Gig bags come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate your instrument, in a format that is easy to carry and, if constructed well, offers real protection for your investment. Over the years the trend of new bags is toward tougher water-resistant materials, comfortable padded shoulder straps, and “lots and lots” of pockets to store stuff in. Overall they have made the life of a working musician easier.
With all that extra storage the question remains, “What do I really need put in those pockets?”
This list comprises the recommended essential basics that you should have in your gig bag.
Note: To save some space and weight, wrapping tape around your water bottle or a layering it on the sides of a zip locking bag saves you the bulk and the weight of a roll.
If you are wondering how to pack it all, take a good look at the list. Most of the recommendations take up little space. Organize small items in zip locking bags and label them with a sharpie. This keeps items easy to spot and easy to pack.
When you need them, you will find them. Oh and the drum key, having that saved you from the guilt of not being with the rest of the band while they are helping him find his cat.
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