I refuse to believe that’s how much time we have. I also refuse to look at a calendar, for fear that number is right.
Are you going to RT? If you’ve never been, there are some things you need to know.
You don’t get a lot of sleep. You walk a lot. Cons are notorious for making people sick. Food is often a) forgotten b) expensive c) both.
In the spirit of things, I decided to do an RT Survival post. We see a lot of these this time of year.
I decided to do my own. Cuz I’m lazy and this is easy and I got books to write.
So my suggestions, in no particular order:
- Comfy shoes…remember, you’ll walk a lot. If you can do cute & comfy, go for it. I’m more for being comfortable, though.
- hand sanitizer…that little kind you can throw in your bag. If you’re flying, you might want to just buy some and throw them into a ziploc bag to keep in your suitcase, but trust me, you want hand sanitizer. You will shake hands, you touch things, you will pick things up and as much as it pains me to say this, people don’t always wash their hands. You might be in a bathroom where the soap has run out. You want hand sanitizer.
- Motrin…you’re going to be a place packed with lots of people and many are excited and talking loud, plus you’ll be on your feet a lot, often with little sleep and running on caffeine and often little food. Mortin or Tylenol or your preferred method of alleviating pain is a wise choice. Also, if you’re up late and drinking? Yep.
- Water bottle…handy to keep in your convention bag. Keep it full and drink, so you don’t get dehydrated. That also helps fight the creeping crud. If you are gonna be up late and drinking? Keep hydrated with water throughout helps avoid hangovers.
- Speaking of drinking…if you’re out and about…watch your drink. While absolutely in a perfect world, you should be safe to go out with friends, have a few drinks and have fun, it’s not a perfect world. You can find tips on staying safe in social situations at RAINN.org
- Leave room in your suitcase…yeah, yeah, I know most of us are going to try and pack as much as we can so we aren’t lugging a bunch around, but if you’ve never been to RT, then you might not know about the swag. There are totes a plenty given away. Books. Pens. Bookmarks. Etc. You’ll need room somewhere for that stuff.
- snacks…I mentioned that we don’t always have time to eat, right? Plus food isn’t always the cheapest thing to come by. Taking some of those meal bars, trail mix, etc can cut down on how many meals you have to buy. You can also find friends that you can maybe go together in on ordering pizza and that sort of thing.
- Emergen-C…if you can take it, it can help booster your immune system so you can avoid the creeping crud. Cons & conferences are notorious for this…people are in closed areas and the fact is, we rush around, we don’t eat enough, we don’t rest enough and other factors contribute to that lovely thing we call the creeping crud. Emergen-C can help.
Tips offered via twitter!
— Cait Miller (@caitmiller) April 14, 2014
@shilohwalker Take breaks. Give yourself permission to leave the madness for some alone time.
— Lillie (@lillie_80) April 14, 2014
— Katie Dunneback (@younglibrarian) April 14, 2014
@shilohwalker Not just for RT but for an RT in NOLA. B-complex is your friend
— Lillie (@lillie_80) April 14, 2014
@shilohwalker bring a power strip if you’re sharing room – never enough power outlets in hotel. Portable charger also convenient during day.
— Eva (@TXbookjunkie) April 14, 2014
@shilohwalker I tell people to wear poise pads cuz ‘yes you will laugh that hard’ and tissue cuz ‘yes you will laugh that hard’.
— Renee Bernard (@ReneeBernard) April 14, 2014
— Lynda Ryba (@FishWithSticks) April 14, 2014
@shilohwalker Don’t over schedule. Wear comfy shoes. Have fun. Carry swag with you. Talk to readers. Nap often. Don’t drink TOO much.
— Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre) April 14, 2014
— Melissa Ann Singer (@maseditor) April 14, 2014