We're just about a month out from San Diego Comic-Con, which means it's time to really start getting ready! There is plenty you will need to survive, so I've put together a little list to help you! If there's anything you think I'm missing please let me know in the comments!
Comfortable shoes - This may seem like a given, but the days at Comic-Con tend to be long and filled with lots of standing and walking. Now if you're in cosplay you may need to choose between comfort and the right look, but that's your call.
Sunscreen/hat - The average temperature in San Diego around Comic-Con is about 75F, so depending on where you're coming from that may seem really hot or really cool. For me, I'm coming from an area that is easily over 100F around this time, but it can still get warm because you get super clear and sunny skies!
Snack, food, drink - I usually pack for Comic-Con like I would for a long hike. Some high calorie snacks like protein bars, tuna/cracker packets, trail mix and dried fruit. There is plenty of junk to be bought during the day (I still ended up buying a cheeseburger as the day wore on last year), but plan ahead if you want to save a little money and avoid a line for food (you'll already be in enough lines!). I also bring along at least one bottle of water and usually a small bottle or two of Gatorade.
Battery Pack - Fifteen years ago this probably wasn't as critical, but in today's age you need one. You'll be taking lots of pictures and video, and probably texting friends to meet up. I have the Anker PowerCore 10000, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. It's got plenty of juice and charges quickly. I have an iPhone 7, and I've had it plugged into this while walking around playing Pokemon Go, and the battery charges faster than my phone can drain its power.
Poster Tube - If you plan on picking up any posters during the Con, you need a tube. It's the easiest way to carry and protect your posters. I have a simple plastic poster tube. It's expandable so you can adjust it if you get an especially wide poster. It's a nice hard plastic, so it's lightweight but still provides plenty of protection. Plus it has a nice carrying strap so you can throw it over your shoulder.
Expanding File - I use a plastic expanding file to bring along comics I might try to get signed. It's lightweight and offers a little bit of protection. Many people use other types of folders or boxes, but this is what I use.
Portable Seat - If there's one thing Comic-Con is known for, it's lines! And plenty of those lines include lots of just sitting and waiting, because whatever you're waiting for isn't even open yet! So a lightweight simple stool saves you from sitting on lots of pavement. Or it can double as a small table if you want to play cards with a friend while you wait. For an inexpensive option, try this Coleman Stool.
Pens and Markers - Are you looking to get comics or other items signed? Many artists will have their own pens, but there is no guarantee! Come prepared with some markers and pens. I usually try to bring a few sharpies in black and silver, although last year I saw a few tables with gold which makes for a nice contrasting color as well.
POP Protectors - This may be more of a niche thing, depending on what you collect, but as a POP collector, I plan to bring a few hard cases along just in case I find something awesome. I usually use soft protectors at home, but I want to be prepared for potentially carrying POPs around in the crowd.
So what am I missing? I know this list isn't totally exhaustive, so what are some of your must-haves for Comic-Con? Leave us a note in the comments!
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