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Re: Newbie FAQs/Discussion for SDCC Badge Buying
« Reply #120 on: May 06, 2022, 08:51:07 AM »
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Really, the only thing you can do wrong is stay in your hotel room.

Thats great! We are part of a big group and do a lot of shifts depending on what we want to see. I’m excited but really just overwhelmed by the sheer excitement of finally going!! I gotta get a “go bag” together!!!

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Re: Newbie FAQs/Discussion for SDCC Badge Buying
« Reply #121 on: May 06, 2022, 01:45:50 PM »
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Hey guys! This is my first year going: any advice on what NOT to do? We got our hotel and plane tickets but what are something you’ve learned from going to SDCC?

Be prepared to sit on the ground to eat or wait in lines. If you don't want to do that, bring a small stool or cushion. Bring an umbrella and sunscreen if you plan to wait in long lines outside. Bring a power bank in case your phone dies. Bring snacks and water or be prepared to spend money.

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Re: Newbie FAQs/Discussion for SDCC Badge Buying
« Reply #122 on: May 06, 2022, 08:45:20 PM »
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Be prepared to sit on the ground to eat or wait in lines. If you don't want to do that, bring a small stool or cushion. Bring an umbrella and sunscreen if you plan to wait in long lines outside. Bring a power bank in case your phone dies. Bring snacks and water or be prepared to spend money.

I'll add an edit to this for umbrellas. Bring a UV umbrella*

One year I used a normal umbrella in the Hall H line and while it helped immensely, I still got sunburned a bit in places that had definitely been covered because it couldn't completely stop the UV.

But to add to this, I know it's a SUPER long thread and don't feel like you need to read a ton of it, but just a few pages can give you great ideas of what to expect (as people say why.) There's a Useful items to take to SDCC thread in CCI General Discussion: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login People also discuss the best options in their opinion there. The first page hasn't been updated in quite a while, but it gives you some categories that might get you thinking too.

It also highly depends on what you're going for that changes what you might need! Most years, I camp for Hall H, so I keep a ton of camping stuff (that I use literally nowhere else as I'm not an outdoors person,) but someone who was going with the main purpose of shopping would (likely) need different things.
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Re: Newbie FAQs/Discussion for SDCC Badge Buying
« Reply #123 on: May 06, 2022, 11:17:06 PM »
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Hey guys! This is my first year going: any advice on what NOT to do? We got our hotel and plane tickets but what are something you’ve learned from going to SDCC?
You're going to have a blast! Be flexible! Things move and change quickly. I find it helpful to have one must do for each day and the rest is just icing. It can be overwhelming trying to do everything and you can end up rushing around and not soaking it all in.

I second bringing snacks! To save time, I usually bring my own food and snacks and eat standing in line.

Compression socks are a life saver for me and helps with the fatigue.

And most of all, have fun!

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Re: Newbie FAQs/Discussion for SDCC Badge Buying
« Reply #124 on: May 06, 2022, 11:33:18 PM »
Add with the above, make sure you have COMFORTABLE shoes that you can walk miles in. My first year, I made the mistake of wearing sandals. I had bloody feet by day's end. Second year, I wore a pair of worn down sneakers. And my feet were in pain. Now I make sure my walking shoes are in relatively good condition.

As for snacks, I used to pack a lot of snacks in my luggage. I still do pack some snacks, but now I always make it a point to drop by Ralph's supermarket (G & 1st St) when I first arrive and load up on drinks and snacks there.

If this is your first time going, I would honestly say, skip all the major lines (like Hall H & Ballroom 20 where the big panels are), at least for the first 1-2 days. Your first day should be just about exploring and taking it all in. It WILL be complete sensory overload, and you probably will feel overwhelmed. So I'd spend the first day just wandering around and exploring (both inside and outside the convention), getting familiar with the venue, where things are located, how things like lines are set up, gawking at coplayers, etc. Don't worry about "needing" to go to a panel or trying to catch a celebrity signing. Just go with the flow and let things come to you. In fact, this will be my 15th or 16th SDCC, and I still go by this mantra.

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Re: Newbie FAQs/Discussion for SDCC Badge Buying
« Reply #125 on: May 07, 2022, 09:22:37 PM »
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Hey guys! This is my first year going: any advice on what NOT to do? We got our hotel and plane tickets but what are something you’ve learned from going to SDCC?
I will go against the grain here, you couldn't pay me enough to wear sneakers.  I don't like my feet covered so I do just fine in really really good flip flops.   I have been with a broken ankle and then the next year brain surgery in May & was at con in July so it's completely doable.  What I have learned is know your limits & don't be afraid to just go sit & have a break outside by the water or back patio.  You won't miss anything major by taking a breather.  We usually come in on Tuesday & I immediately order instacart delivery to hotel for our snacks/waters/sodas. 

I actually have what my little group calls "awesome backpack cooler stool"  so I always have something to sit on when needed lol


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