Con season is officially in full swing and coming up on June 23-25 2017 is Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con at the Las Vegas Convention Center! The guest list is brimming with creators and celebrities and is looking to be one of the seasons biggies. For those attending any convention that means saving all your pennies for all of those must-have collectibles, putting the finishing touches on your costumes, and planning, planning, planning. If you're flying in from out of town be sure to check out these Las Vegas vacation deals.
Being fully prepared is nothing new for those who have been navigating their way through convention halls for years. But for every seasoned pro, there are a ton of fans that are attending a convention for the very first time. Below is a list of tips for the newbie that wants to go in prepared and ready to get the most out of their first con.
- Bring along plenty of snacks and water! If you plan on being there all day, at some point you'll break for lunch and/or dinner, but in between you may be standing in long lines waiting for that photo-op/autograph or panel. You don't want to find yourself without something to munch on if your stomach starts growling and you definitely want to keep hydrated when running from panel to panel. We love to carry beef jerky, trail mix, candy, and water for a quick pick-me-up!
- Carry a comfortable bag/backpack. If you plan on purchasing anything during the convention you'll definitely want something to carry it all in. I don't know how many times I've told myself I wasn't going to buy too many souvenirs but ended up with a statue, some comics, and a figure or two. Luckily, I always bring a backpack and a reusable tote just in case.
- Make a little bag with safety pins, tape, make-up, and a marker. If you're attending in costume, you may find these to be a lifesaver. If your costume is homemade, sometimes a prop needs fixing, costumes rip, or your make-up needs a touch-up. Having a little emergency kit at the ready is always just good planning.
- Budget, budget, budget. Make sure you have a clear idea of how much you have to spend. There are a lot of vendors and artists with tons of cool stuff and you'll want to take it all home. It's easy to spend all of your cash right away and see something else you'd rather have later on in the day. I like to walk all of the vendor booths first and then work my way through a second time and purchase only those things that I really want.
- Wear comfortable clothes! If you're not attending in costume then I highly suggest comfort above all else. You may sometimes be in cramped quarters and constantly moving through large crowds. It can sometimes be a little stifling and you'll want to stay cool and comfortable as much as possible. Shorts/lightweight pants, a t-shirt, hat and extremely comfy shoes are always part of my wardrobe at any con if I'm not in costume. I'll also throw a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt in my bag if I'm planning on staying all day.
- Designate a meeting spot. If you're attending with a group make sure to have an easy to find place to meet up if you get separated. Some convention centers have bad reception, so you can't always rely on cell phones to keep in touch. Having a designated meeting place puts everyone on the same page and makes things that much safer for your group.
- Make sure you have a plan! Timing is everything when attending a convention. You'll want to map out all of the panels you want to attend and make sure you have enough time for any photos/autographs you want to obtain. You don't want to miss out on something because you got overwhelmed by not setting aside enough time to do everything that you wanted.