It’s been a few years since I’ve been to San Diego Comic Con. I miss it, but I don’t miss the stress of planning it. That doesn’t mean I can’t share some random tips and tricks with you guys though.
Take Care Of Your Feet
This doesn’t mean rushing out and buying new shoes. It means wearing what is comfortable for you. The quickest way to blisters is to switch it up. I recently discovered I can’t wear a certain brand of shoe because it causes issues with my ankles/heels. I can’t wear shoes with too much cushion either which some brands like Sketches is known for because it causes issues with the bottom of my feet. You don’t need that kind of drama walking around San Diego. Or any convention really. Just stick with what works, and what works is different for everyone. I’ve walked around a con in flip flops before. My feet were fine. This might not work for everyone else though. That’s why it’s all about knowing your feet and body. I will say if you’re cosplaying in heels and that’s not a shoe you normally wear, practice walking in them now. And keep a pair of flats in your bag in order to take breaks!
Stock Up On Tech Cords/Chargers
I know it seems like we all have numerous chargers for our tech these days but it never fails that I always forget this. Plus it helps to have a few extras, that way you know one is always charged and you can help out a line buddy in need. You can pretty much get them anywhere these days and Amazon has a huge selection. It’s always good to have an extra phone charger cord on hand too. Make sure you toss this right into your con bag, that way you don’t freak out if you forget your main cord in the hotel room. I grabbed one from Target in the clearance section for$4 once. Just be sure to double check that it works for your phone. I’ve made that mistake before. If you use a digital camera, or your phone can take a SD card, don’t forget to bring a few of them as well. If you plan on zoning out while waiting in lines, you might want to bring some headphones too. You can grab some cheap options at stores like Five Below if you don’t want to bring your good pair.
Please, everyone, take at least one shower a day. It’s not asking much. Plus your deodorant too. I don’t care what brand, just grab one off the shelf and then be sure to actually use it. If you’re worried about your face breaking out, or having issues from stress, I recommend checking out Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. You can even find travel size bottles at some stores. I use it as my Every Day cleanser and it’s really great. My face always feels fresh after using it and it does a great job of removing makeup. If you plan on camping out in line (especially in the sun), this might be something you want to throw in your bag along with some cotton pads. Speaking of sun, don’t forget your sunscreen! You might not think you’re getting any sun but you are. Since we’re in the middle of summer almost everyone has sunscreen on sale. Just do yourself a favor and throw it in your bag. A few other things I’d include in your bag are tissues, gum, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, eye drops (if you suffer dry eyes), lip balm/chapstick, and band-aids. Ladies, even if it’s not time for your period, I’d still have something on hand. Mine randomly popped up once during SDCC and it was a nightmare. Plus you never know if someone else might be in need! Ya know what, I’d even throw a roll of toilet paper in your bag. You don’t want to be stuck in a stall and find the roll empty. It’s always good to be prepared! Plus it can double as tissues!
Be sure to keep an eye on various hashtags and social media accounts during the convention! You might find some random contest, party invites, scavenger hunt, swag, and who knows what else. if there are accounts you really want to stay up to date with, make sure you set them to mobile alerts. That way you’ll get a text whenever they tweet. You can find a ton of information just be searching the #SDCC or #SDCC2018 tags. If you’re someone who doesn’t use Twitter, I always recommend starting one just for San Diego Comic Con. It really can help you out with questions, and finding out random information about the show. It’s free and you can totally forget about it once your week away is over. I’d just hate for someone to miss out on an awesome opportunity because they didn’t use social media.
I’m not going to touch on things like food and water. I feel like we should all know that by now. You can bring snacks/food/water into the convention center. That’ll save you some time and money if you hit up some of the stores in the area ahead of time. Just try not to bring anything that smells too horrible. You might be stuck in those lines or panel rooms with those around you for hours. We all want to be good neighbors. That’s another thing. Even if you’re not trying to “make friends,” chat with those around you. You might need someone to hold your spot or chair while you run to the bathroom or just go to stretch your legs. We’re all in this together. If someone asks what’s the line for, even if it’s the 50th person to ask you, just be nice about it! A little kindness can go along way during an event like SDCC. Everyone just wants to have a good time and this might be someone’s first SDCC or first convention ever. Let’s not scare them away by huffing and puffing about questions and things that might seem like commonsense to some of us. We were all new once.
That’s it really. If anyone has any tips of their own feel free to add them to the comments! If anyone is heading off to San Diego, I hope you have a fantastic time!