The Stylist's Kit / by Stephanie Foster

The Stylist Kit in the far foreground on-location.

The Stylist Kit in the far foreground on-location.

The Stylist's Kit is your most important possession on a shoot. Keep it well stocked and never leave it behind.

The stylist kit is crucial for on-location shoots. But, what to put in this elusive bag, you may wonder. Well, never-fear! Below is a list of everything you will need to make the perfect Stylist Kit and Mini Kit!


  • Gardening or Tool Tote Bag
    Ok, you may be thinking, does it really NEED to be this kind of bag? YES, IT DOES.
    Think about how many items you're going to need to organize and keep straight, these bags have pockets all around the outside which work perfectly for your lint rollers and shoehorns. They are also durable and stand upright on their own which is helpful when running over to the steamer and tripping over it. If you buy a good bag once, it will last you-make the investment.
  • Small Crossbody Bag
    'What? I need TWO bags?', you may be thinking. But yes, you need two bags. Think about shooting on-location and hiking up a big hill to get that perfect scenic overlook. Once the photographer starts taking photos, you realize that the clasp of the necklace isn't tight enough and you need a safety pin! BUT, because your full-sized Stylist Kit is so heavy, you left it back at the car. Well, after you run down and up that hill and have to clumsily adjust the necklace with slippery sweaty hands all while gasping and panting for breath in the model's ear, you may think twice about needing that Mini Kit. Just sayin', it could happen. Get a mini-kit and fill it with the most important items from the list below (safety pins, mini scissors, needle and thread, clips, etc). Leave the full-size kit in the car and bask in the hands-free freedom that is...The Mini Kit. 


  • Pop Up Privacy Tent and Small Tarp for 'Floor'
  • Extra Garment Bags
  • My Little Steamer GoMini Hand Steamer
  • Extra Hangers
  • Shoe Horn
  • Shoe Heel Cushions
  • Shoe Insole Cushion
  • Shoe Arch Pads
  • BandAid Blister 
  • Moleskin Sheet
  • Body Glide
  • Photography Clips and Clamps of Various Sizes
  • Hair Clips
  • Chip Clips
  • Traditional Clothes Pins
  • Lint Rollers and Extra Sticky Sheets
  • Lint Brush
  • Lint Shaver
  • Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes
  • Wet Wipes Hand Sanitizer Cloths
  • Liquid Hand Sanitizer
  • Downy Wrinkle Reducer
  • Febreze
  • Safety Pins of Various Sizes
  • Seam Ripper
  • Small Sewing Kit (needle, threads, small scissors, straight pins, needle threader)
  • Nail Clipper
  • Tide Pen
  • Fashion Tape
  • Regular Scotch Tape
  • Packaging Tape (to protect shoe bottoms from scuffs)
  • Full Sized Scissors
  • Small Stapler
  • Paper Clips
  • Rubber Bands
  • Permanent Markers
  • Pens
  • Small Notebook
  • Masking Tape (to label outfits on outside of garment bags or label water bottles)
  • Tagging Gun and extra attachments
  • Coupon (Tag) Organizer
  • Washcloth
  • Disposable Thongs
  • Pantyhose (a little rubbing also takes deodorant off clothing)
  • Socks
  • Men's Ties
  • White and Black T-Shirts to Fit Model (s)
  • Tie Clips
  • Collar Stays
  • Hair Elastics
  • First Aid Kit (Painkillers, All-Day Allergy, Immodium, Antacid Tablets, Bandaids, Antibiotic Ointment)
  • Toiletry Kit (mouth wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss)
  • Gum
  • Granola Bar
  • Small Water Bottles
  • Entire Jewelry Selection being used for the shoot

Is there anything you like to include in your Stylist Kit that I forgot? Leave a comment below!