I mainly blog about my convention tips and information over at my other blog, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share a few here as well. I’ve attended many conventions over the last few years and honestly, you always learn something new. Don’t worry, these are all pretty easy and simple to do!
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
This goes for anything. Don’t know what that line is for? Ask. Aren’t sure you can get 3 comics signed? Ask. Don’t see pricing for sketches? Ask. Not sure where a certain room is for a panel? Ask. The volunteers and staff working these events are there to help you. If you aren’t comfortable asking them, ask another attendee! I’ve been in many lines where people have asked me what it’s for. It only takes 3 seconds to help someone out!
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Split Up
I normally attend conventions with a few friends. We all like different things. That means it’s not a big deal to split up and do your own thing! Just make sure you have a plan in place for meeting back up later. I know cell service can be a little spotty at certain conventions, but sending a “check in” text is a good thing too.
3. Go With The Flow
At conventions like San Diego, it’s very easy for plans to change. Maybe the wait is too long. Maybe a guest couldn’t make it. Don’t let these things ruin your day! There is always a handful of other panels, events, and guests to check out. Honestly, I rarely have a plan anymore and just kinda wander around and see what I can find.
4. Take Care Of Yourself
This means remembering to eat. I know, it sounds crazy, but when you spend all day in a room or convention center, sometimes you just kinda forget about food. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Be sure to take a break and get some fresh air. It’s all things that sound like commonsense but when you’re in the middle of a hurricane of fun, sometimes these things slip your mind.
5. Make Friends!
It’s really easy to meet new people and make new friends at these things. Chat people up while waiting in line. Say hello to the person next to you while waiting for that next panel to start. See someone who’s in the same fandom? Introduce yourself! I’ve made many awesome friends at Cons and it’s really one of the best things about attending them. If you want to keep in touch, consider picking up some cute “business” cards to pass out. You can include your Twitter Handle, Tumblr, Website, email, or whatever you feel comfortable with!
See, told you they were easy. I honestly could probably make a list of 20 but I wanted to keep it short and simple. If you want to see a ton more tips, check out this transcipt from a #GeekEChat that was just about convention tips and advice. Do you have any tips? When was the last time you attended a convention?