Friday, August 14, 2009

Blizz Con

Preparing for BlizzCon: What to pack in your suitcase
by Robin Torres

BlizzCon approaches! Preparing for BlizzCon is your regular source for tips on how best to prepare for Blizzard's gaming extravaganza. These helpful hints are particularly suited for convention rookies. But if you are a con veteran, we'd love to hear your advice and wisdom in the comments as well.

If you don't travel often, packing can be rather daunting -- particularly with all of the post-9/11 air travel precautions. Because you'll probably be bringing back more than you take, I recommend checking a bag rather than trying to carry everything on the plane. Yes, the baggage claim area adds extra time, but checking your luggage will allow you to bring a larger bag and you'll avoid having to worry about 3-1-1.

Though I have been humbled (and educated) by reading the exploits of a truly expert packer, I used to travel a lot for business and have several tips for the infrequent traveler heading to BlizzCon.

  • Bottoms: Bring one or two basic bottoms to re-wear. Despite the heat of August in Southern California, jeans are a good choice. It's cool at night and in the convention center.
  • Tops: Geeky tees are the fashion choice this con season. Bring enough for at least 2 a day. You'll have meetups to attend at night and you'll want to have funk-free tops for the evenings.
  • Something long-sleeved: Bring an overshirt, windbreaker, light cardigan -- again, it may be a little chilly in the convention center and evenings.
Everything else
  • Mental checklist: Travel checklists are nice, but no one knows your routine. Go through your morning and evening grooming routines in your head and make sure that everything you need to accomplish those tasks are included in your bags.
  • Common Sense: Use it. Don't overpack. Make sure you have the things you personally need to be comfy while you are away from home.
  • Backpack: We already covered this.
If you forget something, most hotels have basic toiletries like combs and toothbrushes for the forgetful traveler. Also, Anaheim is in the middle of a bustling civilization. There will be plenty of retail options available for filling in the gaps.
BlizzCon 2009 is coming up on August 21st and 22nd! We've got all the latest news and information. At BlizzCon, you can play the latest games, meet your guildmates, and ask the developers your questions. Plus, there are some great looking costumes.


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