Friday, June 17, 2016

Emily's Con Survival Tips

I'm pretty sure we've done some convention survival tips before, but given that we're at Denver Comic Con this weekend (starting today!), it bears repeating.

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. A lot of people forget to drink enough water while attending panels and wandering around the show floor. Dehydration can make you feel terrible, give you headaches, and mess up other things in your body. Don't do it. If you don't have a water bottle or can't figure out how to carry one around with your costume without looking ridiculous (I see you, hardcore cosplayers), make sure you make frequent trips to the water fountain. 
  2. Along with number one, make sure you also eat enough! It's easy to get swept up in the convention and forget to eat lunch, but if you're anything like me, that leads to getting hangry, upset, and sometimes total meltdowns. Don't do that to yourself, your friends, or the convention staff. Bring some snacks and a sandwich, or enough cash to grab food somewhere else. 
  3. Speaking of cash, it's not a bad idea to make a convention budget for yourself, especially if money is a little tighter than you would like. I know it's tempting to want to buy all the things because they're amazing, but your bank account really doesn't like that. Trust me. 
  4. Shower. For the love of everything holy, make the time to shower and take care of your personal hygiene needs. Not only will you feel less gross at the end of the con, the people around you will thank you. 
  5. Try to get enough sleep and downtime. The human body needs rest and sleep, like it or not. When we're trying to cram as much as we can into a convention weekend, a lot of us sacrifice sleep for getting in line early or staying up late to chit chat with celebrities. Like not eating enough, that can lead to getting upset or frustrated or melting down. So try to at least get a few hours of shuteye a night. 
  6. Make sure your costume is comfortable, or bring other clothes to change into. There's something really awful about trying to enjoy a panel or photo op or signing and only being able to think about how much your makeup itches or how much your feet hurt. I'm all for incredible cosplay and sometimes that requires being uncomfortable, but know yourself and your limits and plan for that. 
  7. Don't try to do everything. Take a look at the panels and events beforehand and pick which ones you absolutely must get to (and realize that can often change throughout the weekend). Especially if you're an introvert like me, try to plan in some downtime where you can find a nice secluded corner and just breathe for a little bit instead of trying to rush to the next event. Trust me, this is a lifesaver. 
What do you do to survive conventions? Let us know!

Emily is currently prancing around Denver Comic Con with an epic set of wings Michelle made for her and prosthetic elf ears that required way more work than she'd anticipated. If you read Saga, you might recognize her grown-up Hazel costume. Or you might be really confused. Either way, stop by our table and say hi! 

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