What to take to the conference?

One week before the NGS Conference starts, all of my worldly possessions will be packed up and shipped to El Paso.  I will be “homeless” until we get our new home in Texas.  I’ve decided that I need to come up with a checklist for what I need at the conference, otherwise it might get packed up!!

Here are some of the things on my list (besides the obvious clothes and toiletries):

  • My computer (although I’m not sure if I want to lug it around during the conference or simply use it in the evening in the hotel).
  • My phone and charger (and hopefully I can remember to actually charge my phone.  I’m so horrible at that.)
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • “Business cards” (even though I don’t have a business)  I thought it would be handy to share contact info with long lost cousins, fellow bloggers, and other cool people I might meet that week. Have any of you done this before?
  • A printed syllabus of the classes I’m planning on taking
  • Pens and paper to take notes.
  • Enough money to buy a Flip Pal.  I’m totally getting one.
  • My daughter.  She’s going to be attending with me.  I have plans to make her my minion. I’m not sure she knows this yet.:)
  • My family tree info (on my computer of course).  I think I might carry it on a flash drive too.
  • Comfy shoes

Any other suggestions from you seasoned veterans out there??  What’s in your suitcase?  What are the must haves?

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  • Cynthia Shenette - April 17, 2011 - 10:48 am

    As someone who’s recently attended a conference, your list sounds right on! Clearly you are a mom. Moms always think to bring snacks and drinks–always ready to pull a juice box out of a handbag at any time! I brought snacks and drinks too. Just an FYI from someone who travels quite a bit, mini fridges aren’t a standard in hotel rooms the way they use to be. Last summer one hotel we stayed at wanted to charge $30 a day! I also brought my computer to the conference with me. I didn’t lug it to the sessions, but left it in my room. I was happy to know I had it just in case.

    Good luck with moving, and enjoy the conference!ReplyCancel

  • Linda McCauley - April 17, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Definitely do the business cards.

    If you are thinking of carrying your laptop during the day to access the web, you can probably leave it in the room. Most conference centers don’t offer free wi-fi. (That was a surprise to me the 1st time I attended a conference.)

    Return address labels are handy for registering for drawings in the Exhibit Hall.

    A camera.

    Hope I see you there.ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - April 17, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Do not take your computer with you to
    the conference. You will be surprised
    at how heavy it gets and so quickly.
    My husband is paranoid so ours always g
    gets hidden in a suitcase in our hotel
    room. They have been known to grow
    legs and disappear. Also take some
    kind of wrap or sweater, those conference
    hall rooms can get very chilly.ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - April 17, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    Comfortable shoes. Clothes that don’t feel icky-sticky if it’s hot. Business cards are a good idea; I have some cheapie cards I use that at least have my blog URL and e-mail on them – there’s sure to be some sort of blogger meet-up.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - April 17, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Business cards are a must. You can give them to new friends and put them in for vendor drawings. Take some blank cards too for those people you meet who don’t have their own. That way you’ll have their contact information. Have fun! Blog often!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 17, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Thanks everyone for the great advice!

    I have a wireless cell thingy for my computer (not sure of the technical term) but my laptop is really heavy. I think that I’ll probably be to busy to use it much anyway, so I suppose leaving it in the hotel might be a better idea. :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Rojo - April 18, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    I agree with all the advice, especially the comfy shoes and the address stickers for drawings! I don’t have a business, but I brought cards my daughter made for me with my contact info and blog URL. I gave and got tons of cards! I also practiced a two or three sentence “elevator speech” to say when I met folks, to describe my blog on the fly. It came in handy not just in the elevator, but in the ladies room, at luncheons and banquets, at cocktail hours, etc… I learned this the hard way when on the first morning I just said “ummmm”. I prepared one and had it down pat by lunch time!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - April 30, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Jen, your list sounds spot on, and it is helping me make MY list. There is a blogger meet up on Tuesday night – are you going? Also, what are you wearing during the day – jeans??? business casual??? When they say comfy shoes, I’m thinking my Reeboks! LOL I’m looking forward to seeing you there!ReplyCancel

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