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*Black & White Printer-Ink-Friendlier Version HERE: www.furaffinity.net/view/16750…

Presenting my own Fursuiting 'Survival Guide,' a checklist to help remember any important items and tasks for any event! ^^

This list is made PURELY FOR FUN and to be HELPFUL.  These are lists of items that I personally go through before every outing, event, and convention at which I'll be in fursuit.  I usually simply jot down my list on a notepad or in my phone and go through a mental checklist of sorts, but wanted to take the next step and make it into a tangible checklist for myself.  I thought, why the hell not make it fancy and post it for others to use!  (I love lists, okay?  I'm such a stereotypical aviator at times, it almost hurts. :B )

This 'Guide' provides several lists that include essential items to bring whilst fursuiting, and also some speciality items and tasks to bring to or do at specific events.  The 'Pre-Suiting Checks' section more so presents some abstract checklist items and is a good way to assess situational awareness.  The entire checklist is intended to be useful for any and all fursuiters, newbies and veterans, for any and all outings, from conventions, meets, and fursuiting outside of con/furry spaces.

Of course, nearly all of the checklist items are optional and are able to be adapted to the specific outing that you'll be attending.  The key things are just to plan accordingly for your event, have plans in case of mishaps, (falling, fursuit malfunctions, dehydration, etc,) and stay safe.  But, as with any and all fursuiting, the number one rule is to HAVE FUN!!!

I hope this is helpful to someone out there! :)  Feel free to download/print/share this as needed.

Think of something I've overlooked?  Let me know!
Enjoy!
:icontwilightsaint:
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:icondisneymudkip:
DisneyMudkip Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! This is very helpful! I will be attending my first con in January. I'm not staying at the hotel (cuz I live like 30-40 min away) but it's still helpful to know what I need for the con and what I should get to keep at home (like the drying fan for example) Thanks for posting this! :D Fursuit 
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Great to hear!
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iLikeFurriesKinda Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
I like furries kinda so listen to the guide!
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yep.
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HikariDana Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much dude:3 this'll help my first fursuiting (if I ever get a chance to) start smoothly~
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great to hear! ^^
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remanlongtail Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting stuff! Looks like you've got quite a system for fursuiting. I don't have a fursuit myself, but if I ever do get one someday, this might be useful to refer back to.
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to meet you! And thanks! ^^. And thank you, both, for your service as well! :salute:

(Jazakallah khayr! ^^ )

Haha, yeah, there are lots of things to think about! And the list can change depending on both the type of costume and environment in which you find yourself. Since I myself have suits of different styles, (toony and realistic,) and I suit both in and outside convention environments, I thought it important to add different aspects and things to be aware of. Some of these things come from me going, 'Oh no, I can't believe I've forgotten xyz!' So hopefully this can help others, too, remember the little but important things that make for a fun, successful, and safe outing! ^^

And haha, this isn't 'official' camo. This is actually my own pattern that I designed and textured based off of NWU II. And there are no issues regarding use of camo and depictions of uniforms unless a servicemember wears a uniform when or where they're not supposed to, or when someone dresses up and uses official naming and rank. I've actually seen people at conventions wearing camo with names and GENERALS' ranks on their collars. I am talking full-on stars. Now THAT is disrespectful, (and also illegal...) But regs are a whole other conversation in and of themselves that we could have, haha. (I do provide a link to a plain black and white version, if folks would prefer use that one, also.)

Thanks a lot, and that's great to hear! Hope it can be of help! :). Take care!
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Yeah, that'd be very cool!  A military artist, or a military fur Group would be awesome!  I'd suggest a DAGroup, but seeing as how dead DA has been for the past few years, I can't imagine it would garnish much activity.  There are tons of military furs out there, I know, and there's a few piecemeal groups on FA.  Though, considering that we're in the military and quite busy, the groups aren't too hoppin,' haha.  And thanks!  I just fly and draw, and somehow find time to sleep and eat and fursuit sometimes, lol.)

Oh yeah, fursuiting can be as simple as you make it, or with a lot of work!  I've found a nice balance that makes for good outings, hence my condensing it here in list form. :D  I just try to remember, and have included, the necessities and even some important things some folks might not think about - like baby wipes or spot cleaner - you never know when a cosplayer with bright pink makeup will decide to kiss your pale-furred fursuit nose! D:  (Happens all the time. *sobs* )

Haha, it's fine.  And oh man, I would advise from going to conventions where there are big AoT and Hetalia panels going on - cosplayers looove to run around in as-historically-or-currently-accurate-as-possible military get-ups, complete with ranks and flags and all.  I really don't mind the outfits at all, but the ranks, and especially countries' flags, is kind of in that grey territory.
And haha, I think the giant 'FURSUITING SURVIVAL GUIDE' title makes it furry enough. ;)   Yeah, like I said, full-on stars - I had to do a bit of a double-take.  I've also seen folks striking full-on salute poses while in camo in fursuit.  I get that it's their character and they're military-themed, yadda, but to go to attention and do a salute for a fursuit photoshoot, just...  I honestly do think that that crosses the line a bit.  I've only seen photos of folks doing the salute, but if I see them at conventions, I may just let 'em know that that rubs the wrong way a little.  I know they don't mean it, but it's like, not with standing at attention and all, man. *makes a strange face*
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I try to stay away from communities on Tumblr and FB, (though I don't have an FB anyway.)  Had some loud-mouths try to tell me that THEY KNOW EVERYTHING there is about the military, and I was just like, 'See ya,' and disabled my anonymous Asks after that.  Yeah, pal, I'm sure your experience sums up the ENTIRE MILITARY, congratulations.  Now get back to work!

And thanks!  Yep, fly pretty regularly, am prepping for a series of missions at the moment.  And eh, call me biased, but a pilot in a jet or crew in a recon jet can never be replaced by a UAV, no matter how many millions of dollars they throw at 'em, haha.

Ugh, the struggle is real!  I got lipstick on the nose of one of my suits a while back, and I am still working on rubbing it out.  I don't get it - people will wash their sticky hands before they rub them on their shirt or pants, so what makes them think it's okay to rub all over fursuiters is beyond me.
(There are tons of tutorials out there about fursuit cleaning, and a lot of it depends on the type of suit you got, and techniques person-to-person.  I personally try and use the washing machine as much as possible, but will spot-clean more fragile parts like the head and feet, things that can't get tumbled around.  Dry cleaner is definitely a 'no way,' as they simply don't know what to do with fursuits, and can ruin them!)

Yeah, that kind of drew the line for me.  I mean, I could totally get it if THEY WERE in the service, but to throw on some mock 'fantasy' military gear and throw a serious salute at attention AND not being in the service just made me cringe.  And yeah, haha, you're right, at least they weren't posing as the highest rank they could find, lol!
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DragonWolfOtaku Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
This will be very handy! I'm going to my first convention this August! Thank you~!
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks! Welcome!
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HeeshDraggie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is VERY useful! my convention is about 3 months away, this will help alot! ^v^ including for a first timer like myself
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! Happy to hear!
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HeeshDraggie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No Thank you!! ^v^
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Beanpod-DoesArt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea! This is awesome! Thanks!
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Millitrix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for this! :D Definitely will use it once I am done with my fursuit! :3
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! Great to hear, thanks!
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Millitrix Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love lists, too.  Even though I don't dance along in a fursuit, there are still some great general guidelines (and some interesting insights) about working a convention in a costume.  Thanks for posting!
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Yah, I tried to cover all aspects, including in and outside convention spaces, as even depending on the costume and the environment, there's a whole new slew of things to think about and be aware of. ^^
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