What do you usually do during the day of the gig to prepare? I usually take care of my normal day task all morning and afternoon. Our gigs are usually at around 10 or 10:30. So around 5 or 5:30 I start to get ready. I usually load my amp into the car before I shower/bath, so I'm not sweaty from lugging it. I then usually eat dinner. (A lot of times I'll order something from the local restaturant) Get washed. Hang around watching TV or whatever for about 30 or 45 minutes. Then I load my bass(es) (Always load them right before I leave since cold air is not good for the finish and wood) Then I'm off to the gig. (Which means when you live in sticksville like me, the gig is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes away) I usually try to get to the bar at least an hour before show time to help with the PA and anything like that. And that, is my usual routine for when I have a gig.