Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Inside The Nerdy Girlie's San Diego Comic Con Survival Bag

After six years of attending SDCC I have narrowed down my list of MUST have items in my bag.  In previous years I have included MANY things not on this list. Last year I came to find out, during my down time I like to have some non electronic time.

So here are my go to items I cannot live without during San Diego Comic Con:
1.  A great backpack is worth its weight in gold.  Find something that works for you!  I like the outside pockets on mine to keep my Chapstick, mints, calling cards and Sharpie handy!

2.  Hand Sanitizer - Because 150,000 people touched that too.

3.  Mints - You can't meet your favorite celeb with stinky breath!  Or you could, but that would be just awkward.

4.  Rechargeable Batteries - I bought these last year and they were my favorite purchase for the con!  At only $13 each, they charge your battery up to 50% and save you the hassle of trying to find a plug and waiting for a charge.

5.  Laptop -  To blog while in lines and unload camera of millions of pictures.  Also load up with your favorite movies and TV shows to pass the time.  Don't forget to let neighbors in on the fun!

6.  Sunglasses - For when the sun comes up and you are still queuing outside.  Sunglasses are THE accessory for San Diego.

7.  Cell phone charger - To make sure you can check, check, check twitter and upload to Instagram.  Keep the screen brightness down as low as possible to save battery life. I find that obscure hallways and bathrooms usually have an available outlet.

8.  Sharpie - For those spur of the moment celebrity encounters.

9.  Chapstick - addict.

10.  Camera Cable - I bring this along to upload pictures to my laptop during down time {LINES}.  I can edit photos and get ahead on my blogging.

11.  DSLR - I usually take a lot of cellphone photos, but during special events I like to have my professional camera at the ready.  The better quality pictures are worth the weight of the camera.  I am also always carrying it on my shoulder, you never know what is going to happen when at SDCC!

12.  Cell phone - Your lifeline.

13.  Cell Phone Cord - This is what the re-chargeable batteries use to charge your phone.

14.  Business Cards - A fun thing to pass out to nerds you just met and a great way to keep in touch after SDCC.

15.  Poster Tube - I made this backpack sized one out of a used wrapping paper tube.

{Bonus Tips}

*Books, heavy leave them at home, talk to people instead.

*My laptop has kept its battery life so no need for its charger.  Charge it at night while you go out and party!
*Folding Chair - I was able to find these compact folding chairs. They are small and light enough to fit in your backpack.  Find them on Amazon HERE for $12.99.

*Water Bottle - A reusable one to stay hydrated and save the world!  Also convention center water is expensive.

*Snacks - Granola bars, nuts, chips, pb&j {anything that will keep you from getting hangry}.  Also the convention center has THE worst for you food.  Stay happy and healthy while having fun.

*Earbuds or earplugs - For a bit of sweet solitude.

*Cash - Not all places take credit cards and to keep you on budget!

*Parking passes - Muy importante!  If you score them in the pre-sale.  They sell out FAST now!  It is so great to have your car super close to you at all times to unload.

*Light Jacket - It's cold in the early morning queues and the convention center blasts the AC. With the convention center near the ocean, it's always colder than you think, especially at night.

*Watch - Cell phone killer:  Checking your phone for the time.  Go old school and wear a watch.

*Hair Brush - To feel a bit human during these LONG days.

Comment below if you have any additional questions about San Diego Comic Con. You can also check out our San Diego Comic Con Guide for more useful tips and tricks!  If this post helped you, share please share it with your friends! 

30 comments:

  1. Thanks girl! This is my first Comic-Con and I have no idea what to expect, but from the sounds of it, quite a lot of standing in line...

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    1. Yes Chris the majority is waiting, but all worth it in the end!

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  2. You might consider adding a portable power source/ backup battery -- that can recharge your iPhone, iPod when you're away from outlets -- they're getting smaller but have anywhere from 5200 mah on up to over 10000 -- which is like ~4 full iPhone charges.

    e.g.:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/5200mAh-External-Mobile-Power-Bank-Battery-Charger-For-iPhone-5-Smart-Phones-/400406834394?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Chargers&hash=item5d3a1b6cda

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    1. Thank you for the tip, i like that case!

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  3. What do you carry your SLR with? Just a strap or not bring it?

    I'm torn on whether or not to bring mine since I'll be flying.

    Loving your lists!

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    1. Liz, I do wear the strap, just to be safe. Plus I keep it on my shoulder at all times and the frees up both of you hands :)

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  4. I love this list! I always have to take a bigger bag to WonderCon and such because of my kids, but am trying to downsize to minimize shoulder pain! Plus, this is my first Comic-Con and I've heard its crazy cramped in there, so I don't really want to bring non-essentials.

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    1. Amanda, thank you for your comment and good luck on the down sizing!!

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  5. Would a wheeled backpack be a good idea?

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    1. Harriet, I would not recommend one. It is SUPER crowded everywhere at the con and that is just another tripping hazard I would think. But would be nice on the shoulders! Pack light!

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  7. Sooooo good!
    I need to do a post like this for VidCon!

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    1. Good idea Jennifer! I hope that this one could be of help for ALL cons :) xo

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  8. i love this!!!! thanks for all your tips! definitely useful for my trip next year... and even this year for Nerd HQ!

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    1. Thanks Roz, cannot wait to meet you IRL!! xo

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  9. Love that you put this together! It reminds me I need to get my bag ready as well!

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  10. I would be very nervous about the computer. However, I agree with you on the snacks and water. It's ridiculous how much cons charge for food when it's not even that good. That, and wouldn't you rather feel good after some trail mix instead of nachos that are only going to hurt later?

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    1. Emily, I just like having my computer for the blogging aspect, get my work done quicker so i get more sleep :) Yes the food is a biggy for me, we don't want to get hangry!! xo

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  11. One year I will fly to Cali and attend this and hug your neck. That is all. ;)

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  12. A PB&J (or honey) sandwich is GREAT fuel for that mid afternoon hunger attack! Also, Instant oatmeal! You can usually get some hot water in your own cup from Starbucks for free, and you save A LOT of money eating foods that--as older folks say--stick to your ribs (see: last longer than some foods, but aren't heavy). Also, a bag of sliced apples, baby carrots, and a double shot can are good to pack and just light weight enough.

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  13. Apart from cell phone charger, I am expecting power bank usb, which can charge two device & easy to carry. I am gonna stick to power bank usbs & recommend everyone who wants to have a backup battery for travelling but doesn't want it cost a ton of money or fill up a lot of space in their bag.

    Micro usb kabel

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  14. I had the problem of people hanging on my backpack through the crowds like I was some kind of mule. I also kept turning around suddenly and smacked people accidentally. I went with the fanny pack last year, and it was so much easier.

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    1. Cassandra, i like the fanny pack idea, but think I have too much stuff! We do the pack mule thing to stay together :) xo

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  15. I wish I could go to SD for Comic Con = [

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    1. Hopefully one year soon Chymere!! xo

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  16. AnonymousJuly 15, 2014

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  17. Great ideas! Are they strict about what you can and cannot bring to the event?
    -Thanks!

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    1. They are not! Any food really. Obviously no booze. I've never had a problem. I just like being prepared!

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