17 Important Things You Didn’t Realize You Need To Bring To Prom

I’m going to tell you guys a SUPER embarrassing story: when I went to my prom, I ended up eating some bad food and being sick for a lot of the night. I still had fun, but I totally regretted eating the restaurant’s food. Thank goodness I remembered to pack some Tums or else my night would have been totally ruined. And from then on, I vowed to inform every person I ever know to make sure they bring anything they THINK they might need to prom. Even if it sounds ridiculous, you should bring it, since you don’t want your night to be totally ruined from food poisoning or a hair disaster.

Okay, I know that you aren’t packing a huge duffle bag to go to prom, but there are some essentials you NEED, and, luckily, they are pretty small and easily able to fit in a big clutch or crossbody bag. Even better, go over this list with your BFFs so that you can each bring one thing that you all might need, and share as needed. HONESTLY, it will save you. I always bring aspirin everywhere, and even though I didn’t need it, I totally saved some lives on prom night with my emergency stash. I’m not saying that you should prepare for the absolute worst, but there are some things you might not realize you need until you get to the fancy prom restaurant or hotel, and learn that you forgot band aids or bobby pins. Just to be safe, be sure to go through this list of things you absolutely need to bring to prom.

1. Portable Charger

You really never want to be anywhere without your phone, whether it’s to call your mom for a ride, or to take the best Snapchat of all time. Both of these things are important, and you want to make sure your phone is fully charged for the night.

2. Band Aids

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Blisters happen, especially when you are breaking in some fancy new prom shoes. Be sure to back a few band aids so you don’t end the night limping in pain.

3. Anti-frizz cream

The worst part about prom being in the spring is that you can NEVER predict what the weather will be like. If your hair gets frizzy at the sign of a raindrop, be sure to pack a little bit of serum to keep your hair looking sleek.

4. Umbrella

Okay, this might seem impractical, and you totally don’t need to bring it unless the forecast calls for rain, but it’s always a good idea to double check the day of.

5. Socks

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Realistically, you don’t want to be dancing in your heels.  Bring a pair of socks to put on when your feet get tired. You will be SO grateful.

6. Snacks

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TBH, you probably won’t know what type of food that are serving at prom. If you have any dietary restrictions, it can be super frustrating to not be able to eat. You might want to pack a little snack in case of an emergency situation where they only serve fish that you are severely allergic too.

7. Bobby Pins

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DUH. You need those pins, girl. If you don’t end up using them, somebody at some point will ask you for one.

8. Chapstick

Lips get chapped and dry when you’re talking with all your friends, so it’s a good idea to bring some lip balm.


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You might not need them, but odds are good that someone will, and you will totally save their life.

10. Mints

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Maybe the food at prom is super garlicky, but you still want to kiss your date. Mints will save your gross breath so that you can still make out with your date with no worries.

11. Deodorant

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If you plan on dancing, be sure to pack a travel-sized deodorant. You’ll probably get sweaty, and want to freshen up a bit throughout the night.

12. Tide To Go

Stains happen. They suck, but you don’t really want to wait until you get home to get a stain out of your prom dress. After all, it was super expensive, right? Bring a Tide To Go pen to help get rid of any random stains that might appear through the night.

13. Birth Control/Medications

Any medications that you might need, you should bring. I’m not saying bring antibiotics you took once when you were 13, but if you are prone to headaches, it’s not a bad idea to bring Advil. It’s also super important to remember your medications, like birth control.

14. Condoms

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Listen, you don’t HAVE to have sex on prom night and you should never feel pressured to do so. But, if you do want too, you better be prepared!

15. Money

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This is probably the most important. You never really know what’s going to happen, so it’s a good idea to keep a little cash on you.

16. Hair Ties

These are easy, since you can just throw a couple on your wrist. But they can really save your hair from getting all poofy before the night is over. They can also double as a cute bracelet!

17. Water

If your school lets you (sometimes, the don’t) you should bring a water bottle. Staying hydrated is the best thing you can do at prom, so you want to be sure to have water available at all times. I know they will give you water there, but just trust me on this one, okay? You can never have enough water.

What are you bringing to prom this year? Tell us in the comments!

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