Emails may have not been sent yet with ticket barcodes, but that’s not keeping me from starting to think about how I’m going to prepare for Blizzcon.
Last year, I learned some very valuable lessons about what to pack to take into the convention hall with me.
You definitely don’t want to be the guy on the left, over packed… nor do you want to be the guy on the right — taking practically nothing in.
Last year, I lugged around far too much stuff with me. By the end of the day, I was exhausted not because I’d been doing too much, but simply from the weight of what I was carrying.
So let’s talk essentials.
- Backpack or messenger bag. Preferably mostly empty. You will be picking up a lot of stuff as you go around the convention hall. Make sure you have room to stash your loot! Any bags being brought into BlizzCon should be smaller than 20 inches x 10 inches (roughly the size of two sheets of paper side by side). Anyone with a bag larger than this may be refused entry. (source)
- Water bottle and a few snacks. Convention food tends to get expensive, and frankly, it’s not terribly healthy. It’s worth taking some granola bars or trail mix to keep your energy up.
- Handheld gaming system of choice. For line-standing while you’re waiting to pick up tickets or go inside. You’ll find lots of people playing in Pictochat on the DS drawing pictures of male genitalia. Though you might be able to find a few great races of MarioKart to pass the time, and plenty of people to trade Pokemon with.
- A music player is essential if you don’t feel like listening to the chatter of thousands about how big their epeen is. Having conversations with strangers about WoW is pretty cool, but I can tell you that sometimes you may just want to drown it out.
- Camera. Make some memories! You’ll see some really awesome stuff.
- Blue Sharpies. If you’re an autograph collector, you’ll know the the blue sharpies, or metallic silver sharpies tend to stand up to the test of time better than black, or any other color.
- Cell phone. Or some other means of communicating with your party. If you get separated or need to coordinate, these are invaluable. Also, some vendors run contests through Twitter. This may just be your ticket to win.
So, my list of items to go into the convention center are the following:
- mid-size jansport backpack.
- refillable water bottle and some trail mix
- Nintendo DS Lite (and a few games)
- My Canon G7 camera for video and still shots. (and an extra battery)
- 2 blue sharpies
- iPhone 4 (additional camera, video, music, and twitter access)
Things you can’t take:
- Laptops, unless you’re press. Bloggers don’t count unless there’s an official press pass, so don’t even try.
- Weapons of any kind.
- Fireworks (yes, that’s on the FAQ)
- Glass bottles, cans
- Any other large container
Do you have any other essentials you are taking?