I’m off to BlogHer ’14 in San Jose today!
This is my first time to BlogHer or to any blog conference or convention, for that matter, and I have little idea what to expect. I am trying not to know too much because to be frank, the more I learn the more my introverted side gets a little freaked out. Terms like ‘open mic’, ‘karaoke’, and ‘dance party’ keep popping up here and there and it makes me nervous. I start imagining myself hiding out by the hotel’s pool reading O Magazine rather than at the conference. But I know that won’t happen. I’m usually a joiner, even when it means doing something outside my comfort zone. But I draw the line at karaoke.
Besides, there is much more to this three-day conference than events geared toward the fearless extrovert. There will be informative sessions to attend on topics like videos, publishing, monetizing, technology, advertising and more. And there will be some fascinating speakers: Ariana Huffington, Kerry Washington, and The Bloggess, just to name a few.
Yesterday I spent the morning packing. I devoted a good deal of time to making sure I brought everything I want and need to have fun, be comfortable, get involved and stay connected.
What I bring to the long days of sessions is important. My hotel is at least a five-minute walk from the convention center and could be much longer depending on where my room is located. I want to have everything I need at my disposal and I want my hands as free as possible. I chose a small cross-body bag. This Fossil bag is admittedly not the most stylish thing I own, but it’s practical and simple.
Since there is not a lot of space in this bag, I had to choose carefully what I wanted to have with me:
~ Lip gloss
~ Concealer for dark circles, blemish and brown spots.
~ Small mirror
~ iPhone with Mophie battery-boosting cover
~ Business cards from Moo with my photo on them so people have a better chance of remembering me.
~ Cash, credit cards, ID
~ Louis Vuitton card case to hold business cards, cash, credit cards and ID.
~ 2 pens
~ My room key, once I get it.
~ Hand santizer without triclosan
~ Small, thin notebook with a slot for keeping other people’s business cards.
~ A few loose Advil and some Band-Aids in the side pocket because you never know when a headache or a nasty blister will strike.
For the room I packed some things I don’t normally take on trips. I brought instant coffee packets, protein and snack bars, sleepy-time tea, and some crackers and nuts, enough for a crowd. I am ready for anything!
I also packed my swimsuit and a couple of O Magazines…just in case!
Have you ever been to an out-of-town convention or conference?
What special items did you bring along?
Make it a rich day!
I’ll be Instagramming while at BlogHer if you’d like to follow along!
P.S. Don’t forget about the Stella Carakasi giveaway going on now. Three winners will be chosen on the 29th!