Items to Have in Your Emergency Clarinet Kit


In addition to the daily necessities, I also carry an “emergency” clarinet kit in my bag. Not only is this a great excuse to shop for cute makeup/toiletry bags and small clutches (which work very well to corral clarinet accessories!), this is also practical for long practice sessions, back-to-back performances, or worst case scenarios (broken mouthpieces, ligatures with stripped screws, etc.).

Here are some items I have in my clarinet emergency kit:

Clarinet accessories & repair

  • Jeweler’s screwdriver set
  • Backup mouthpiece and ligature (make sure to store in protective cushions or cases)
  • EZO, floral tape, or other cushion for your teeth and lips
  • Cigarette paper
  • Q-tips, paintbrushes, makeup brushes, or other tools to clean tone holes
  • Extra swab
  • Humidifier
  • Extra cork grease


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (I love Colgate Wisp single-use toothbrushes)
  • Brush and/or comb
  • Compact mirror
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm (My favorite is Burt’s Bees)
  • Deodarant (great for pre-performance panic, running from one gig to another, long Mahler symphonies, and other perspiration-inducing musical situations)


  • Extra pencil
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones
  • Gloves (I always bring a pair of gloves to competitions, auditions, and performances so my fingers still cooperate if I have to wait in a tundra of a greenroom)

Feel free to personalize this list according to your schedule and musical requirements. Comment below with any other necessities you keep in your case!


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