Con season is here! Honestly though it feels like convention season is year round these days. But soon Emerald City Comic-Con will be here, then C2E2, and Celebration, and SDCC, and the list goes on and on! That means it’s time so restock some supplies or maybe get some new toys for your convention travels!
Portable Chargers RAVPower 22000mAh Battery Pack 5.8A Output 3-Port Power Bank: If there’s one thing you take to a convention, make sure it’s an external charger for your phone! A convention can drain a phone that normally would last all day. Plus if you’re in line and help someone out, you’ve made a friend for life! There are tons of different options out there and I know there’s one out there for you!
Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Large, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25): I’ve received nothing but compliments on this sketchbook! It works for all mediums and is the perfect size. I know I’ve received a deal or two because the book is on the smaller side. It’s perfect to fit in a purse or your con bag! I love it so much, I actually have two of them.
Sharpie’s: You never know when you’ll run into a celebrity! It would suck to run into your fave and not have anything for an autograph. Or you might find your favorite writer or artist at their table but their Sharpie hasn’t survived the day. Now you’re a hero!
Sheet Protectors: Honestly this is the one what always skips my mind when packing up my stuff. If you’re someone who does a lot of photo ops, or likes getting things signed you need these! The last thing you want to do is pay $60 for a photo op and end up having the photo ruined in your bag.
Business/Social Cards: If you want to keep in touch with people you’ve met at conventions, this is a great way to do it! You can find options at Moo Cards or VistaPrint! Of course you could print your own at home too. Just make sure all your info is up to date! Maybe you’ve moved blogs? Or changed your Twitter handle? Now is the time to make sure all your info is correct.
First Aid Kit: I know, it seems a bit random but hear me out! How many of us have ended up with blisters from walking around all day? Or end up with that random headache because maybe you skipped one meal too many? You could be the hero that someone needs with this in your bag.
Water Bottle: I have a Bubba 24oz bottle I keep at work and it’s the best. I’m not constancy having to refill it, the top can lock, and it has a little handle that you could hook onto your bag if you wanted. We all know they over charge for water at these things. Now you’re saving money and staying hydrated.
Loose Ends: This includes things like hand sanitizer, lotion, gum/mints, hair clips/bands, and anything else you personally need to get through a convention! I know I try to keep gum on hand because my mouth can get dry. Maybe even throw an extra pair of socks in your bag to be safe. Sun screen is a great item to throw in your bag as well. Especially if you’re stuck outside in that Hall H or Ballroom 20 line during SDCC!
There ya go! It’s pretty basic but I think it’s safe to say all of these items are con staples. I just think sometimes we forget to check our supplies until we’re at the con and we’re like “Ah shit! I forgot this thing!” I’m guilty of doing that with the sheet protectors. I’m always bumming them off Deidre.
What’s in your convention bag? Anything you think is unique to you?