Imagine if you were suddenly caught in the middle of a zombie outbreak! Would you be prepared? Would you have everything you need to survive? Comic-Con is a much happier place than a zombie apocalypse but it can still be pretty stressful if you are caught unprepared. If you have never been to Comic-Con before, you will be shocked to discover how much time is spent either waiting in lines or sitting through panels. As a result, you won’t necessarily have the freedom to buy needed supplies- especially if you are alone that day. Once you pick the right bag, it’s even more important that you fill it with the right supplies. Here are some suggested items you should pack (I’ll be doing an even more comprehensive list later).
At Comic-Con, a lot of the swag are posters of all different sizes. If you don’t have a poster tube, they will just get crushed by the end of the day. Tubes are also great for larger autograph sheets and artist work. They come in full and half sizes. There are usually a few vendors that sell them at the Con as well but will be higher priced.
If you know you won’t want posters, then settle for a cardboard sleeve. You can create one by stapling/taping together two sheets of 9″ x 12” cardboard. Now you can slide comics or autograph sheets inside.
Hand Sanitizer and Wipes
Keeping the germs away will help stop the spread of the zombie virus.
Band-aids or Moleskin Tape
After a few days, even your most comfortable shoes will give you blisters. So it’s always good to have band-aids on hand. Better yet, use Moleskin Tape- it sticks better and provides more protection against rubbing. If you are cosplaying in boots or something similar, this is a must.
You never know when an autograph opportunity will present itself. So always have a black AND silver sharpie in an accessible pocket on your bag. Plus, always have a first option for an autograph so you are not fumbling for a scrap sheet of paper.
Leak proof water bottle
Staying hydrated is a must during the show- especially if you are outside. However, using basic water bottles are not a good option. Besides the fact that they lose their coolness, they are also prone to leaking is squeezed. The best option is a water bladder type bottle that can morph within your bag. They also won’t crush anything.
After a long day of standing or shuffling, you will be amazed with the amount of pain you will have in your legs, lower back, and shoulders. Ibuprofen is a good way to not only keep the pain down but the swelling too.
Fruits, nuts, peanut butter, granola bars, jerky, etc, you get it. Stay away from 5 Hour Energy, high sugars, etc.
Some of the programming rooms can get chilly- especially Hall H. A light, long sleeve shirt that has a hoodie on it is the perfect item for both indoor and out in the sun. You can also tie it around your waste so not to take up valuable space in your bag.
I feel like I harp on this all the time but make sure you have adequate power with you. You may not need it but you may end up saving someone else by allowing them to power up. Two power packs have done me well in the past. You can now get them as cheap as $20 at Best Buy or Amazon.
I already wrote about this extensively in my previous post so make sure you have plenty of cards on hand just in case. Even if you don’t have time to get some ordered, you can always get some turned around at Kinkos in a couple of days. Remember, ‘luck’ is when opportunity meets preparedness.
There is my suggestion of what you should be packing in your Comic-Con Survival Kit. I know I didn’t catch everything so let me know what has worked for you in the past by commenting below! See ya in 16 days!