Wednesday, March 18, 2009

10 Essentials to Pack for a Writer's Conference

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There are certain things you'll need when attending a writer's conference. Many of them have absolutely nothing to do with writing. Here's my list of things that I can't leave home without.

  1. A comfortable pair of shoes. Chasing down an agent/editor isn't something that is easily accomplished. And definitely nothing you'll want to attempt in heels.

  2. Your own name tag. They really aren't that expensive and it's much better than having those HELLO My Name is tags stuck to your armpit. (Don't ask)

  3. A supply of business cards. Go to Vista Print and order their free ones. Don't let them scare you into expedited shipping. If you're too freaked out to list yourself as a writer at least put your basic contact information on them.

  4. Coffee and fixings for the mini pot in your room. Honestly, when was the last time you had a decent cup of coffee in your room. Take your own, you'll be glad you did.

  5. Shower shoes. Need I say more?

  6. A flashlight. I always check the emergency exit route and sleep with a flashlight on my bedside table. Better safe than sorry. Plus you can find your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night without waking your roomie.

  7. A clean trash bag for your dirty clothes. I dump my dirties in the bag it's easy to transfer them to the suitcase and then to laundry room at home.

  8. A couple of gallon size freezer bags. They're great for wet swimsuits or for organizing various goodies you picked up at the conference.

  9. Breakfast bars. They're perfect for a midnight snack or light breakfast.

  10. Super glue and double sticky tape. You should be able to fix hems, shoes, purses, finger nails, gaping blouses and a variety of other things.

What's on your list?


Tricia Grissom said...

I like to have a sturdy tote bag to carry all my stuff.

And the little mini bottles of alcohol for after I get rejected by an editor/agent/doorman.

I don't drink. I just like to look at the bottles and get intoxicated vicariously :)

Lela said...

POPCORN is not on the list? WHAT am I going to do with you? Seriously.