Cat-Scratch wrote:Things I'm learning from Alima and Xaraan's adventure.
1 - Take a can of Fabreeze. Several actually.
2 - Take a rucksack for the rucksack wars.
3 - Take lots of pain killers.
4 - Do not go alone, take a partner to watch your back.
5 - Wear great footwear.
6 - Take camera.
7 - Take one of those folding chair canes.
8 - Take food and drink.
9 - Have a room with a comfy bed near to the place to crash and make sure you get the right place.
10 - The toilets are safe, leave the potted plants alone.
This is a good list actually.
Although it wasn't as smelly as what I've heard from stories in the past. Most blogs I saw emphasized hygiene this year. But you still have some people that just don't get it plus you have people camping out all night for some of the big panels.
I would recommend a backpack over a shoulder bag even though a shoulder bag is easier to get to, but honestly I wouldn't be the jerk carrying a huge one.
Footwear, yes, but make sure you take breaks too. No footwear is that good.
If you can get a hotel room nearby to take breaks, change, shower, rest.. whatever that would probably be the best option. We stayed with family out in the burbs, so it was a train ride for us to go home.
And if you want to go to any panels in "hall H" or "ballroom 20" i.e. the good panels, be prepared to have to camp out all night, lines started around six and seven PM the night before. If you want to go to any of the other good panels, but not that crazy like Marvel or DC or whatever, be prepared to stand in line for four or six hours. In other words, if you want to go to any popular panel, that will be all you do that day. (And you still might not get in, b/c prior panel audience does not have to leave, so only ten seats could open up from one panel to the next for all you know).
That being said, I would recommend checking out some small panels that are not that popular, they can still be very cool and interesting and if there are any creators hosting them you sometimes actually get a chance to great and talk to them afterwards.