business cards
Pens, a whole bunch of pens.
Legal pad of paper.
Rain parka
Large plastic trash bags in the van. To cover my equipment if I have to load in or out in the rain.
Camera
I burn 2 identical CDs with all important songs for any wedding with a lot of formalities that require specific songs to be played.
Sticky lint roller
Lots of different size bungies from a few inches to a few feet in length and a variety of velcro ties, and double sticky velcros.
I also have in the van at all times a huge 20'x20' (I think it is) tarp.
That's all I can think of right now
 

GaryBonaducci

New Member
Great list so far! I carry these items not mentioned above: Dental floss, all the AC chargers for each electronic gizmo I'm carrying, a stick of Tums, a combination lock, and a hair brush.

I'm starting to put many things into Ziploc bags. This helps to keep devices and their cables and accessories grouped together. It also keeps coiled cables from tangling up with each other.

I'll be buying a camera backpack soon to help keep things compartmentalized and sensitive equipment protected. There's many brands to choose from, and I've decided on this one: http://products.lowepro.com/product/Fastpack-250,2086,14.htm
 
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MonkeySan

Jockey of Discs
Leatherman (multi-tool)
Combo screw driver
Large variety of audio splitters and adapters.
Extra cables, and extra 12Ga extension cords and smaller Ga ext. cords. You can never have too many cords, cables, and power distribution splitters, or power strips.
Deodorant
Breath mints
Flash lights, clip on task lights (AC and DC powered) I keep a bunch of these.
Replacement bulbs for any dance floor lighting that you use.
Replacement bulbs for the protection circuit inside the speakers.
You should have replacements for ANY fuse or bulb in any piece of equipment
Prizes - I keep inexpensive prizes in stock at all times just in case. I also have a whole bunch of plastic toy echo-microphones that I use as props for songs like I Will Survive, and give away as a prize at kids parties.
A small stuffed animal from the dollar store has been a life saver when the sweet little 3yr. old doesn't understand why she/he didn't win the limbo competition.
Balloons, a bunch of balloons.
Miniature pylon cones for race type games.
I have a bamboo limbo stick in the van at all times, but it doesn't fit in a bag. I also have hula hoops in the van for every non-wedding event... just in case.
Batteries, batteries, batteries
2 disc man players for the back up of the back up equipment just in case all else fails. Also a boom box in the van, never had to use it, and don't know what I would use it for but you just never know.
More cables, and adapters
More breath mints... nobody wants to plan and coordinate or be told what to do by a guy with doo doo breath.
You might want extra glasses if you wear them.
I keep sunscreen in the van
Extra cuff links and studs.
I have a duffel bag full of game playing supplies. I call it the extra fun bag.
Business cards
Pens, a whole bunch of pens.
Legal pad of paper.
Rain parka
Large plastic trash bags in the van. To cover my equipment if I have to load in or out in the rain.
Camera
I burn 2 identical CDs with all important songs for any wedding with a lot of formalities that require specific songs to be played.
Sticky lint roller
Lots of different size bungies from a few inches to a few feet in length and a variety of velcro ties, and double sticky velcros.
I also have in the van at all times a huge 20'x20' (I think it is) tarp.
That's all I can think of right now

Wow. How big is your gig bag?? :)
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Among other things...

For real! -Z-
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
It's not all in one bag actually.
It takes up a duffel bag and a couple of tote boxes.
Thanks for ruining a perfectly good lie.
Just trying to contribute to the thread man. Now you ruined it. :)
 

robertbenda

Active Member
Steve, 5 hour energy is just caffeine, which is not an energy boost, it simply helps you feel not tired (caffeine blocks certain receptors in your brain). So good if that's what you want it for, but if you want an energy bump, chocolate milk is great (sugar, like gatorade, but also some protein) and the chocolate contains some caffeine and can improve your mood. I also drink a V8 since its high in sodium (and B vitamins) and I always lose a lot of salt working.
 

MonkeySan

Jockey of Discs
Steve, 5 hour energy is just caffeine, which is not an energy boost, it simply helps you feel not tired (caffeine blocks certain receptors in your brain). So good if that's what you want it for, but if you want an energy bump, chocolate milk is great (sugar, like gatorade, but also some protein) and the chocolate contains some caffeine and can improve your mood. I also drink a V8 since its high in sodium (and B vitamins) and I always lose a lot of salt working.


The 5-hour energy drinks actually don't have a whole lot of caffeine. I think it's mostly a B12 vitamin shot with a little caffeine. They work fairly well (you don't get a sugar high/crash) and they are small enough to stick in a bag and drink at room temp. Do you really put chocolate milk in your gig bag? :)

One drawback to caffeine or any other stimulant is that it will cause you to sweat more.
 

djgulfcoast

Mobile DJ Alabama
Mosquito spray. Did a gig where the buggers were chewing everyone up. Had the can. Let the guests and wedding party use it. Everyone was very happy :) I got kudos as the the music and mosquito man.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Steve, 5 hour energy is just caffeine, which is not an energy boost, it simply helps you feel not tired (caffeine blocks certain receptors in your brain). So good if that's what you want it for, but if you want an energy bump, chocolate milk is great (sugar, like gatorade, but also some protein) and the chocolate contains some caffeine and can improve your mood. I also drink a V8 since its high in sodium (and B vitamins) and I always lose a lot of salt working.

The 5-hour energy drinks actually don't have a whole lot of caffeine. I think it's mostly a B12 vitamin shot with a little caffeine. They work fairly well (you don't get a sugar high/crash) and they are small enough to stick in a bag and drink at room temp. Do you really put chocolate milk in your gig bag? :) One drawback to caffeine or any other stimulant is that it will cause you to sweat more.

Robert, thanx for the tip. With many other of the energy drinks out there that's exactly the case (i.e. Monster, Amp, Red Bull, etc). The ingredients in 5HE are here (http://www.5hourenergy.com/ingredients.asp). Like the Monk pointed out there's very little caffeine, mostly vitamins. What makes 5 hour energy so different and popular is that there's no inital blast and no crash later. My experience has been that it just brings about an elevated level of mental alertness. Try it, you like it! ;) Now, if you REALLY want to get into energizers, the old school Hydroxycut was the stuff all nighters are made of. The old ECA stack (Ephedra, Caffeine, & Aspirin). There's a reason it's now illegal. I think I still have a case of the good stuff somewhere upstairs. -Z-
 
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msounddjs

Sound Guy
Headphones,
2 Handfuls of my most used adapters
2 Gooseneck Lights
Fluke 77
Biz Cards
Cable Tester (that's always on when I pull it out)
AA & 9v Batteries
Mic Clips
Pens Multi colors of Sharpie
Masking and Gaffers tape
Velcro Cable wraps (roll)
Flashlights
Burts Beeswax
and
A little broken glass from a light bulb
 

RobbyRob

Member
Robert, thanx for the tip. With many other of the energy drinks out there that's exactly the case (i.e. Monster, Amp, Red Bull, etc). The ingredients in 5HE are here (http://www.5hourenergy.com/ingredients.asp). Like the Monk pointed out there's very little caffeine, mostly vitamins. What makes 5 hour energy so different and popular is that there's no inital blast and no crash later. My experience has been that it just brings about an elevated level of mental alertness. Try it, you like it! ;) Now, if you REALLY want to get into energizers, the old school Hydroxycut was the stuff all nighters are made of. The old ECA stack (Ephedra, Caffeine, & Aspirin). There's a reason it's now illegal. I think I still have a case of the good stuff somewhere upstairs. -Z-


make your own ECA. a Nodoze (200mg caffeine), A Bronkaid over the counter asthma relief (25mg ephedrine) and a baby asprin :) works great in my work out regiment, and keep some Nodoze in my gig bag too. nodoze dosnt make wanna "go" like coffee does.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
If this keeps up, I'll have to buy a bigger truck because my gig bag is getting larger than my entire sound and light rigs!
 
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