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Quote from: BunofGovt on May 19, 2012, 12:08:41 AMI tend to overdue it when I travel, but I also bring a sewing kit and plastic/ziplock bags of various sizes. The bags are good for storing food snacks for carrying in my purse/backpack, or if I happen to buy some small items at swap meet or dealers' room. I know there's a Walgreens a few blocks away in case there's something I forgot, they are usually closed on Memorial Day if I remember rightly.
Quote from: Yuutousei on May 19, 2012, 12:30:55 AMZiplock baggie are a must and I definitely suggest bringing allergy meds (last year one of my friends found out she was allergic to something and we were running around looking for stuff for her because my meds are too strong).
Quote from: Haunterluvcookies on May 19, 2012, 02:42:29 AMIf its been metioned or you could be a vampire like me but I suggest sun block. I get sun burns so easliy and I have to always have some with me. ;D ;) :P
Quote from: Firefury Amahira on May 19, 2012, 03:20:12 PMMy usual packing list looks something like this:Regular Vacation Gear-Toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, etc)-Clothes-Swimsuit/jacket/sweaters depending on weather conditions-Ibuprofen (specifically the gel-caps, as they seem to kick in faster)-Over-the-counter allergy pills-Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher. Lower than that tends not to do much for me)-First-Aid kit (some band-aids in the purse or room, and a full first aid kit that stays in my car)-Portable gaming system + charger-Cell phone and charger-Notebook-Laptop and related gear (cooling unit, power cable, mouse...) to keep in the hotel room.-Camera and related gear (memory cards, batteries, battery charger, lenses, computer cable or memory card reader, filters, tripod...)The Cosplay Emergency Kit-Hot glue gun and glue for it-Sewing kit with needles and thread that matches the colors in the costumes being brought-Wig brush and hair styling equipment-Acrylic paint (colors matching whatever paints are used on the costume) and brushes-Duct tape-Tide or other stain removal toolConvention-Specific gear-Some sort of insole or cushion, especially if I'll be wearing new/uncomfortable shoes with a costume. (I've found that these "Toe-kini" things you can get at the drugstore work quite well.)-Printouts including registration info, panel info, and if possible, the convention schedule-Earplugs in case of loudly snoring roommate-Stuff for the panel (in my case, banners, info packets, and presentation outlines)-Costumes and all costume props and equipment-Some sort of fannypack/hip pack or other small purse that keeps your hands free for other things. I generally use a fannypack instead of my regular full purse because said purse is a decent size and weight. At the convention, a lot of things normally in my purse aren't necessary, so the fannypack is sufficient to carry what I need.Food supply and related (note that the hotel I'm staying at has a fridge in the room, which helps expand my options some)-Lots of bottled water, preferably something like Smartwater that has electrolytes in it-Fruits and veggies such as carrot sticks to snack on-Non-perishable snacks-Vitamins-Sandwich fixings-Electric water kettle and tea/coffee/hot chocolate-Pop tarts or other breakfast pastries-Rice cooker and rice-Pre-cooked beef and chicken-Plastic cutlery-Caffeine supplyI really advise against surviving off little more than instant ramen the entire time. It's more likely to leave you seriously destroyed by the end of the convention, and you'll want to try and eat at least a slightly more balanced diet, even if you just bring some granola bars and take vitamins. At a convention, especially one as big as Fanime, you're doing a lot more walking around and getting more exercise than you probably get normally, you're likely to be getting less sleep to recuperate from that exercise than you need or normally get, and you're moving around through huge crowds who might be exposing you to an assortment of colds and contagious illnesses (aka "con plague") that aren't showing symptoms yet. A super cheap and unhealthy diet on top of the exhaustion is going to hurt your immune system and make it that much more likely you'll get sick sometime after the convention. (I came down with a lovely round of bronchitis after Fanime last year!)Also, don't just survive on sodas or energy drinks. All the exercise also means you'll be more dehydrated, so it's especially important that you drink a lot of water too. Water, fruit juices; basically drinks that don't have caffeine in them, because caffeine will exacerbate the problem. Not saying you have to go off your coffee or soda or energy shots entirely, just don't drink them exclusively.
Quote from: echoshadow on May 19, 2012, 03:31:43 PMbring Money. You forgot that one. That's kind of important.
Quote from: cutiebunny on May 19, 2012, 11:39:00 PMA plan.Sounds stupid, but once the schedule comes out, you should really spend a few quality minutes deciding what events, if any, you want to attend. You can't do everything at the convention - there's no way you'd have enough time and energy for that. So prioritize what you want most from the convention. Leave enough time for you to attend the events, including taking into account lines, getting a bite to eat and things of that nature. Try not to deviate from your plan much, and, as always, make sure you get a good night's sleep every day. You want to make sure you're alert for the events that you want to attend.
Quote from: EJAY420 on January 30, 2013, 01:22:57 AMDudes, for the love of everything that is holy, bring some fkn deodorant.
Quote from: somegirlkatie on January 30, 2013, 02:00:23 PMQuote from: EJAY420 on January 30, 2013, 01:22:57 AMDudes, for the love of everything that is holy, bring some fkn deodorant.I wish I could upvote this a bazillion times.
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