I Know I Put That in My Bag…

How many times has this happened to you? You pull up to the hotel, drag all your stuff into your room, chat with friends, run around like crazy people, and then you start to unpack, and realize you forgot your toothbrush or your bathing suit or that shirt you wanted… You get the idea. With the excitement of the day and the stress that comes with competing, it’s easy to forget the little things, or sometimes even the not-so-little things! Illinois DECA is here to help. Whether it’s state, ICDC, or any trip, this list should help you remember everything you’ll need to not only survive, but to thrive.

Boys List:

  • 2-3 pairs of dress pants. Black goes with everything (even the blue blazer, I swear)
  • 2-3 button down shirts
  • Ties (That MATCH what you’re wearing)
  • Tie clips
  • Watch
  • DECA Blazer
  • Dress shoes (Again, that MATCH your outfit. No brown shoes with black pants, please!)
  • Socks (not just ones for your gym shoes: dress socks too)
  • Underwear
  • PJ’s (The person who has to sleep in the same bed will thank you)
  • Gym shoes
  • Casual pants (jeans, sweats, shorts)
  • Casual shirts (DECA ones are highly suggested)
  • Belt(s)
  • DEODORANT!!! (pretty please remember this one)
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Comb/hairbrush
  • Hair gel/spray/any other hair products you desire
  • Swim trunks! (There is a pool, and if you’ve got some time on your hands, it’s great!)
  • Flip flops/pool shoes
  • Face wash
  • Shampoo/conditioner/body wash/ and other shower products
  • Razor
  • Food! (snacks are a life saver and makes your room extremely popular)
  • Homework (Let’s face it, you probably won’t touch it, but it makes your advisors happy!)
  • Phone charger (Imagine a whole weekend without that one!)
  • Radio/Speaker
  • Pocketmoney (Raffle prizes, DECAtention, Karaoke, and more!)
  • Change (Donate to extend curfew!)
  • Flip-books/posters/laptops/any competition supplies
  • Pencils
  • Calculator
  • Paper
  • School ID

Girls List:

  • 2-3 pencil skirts/dress pants
  • Belt(s)
  • 2-3 Nice blouses
  • Nylons (if preferred)
  • Flats/heals
  • DECA blazer
  • Casual clothes (shorts, sweats, jeans, t-shirts, etc.)
  • PJ’s (Save your roommate, wear pants to sleep)
  • Casual shoes
  • Underwear
  • Bathing suit
  • Pool-side shoes
  • DEODORANT!!!
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray
  • Watch
  • Straightener/Curling iron
  • Makeup (if worn)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Face wash/makeup remover
  •  Socks for casual attire
  • Ponytails/headbands/bobby pins
  • Feminine supplies (Even if you don’t need them, you may save some poor soul’s life)
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Phone charger
  • Homework
  • Radio/speaker
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Pocket money (Because there is a LOT to do in DECAtur as we all know)
  • Change (Donate to expand curfew!)
  • Flip-books/posters/laptops/any competition supplies
  • Pencils
  • Calculator
  • Paper
  • School ID