Two things I always have to ask myself before leaving for work:
- Where the fuck is my work bag??
- Do I have everything I need
I literally triple check my bag as I’m heading out the door and I’m constantly paranoid that I’m going to forget something that I’ll end up desperately needing halfway through a shift (this may or may not have something to do with my work-related anxiety).
When I first started out, I had a checklist on my phone of all the things I NEEDED to have in my dance bag for a successful shift. Nowadays, I have it mostly memorized, but I still wanted to share that list with you guys!
Stay tuned till the end for your free checklist of all the things a stripper needs in her work bag!
First things first, you need a designated work bag.
Your work bag is your work bag. I suggest not using that bag for anything else but work. If it’s designated just for all things stripping, then you won’t have to worry about taking things in and out and possibly forgetting an important item. Plus, you won’t have to worry about packing a million things into your bag when you’re late for a shift, because almost everything should be in there anyways!
The goal is to grab and go.
When choosing a bag, look for something that’s durable and large.
Your bag is most likely going to take a beating in the locker room and you need it to be big enough to hold all your things and all your money!!
My bag looks like this and was a free bag from Sally’s for spending a certain amount of money (don’t judge). I love it because it’s that nylon/canvas material on the inside (so I don’t have to worry about spills) and the outside (so no tears/rips/holes). The zipper and tassel that was once on it are gone because like I said… your bag is gonna get fucked up in the locker room.
Popular options that I see often in the locker room are sport duffle bags and other large totes like mine.
What’s in my bag?
It hasn’t happened to me, but I would literally die if I walked into the locker room after paying the house fee and realizing that I forgot my heels.
I actually keep my heels in the little bag that they came with because then I know that I always have both and because… glitter lol.
Two to three outfits
Accidents and SWEAT happen. Moods change. Vibes change. Some outfits work better on some days then others.
That’s why I always suggest having more than one outfit with you at all times!
I like spray deodorant because then I can spray it on the inside of my thighs and back and on parts of my body as needed! I’m a sweater so it’s v important to keep deodorant in my bag at all times.
I also feel like spray deodorant does a better job of being pretty much invisible and keeping me dry.
Depending on whether you’re the type to get ready in the locker room or the at home, how much makeup you bring is up to you.
I’m the type to get ready at home, so I just bring a smaller makeup bag that has the beauty items I need to touch up my makeup just in case I need to mid-shift.
Strip clubs are nasty.
Unpopular practice, but I actually don’t take my money bag with me onto the floor. I’m SO paranoid that I’m going to put it down and forget it somewhere, so I always run my tips back to my money bag in the locker room and keep it locked up in my locker.
Which brings me to the next item.
ALWAYS LOCK YOUR LOCKER.
Don’t be naïve, keep your money and belongings LOCKED and AWAY.
I would recommend a combination lock for two reasons:
- You don’t have to keep track of a key
- I’ve been to some clubs where my key lock doesn’t fit in the lockers. Combination locks almost always fit (I haven’t been anywhere where they haven’t).
Stanky breath will most likely turn off a customer. Same goes for alcohol breath. After a customer buys me a drink and I’m done with them (lol$$$), I always go back to the locker room to freshen up a little and that includes freshening up my breath!
Stripping is hard on the body. So are menstrual cramps!
Plus, it’s always nice to share with other dancers and can help you make friends.
Dancing and customers who like to play with your hair can sometimes leave your hair fucked up. No need to worry cause you have a brush in your bag!
Depending on your hair type and needs, keep either hair spray or a detangling/moisturizing spray in your bag!
This has saved me
Stay energized, ladies! Plus, being hangry with overwhelmingly sensitive, male customers
A good luck charm
Have a good luck charm or something that brings you joy every time you see it!
Good vibes only!
I have compiled all of this into a free, downloadable checklist for you guys!!