As an independent band, it's important to get out on the road and play in places that aren't your hometown. Even if you aren't ready to tour yet, it's a good idea to start branching out and doing weekend runs in nearby towns, so you can start building a regional market that will make touring much easier in the future.
It can, however, be a big endeavor to set up a non-local gig, promote it, and travel there with the band and gear. It's not something that you can just do on a daily basis, and so when you're on the road, you want to make sure that you make the most out of every gig. In order to do so, there are a few key things that you should have together so that you don't waste gas money on a gig that did nothing for your band. If you can check "yes" on everything below, chances are good that your band is ready to venture out into new territory!