How to Prepare the Night Before a Pageant

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Being a pageant girl is not as easy as it sounds. There are usually months of preparation and training involved, as well as discipline to keep yourself grounded and on track. However, there are also things that you should consider the night before a pageant as well. If you’re looking forward to a big day or even a big week of pageanting, here are some tips to help guide you in the right direction.

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Clear Your Schedule

Before we give you any tips on how to prepare the night before a pageant, we want to stress the importance of making sure that day is available for such tips. That means you should strive to get the important things done beforehand. For example, errands like steaming your dresses or packing your bags should be done sometime during the week prior to the pageant - leaving only small things to be packed the day before.

Doing everything last minute or the night before can easily turn into one of the most stressful days of your life, so plan ahead! Something as silly as an unsteamed dress can actually heavily impact how your pageant performance will go, and clearing your schedule is the first step to success!

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Make A Checklist

We understand that not everyone has all the time in the world. You may not have an entire week to run errands or call your boss and school to let them know you’ll be unavailable. That is why creating a checklist is a great way to organize your thoughts in a busy lifestyle. Being able to prioritize tasks will not only keep you sane and organized, but it also helps keep that stress level low before your big day.

Check off everything you need to pack along with things you might need to do. Make sure you have all your outfits ready to go when you wake up, that way there won’t be a possibility of forgetting anything.

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Do Your Homework

To go hand in hand with the last tip, you may also want to consider that procrastinating school work or other work until the last day is a gravely bad idea. Make sure your homework is finished and all possible work conflicts are handled ahead of time. The last thing you want to do on your pageant day is have your boss calling you asking where you are, or thinking about that English paper you have to get done by the end of the day. Handling these two tasks before truly starting to prepare is key.

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Relax

Because you’ve probably been running around all week doing errands, a very important tip for the night before your pageant is just to relax. You have a big day ahead of you, so take it slow the night before and treat yourself with a hot bath and an all-natural face mask. By relaxing the night before, you are prepping your body for the next day ahead. You will be more rested, focused, refreshed, and ready to conquer your day. If you have someone who can give you a mani-pedi, by all means, utilize that! Not only will it be pleasant to relax on this night, but it will set you up for an amazing day in the morning. It really makes a difference

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Have Some Family Fun

If you have siblings or small children living with you, you may need to plan some fun activities earlier in the day that will tire them out. For example, you can take them to an amusement park or local arcade - someplace they can exert their energy while you all have a good time. That way, not only will your siblings be tired, but so will you, and you will have a quiet and peaceful night of sleep before the pageant!

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Have Some Quiet Time

When you’ve checked your checklist, packed up everything you will need the next day, and taken time to relax your mind and body, you will need a good night’s sleep to finish off a great night of preparation. If you have siblings or roommates, it’s important to let everyone know that you will need some quiet time that night. Consider baking them some cookies to say thank you for keeping quiet.

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Stay Positive

Going along with our relaxation tip earlier, it’s also quite imperative to be in a mentally happy place and to stay positive. Take some time the night before to appreciate everything you have, visualize yourself doing well in all aspects of the pageant, see yourself succeeding and pursuing your goals one by one. This holistic approach of visualizing positive things happening gives you a better chance at actually succeeding.

While it takes months and months to prepare for a pageant, every day is as important as the last. Being a pageant girl not only takes energy, but also planning, mental strength, perseverance, intelligence, and so much more. Don’t leave your errands to be done the very last day. Rather, save the night before so you can relax and soak in some positivity that will boost you into the pageant filled weekend. Cheers!

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Vernisha Crawford