Con season is upon us and whether you are a long time con attendee or getting ready to go to your first one, there are many things to be prepared for. In this post, I will go over 10 things every con goer should know. Get ready for a part 2, because there are also a few things every con attendee should NOT do. Read more in my next post 🙂
Get ready to take pictures
This sounds obvious. But I have been to many cons and regretted the amount of pictures I didn’t take. I have also been to a convention ready to take photos, but soon found I was out of memory. So if you are bringing a camera, double and triple check your storage. If you use your phone, get ready to charge it.
Most vendors accept credit and debit cards but 9/10 times you will get a better deal if you pay using cash. It helps them out and it saves you money, so make sure you bring enough cash.
Post about your con adventures
Posting about conventions is the number one way to find and meet other super great fans. There will always be hashtags for that convention you can use to go and see everyone else’s photos from that event. Also if you’re posting a picture of someone else or some super cool artwork you got, make sure to tag them!
See a panel
There are so many panels at every convention, be sure to jump in one that you find interesting! I didn’t start going to panels until last summer and I can’t believe how much I was missing out. They literally have something for everyone. My favorite one I’ve been to was how to cosplay with your pet. It was so cute! There are panels for gaming, cosplayers, trivia, and a lot of times there will be celebrity panels. So before hitting up the convention, check out their schedule!
Bring snacks or a meal
You will save yourself a fair amount of money if you can bring at least one meal. If you’re attending multiple days you may want to look into stashing some food at your hotel. The less money you spend on food is more money you can spend at the con! Also I think we can all agree that con food gets old fast and is beyond expensive.
ALWAYS BRING COSPLAY REPAIR SUPPLIES!!!!
Be prepared for the worst to happen. If a seam rips, you better be able to sew it. If your glue fails to survive the trials of the con, you’ll want to bring extra. And never ever ever forget to bring duct tape.
PLEASE WEAR DEODORANT
Unless you have an allergic reaction, please don’t be that person. Bonus points for showering. It’s a long crowded day, please consider the hundreds of other people attending.
Bring some cards
If you’re a cosplayer or photographer, bring business cards and give them to anyone you take photos of or anyone that takes your photo. I learned this my first time at NYCC when everyone was exchanging cards. It may feel pretentious but it’s honestly the best way to let people know what your social media is or how to contact you.
Bring a phone charger
You may think that your battery will last the full day. But after taking countless pictures, videos, and posting/searching things related to the convention, your phone battery is sure to need a bit of charging.
Show off your nerdy side!
This seems like a given, you’re at a convention that is clearly designated for fans. But seriously, don’t be afraid to participate in trivia events or other activities! Wear a fandom shirt, talk to people, put yourself out there. There’s so many amazing people at these things so take this opportunity to make some new friends!
If you’ve learned anything from going to conventions I’d love to hear from you! Or if you have any suggestions for things not to do at cons I’ll totally include them in my next post. Hope you enjoyed this!