Crucial Tools for Touring Musicians


Keeping all of the above in mind, there are some items that DIY touring artists should never leave home without. These items are as follows...


-Sleeping bag and pillow


-First Aid Kit


-Flashlight, jack, and spare tire


-Windshield washer fluid


-Bottled water


-Non-perishable foods (i.e., Top Ramen, Cup of Noodles, Pop Tarts, Nutri Grain Bars, cereal, pretzels, peanut butter, fluff, granola bars, crackers, soup, etc.)


-Laptops, iPads, and Smart Phones – Free wireless Internet access is available everywhere and you will need it to keep your tour going.


-Vitamin D, Earplugs, Absorbent towels, and Eyeshade - stay healthy, stay clean, and protect your ears and eyes.


-Smart phone, GPS system and/or National Atlas. Although a bit expensive, a GPS system is invaluable when you are running late for a show and can’t find your way to the venue. They’re also very useful in locating nearby restaurants, hotels/motels, and colleges and universities. If you can’t afford a GPS system, Mapquest and Google are both very reliable sources for tour routing.


-Always have an extra roll of toilet paper in the van. Accidents happen!


For further comedic relief and to hear about more crazy s#*t that can happen on the road, checkout out IOTM's Tour Stories.