Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Convention Survival Guide - Preparing for a Con for 3-4 Days
An anime convention can be daunting since there is so much to do. Being in an anime convention the entire time requires plenty of planning. When you go to a convention for 3-4 days and stay in the convention site during the entire time, you have to prepare to make sure that you have the right stuff. As a person who has been going to anime conventions for the past seven years, I have a couple of tips to survive and enjoy the con to its fullest.
Deodorant: Please, please take a shower every day. If the convention is hot like during Comic-con or Anime Expo, please take a bath twice a day. After you take a shower, put on that deodorant so that you will smell pleasant until you take another shower. Deodorant is important so you won’t smell like a cat eating from the trash. I have to emphasize this, you have to use deodorant along with taking a shower, they are not mutually exclusive things.
Bath Necessities (Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap): As you walk in an anime convention all day you start sweating because you walked too much. The best way to deal with it is to take a shower along with using soap to clean your body and shampoo to clean your hair. If you are cosplaying and you are using a wig for an extended period of time, also clean the wig if you can clean it.
Food/Snacks: If you are in a convention site that has expensive food, circumvent it by bringing some food with you. Fruits are a great way to get your vitamins during an anime convention. Bring some bananas, apples, strawberries, mangoes, oranges, cherries, etc. Anything with a tough skin would be a great fruit to bring with you to a convention. Bringing “traditional” convention food like ramen, crackers, canned soup, and canned spaghetti work, but I should remind you that they are very high in sodium and thus should only be taken in moderation. If your room has a fridge, getting a bag of premade salad and a gallon of fruit juice would be a wonderful idea to mix it up a bit.
Ask advice from con veterans: Try to get suggestions and advice from people who have attended this convention. Odds are that they can give you advice and tips to make your convention better. They can suggest events, food locations, and a variety of things to make your experience better. As a person who has attended Anime Expo, I have insight into the convention that could help the experience of the first time attendee. Even for a person who has attended Anime Expo for a while, I still like getting advice from people who know more than I do so that I can experience things I otherwise would not experience.
Now, this list is not complete, it is actually quite incomplete. There is a variety of ways you can prepare for a convention when you are going to be on site for an extended period of time. The necessities are dental care, deodorant, bath necessities, clothes, food, and sunscreen. There is also research that you need to do like to check out the convention website, ask advice from convention veterans, and do some research around the convention site. When attending a convention prepared, the experience will be a far better experience.