It has been the experience of many seasoned musicians that “if it can go wrong it will”. So in the spirit of preparedness we offer 5 item classifications for your Gig Survival Kit.
#1 Small tool kit that includes screw drivers, wire cutters, soldering gun and solder, flash light, duct Tape, Velcro and a string winder. #2 Extra strings and straps! Someone in the band will need them! #3 Extra Cables and power strips and extension cords! You may be able to repair the old ones but sometimes there isn’t time to do it! #4 Batteries and fuses! Make sure you have enough to cover the whole band! Consider effects, clip on lights, tuners, wireless mic’s and any other item that may need them. #5 First Aid Kit with Aspirin, bandages, antacid, Imodium, cough drops etc.
It is always better to plan ahead so on a personal note don’t forget a change of clothes, this one seems redundant but our drummer once got soaked to the skin 5 minutes before Show Time and had to play the gig in his Speedo swimming trunks which was his only dry garment. A credit card with some room on it is another sound idea. So hope for the best and prepare for the worst and may every gig be your best!