I have now been awake for 24 hours and have finally arrived at LAX. As I’m waiting on my flight to SD, I thought it might be beneficial to touch on a couple of things that will be important to those still making their way to SDCC. I realize many of you are already in San Diego, but here are a few last minute things you might want to keep in mind.
If you’re doing any flying, make sure you attempt to rest on your flight and/or on layovers. SDCC means you’re going to spend a lot of time camping out or going to parties, and that means less sleep. Make sure you’re getting your rest where you can.
2. Con-Crud Prevention
Sleep is also important for STAYING HEALTHY. If you haven’t already started taking supplements like Emergen-C or Airborne, get some and start taking it now and through the convention. You’ll want the immune boost. I’m sure I don’t need to say this, but remember to bring your hand sanitizer and wash your hands whenever possible. With all the sweaty handshakes that you’ll be doing and the merch you pick up that has already been fondled by others, it’s important to keep those germs away.
Between the heat, standing in crazy lines, and possibly some adult beverages, it is SUPER important to stay hydrated. You don’t want to be dehydrated or hungover. There are far too many events going on for you to be feeling crummy and missing out.
4. Dress Comfortably
Comic Con requires a LOT of walking, and let’s face it, being stuck in a car or plane for hours isn’t the most comfortable thing. Do what you can to make yourself as comfortable as possible. For me, day one with travel and walking usually consists of a maxi dress and flip flops. (This is not the best choice of shoes for the convention floor, but I like them while traveling since it makes going through security pretty simple.) And as far as the maxi dress, it makes me look like I put in some effort, but it’s full coverage, so I don’t have to worry so much about sitting on the ground if I’m searching for an outlet.
5. Batteries and Chargers
Your electronic devices will have the life sucked out of them. Make sure you’re carrying your chargers with you. Since there’s no guarantee that you’ll find an outlet, especially when you get to the convention, it’s always smart to have a couple of back up batteries. If you didn’t bring a power strip, go grab one. Everyone in your room is going to have multiple devices that they’ll want to charge and you don’t want your hotel room to turn into Fight Club.
One of the most important things to pack is your patience. Try to keep a good attitude. There is going to be a lot of hurry up and wait. Whether you’re waiting in line for Hall H or your most anticipated exclusive, no one wants to be surrounded by pushy or impatient people. We’re all there to have fun, so let’s be kind and avoid it looking like a crazy Black Friday event.
Don’t forget to hit up the off-site events. Crazy 4 Comic Con is hosting Game of Bloggers tonight and the Red Wedding After Party on Saturday. Come hang with the Crazy 4 Comic Con crew and introduce yourself!
8. HAVE FUN
There is no way that you will be able to see and do everything. That is just the nature of the beast. Do what you can and don’t stress about what you’re unable to do. Remember where you are and that this is an experience that not everyone is able to have. Soak it in!
I hope everyone has a safe and awesome convention! I will be posting plenty of updates via Twitter. Make sure you follow me at @amlehr so that you can keep in touch. I look forward to meeting many of you at Game of Bloggers tonight!