By Melissa Fach
Pubcon Las Vegas is almost here and if it is your first time attending there are some tips that could come in handy for making the most of Pubcon and navigating Las Vegas.
We asked our community to chime in with their best 2017 tips, and they had a lot to say. We decided to break the tips down into categories – what to pack, before you leave for Pubcon, arriving in Vegas, and tips on making the most of the conference.
I want to point out the obvious, Las Vegas is in the desert (we all know this), but being in a very dry climate can cause some issues for those that are used to a more humid climate. So, there are several items listed related to it. Keep an eye for those.
What to Pack:
- “Bring a decent sized backpack to carry your everyday essentials (a jacket, water, and your computer/tablet) as well as swag. The first year I attended, I underestimated my bag size and found the second year that fixing this made all the difference.” – Jesse McDonald
- The exhibitors in the expo hall often offer swag, and you will need room for it.
- Tylenol and Motrin – two items needed often at Pubcon and networking events. Sore feet from walking, sore backs from carrying heavy bags, etc.
- Snacks: “I make sure I have snacks with me throughout the day because you are walking more than normal and you don’t want to miss out on great information in a session due to low blood sugar. My favorite snacks are a protein bar, roasted peanuts, and beef jerky which are all easy to throw into a bag or even your pocket”. – Jeff Randall
- Eye Drops: “Eye drops…. It’s in a desert, so if your eyes are sensitive (like mine are), you’ll be glad you have them.” – Adam Proehl
- Lip Balm/Chapstick: “..and chapstick. Las Vegas is the only place I make sure I always have Chapstick or lip balm.” – Jeff Randall
- Shannon Poole’s Survival Kit: Caffeinated H2O, Hydrating Lotion, Eye Drops, Nasal Spray, Sudafed (little red ones), Excedrin (morning use only), PrepH (use for under-eye puffiness – before shower), Breath Mints, Bandaids
- “Bring money for tips! Many 1s, 5s, and 10s are needed often.” – Melissa Fach
- “Battery and power are the two things you always run short of at a conference. So bring extension cords/power strip if you can and back up battery for the nighttime when you’re not near a plug.” – Kristine Schachinger
- Zaca patches. These are recommended year after year.
- Nuun Tablets. They are great for keeping your electrolytes right, and some say they help with hangovers.
- Comfortable walking shoes for the conference. The convention center is huge, and you will walk around a lot. Both men and women need to have supportive shoes for the conference itself. (Ashley Ward, Neil Marshall, and many more offered this tip)