With San Diego Comic-Con just a month away, it’s time to start planning and ordering your trip items. There are now a ton of sites out there that offer tips on what to bring for 4 days in the Gaslamp so I thought I would highlight the weird and less obvious travel accessories. These range from the practical to the outrageous- but us nerds come with a variety of needs! Check these out and make your own suggestions on what strange thing you bring to Comic-Con.
1. Mole Skin Tape and Insoles
Whether this is your first time to Comic-Con or you are a veteran, your feet are the key to survival. It doesn’t matter how comfortable your shoes are, 5 days of shuffling, standing and running around will murder your feet. The most common mistake is a first timer to think that a brand new pair of Nike’s will solve the sore feet crisis. Wrong. The same pair of shoes, regardless of comfort will eventually cause ache or sores. My two big recommendations are changing out your cushioned insoles with 2-3 different pairs each day. If you get sores, use Moleskin tape instead of band-aid. Tape doesn’t slip and provides better padding. Trust me, if you follow this tip, you will naming your first born after me someday.
2. Small Poster Tube
I’m not a poster guy but you never know what print or valuable item you will come across. Out of nowhere, you might get handed a signed 8 x 10 photo of your favorite celeb- now what are you going to do? Whether it’s an exclusive, an original piece of art or an autograph, a poster tube will come in handy. You can even just cut a cardboard tube to fit in your backpack. Worry about it now so you won’t have to worry about it at the con. You can usually get a cardboard tube at the post office or mailing supply store.
3. Your own Lanyard
Since badges are being mailed out this year, they will not have the lanyard included. This means you will have to pick one up when you first arrive. If the specific lanyard and WB bag are not a high priority for you, bring your own and avoid the crowd. This will save you a little time in the morning. Plus, I don’t want to leave the house with my precious badge in a pocket or something. Around my neck is the safest place! You can order a variety on Amazon.
4. Micro Umbrella
You never know what the weather will be like in a month. San Diego has the most pleasant conditions this time of year which makes it the ideal location for Comic-Con. However, I’ve had years that ranged from a scorched Earth experience to a drizzling mess the whole time. If you plan on spending time in line for either Hall H or the multiple offsite events, then you need to be prepared for the worst. A small umbrella can save you- especially if you burn easy. Check out Genius Pack and their ridiculously micro umbrella!
5. Backpack/Stool Combo
Like I mentioned above, standing in line is just what you do at Comic-Con. Whether it’s indoors or out, at Comic-Con or at an offsite event, there will be plenty of times to stand in line. At Comic-Con, they don’t let you take any furniture into Hall H so you have to be inconspicuous. There are a few versions of this on the market but consider a backpack/stool combo. You’ll have something to sit on and it will easily convert when you have to move quick. Here are affordable options Amazon.
6. Multiple Portable Charger
Over the past few years, bringing an extra external portable charger has been at the top of any site’s ‘what to bring’ list. If you are new to Comic-Con, the amount of photos, videos, selfies, tweeting, etc will really drain your power quick. Unless you find a vendor with charging stations, you will have a difficult time finding a plug at the con center. If you really want to be a baller, bring a charger with multiple charge ports. With the ability to charge your friends’ or fellow line-mate’s tech, you will be a real life hero at Comic-Con (plus the ladies love man with power). The RavPower multiple charger is a good place to start.
7. Travel RIFD Protected Money Pouch
If you are not into carrying a backpack or purse, you might consider a money pouch. More secure than your pockets, a money pouch will allow you to carry more items. This is especially crucial if you are traveling internationally and need to carry a passport around. Comic-Con is a relatively safe experience, however, with large crowds comes security issues. A RIFD secure pouch by Advantage would be ideal to protect your cards from electronic theft.
With long days and even longer nights, your body will take a beating. Vitamins are the key to having the endurance to keep up during the 5 days of Comic-Con. I suggest having a variety of power ups like Emergen-C, potassium and vitamin B. Vitamins are not cheap so ordering online early is the way to go.
9. Noise Canceling Earplugs
Staying in a hotel with friends at Comic-Con is part of the fun, however, not being able to sleep at night is enough to break up any friendship. Comic-Con is hard on the body and getting a good few hours of sleep is about the most important tip you can take away from this post. But with friends coming in at all hours of the night or a hardcore snoring bedmate, can all ruin your sleep. If you are a light sleeper, you might consider ear plugs or better yet, noise canceling ones by Hush. Sure they are an expense but by Saturday night, you might think they were the best money ever spent.
10. Air Conditioned Shirt!
Never let ’em see you sweat. Like mentioned before, Comic-Con can get pretty hot. Whether you are outside or in a hot panel room, if you are prone to sweat, this could be a long week for you. However, leave it to the Japanese to solve this problem with an air-conditioned shirt! I don’t know anything about this product besides it is pure awesomeness! Back to the Future is now! Check it out at Kuchofuko but order at your own risk. At the very least, you will have some serious bragging rights.
There you have it, 10 weird items to bring to Comic-Con. However, I know you all are a bunch of weirdos too. Leave a comment with your weird item or one you’ve seen online. Thanks and see you in a month!