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F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon

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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2014, 09:17:42 PM »
I agree with a light weight jacket, potentially water proof. It does rain quite a bit in Atlanta.
I have been to a Dragon Con when a tropical storm came through.
I typically bring jeans and shorts.
A comfortable pair of shoes, preferably 2.

Any medicine you need.
Vitamin C

Toothbrush and toothpaste- personal hygiene
Razor for guys

I typically do bring my laptop or a tablet- I don't let Trathor make PBJs on them.

in addition to a water bottle, bring a flask/ tervis/tumbler for drinks
light back backpack

Handgel or sani wipes.  I typically use my kids baby wipes.
I also bring a small bottle of hand gel.


As always, less is more.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2014, 09:19:24 PM by Vondor »

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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2014, 09:24:32 PM »
All great suggestions, thanks!! And I did hear about that tropical storm - fun LOL

Question about this:

light back backpack

Do you all find that backpacks or messenger style bags are better for Con?  I worried with a backpack that someone might "help themselves" to something and I wouldn't know it, but then I'm not sure a messenger is as comfortable to carry... thoughts?
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2014, 09:32:51 PM »
I think its personal preference.  I've used both.  In general I carry a bag during the day and as they day progress I dump it.
The advantage of staying at a core hotel is access to your room.

in college when I stayed off site I would bring more.

I fly to Atlanta now so I bring a large backpack.

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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2014, 11:24:17 PM »
I prefer a messenger bag.  I can alternate shoulders and it's easier to access the interior (money/snacks/water) and I'm more aware of where it is at all times and don't accidentally take someone out with it when walking around. 

I mostly bring shorts/jeans/geeky shirts, but I'll also pack a casual cotton dress/comfy dress shoes in case we decide to actually go out for dinner.  Outside of the usual personal hygiene items I add a product called Body Glide, it is amazing for preventing rub spots on shoes, bag straps, any other location that you can potentially have a tender spot.  In case you do get a blister I recommend packing a box of the band-aid blister cushions to cover them after they develop. 

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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2014, 08:24:12 PM »
Awesome tips!  ;D Yeah, we were debating whether or not we should pack something dressier - probably not a bad idea. And really liking the idea of bringing a messenger bag. Just need to find a good one that won't break the bank but will hold up to some wear & tear! ;)
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2014, 09:08:48 PM »
Try to find one you like that has a fabric instead of webbed strap and a wider strap is better.  I've had both and fabric is much more comfortable for long weekends like the con.  Mine is similar to this listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331262252842

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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2014, 10:03:16 PM »
I didnt see it earlier so i will add Money. Pack lots and lots of money, i was blown away the first year how quickly it went. There are soooo many things you will want to buy/spend on. All the vendors, pictures with celebs, autographs, some of the gaming, oh and the occasional thing to eat.
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2014, 01:12:20 PM »
My must haves for dragoncon due to things I've learned over the last 15 years of going.

In no particular order:

1. travel hand sanitizer with the little metal Carabiner to clip to my lanyard.
2. a very sturdy lanyard with an extra plastic badge holder to put my ID and some cash in for when I'm in costume.
3. I buy giant stacks of 32oz styrofoam cups, lids and straws from my local chef's supply store. Total cost about 10 bucks.  This way i can mix drinks in the room and i have a huge drink to carry around and when i'm done I can just toss it.
4. I always make sure I bring antacids, sinus medicine and ibuprofen.  (when you come in from drinking, before bed drink a giant glass of water and take an ibuprofen, best thing for hangovers before you get them)
5. Utilikilt  best out of costume running around wear. Freedom and quite a few giant pockets to keep stuff in.
6. Rum.  Lots of it. mixes with just about anything.
7. Easily pocket-able snacks. (crackers, protein bars etc.)
8. external battery pack charger for my cell phone
9. Baby powder (use it in the shoes, and other assorted places you dont want swampy at the end of a hot Atlanta day)


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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2014, 04:19:30 PM »
I always bring a powerstrip. Outlets quickly get filled when everyone in the room needs to charge their phone, tablets and laptops.
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2014, 08:24:21 PM »
I always bring a powerstrip. Outlets quickly get filled when everyone in the room needs to charge their phone, tablets and laptops.

Wow.. how had i not already thought of this.  I'm looking for ones now with USB ports on them as well.

hrm.... http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dynex-8-outlet-2-usb-port-surge-protector/8968315.p?id=1218960133790&skuId=8968315&st=surge%20protector%20with%20usb&cp=1&lp=2

Thoughts?

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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2014, 08:53:49 PM »
I always bring a powerstrip. Outlets quickly get filled when everyone in the room needs to charge their phone, tablets and laptops.

Wow.. how had i not already thought of this.  I'm looking for ones now with USB ports on them as well.

hrm.... http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dynex-8-outlet-2-usb-port-surge-protector/8968315.p?id=1218960133790&skuId=8968315&st=surge%20protector%20with%20usb&cp=1&lp=2

Thoughts?
Given that nearly every device I own has USB cables, I wish I could get a USB powerstrip.
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2015, 09:10:41 PM »
*Waves* Hello! 

Newbie to the board, but a DC Conner with ten years experience, so if I may add?

Travel bottles of Lysol spray and travel packets of Lysol wipes that you can pick up at Wal-Mart in their travel section.  Two words:  CON CRUD.  Use those to wipe down the tables/chairs in the skymall before ya sit and eat and you'll be thanking yourself.  And the hand sanitizer bottles...definitely bring lots of the small ones, but look in track rooms for "Free to use" bottles on their tables.  I know the Filk Track panels keep them, and they usually don't mind at all if you take your LITTLE bottles and fill up with their BIG ONES.  ;)

Small tote, like a sling back.  This just to carry around over your shoulder to carry small snacks, a couple of bottles of water, and maybe your wallet, phone charger, and keys.  Packing light is great because walking that six block radius with everything under the sun is horrid, and snacks for the day help to save money on food.  Plus...anyone who has ate in the Con Suite instead of bringing snacks knows that you pay for it by food poisoning that leaves you hearing colors and seeing sound LOL.

If you can't get one of the host hotels booked, try and get one with a microwave or a kitchenette, and bring basic breakfast foods like Eggs, bacon, cereal, milk, etc, or stop at a nearby walgreens to get them.  Plus disposable bowls, plastic spoons/forks, etc.  10.00 total for those supplies that last you a week instead of 10.00-25.00 a DAY on breakfast saves you a lot of dosh I've found.

I have a thirteen year old that goes with us now, so for anyone that goes and brings family along, bringing their I.D. kit as well is a smart move.  Full fingerprinted kit with their age/weight/height, etc, and take a pic at the con of them daily.  Make sure for the kids when they get there that they have a phone with the app on it so they have a map and that you take them to every single host hotel, show them where the front desk is and what the employees look like in their uniforms; that way if you get separated the know exactly where to go to wait for you when they call you for help.

That's if from me.  Hope I added something that wasn't redundant.  :)
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2015, 12:40:05 AM »
Some items I've brought after wishing I had them in previous years:

- safety pin: especially to reinforce your badge (assuming you don't use a lanyard-- applicable for costumers).
- I second the baby powder suggestion from someone else, but they now make a spray as well. My friends and I have dubbed it "ball spray"  ;D
- IcyHot/BenGay, or something similar. They make a roll-on kind like a deodorant stick so you don't have to get your hands all sticky. Great for body aches.
- Combo the above with Aleve, last longer than Advil/Tylenol. I take one in the morning and one 12 hours later, the body loves me more.
- Your own mini-fridge. If you just bring it for one year, you've already broken even as opposed to paying the host hotels. I believe all of them charge for it at this point... unless you tell them you medically need one.
- Portable "lipstick" phone chargers. Again, for costumers, these 3 inch little tubes can charge your phone 100% and you can keep them tucked away in most pockets or pouches.
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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2015, 12:33:29 PM »
Nice tips! Specifically the baby powder and fridge idea. :)


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Re: F.A.Q.: What to Pack for DragonCon
« Reply #29 on: May 30, 2015, 12:02:45 AM »
Some items I've brought after wishing I had them in previous years:

- IcyHot/BenGay, or something similar. They make a roll-on kind like a deodorant stick so you don't have to get your hands all sticky. Great for body aches.
- Combo the above with Aleve, last longer than Advil/Tylenol. I take one in the morning and one 12 hours later, the

If I can make a recommendation on this?  Twenty year martial artist, and I have found nothing better than Tiger Balm.  Practically ready to buy stock in that company.  Smells much better than Icy Hot, doesn't "burn" as strongly on the skin, works more effectively and LONGER on the skin for aches/pains/bruises.  And now that they sell it at places like Walgreens instead of just in Century Martial Arts or AWMA catalogs, it is so easily accessible for Conners.
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