Things to Bring (other than business cards)

Last year we were asked what attendees should bring ... other than business cards and one suit. We came up with a list of things ... and may add to it; but here's a start:
  • Comfortable shoes and band-aids (in case the shoes aren't as comfortable as you thought!).
  • A folder that holds a tablet is a nice thing to have - gives you a surface to write on instead of your knee and a place to organize your seminar materials. A smaller zippered bag to keep change/cash, pens, keys and other small items from getting lost in the bottom of your BNA bag.
  • Listerine strips or gum or something along those lines.
  • A few small snacky things (granola bars?) that you can slip in your bag and munch on if you don’t get time to eat …gnawing on your fingernails gets old after a few days. Convention center snacks can be expensive. You also might want to compare prices of water/soda between your hotel (or close by delis) and the convention center. Again, convention centers tend to be pricy. OR you can bring a water bottle to fill from water fountains (think green!) ... but then it's always a krap shoot with water quality, depending on the city.
  • A light sweater/jacket. Even with all the hot air floating around it can still get a bit chilly during sessions.
  • While you get a bag from BNA, in the past there were a few years (Boston and St. Louis?) that we got wheeled bags from West, and it was SOOO much easier. The haul from the vendor hall combined with the materials you need for the sessions … things get heavy. If you have a wheeled bag, it could make dragging your “collection” around much easier.
  • Don’t bring headphones to the convention center; it makes you unavailable. If you have them you will be tempted to use them. You want to meet people/network, even if it is just a casual remark to someone on an escalator. You never know where the causal remark could go!
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