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
- 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
- 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!
A pad dryer. Clips for holding the sheetpaper outdoors.