Convention Essentials you may not think of packing
The members of Team Neko have all been a part of the con scene for quite a long time, and over the years our list of packing essentials has grown in size. Items like deodorant and clean underwear are things we expect people to already KNOW to pack in their suitcase for the weekend.
This is a list of things that we take to every convention, that you might not think of right away as being ‘Convention Essentials’
A rather large meds bag - Zelly has this horrible habit of getting ill while at a convention. Couple this with her dodgy knees and you end up with a med bag that’s bigger than her make up case. Our med bag contains, at minimum, the following items
Chopsticks - XC has an unhealthy addiction to noodles. He always likes to carry his own chopsticks with him to every convention for his noodle consumption needs.
Bandana - These are for Monday Mornings. When you’ve got a banging hangover from the Sunday Night party, the last thing you want to do is even attempt to style your hair. Just throw on a bandana and voila! Bad hair be gone!
Travel sized loo roll - There is nothing worse than needing it, and not having it. There is nothing we hate more than having to sit around and wait while the other runs down to reception to beg for more. Also useful while travelling as trains have this nasty habit of running out.
Extra hair ties - Zelly always has about 3-4 of these in her handbag, but like many things that end up in her bag, they tend to go missing at a time when you need them the most. Having a couple spare stashed away in your suitcase is always handy.
Spare lens cap - These are very VERY easy to lose, and there is nothing worse than having to leave your camera lens unprotected for any extended length of time. We always make sure to have several spares in our suitcase.
Nice bath items - Go ahead, treat yourself, and have a nice long soak in a bubble bath before you head to bed.
Hot Sauce - For those times where the hotel food is a little bland for your liking. We’ve discovered that not many places actually have a bottle of hot sauce available for general use. So we just started to bring along one of our own.
Water Bottle - Essential to keep you hydrated throughout the day. Having your own bottle means fewer trips to the bar/local shop to buy overpriced bottles of mineral water.
Various types of tape - We always carry a couple of small rolls of electrical tape and one big massive roll of duct tape. You’d be surprised at how often we’ve had to use these items in the past.
Various types of Sharpies - Again, you would be surprised at how often we’ve had to use these in the past.
Breakfast bars - For when you can’t bring yourself to go downstairs in the morning in time for breakfast. These bars will see you through until lunch time, or are just a great snack for throughout the day.
Multi-tools - Just like the tape and sharpies, there have been more times that we’ve needed these than we can count. And when you forget to pack one, that’s when you’ll need it the most.
Little sewing kit - Most cosplayers will have these already, but it never hurts to have your own in case you have a little mishap and tear a hole in your favourite jeans.
Coat hanger - Not got space to pack a travel iron and can’t be bothered going to bug someone else to borrow theirs? Then just make sure to pack a coat hanger and hang up your t-shirt in the bathroom when you’re done having your shower. It’s not the best solution, but most of the creases will drop out of the garment after 5-10 minutes.
Torch - Because power cuts happen and can be a pain in the arse. Also allows you to search for things in your dark room without potentially waking your room mate up.
Multi-plug - Because hotel rooms never have enough flipping sockets for all your chargers.
Notepad and Pen - For noting down names, numbers, websites, changes to the con schedule, shopping lists, and for anything else you might need to refer back to.
Carrier bag - For putting all your dirty washing in at the end of the weekend. You don’t want all your other things in your suitcase to smell like that outfit you wore to the rave last night do you?
Ikea bag/bag for life - Handy for carrying all those oversized dealers room purchases back home. Cause you just KNOW you need that giant figure of Miku in a bunny outfit in your life.
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