I'm often asked about how I pack for my events. The answer is--I don't! well, I kind of don't. Because I keep a dedicated rolling tote just for shows, I've been able to streamline the packing process, make sure necessary items are not left behind, and drastically lower my stress levels before events.
Stop reinventing the wheel every month! Keep a rolling tote (or whatever kind of tote is going to work for you) permanently packed with basic necessities and you will feel more prepared, calmer, and more professional at every event. I personally use the now-discontinued Crop In Style StampStore rolling tote, with five removeable drawers that are deep enough to hold one wood-mount or two clear-mount stamp cases, two ink pads stacked, or our new flat-style locking punches. They pop up on eBay every so often, but you can use any rolling tote that works for you.
Once this bag is ready, for each event, I just check the inventory levels on the business supplies, and I only have to add my planner, a printout of the Weekly Deals, a Hostess Gift, a Door Prize, the Make N Takes, and whatever I used to create those.
Feel free to use this handout with your teams, and if you have suggestions for other items to include, leave a comment below. We all benefit when people share what works for them!