With comic con season in full swing, I thought now would be the perfect time to share what essentials I pack in my day bag. This is for a 3-day weekend convention and based on what I brought with me to London Film and Comic Con this past weekend (full write up on that to follow!).
Ticket – Many conventions organisers now accept an e-ticket and some even have their own app. However I still like a paper copy in case my phone battery dies – which has happened. I usually spend a lot of battery power taking photos and checking the convention schedule.
Hand sanitiser – Conventions are busy, germy places. From the toilets, to handling merchandise and cash, and shaking hands with the guests you’re meeting. I like to have some hand sanitiser on hand to prevent the common “con flu”.
Tissues – For wiping up spills,using as a napkin or taking to the loos just in case they run out of toilet paper – which they did this year!
Deodarant – It does get hot in the convention venue and you may sweat; I always keep a small can in my bag to freshen up with.
Water and snacks – A necessity when your stuck in a queue for a long period of time, also the prices for food and drink at conventions can be very pricey! My convention water bottle is from Home Bargains and clips easily to my bag.
Money – both cash and cards. As some dealers will not take care. It’s better to have too much than not enough, especially since ATMs are few and far between, often run out of cash(!) and tend to charge a fee.
Suncream – If you’re going to a Summer convention it is very likely you’ll be queuing outside for a long period of time, so remember to apply sun cream just in case. I also bring a small rain mac with me, because even in Summer you can expect it to rain in the UK (lol), but you may prefer to pop a small umbrella in your bag.
Hair ties, Hair band / bow, Hair brush
Power bank and charging cable
Items I want to get signed – This can range from 8×10 photos, posters or collectables such as action figures.
Pen(s) – Useful for checking things of my lists and for the signing halls. Most guests have black, blue and silver Sharpie but if there’s a particular colour you want them to sign in, bring it with you.
Painkillers, antihistamines and my inhalers
Have you ever been to London Film and Comic Con? Or any others? What are some of your essentials?