As an avid con-goer, this is my fifth year attending the New York Comic Con. The biggest pop culture convention in the East Coast. Every year the number of attendance have skyrocketed which is why this year, the 3-day and 4-day badges are sold out like hotcakes. So, if you’re lucky to land badges for next convention, I’d like to share some of my tips and tricks that I picked up over the years as a veteran comic con-goer.
1. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot. You will be waiting in queues. You will be tired, so give your feet some comfortable shoes.
2. Bring a phone charger, extra phone battery, or put your phone on airplane mode to conserve phone battery. When going to a convention like NYCC, you will most likely take many photos with your phone, and that can be detrimental your phone’s battery life (I learned my lesson the hard way my first year.) It doesn’t help if you’re a frequent social media user either because the phone’s 4G/Wifi will drain your battery’s life as well. So, to conserve battery life, when not in use, set your phone to Airplane mode.
3. Bring a camera. Another way to help conserve your phone’s battery life is to bring a camera. Especially, nowadays, most of these cameras have Wifi capabilities that you can transfer photos over to your phone later and most of the cameras have better image quality than your phone!
4. Plan ahead. Download the NYCC app. NYCC is full of panels, celebs, artists, and vendors. I’m not saying you should plan your days at NYCC meticulously but a simple layout of the things you want to do/see should suffice. Even though you won’t be able to do/see everything you wanted to :-(, sometimes it’s nice to go with the flow or take a rest from walking around all day to enjoy some snacks or lunch.
5. Carry a backpack. (Only if you’re not cosplaying) This is pretty much self-explanatory. You put your stuff in there.
6. Save money and stay hydrated. I love to travel and I love to save money. Which is why I carry my trusty Thermos water bottle everywhere I go. Carrying a water bottle, especially at NYCC, is useful because throughout the convention there are water fountains to replenish your water bottle when you run out. You save so much money in the long run and refrain yourself from paying high amount of money for a bottle of water at the convention.
7. Wear antiperspirant/shower before you go. Personally, I don’t think I have encounter anyone with poor body odor at any conventions that I have attended in the past (or maybe my nose is not that sensitive), but to be on the safe side when you are going into a convention center with over 100,000 people, you are bound to get a bit sweaty and perspire. I, too, do not want to be in a room permeated by b.o.
8. Be respectful to others. Keep you hands to yourself, be kind, if you don’t know, just ask. Stay classy, my friends.
I hope that you find these tips to be useful on your next convention visit, and last, but not least have lots of fun!
To see more of my photos at NYCC 2014, please check out the link to my flickr page.