Ditty Bag

What the heck is a Ditty Bag? In production parlance and as listed in this column it is a kit of useful items used in television and film production. The ditty bag can contain a group of handy items to have at one’s disposal. The items may vary depending on personal choices.  


  • Felt marking pens
  • Erasable felt-tipped markers
  • Make-up powder puff (for erasing marker)
  • Air blowing bulb
  • Flashlight
  • Lens tissue and lens cleaner
  • Magnifying glass
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Tweezers
  • Orange sticks
  • Pencils and ballpoint pens
  • Screwdrivers
  • Assorted brushes
  • Rubber bands
  • Black cloth
  • Tools
  • “C” clamps 3-in. (7.5 cm)
  • Spring clamps
  • Scriber
  • 1/4 x 20 screws 1 – and 2 1/2 – in.
  • 3/8 x 16 screws 1 – and 2 1/2 – in.
  • Washers
  • Dental mirror
  • Magnifier
  • Canned air
  • Dulling spray
  • Black Wrap
  • Light Meters
  • Calculators
  • Stopwatch
  • Electrical tape
  • 1″ camera tape
  • 2″ gaffer tape
  • White Gaffer’s Tape
  • Black camera tape
  • Medical Tape
  • Double Sided Stick Tape
  • 1/2″ or 1″ paper tape
  • 1/8″ or 1/4″ chart tape
  • Spike Tape
  • Transfer tape (also called snot tape)
  • Trickline
  • Clothes Line
  • Grease pencils (China Marking Pencils)
  • Chalk for actors’ marks
  • Wipes–large and small
  • Spare batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt)
  • Spare flashlight bulbs
  • Small plastic storage bags
  • Trash bags
  • Spray cleaner
  • Rags/paper towels
  • Mole foam  (or similar)
  • Freezer Bags with zipper seal
  • Non-lubricated Condoms – In humid environments or in rain, this will help keep microphone elements dry. It can also be stretched over transmitters to keep rain out.
  • Alligator Clips
  • Spring Clothespins
  • Rubber Bands
  • 50-foot cloth measuring tape
  • Stopwatch

The list is endless. As you are building yours remember that when it comes to the production environment you cannot be over prepared. -33-

 Footnote: All information mentioned herein is for the consideration of the reader and any use of the mentioned items is at the risk of the user. The author is not liable for any complication due to usage. Generic and/or Brand names are not an endorsement and other items may be substituted at the user’s discretion.  


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