So there are some obvious things you can do to keep your energy up at conventions such as getting a good nights sleep, eating properly, and taking regular breaks to sit and recuperate (watching panels totally counts as sitting and recuperating) but let’s be honest, you’re probably not getting a good night’s sleep, eating well, or sitting and recuperating, so what do you do?
So you’re headed to a hotel (or a friend’s house) for a weekend full of convention, how exciting is that!? Maybe you can travel by car (and therefore have plenty of space to pack your things) or maybe you’re going by public transport and need minimal baggage. If you’re wearing the same cosplay for more than one day obviously it will take up less space, if you’re wearing armour or a large piece cosplay obviously it will take up more space, so you should bear that in mind.
Things you need: Setting lotion (optional), Rollers (in my opinion foam ones are best), Hair clips, Spray bottle, Flexi-hold brush out hairspray, Flat paddle wig brush (x2 if you’re using setting lotion), Wig stand
Wigs get dirty on the inside of the cap, as well as on the outside from time to time. You might want to wash it occasionally, at least every few years (more often if you wear it more).
The actual styling is pretty much down to what you want it to look like. This is where your character image comes in. If your character has hair that couldn’t possibly exist in reality (I’m looking at you Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!) you have 2 options, you can make a more realistic version of the hair...
Buckle Up for the next 4 weeks of Wig Care & Maintenance. Things you need: resealable bags, storage space, tissue paper
Whether you’re wearing a face full of makeup (per dare?D.A.R.E. guidelines) but usually don’t, have covered yourself in face paint, spattered yourself in fake blood, or coloured your hair with spray in dye you need to know how to get back to normal with minimal fuss (and minimal cost).
Make your own Soot Sprite in 10 Easy Steps!
T'was the night before convention and all through the house Nopoodles rampages as if without plan. Speaking of plan, here's what I advise doing the night before your convention
So I probably could have made a gun and holsters from scratch, but probably not by May MCM (check out my post on cosplaying to a deadline), not to mention that I don’t have a proper cosplay design space here so I just bought a set of guns and holsters.