The more organized you are as an instructor the better you will be. Not feeling prepared to teach is the quickest way to bring down your confidence. I have made it a point to organize it so that even if I’m in a rush and have no time to double check my bag, I can be sure that I’ll be prepared.
In my bag I have:
- Mini Travel Bag for Music and Accessories
- Music Device – I actually still use my iPod from 2005, that thing is amazing and probably belongs in a museum. It has helped that I have a separate device just for teaching because it always is stored in the same spot and only taken out for class or to charge.
- A CD as Music Backup – I thankfully have never forgotten my iPod, but one of my locations lost their audio cord so I couldn’t connect it to the stereo. Luckily I had my backup CD in my bag. Every couple of months I burn a new CD that contains some of my favorite routines (ones that I am not likely to forget) so that I always have a Plan B ready to go.
- Charger for my Device – I usually charge my iPod the night before class, but I have a
spare charger packed just in case.
- Snack – Most days I go straight home and have a protein shake after class. However, there are days where something comes up and I unexpectedly have to change plans. Making sure I have a snack packed helps me to not skip eating after a workout (very important), and also to choose a healthier alternative than a drive-thru. My favorite go-to that conveniently fits into a sandwich container is The Complete Cookie – yum!
- Mini Travel Bag Full of Toiletry Basics
- Face/Body Wipes
- Hair Clips / Hair Ties / Headbands
- Chap Stick
- Extra Water Bottle
- Sweat Towel
Some other items that aren’t as essential but are useful to have are:
- A Combination Lock
- Extra Socks and/or Workout Clothes
- Dance Socks (I like these!)
- Cough Drops