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Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on May 01, 2012, 11:35:47 PM
This is list of items people have found useful while at the SDCC.  This list will grow and be added to as i get more feedback and suggestions. While i am posting this on the FoCCI forums they are not making an official list of endorsed items. Nor does FoCCI have any know connection to Amazon.com, i simply used them to make the links uniformed and show were items could be bought.

Last Revised

May 1, 2012



Chairs
 Ameristep 821 Tripod Chair (http://www.amazon.com/Ameristep-821-Tangle-Tripod-Folding/dp/B000BT1GBM) A basic light tripod chair with no back
 GCI quik-E (http://www.amazon.com/ProActive-DQS001-BLU-Quik-E-Seat-Blue/dp/B00140Y4JS/ref=sr_1_110?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335897492&sr=1-110) A tripod with backrest and drink holder
Hiland Canopy Chair (http://www.amazon.com/Folding-Camp-Chair-Canopy-RED/dp/B005DTXZSC/ref=sr_1_129?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335897921&sr=1-129) A four legged chair with a canopy (outdoor lines IE Hall H or Ballroom 20)

Power
Belkin Basic 6-outlet (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-6-Outlet-Office-Surge-Protector/dp/B000I5LACO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1335898207&sr=8-7) A basic 6 outlet protector surge
Belkin Mini Surge (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Mini-Surge-Protector-Charger/dp/B0015DYMVO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335898207&sr=8-6) A small three socket + two USB port
ReVIVE Solar Recharge (http://www.amazon.com/External-Universal-Charging-Smartphones-E-readers/dp/B004GVIZC4/ref=sr_1_43?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335898576&sr=1-43)A basic battery backup with Solar power option
Anker Astro2 (http://www.amazon.com/Anker-8400mAh-External-Flashlight-Motorola/dp/B0067UPRQ4) A small yet high yeild battery backup with LED flashlight

Health and Well Being
Family Hygiene Kit (http://www.amazon.com/ER-Emergency-Ready-SKHG-Hygiene/dp/B00113X71O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335899675&sr=8-1) A Large kit with items ranging from deodorant and toothbrushes to P.A.W.S. and sunblock
First Aid Only kit (http://www.amazon.com/First-Aid-Only-Outdoor-205-Piece/dp/B000053519/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335899951&sr=8-3) A small simple first aid kit
Mayday First Aid and Hygiene Kit (http://www.amazon.com/105-Piece-First-Aid-Plus/dp/B005Z74WV6/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335900088&sr=1-1) A combo kit to cover most needs for a single person
Axe Body Spray (http://www.amazon.com/Axe-Deodorant-Body-Spray-Men-Essence-4/dp/B000B5S5H4/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1336033866&sr=8-10) A simple spray on deodorant so people to stab you with a pencil for smelling bad

Personal Protection And Gear
CellularFactory Aluminum Wallet (http://www.amazon.com/CellularFactory-Indestructible-Aluminum-Wallet-Silver/dp/B002JWF6OC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335900343&sr=8-6) A basic pocket sized RFID blocker
Travelon RFID Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/Travelon-RFID-Blocking-Sleeve-Black/dp/B0052GFQO2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1335900343&sr=8-8) A very small sleeve that blocks RFID with an open face for ID
Avery HD Badge Holders (http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Heavy-Duty-Holders-Inserts-74471/dp/B002CMLTIG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335901398&sr=8-1) A HD holder that would fit almost all of the badge, you would have to trim or fold the ID to make it fit (Security would not be able to use the color coding on the CCI holders expect to be questioned)
Champion Heavy Nylon Lanyard (http://www.amazon.com/Champion-Sports-Heavy-Nylon-Lanyard/dp/B002EVK0XU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335901627&sr=8-1) A nylon lanyard with no breakaway
Swiss Gear Hiking Backpack (http://www.amazon.com/Swiss-Gear-Midsized-Hiking-Black/dp/B00339R0JY/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335902248&sr=1-1) A great backpack to carry the things needed for SDCC, can support a hydration pack(not included)
High Sierra Backpack (http://www.amazon.com/High-Sierra-Swerve-Pack-Black/dp/B000OZCDGK/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335902620&sr=1-3) A nice pack that can be ordered in many colors so you can easily be spotted

All Things Food
Clif Bar Variety Pack (http://www.amazon.com/Clif-Bar-Variety-Chocolate-Brownie/dp/B001GAOHFC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335904697&sr=8-1) A basic variety pack of mini Clif Bars
Nature Valley Variety Pack (http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Valley-Crunchy-Cinnamon-12-Count/dp/B001E6IUMY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335905221&sr=8-3) A basic variety pack from Nature Valley, they do make a dark chocolate. These hard bars hold up well in backpacks and can be crumbled into yogurt with ease
Shop123go-Cooler (http://www.amazon.com/Insulated-Gamma-Lunch-Bag-Black/dp/B003IMV2JU/ref=sr_1_22?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1335905409&sr=1-22) A Simple insulated bag combine with an ice blanket for best results
Rubbermiad Ice Blanket (http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Blue-Ice-Flexible-Blanket/dp/B004286IL6/ref=pd_cp_ba_1) A medium sized ice blanket that can be cut down if needed
Igloo 25qt Cooler (http://www.amazon.com/Igloo-6776-Marine-Series-25-qt/dp/B001449BMO/ref=sr_1_67?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1335905799&sr=1-67) A family sized cooler left in the car, small enough that trunk could still be used to hold other items
5hour shots (http://www.amazon.com/Hour-Energy-Shots/dp/B005P0NSYU/ref=sr_1_21?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335905979&sr=1-21) An example of a small energy drink much easier to carry then larger Rockstar
Altoids Mints (http://www.amazon.com/Altoids-Curiously-Strong-Cinnamon-1-76-Ounce/dp/B000FKMNK0/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1335906790&sr=8-16) A breath mint that can be sucked on if you run out of liquids to drink
Listerine Pocketpacks (http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Listerine-Pocketpacks-Breath-Strps/dp/B004XWM1NA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1335906790&sr=8-4) A Smaller mint if space is a worry

Signings and Holdings
Sharpie Gold and Silver combo (http://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Markers-Silver-Marker/dp/B000I0VMJU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335910190&sr=8-1) A cheap Gold and Silver useful in signings
Alvin Poster Tube (http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-Ice-Tube-Inch-Clear/dp/B000UU4O5M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335910428&sr=8-2) A simple poster tube with shoulder strap, comes in many colors
Comictopia Comic Bag and Board Combo (http://www.amazon.com/Comic-Book-Boards-Bundle-Current/dp/B002W25OGE/ref=sr_1_2?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1335910647&sr=1-2) A Hundred pack of comic book bags and boards meant for current comics
BCW Comic Book Protrolio (http://www.amazon.com/BCW-Comic-Book-Storage-Portfolio/dp/B002AT8QKU/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1335910946&sr=8-8) A great way to carry/store 15 or less comics, Ideal for a day or two's worth of signings



A final item i personally like and wear is this shirt (http://www.facebook.com/keepcomicconinsandiego/app_4949752878).  Its from the KCCiSD group of FB, big fan on doing just that :P
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on May 02, 2012, 06:59:41 AM
OK. there's about 5 thing's i'm lusting after....
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 02, 2012, 07:34:18 AM
If you are short on space, I love a foldable cooler like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Up-Deluxe-Cooler-simple-storage/dp/B000JRK3W4/ref=sr_1_4?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335969084&sr=1-4 (http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Up-Deluxe-Cooler-simple-storage/dp/B000JRK3W4/ref=sr_1_4?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335969084&sr=1-4)

That way if you don't have a fridge in your hotel room, you can make one! I bring gallon ziploc bags (ooh, gallon ziplocs... add to your list) and fill 2 to the brim with ice once a day. That's usually enough to keep things cold the entire time.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: phil pinson on May 03, 2012, 01:18:48 AM
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This is list of items people have found useful while at the SDCC.  This list will grow and be added to as i get more feedback and suggestions. While i am posting this on the FoCCI forums they are not making an official list of endorsed items. Nor does FoCCI have any know connection to Amazon.com, i simply used them to make the links uniformed and show were items could be bought.

Last Revised

May 1, 2012



Chairs
 Ameristep 821 Tripod Chair (http://www.amazon.com/Ameristep-821-Tangle-Tripod-Folding/dp/B000BT1GBM) A basic light tripod chair with no back
 GCI quik-E (http://www.amazon.com/ProActive-DQS001-BLU-Quik-E-Seat-Blue/dp/B00140Y4JS/ref=sr_1_110?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335897492&sr=1-110) A tripod with backrest and drink holder
Hiland Canopy Chair (http://www.amazon.com/Folding-Camp-Chair-Canopy-RED/dp/B005DTXZSC/ref=sr_1_129?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335897921&sr=1-129) A four legged chair with a canopy (outdoor lines IE Hall H or Ballroom 20)

Power
Belkin Basic 6-outlet (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-6-Outlet-Office-Surge-Protector/dp/B000I5LACO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1335898207&sr=8-7) A basic 6 outlet protector surge
Belkin Mini Surge (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Mini-Surge-Protector-Charger/dp/B0015DYMVO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335898207&sr=8-6) A small three socket + two USB port
ReVIVE Solar Recharge (http://www.amazon.com/External-Universal-Charging-Smartphones-E-readers/dp/B004GVIZC4/ref=sr_1_43?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335898576&sr=1-43)A basic battery backup with Solar power option
Anker Astro2 (http://www.amazon.com/Anker-8400mAh-External-Flashlight-Motorola/dp/B0067UPRQ4) A small yet high yeild battery backup with LED flashlight

Health and Well Being
Family Hygiene Kit (http://www.amazon.com/ER-Emergency-Ready-SKHG-Hygiene/dp/B00113X71O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335899675&sr=8-1) A Large kit with items ranging from deodorant and toothbrushes to P.A.W.S. and sunblock
First Aid Only kit (http://www.amazon.com/First-Aid-Only-Outdoor-205-Piece/dp/B000053519/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335899951&sr=8-3) A small simple first aid kit
Mayday First Aid and Hygiene Kit (http://www.amazon.com/105-Piece-First-Aid-Plus/dp/B005Z74WV6/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335900088&sr=1-1) A combo kit to cover most needs for a single person

Personal Protection And Gear
CellularFactory Aluminum Wallet (http://www.amazon.com/CellularFactory-Indestructible-Aluminum-Wallet-Silver/dp/B002JWF6OC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335900343&sr=8-6) A basic pocket sized RFID blocker
Travelon RFID Sleeve (http://www.amazon.com/Travelon-RFID-Blocking-Sleeve-Black/dp/B0052GFQO2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1335900343&sr=8-8) A very small sleeve that blocks RFID with an open face for ID
Avery HD Badge Holders (http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Heavy-Duty-Holders-Inserts-74471/dp/B002CMLTIG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335901398&sr=8-1) A HD holder that would fit almost all of the badge, you would have to trim or fold the ID to make it fit (Security would not be able to use the color coding on the CCI holders expect to be questioned)
Champion Heavy Nylon Lanyard (http://www.amazon.com/Champion-Sports-Heavy-Nylon-Lanyard/dp/B002EVK0XU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335901627&sr=8-1) A nylon lanyard with no breakaway
Swiss Gear Hiking Backpack (http://www.amazon.com/Swiss-Gear-Midsized-Hiking-Black/dp/B00339R0JY/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335902248&sr=1-1) A great backpack to carry the things needed for SDCC, can support a hydration pack(not included)
High Sierra Backpack (http://www.amazon.com/High-Sierra-Swerve-Pack-Black/dp/B000OZCDGK/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335902620&sr=1-3) A nice pack that can be ordered in many colors so you can easily be spotted

All Things Food
Clif Bar Variety Pack (http://www.amazon.com/Clif-Bar-Variety-Chocolate-Brownie/dp/B001GAOHFC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335904697&sr=8-1) A basic variety pack of mini Clif Bars
Nature Valley Variety Pack (http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Valley-Crunchy-Cinnamon-12-Count/dp/B001E6IUMY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335905221&sr=8-3) A basic variety pack from Nature Valley, they do make a dark chocolate. These hard bars hold up well in backpacks and can be crumbled into yogurt with ease
Shop123go-Cooler (http://www.amazon.com/Insulated-Gamma-Lunch-Bag-Black/dp/B003IMV2JU/ref=sr_1_22?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1335905409&sr=1-22) A Simple insulated bag combine with an ice blanket for best results
Rubbermiad Ice Blanket (http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Blue-Ice-Flexible-Blanket/dp/B004286IL6/ref=pd_cp_ba_1) A medium sized ice blanket that can be cut down if needed
Igloo 25qt Cooler (http://www.amazon.com/Igloo-6776-Marine-Series-25-qt/dp/B001449BMO/ref=sr_1_67?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1335905799&sr=1-67) A family sized cooler left in the car, small enough that trunk could still be used to hold other items
5hour shots (http://www.amazon.com/Hour-Energy-Shots/dp/B005P0NSYU/ref=sr_1_21?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1335905979&sr=1-21) An example of a small energy drink much easier to carry then larger Rockstar
Altoids Mints (http://www.amazon.com/Altoids-Curiously-Strong-Cinnamon-1-76-Ounce/dp/B000FKMNK0/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1335906790&sr=8-16) A breath mint that can be sucked on if you run out of liquids to drink
Listerine Pocketpacks (http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Listerine-Pocketpacks-Breath-Strps/dp/B004XWM1NA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1335906790&sr=8-4) A Smaller mint if space is a worry

Signings and Holdings
Sharpie Gold and Silver combo (http://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Markers-Silver-Marker/dp/B000I0VMJU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335910190&sr=8-1) A cheap Gold and Silver useful in signings
Alvin Poster Tube (http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-Ice-Tube-Inch-Clear/dp/B000UU4O5M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335910428&sr=8-2) A simple poster tube with shoulder strap, comes in many colors
Comictopia Comic Bag and Board Combo (http://www.amazon.com/Comic-Book-Boards-Bundle-Current/dp/B002W25OGE/ref=sr_1_2?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1335910647&sr=1-2) A Hundred pack of comic book bags and boards meant for current comics
BCW Comic Book Protrolio (http://www.amazon.com/BCW-Comic-Book-Storage-Portfolio/dp/B002AT8QKU/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1335910946&sr=8-8) A great way to carry/store 15 or less comics, Ideal for a day or two's worth of signings
you forgot axe spray chris.  you know for the stinky peeps in the exhibit hall ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on May 03, 2012, 01:34:08 AM
So noted and added
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: psithi on May 04, 2012, 01:22:59 AM
If you're staying at a hotel a power strip is fine but if you're going for the day the chances of your finding a free power plug available in the Convention center are about as good as you might expect.
And remember to check your phone every now and again because you won't hear your phone ring even with vibrate on, because there's so many people you think someone just bumped into you.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on May 04, 2012, 04:28:25 AM
Quote
saying at a hotel a power strip is fine but if you're going for the day the chances of your finding a free power plug available in the Convention center are about as good as you might expect.
But if you offer to triple the amt of outlets, most people will allow the temp. disruption.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on May 04, 2012, 07:28:13 AM
Alyssa is right.  Also i never had and issue finding an outlet they are all along the upper areas...near the restrooms along the outer wall.  My biggest problem was sometimes finding one that was not fully used...the surge helps you
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: BustAGroove on May 04, 2012, 10:38:13 PM
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Alyssa is right.  Also i never had and issue finding an outlet they are all along the upper areas...near the restrooms along the outer wall.  My biggest problem was sometimes finding one that was not fully used...the surge helps you

I use the Belkin USB charger at home and bringing it to 'Con:  http://pinterest.com/pin/197595502371188409/.  I had a similar outlet without the plugs last year and people spotted it and I shared the extra outlets so they could charge their phones. 

Shortly before last year's Con, I bought this handy ultra-power battery to keep my iPhone charged:  http://pinterest.com/pin/197595502370930546/
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 05, 2012, 08:31:40 AM
One thing you can do, if possible, is buy a new battery for your device. New batteries last a lot longer between recharges!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Khaaaaaaanh!!! on May 05, 2012, 08:44:52 AM
Iphones and some newer android phones no longer offer removable batteries.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 05, 2012, 08:46:26 AM
That's why I said if it is possible. ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Bert Su on May 09, 2012, 11:48:54 PM
Why don't old batteries last as long as new batteries? Aren't rechargeable batteries like a coffee container and you can always fill it up with the same amount of liquid or power?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on May 10, 2012, 12:02:24 AM
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Why don't old batteries last as long as new batteries? Aren't rechargeable batteries like a coffee container and you can always fill it up with the same amount of liquid or power?

With rechargeable batteries, it's more like the idea of wear and tear.  Over a period of time, they lose the ability to hold charges longer.  Think of it this way, if you buy a laptop that has a 3-hour battery life when you initially got it, using the battery over time causes it to only last for 2 hours.   It's the same with cell phone batteries.  Again, wear and tear. ^_^;
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Khaaaaaaanh!!! on May 10, 2012, 07:04:48 AM
Battery technology just hasn't kept up. Seems like instead of making them more efficient, they just throw bigger batteries in.

There are some tips and tricks to prolong the battery life depending on the device..
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 10, 2012, 04:50:36 PM
I think batteries just 'wear out' over time... whether they're rechargeable or not. They can only recharge so many times before losing efficiency/power.

One way to prolong the life of your battery is to only recharge when it is completely drained. recharging when the batter is only partially drained will decrease battery life. The problem is, while this sounds good, sometimes it's hard to do. You need a full battery, and if it's only half-full, you may have to charge it anyway, just to ensure you make it through whatever time you need it the next day.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 11, 2012, 01:04:29 PM
This article is pretty good! Doesn't mention chairs, though...

http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/05/convention_essentials_comiccon.php (http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/05/convention_essentials_comiccon.php)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: aburkle on May 22, 2012, 09:49:22 AM
Plastic bags for trash items. 

If you are lucky enough to end up in one of the big halls and plan to stay a while, bathroom passes provide an opportuity to also get additional drinks/snacks and get rid of any empty containers.  Having some extra plastic bags to put the empty containers into makes keeping your trash under control much easier.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on May 22, 2012, 06:11:55 PM
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Plastic bags for trash items. 

If you are lucky enough to end up in one of the big halls and plan to stay a while, bathroom passes provide an opportuity to also get additional drinks/snacks and get rid of any empty containers.  Having some extra plastic bags to put the empty containers into makes keeping your trash under control much easier.

Oh, I hadn't even thought of that, especially if you spend a lot of time in the more popular halls in the convention center.  Good point, very good point. Small plastic bags (or even Target or other supermarket bags) will definitely work as well.

^_^d
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 23, 2012, 07:40:47 AM
Yep, just stick a grocery bag in your pocket...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on May 23, 2012, 10:35:36 AM
I always pack Ziplock bags in my backpack.  Every "wet" item like drinks goes into one and every electronic item goes in one also just to be safe.  it really helps if you happen to bring frozen water that will sweat as it melts
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on June 20, 2012, 01:47:26 PM
The post about seating in panels mentioned the realD 3D glasses. That reminded me-if you have your own (DH made me clip-ons and he has RealD lenses that Oakley makes for his sunglasses with removable lenses), be sure to bring them (unless, of course, they were super expensive-you wouldn't want to risk losing them!).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: The Gossamer on June 20, 2012, 02:09:03 PM
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The post about seating in panels mentioned the realD 3D glasses. That reminded me-if you have your own (DH made me clip-ons and he has RealD lenses that Oakley makes for his sunglasses with removable lenses), be sure to bring them (unless, of course, they were super expensive-you wouldn't want to risk losing them!).
Wearing Oakley 3D glasses would make you the coolest "geek" sitting in Hall H. :P
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheTFReview on June 20, 2012, 05:07:50 PM
Do they have poster tubes at SDCC for sale? From what i've seen over my collective years of watching SDCC videos on youtube/g4/ect. is that some years they give away poster tubes and some years they don't.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Silenthillnight on June 20, 2012, 06:22:18 PM
Every time I've gone I've always seen one vendor that sells poster tubes along with comic book sleeves and the like.  You shouldn't have any problems finding one for sure  :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Hidajunshin on June 21, 2012, 12:40:13 PM
The Fox booth has given away poster tubes for the past 2 years, and before that it was every other year.  So, they may or may not distribute them this year.  There's always a few vendors selling poster tubes of various length throughout the exhibit hall floor, though.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Sprzout on June 24, 2012, 11:42:17 PM
I want to say Blick Art Materials will have poster tubes; they've always carried art supplies, and I'd say that poster tubes fall in that same category.

A little more on topic - I've recently bought a backup battery for my iPhone and iPad:

http://www.newtrent.com/store/ipad-external-battery/igeek.html (http://www.newtrent.com/store/ipad-external-battery/igeek.html)

It's got 2 USB ports to connect up my charging cables, and it charges my Nook, my iPad 2, my iPhone...Works great. Gives my iPad 2 almost a full share when it's almost dead, and will charge my iPhone 4 five times before I have to charge the battery. This should keep a charge on my phone while I'm checking the schedule, FB, and keeping up with text messages from friends about the state of Hall H, Ballroom 20, etc...

Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 25, 2012, 05:20:57 AM
That looks cool! Very handy I'm sure, if you can't get to an outlet (say, if you are sleeping on the Hall H lawn).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Sprzout on June 25, 2012, 11:22:14 AM
Yep! And considering that Cons drain my phone battery significantly (I ended up having to try and find an outlet at Wondercon this year because the battery was almost dead by 2 pm). It seems that the heavy usage for 3G networks causes my phone to switch constantly between 3G and 1X with Verizon, and that drains the battery considerably in the process. This is going to keep my phone running with no problems throughout the weekend. :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: NauticsONE on June 27, 2012, 03:30:52 PM
Ya gots to be gellin'.

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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 27, 2012, 04:18:11 PM
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Ya gots to be gellin'.

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I've got those! Soooo comfy!!!!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on June 28, 2012, 09:51:47 AM
http://www.aetrex.com/lynco-orthotics/  Go big or go home.  Use these in my steal toe work boots.  10 hour days on my feet HA np there. lasted the better part of 2 years before i replaced them.  Should have only gone a year or so tho.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on June 28, 2012, 11:07:47 AM
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http://www.aetrex.com/lynco-orthotics/  Go big or go home.  Use these in my steal toe work boots.  10 hour days on my feet HA np there. lasted the better part of 2 years before i replaced them.  Should have only gone a year or so tho.
I second this recommendation! These things are awesome!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: bruti_cus on April 20, 2013, 09:55:50 PM
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Ya gots to be gellin'.

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My lord...this is a must.
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on April 20, 2013, 10:05:02 PM
I would suggest going to your local running store and spending some money on some good inserts with real support.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: bruti_cus on April 21, 2013, 04:49:30 PM
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I would suggest going to your local running store and spending some money on some good inserts with real support.

Any brands in particular?
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Post by: Frank11207 on April 21, 2013, 05:05:42 PM
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Any brands in particular?
Id recommend Spenco insoles
http://www.amazon.com/Spenco-Polysorb-Total-Support-Womens/dp/B000Q8NDEQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1366588859&sr=8-8&keywords=insoles
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on April 21, 2013, 05:45:58 PM
Any would do good. Just ask the running guys in the shop.
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on April 21, 2013, 05:53:05 PM
I've got planters in my left foot. I forgot what brand I have, but I spent 70 on them. They are well worth the money. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: bruti_cus on April 21, 2013, 07:03:31 PM
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on April 21, 2013, 08:12:05 PM
I have custom orthotics , but they do not really cushion my feet, so the gel inserts help
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: birmabang on April 24, 2013, 08:33:40 AM
I've got my eye on this item for all my device needs:

http://amzn.com/B0073F92OK (http://amzn.com/B0073F92OK)

Should have enough power for both my phone and tablet!!!
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on April 24, 2013, 09:29:10 AM
A battery back up is a must, or you could always go old school with a wall plug.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: karl clement on April 28, 2013, 05:30:47 PM
for my cellphone i have an extra battery, i also have an extra phone, i will swap sim cards once one dies
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Frank11207 on April 28, 2013, 05:56:06 PM
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I've got my eye on this item for all my device needs:

http://amzn.com/B0073F92OK (http://amzn.com/B0073F92OK)

Should have enough power for both my phone and tablet!!!

I bought 1 of these and they have more power , same price.
http://www.amazon.com/EasyAcc-12000mAh-External-Battery-Charger/dp/B0098EO61S/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1367196810&sr=8-9&keywords=battery+pack
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: karl clement on April 28, 2013, 06:02:59 PM
what you will find is if you run Wifi, camera or video, your battery will die very quick,  add internet to that and you could find battery life to be 6-8 hours, i work in a cellphone store, this is what we hear every day
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: birmabang on April 29, 2013, 08:01:23 AM
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I bought 1 of these and they have more power , same price.
http://www.amazon.com/EasyAcc-12000mAh-External-Battery-Charger/dp/B0098EO61S/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1367196810&sr=8-9&keywords=battery+pack

That looks great; I actually went and bought the 12000mAh NextGen @ $59.00.  Yours looks to be a better buy though!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: karl clement on May 16, 2013, 04:01:30 PM
i had one person at the last show i went to suggest diabettic socks.... why? help your feet breath after long days on your feet
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on May 16, 2013, 04:18:35 PM
The compression socks also help out with cutting down on ankle swell from being on your feet all day, and some runners wear them to help cut prevent shin splints.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on May 18, 2013, 09:13:57 PM
Nice video about backpacks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UUUR8J7lR4
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheTFReview on May 18, 2013, 10:50:51 PM
A good pair of shoes. Unless you enjoy blisters.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: gullit88 on June 01, 2013, 09:56:56 AM
Last year before going I read several similar threads and picked up a couple of the recommended items including: (1) an external charger, (2) extra battery for cell phone, and (3) a travel/camping chair.  All three were EXCELLENT recommendations and were particularly helpful for what we spend approximately 90% of our time at SDCC doing....waiting.  I was especially happy with my travel chair (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019N36B2/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1) because it was easy to carry, came in handy while waiting in line, and easily fit under my seat once I got into a room.     
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Alvetica on June 01, 2013, 01:41:38 PM
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A good pair of shoes. Unless you enjoy blisters.

Costco has padded socks. Those have been great for me.  Add in some gel soles and you should be set.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: trae10 on June 01, 2013, 08:49:15 PM
I'd like to recommend hand sanitizer and/or Wet Wipes.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: karl clement on June 02, 2013, 04:57:52 AM
The common thing I have forgotten to take
My want lists for comics and toys
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ceddyced on June 02, 2013, 06:34:28 AM
Paper and pen to write down booth numbers.  Nothing worst than seeing an item you want to purchase later and not knowing the booth number.  Good luck trying to find it.
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Post by: alyssa on June 02, 2013, 05:33:26 PM
^^^
pull out the map of the floor & mark booths to come back to with the pen.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on June 04, 2013, 03:47:57 PM
I personally use my Cell Phone and take pics of booth info i need...IE daily schedules for signings or times to return for drawings
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 04, 2013, 03:55:54 PM
I've never taken a picture of a booth number (although that's a good idea) but I take pictures of the schedules all the time!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on June 04, 2013, 08:09:45 PM
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I personally use my Cell Phone and take pics of booth info i need...IE daily schedules for signings or times to return for drawings
Such a great idea! I took a picture of the snack bar menu to text to my husband in line for BR 20 to see what he wanted. DH takes pictures of the parking lot sign nearest our car so he remembers where we parked.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: chaosdreamer on June 05, 2013, 11:02:02 PM
Broad spectrum sunscreen!  (Sunglasses and a hat wouldn't hurt either) Just remember, even if you're somehow lucky enough to never have to stand in one of the lines that end up outside, all that glass that makes the Convention Center so beautiful means you may very well end up getting totally fried indoors if you're not careful.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dogberry on June 11, 2013, 12:13:10 AM
I wasn’t sure whether to post this in the Cosplay section, but since this is the general thread for things to take to SDCC, I thought I would contribute a checklist for people intending to cosplay at the con (especially for first timers):

COSTUME RELATED
1. If you don't want your badge lanyard to clash with/distract from your costume, try pinning your badge to your costume instead. It's easier to photoshop out of pictures and more discreet. That being said, bring pins for that!

2. Yes, 70% of the time your costume will fall apart at the seams, literally. SDCC is chaotic and the push-pull of the crowd can be especially vicious - I've had my costume dragged apart from the throng of people squeezing against me.
Emergency repair materials:
Safety pins
Double-sided tape in thin and thick widths
Super glue
Blue tack
Scissors
Needle and thread

3.  If you are wearing a revealing/precarious costume, fashion tape is important in preventing nip slips and other accidents. If you perspire a lot, it can cause your tape to lose its adhesive quality. Do not that fashion tape is very different from the regular double-sided tape you get from craft stores. It’s more gentle and effective on your skin.

Braza has pretty good waterproof flash tape: http://www.cloutshoppe.com/index/product/name/braza-swim-fashion-tape-pid9763

4. Stain remover pens. You don't want to lean on a dirty surface or drip food on your costume by accident and then have to worry about it showing up on photos. This one by Tide is compact and pocket-sized!  http://www.tide.com/en-US/product/tide-to-go.jspx

5. If you have a costume that has multiple embellishments/beads/appliques, you might want to bring extras in case they fall off. Actually, they WILL fall off (and sometime you won’t be able to find them), so don’t take any chances unless you’re planning to wear a crown or accessory with one of the stones missing or something.

HAIR/WIGS
1.  Hairspray and hair glue. Hair glue is AWESOME for repairing delicate spikes or stylised bangs and works well on both natural and synthetic wig hair.
Personal recommendation: Got2b Hair Glue - does wonders on wigs without making the synthetic texture clumpy or oily-looking. This is the stuff pro cosplayers use for styling Cloud Strife hair, trust me! :P
http://www.folica.com/hair-care/hair-gels-and-glues/got2b-glued-styling-spiking-glue

2. Loads of hair pins (try to get those that match the colour of your wig - it is a little unsightly when you see black bobby pins against a blonde wig)

3. Extra wig cap. I used to scoff at this idea, but what do you know, some people actually end up misplacing their wig caps (even though it’s supposed to go under your wigs!) at cons. Maybe they take it off for a break and get careless with it.


MAKE UP & MISC

1. Always bring make-up remover. Perspiration or rain (god forbid) can ruin your painstakingly applied make up, and it’s best to clean off the existing layer before re-applying than just painting/coating over it.
 
2. With that, you’d need facial tissues, wet wipes, cotton pads and cotton buds.

3. If you're wearing contact lenses, bring rewetting drops or saline solution. Getting your wig hair flying into your hard coloured contacts on a breezy day is one of the most excruciating feelings ever.

4. Oil blotters, because you honestly don’t need to contribute to the camera flash.

5. Chapstick — in windy or dry weather, your lips are going to crack, which makes the re-application of lipstick difficult and revolting.

6. Bandages! You may end up with blisters and chafing — not just on your feet — because of your costume. Don’t let it fester and become prone to infection, protect yourself from further skin damage.

7. Needless to say, bring along all the other makeup you would normally apply to go with your cosplay. Essentials would include:
Foundation
Primer
Eyebrow pencil
Eyeshadow
Rouge
Lip gloss/ lipstick

That's all I've got from the top of my head, so it anyone has any other suggestions it would be great! :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2013, 08:59:04 AM
Dogberry, that's an awesome list! I would just add one small thing for the badges: a couple of paper clips. If you get photographed often, then you don't want your name to be visible on your badge. You never know where these pictures end up (on the internet) and you don't want some weirdo tracking you down from your real name on your badge. I use a paper clip to cover my name with a piece of white paper. The paper clip is best because occasionally a CCI/security person may want to look at your name, so you need something easily removable. Here's an example of what I did for my daughter's badge.

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi129.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp206%2Ftransmutejun%2FBadge.jpg&hash=a413b17a580f6d6086f7f48ea205e116) (http://s129.photobucket.com/user/transmutejun/media/Badge.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jasonsmith on June 15, 2013, 01:12:40 AM
Can you keep your badge under your shirt or in your pocket?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Vapors on June 15, 2013, 01:17:41 AM
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Can you keep your badge under your shirt or in your pocket?

A friend of mine doesn't wear lanyards and prefers to have the badge clipped to his belt.  When he enters a room with a guard, he just lifts his shirt and points to the badge.  According to him, he rarely gets asked about his badge while roaming the exhibit hall.  Usually happens like once a day at most.

I would say go for it as long as it can be accessed easily without you stopping to hold up traffic or making you rummage through your pockets.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jasonsmith on June 15, 2013, 01:26:56 AM
Generally I like to keep those badges tucked away like in my backpack. As they could fall off or someone steal it off of you, and then you're screwed for the rest of the con.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Khaaaaaaanh!!! on June 15, 2013, 04:23:46 AM
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Generally I like to keep those badges tucked away like in my backpack. As they could fall off or someone steal it off of you, and then you're screwed for the rest of the con.

Not too big a deal if you make sure to have it out at all the usual places like entering the building, floor, panel rooms. rare to get stopped once inside but still possible.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 15, 2013, 08:16:08 AM
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Can you keep your badge under your shirt or in your pocket?

Yes. I keep mine pinned inside my costumes. I have to flip open my cape to show it when I enter the convention center or go up the escalators. That's usually about it.

Oh yeah, and going into the exhibit hall on preview night.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mynamehere on June 20, 2013, 07:06:20 PM
Coming from overseas and travelling around before comic-con, some of these items aren't really practicable to take with me

I'm thinking specificaly of a foldable chair- is there anywhere in SD that you could buy one?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: shuhbonkboo on June 20, 2013, 09:59:08 PM
I know some people just like to refill one or two water bottles but I like to bring two or three new bottles each day.  With that in mind, for those of you who are flying in, fill any extra space in your suitcase with water bottles.  I've been doing this on all my trips and it saves me time and money.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on June 21, 2013, 01:51:07 AM
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Coming from overseas and travelling around before comic-con, some of these items aren't really practicable to take with me

I'm thinking specificaly of a foldable chair- is there anywhere in SD that you could buy one?

There are many sports shops in the area if you tell me what city your hotel is in i can give you a list
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on June 21, 2013, 11:39:14 AM
I used to take a camelpack backpack with me and fill it with ice and water. Id keep snacks or sandwiches next to the water pack to keep everything cool. Its nice to have ice water that lasts all day. Not sure why I stopped, maybe because my ipad 2/3 wouldnt fit very well in the small backpack. Ive never not had enough room for swag in the camelpack backpack. Any exclusives i buy wouldnt fit very well or at all even in a full size backpack anyways.

I just picked up a used ipad mini, so ill probably take the camelpack with me again this year. or maybe ill just buy a camelpack insert for a regular backpack (if they have ones that are insulated so they dont get everything else wet.)

The ipad Mini is so light, and good battery life that Ill probably use it as my map/schedule/todo-list/twitter/forum/exclusives device this year over my iphone (which will be downgraded to my text/phone/camera this year). I recommend an ipad mini if you can find a used one. I think 300+ for it is way overpriced. People are selling them for 200-250 now that rumors of the mini2 are popping up.

I was going to bring my Surface Pro so i can play diablo III or WoW while in line, but with only 3-4 hours of battery life ill probably just leave it in the hotel room. I think watching live neardHQ streams or other youtube/forums stuff, i should be plenty busy while in line on my ipad mini.

I just picked up this Anker 13000mAh battery pack from amazon. Its on sale for $47. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5KHJW/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I opted for this over others because I want one with enough power to charge my ipad mini & my iphone. It is kind of heavy though. it has a 2amp and 1amp USB connectors. (2amp is great for quick recharging)

Also good to bring is your own Mobile Hotspot. I have a verizon one thats $45 a month for 5GB of 4G LTE. Very fast and not too expensive (I called pretending to cancel so they gave me a 5$ discount for the next 10 months lol). This way you have a nice stable connection no matter where you are (I hope).

Besides electronics, i think the next most usefull is sunscreen. I have gotten burned and it wasnt fun being in pain while hanging out with friends after the con.

All the big lists have most of the essentials so i wont repeat.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on June 21, 2013, 11:43:16 AM
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Coming from overseas and travelling around before comic-con, some of these items aren't really practicable to take with me

I'm thinking specificaly of a foldable chair- is there anywhere in SD that you could buy one?

I wouldn't bring a chair. Unless your camping overnight or have a health reason for sitting down. Thats a lot of weight and youll probably get more tired of carrying it than being glad to sit on it. Just bring a towel or just sit right on the ground if you have to.  Thats my opinion anyways.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on June 22, 2013, 04:47:03 PM
Here are some must haves for me:

Comfortable shoes - save the flip flops for the beach.  130,000 people attended Comic Con that's 260,000 feet on the con floor stepping where they can including toes.  Wear shoes.  Your feet will thank you.
Deodorant - yes, I am one of the considerate con goers.  :)
Wallet - duh.
Backpack -  bags are always tearing, a backpack stops all of that and ensures my NM issues stay NM!
Poster tube - great for swag, original art, posters, knocking some bozo on the head for cutting in line: jk.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Alvetica on June 22, 2013, 05:01:26 PM
Actually, flip flops are nice for the pool.  Don't leave em at home.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jasonsmith on June 22, 2013, 06:46:51 PM
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I wouldn't bring a chair. Unless your camping overnight or have a health reason for sitting down. Thats a lot of weight and youll probably get more tired of carrying it than being glad to sit on it. Just bring a towel or just sit right on the ground if you have to.  Thats my opinion anyways.

I watched some interview with the guy that runs the con, and I believe he talked something about not letting people camp out anymore.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: BadWolf on June 22, 2013, 08:51:44 PM
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I watched some interview with the guy that runs the con, and I believe he talked something about not letting people camp out anymore.

What?!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Frank11207 on June 22, 2013, 10:51:42 PM
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I watched some interview with the guy that runs the con, and I believe he talked something about not letting people camp out anymore.
Link? please
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jasonsmith on June 22, 2013, 11:46:01 PM
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Link? please

Actually what it was is about no more tents.

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/3/e/2/3e26c77a91a8df49/SDConCast_SE_David_Glanzer_CCI.mp3?c_id=5766797&expiration=1371966600&hwt=515bccb1b468668cd89505507d079df5
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ukdeejay on June 23, 2013, 12:47:32 AM
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I watched some interview with the guy that runs the con, and I believe he talked something about not letting people camp out anymore.

Yeah, this is referring to actually bringing full camping gear down - tents, cooking equip., etc. 'Extreme queuing' is fine (although, a reminder: no overnight queuing is allowed until the Hall H tents have been erected on Wednesday. Yeah, like that's stopped us before.)

Referring to poster, saying impractical to take a chair to con, the fold-up camping stools you can buy at pro-sports stores take up no weight or space at all and come in handy in those long queues. I'll be picking up the one I leave in Cali. for that purpose the second I get off the plane...


You let The Man get you down, The Man wins - I say, Damn The Man.
"I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jasonsmith on June 23, 2013, 12:57:22 AM
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Yeah, this is referring to actually bringing full camping gear down - tents, cooking equip., etc. 'Extreme queuing' is fine (although, a reminder: no overnight queuing is allowed until the Hall H tents have been erected on Wednesday. Yeah, like that's stopped us before.)

Referring to poster, saying impractical to take a chair to con, the fold-up camping stools you can buy at pro-sports stores take up no weight or space at all and come in handy in those long queues. I'll be picking up the one I leave in Cali. for that purpose the second I get off the plane...


You let The Man get you down, The Man wins - I say, Damn The Man.
"I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."


There's no way I could go camp out the day before the panel.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on June 23, 2013, 12:59:41 PM
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Actually, flip flops are nice for the pool.  Don't leave em at home.

Agreed but there's no pool at the convention center.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dogberry on June 24, 2013, 05:03:20 AM
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Coming from overseas and travelling around before comic-con, some of these items aren't really practicable to take with me

I'm thinking specificaly of a foldable chair- is there anywhere in SD that you could buy one?

Hey there! I'm also coming from continents away and doing quite a bit of shopping in other cities before flying domestic to SD, so luggage space has always been a concern, but don't worry! If you're not >100kg, you can get this foldable pocket chair: http://www.amazon.com/Allstar-Products-PC011712-Amazing-Pocket/dp/B004P33I70/ref=pd_sim_sg_3

It's so tiny and light you can pack it into a backpack. :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: BadWolf on June 24, 2013, 07:58:44 AM
What do you suggest to take for a Hall H lcamp out? Just a blanket to lay on? Do people in line sleep or are they generally awake all night chatting? I cant imagine being able to fall asleep out there.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Khaaaaaaanh!!! on June 24, 2013, 09:00:40 AM
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What do you suggest to take for a Hall H lcamp out? Just a blanket to lay on? Do people in line sleep or are they generally awake all night chatting? I cant imagine being able to fall asleep out there.

Whatever you need to be comfy overnight but also portable enough for you to carry around. Me, I'm good with my backpack and a hoodie but I try to find cement to sit on so I don't have to worry about damp grass. Some folks need their pillows and sleeping bags.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on June 24, 2013, 09:05:13 AM
I plan on having a small chair like this  http://tinyurl.com/lvzn29o, my travel pillow and a blanket or two. Plus my backpack with supplies.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on June 24, 2013, 09:42:42 AM
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What do you suggest to take for a Hall H lcamp out? Just a blanket to lay on? Do people in line sleep or are they generally awake all night chatting? I cant imagine being able to fall asleep out there.

You would be surprised, a lot of people are really sleeping, they have sleeping bags and blankets
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on June 24, 2013, 09:44:38 AM
You can also pick up the Trail Stools at Rei or Bass Pro Shops if your concerned about it being shipped in time.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: oneroomdisco on June 24, 2013, 11:18:10 AM
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What do you suggest to take for a Hall H lcamp out? Just a blanket to lay on? Do people in line sleep or are they generally awake all night chatting? I cant imagine being able to fall asleep out there.
This year is going to be my first time really camping out, but I'd recommend the bare minimum it takes for you to get some rest (I only got two and half hours of sleep Friday night after having only slept for two hours on Thursday night and I was dying for a fair part of our Hall H Saturday afternoon).  I'd also recommend at least some sort of blanket, since it does get fairly cool at night.  One creative option you might like is one of the thick geek bathrobes they sell in the hall.  My sister got a Tardis one last year and used it as a wearable "blanket" in line.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: BadWolf on June 24, 2013, 12:53:36 PM
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This year is going to be my first time really camping out, but I'd recommend the bare minimum it takes for you to get some rest (I only got two and half hours of sleep Friday night after having only slept for two hours on Thursday night and I was dying for a fair part of our Hall H Saturday afternoon).  I'd also recommend at least some sort of blanket, since it does get fairly cool at night.  One creative option you might like is one of the thick geek bathrobes they sell in the hall.  My sister got a Tardis one last year and used it as a wearable "blanket" in line.

I actually have one of those, the Dalek. :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheTFReview on June 24, 2013, 06:23:03 PM
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What do you suggest to take for a Hall H lcamp out? Just a blanket to lay on? Do people in line sleep or are they generally awake all night chatting? I cant imagine being able to fall asleep out there.

Last year it was pretty social until about 2am, then about 70% of folks are genuinely trying to sleep and the rest reclused into their little group of friends or onto their ipads/phones, and it stayed pretty quiet until about 7. These people were pretty well prepared for it with sleeping bags, portable chargers, coolers. With it being my first year camping out last year I made the mistake of just bringing a pillow with no blankets or anything to keep warm. It gets VERY COLD on that grass! I was freezing to a point where I was shivering for some reason. It wasn't an easy night sleep.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: BadWolf on June 24, 2013, 07:32:22 PM
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Last year it was pretty social until about 2am, then about 70% of folks are genuinely trying to sleep and the rest reclused into their little group of friends or onto their ipads/phones, and it stayed pretty quiet until about 7. These people were pretty well prepared for it with sleeping bags, portable chargers, coolers. With it being my first year camping out last year I made the mistake of just bringing a pillow with no blankets or anything to keep warm. It gets VERY COLD on that grass! I was freezing to a point where I was shivering for some reason. It wasn't an easy night sleep.

Good info, thank you. Are you allowed to bring beer and drink in line?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheTFReview on June 24, 2013, 07:36:29 PM
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Good info, thank you. Are you allowed to bring beer and drink in line?

I'm pretty sure drinking in public is illegal haha.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on June 25, 2013, 05:06:28 AM
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Good info, thank you. Are you allowed to bring beer and drink in line?


Yea, no. LOL I mean, you could try and hide it but if you were caught that could lead to some huge issues for you.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: BadWolf on June 25, 2013, 08:53:48 AM
I dont know why, I always pictured it in my head as people sitting around with their coolers, having a beer and chatting. Wishful thinking maybe! Not sure how I am going to sleep on the ground SOBER. ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: AshDar on June 25, 2013, 11:46:03 AM
I'm buying snacks to pack in my luggage (cliff bars, nature valley, etc) so I don't have to buy those things there. I'm bringing a reusable water bottle as well, so I can just fill it up rather than buy new bottles every time I'm thirsty.

I also bought this today. Hopefully it does what I need it to do! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTK6SLE/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris Hagish on June 29, 2013, 01:35:28 PM
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I'm buying snacks to pack in my luggage (cliff bars, nature valley, etc) so I don't have to buy those things there. I'm bringing a reusable water bottle as well, so I can just fill it up rather than buy new bottles every time I'm thirsty.

I also bought this today. Hopefully it does what I need it to do! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTK6SLE/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item


This is currently on sale WAY cheaper then the one i suggest and its stronger so buy it FAST
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on June 29, 2013, 02:45:20 PM
That's the same one I just bought. It's amazing. A little heavy but should last all day of recharging stuff
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Bert Su on June 29, 2013, 03:58:58 PM
My comic shop was giving away reusable bags this month. They 're made of the same material as sdcc bags and they're also from Warner Bros. I may bring it with me to put swag in because it's not as cumbersome as the big bag.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: moconnor84 on July 02, 2013, 08:01:06 AM
Does anyone have any recommendations for sleeping bags? I'm looking for something that rolls up pretty nicely into my suitcase/backpack. Thanks!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DaveG on July 02, 2013, 09:53:14 AM
I'm just going with cheap sleeping bag from Wal-mart.  It looks comfortable enough and fits into my suitcase.  This way, if I don't have room for it on the way back, it won't be much of a loss if I just toss it.  It was a $20 expense, which is less than 10% of one night in the hotel and I suspect I'll get more use out of it than the hotel bed.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Miss Kitty on July 02, 2013, 01:50:17 PM
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I'm just going with cheap sleeping bag from Wal-mart.  It looks comfortable enough and fits into my suitcase.  This way, if I don't have room for it on the way back, it won't be much of a loss if I just toss it.  It was a $20 expense, which is less than 10% of one night in the hotel and I suspect I'll get more use out of it than the hotel bed.

Don't toss it!! There's lots of homeless in the area. I'm sure one of them would LOVE to have your sleeping bag. They will come up and mingle too. Usually really nice, some a bit off kilter, but harmless. It's too bad they don't have the homeless holding wi-fi codes any more. That was helpful to many. There were people who thought it was degrading. I thought it was genius. If you use their wi-fi code, you tip them. Win-win!!...totally off the subject, sorry.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Vapors on July 02, 2013, 11:37:13 PM
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Don't toss it!! There's lots of homeless in the area. I'm sure one of them would LOVE to have your sleeping bag. They will come up and mingle too. Usually really nice, some a bit off kilter, but harmless. It's too bad they don't have the homeless holding wi-fi codes any more. That was helpful to many. There were people who thought it was degrading. I thought it was genius. If you use their wi-fi code, you tip them. Win-win!!...totally off the subject, sorry.

I remember hearing about this.  I thought it wasn't that bad of a deal either.  They were being paid.  And its no worse than people who have to stand out in the sun in some costume or someone on a street corner with those signs directing you to Subway or some store.

To contribute to the thread, besides the gold and silver sharpie, I would suggest bringing a selection of pens (ball point, sharpies, etc).  You never know if the artist or celebrity you are getting a sig starts running out of ink.  Its happened a couple of times, and I'm helpfully able to get this to them to continue their work.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: newbie12 on July 04, 2013, 09:40:55 AM
As a finicky coffee drinker, I bring a few packets of the sweetner that I prefer in my bag just in case. Many places don't usually have it & I found my morning is off kilter without a cup o' joe the way I like it  ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on July 04, 2013, 09:57:43 AM
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As a finicky coffee drinker, I bring a few packets of the sweetner that I prefer in my bag just in case. Many places don't usually have it & I found my morning is off kilter without a cup o' joe the way I like it  ;)

I am the same and I only like certain blends.  Not a fan of SBs but it'll do in a pinch.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jenwagner73 on July 04, 2013, 01:15:13 PM
Is it worth it to buy sturdier badge holders? If so, how large is the badge and is it oriented portrait or landscape-style?

This is our first time attending. 2 adults and 2 children and I am trying to be as prepared as possible. But all the tips and advice are making my head spin! I need to pick someone's brain....
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DaveG on July 04, 2013, 02:02:29 PM
Previous year badges were thick paper about 3 1/2 inches by 4 inches in size.  But I wouldn't necessarily assume this year will be the same.  It sounds like they are planning some changes.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on July 04, 2013, 02:59:26 PM
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Is it worth it to buy sturdier badge holders? If so, how large is the badge and is it oriented portrait or landscape-style?

This is our first time attending. 2 adults and 2 children and I am trying to be as prepared as possible. But all the tips and advice are making my head spin! I need to pick someone's brain....

Considering that the badges may be changing with RFID, I'd hold off.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Alvetica on July 15, 2013, 12:06:54 PM
If you use IEM headphones, bring spare tips.  You're probably going to lose some.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on July 15, 2013, 09:11:21 PM
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The Fox booth has given away poster tubes for the past 2 years, and before that it was every other year.  So, they may or may not distribute them this year.  There's always a few vendors selling poster tubes of various length throughout the exhibit hall floor, though.
I picked up 2 poster tubes (2" x 24") at Staples for $5.00, actually they were called mailing tubes, same thing.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on July 15, 2013, 09:23:16 PM
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Last year before going I read several similar threads and picked up a couple of the recommended items including: (1) an external charger, (2) extra battery for cell phone, and (3) a travel/camping chair.  All three were EXCELLENT recommendations and were particularly helpful for what we spend approximately 90% of our time at SDCC doing....waiting.  I was especially happy with my travel chair (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019N36B2/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1) because it was easy to carry, came in handy while waiting in line, and easily fit under my seat once I got into a room.   
I read that at the NBC HQ next to the Tin Fish restaurant they are giving out cardboard chairs.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on July 15, 2013, 09:25:40 PM
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Paper and pen to write down booth numbers.  Nothing worst than seeing an item you want to purchase later and not knowing the booth number.  Good luck trying to find it.
I use the "notepad" on my fone, I even use it for my grocery shopping ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Bert Su on July 16, 2013, 03:53:09 PM
I'll pack my Bumblebee hooded sweat shirts for the long night I'm going to have in San Diego tomorrow.
Title: Helpful hint
Post by: dolphina on July 21, 2013, 09:19:09 PM
Helpful Hint: Put a sticker on your personal items (phones,cameras, back packs, etc) with contact information; that way if you drop or lose something if found you could be contacted (you might lose it outside the convention center and they don"t know if you have a badge or not. Regarding your phone, put close relative or friend, preferably, one who is at Comic Con with you.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: juliafrood on July 28, 2013, 11:53:33 AM
Not sure if his is the right place for this, but I wanted to share because these worked out SO WELL for us.  I have no connection to Amazon and these are not affiliate links.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1000749_10153052763615445_2077113048_n.jpg)

(That is us showing the bags in use)

My husband and I each got one of these in different colors (mine was purple and his was green, though they have many other colors including black) and it was the BEST piece of gear we had all week!  The nylon cord has an adjustable length and is VERY sturdy.  It has a clear front pocket that fits the badge AND badge holder but will allow you to slide it out if needed for scanning.  Then, it also has TWO zipper pockets.  We used the smaller one for money, credit cards, and photo ID, and the bigger one for extra pens, special swag (like the Ender's Game dog tags) and business cards or notes we didn't want to lose in a pocket or our bigger bag.  There is also an elastic loop on the side for a pen!

We were sort of wary since everyone here seemed to use regular badge holders and wallets, but it was so nice to be able to verify that our really important stuff was still with us without having to check multiple pockets.  The strip of fabric above the badge pouch was also great for displaying our favorite pins  :D  I HIGHLY recommend these for next year and we will probably buy a few extras in case they stop making them for some reason.  They cost us under $8 each with free shipping since we're PRIME members (again, we do not sell these and this is not an affiliate link so I hope it's OK):

http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Wallet-Passport-Holder-Forest/dp/B0058DQD7I/ref=pd_sim_op_4 (http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Wallet-Passport-Holder-Forest/dp/B0058DQD7I/ref=pd_sim_op_4)
http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Wallet-Passport-Bags-Less/dp/B0058DQLV6/ref=pd_sim_op_1 (http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Wallet-Passport-Bags-Less/dp/B0058DQLV6/ref=pd_sim_op_1)   
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on July 29, 2013, 06:35:16 AM
That is a good recommendation. They seem very secure! Those kinds of holders are also great for amusement parks where you can't carry a bag on any of the rides. (Like Universal Studios and Knott's)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on July 29, 2013, 09:53:51 AM
Juliafrood, I really like those badge holders!
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DRWHO42 on July 29, 2013, 12:35:09 PM
I was very happy with the Powergen mobile power pack. I cannot recall who recommended it but I was able to charge my iPhone at least twice a day with it. An added bonus was that it has 2 power outputs so you can recharge 2 devices at the same time.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: diadori on August 03, 2013, 06:21:32 AM
Wow, this thread has been super helpful. I am planning on attending SDCC for the first time next year and I'm already planning!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on January 27, 2014, 11:57:59 AM
Plus 1 for the person that mentioned bringing a Camelbak.  I've brought that to tons of places and it's paid for itself on my first two outings.  When all the water is used, it rolls down into nothing making more space for Swag. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iluvsourwolf on January 29, 2014, 09:59:29 AM
I like to do autograph signings and buy prints so those clear 8.5 x 11 plastic photo sleeves are great. At home I keep these in a binder in sheet protectors so i reuse the sleeves. Get one big one too, for big posters and prints.

Bring snacks and a pack lunch. I hate the con food.

I have a collapsible monopod that is great for taking pics. It steadies the hand when taking long distance pics in panels and mine fit in the free fox poster tube last year.

If you run a blog or website, get free business cards at vistsprint and give them out to people you meet.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: AlanS on January 30, 2014, 07:43:33 AM
Sounds like I can use the same badge-holders that I got for Gen Con badges - they seem to be about the same size.  Thanks for the tips on the collapsible chairs, I think I'll snag a couple of those...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DaveG on January 30, 2014, 08:31:09 AM
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Sounds like I can use the same badge-holders that I got for Gen Con badges - they seem to be about the same size.  Thanks for the tips on the collapsible chairs, I think I'll snag a couple of those...

I have both badges from last year.  Gen Con badges are 3" x 4".  Comic Con badges are 3 5/8" x 4".  So the width is identical and the Comic Con badge is a little taller.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: annaatcci on February 15, 2014, 10:17:14 PM
Great information on this thread. Thank you all for such great ideas. Some I hadn't thought of.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: SandiGabi on March 10, 2014, 01:23:14 PM
Thanks everyone for sharing.

Does anyone suggest what to do get for their cell phone storage? Do you just bring your bag/backpack and stick it in a zipped pocket, etc? Just curious to see how/where people carry their phones, especially if they need easy access to it for picture-taking and whatnot. Thanks again in advance!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on March 10, 2014, 01:48:00 PM
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Thanks everyone for sharing.

Does anyone suggest what to do get for their cell phone storage? Do you just bring your bag/backpack and stick it in a zipped pocket, etc? Just curious to see how/where people carry their phones, especially if they need easy access to it for picture-taking and whatnot. Thanks again in advance!

Half the time i just keep the phone camera on, and hold it in my hand so i can take quick pictures. Almost makes me want to buy a real camera so i can keep the phone in my pocket and save the battery.

I brought my laptop bag last year, but felt wierd carrying it around like a purse (Murse?). This year ill man up and wear a two strap backup, despite the conveinence of a single strap bag/pack. biggest downside to a backpack is the sweating. I think ill invent a backpack where the straps blow cool air on your shoulders and back to keep you dry. /millionaireIdea?

Anyways, I would either keep your phone in your hand, and just keep a portable battery pack with you to recharge it, or else buy a camera so you can keep the phone in your pocket.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on March 10, 2014, 02:21:36 PM
http://www.veskimo.com/cooling-hydration-backpack-system.html (http://www.veskimo.com/cooling-hydration-backpack-system.html)

Cooling vest powered by a portable backpack AC unit ! ROFL. Essential for long hours in line under the sun. 8)

only $600
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jujubaSD on March 10, 2014, 02:55:42 PM
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Thanks everyone for sharing.

Does anyone suggest what to do get for their cell phone storage? Do you just bring your bag/backpack and stick it in a zipped pocket, etc? Just curious to see how/where people carry their phones, especially if they need easy access to it for picture-taking and whatnot. Thanks again in advance!

We always bring one backpack and trade who's carrying it. It's a standard backpack, not one of those huges ones that knocks people over lol

We keep our IDs, wallets, and phones in an area that is closed with a travel lock. And pretty much keep a portfolio binder on the inside to keep our comics safe, some snacks, there's a water bottle pocket on the outside, and any other essentials. We have a DSLR though, so our phone doesn't need to be easily accessible as one of is always wearing the DSLR around our neck.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: GallifreyGal on March 10, 2014, 03:30:30 PM
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We always bring one backpack and trade who's carrying it. It's a standard backpack, not one of those huges ones that knocks people over lol

Folks need to remember that their girth increases when wearing a big backpack. My last SDCC, I was almost knocked over multiple times by those ahead of me who forgot they had this extra thing on their back. Please remember us short people!  O:-)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jujubaSD on March 10, 2014, 05:09:55 PM
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Folks need to remember that their girth increases when wearing a big backpack. My last SDCC, I was almost knocked over multiple times by those ahead of me who forgot they had this extra thing on their back. Please remember us short people!  O:-)

Exactly! Which is why we keep a smaller/normal backpack. Literally just enough to hold a few protein bars, bananas, home sammiches, and my comic portfolio/holder. Some people use those huge ones that hold cameras and laptops, and I swear they stuff it with an extra pair of clothes. And...ugh. I get knocked around. I'm only 5'1'', so I hear your pain!!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DRWHO42 on March 11, 2014, 04:40:08 AM
I carry a decent sized Swissgear laptop bag for my idevices and SLR. Straps are comfortable after a few hours of walking around.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on March 16, 2014, 09:33:05 AM
When I travel I have learned to carry a wifi extender. It seems that whatever hotel I'm at my room just seems to have poor reception, but I plug in my wifi extender and voila my connection is nice and stable and strong. I bought mine at Best Buy but Amazon probably has it cheaper.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on March 16, 2014, 10:58:02 AM
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When I travel I have learned to carry a wifi extender. It seems that whatever hotel I'm at my room just seems to have poor reception, but I plug in my wifi extender and voila my connection is nice and stable and strong. I bought mine at Best Buy but Amazon probably has it cheaper.

Never heard of one, so thx for posting!  The wifi at the BW Island Palms just plain sucks.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on March 26, 2014, 12:10:16 PM
I'm trying to figure out if I should purchase a sleeping bag for Hall H or one of those tailgate chairs with the leg rests.  I can sleep in a chair I do it all the time at work, so no problem there. LoL  I already have a travel pad for the ground for insulation and comfort I would just need the sleeping bag and costco has a pretty good deal.  So thoughts anyone?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: angel_k on March 26, 2014, 12:19:25 PM
Just keep in mind there's not a lot of room in Hall H itself so whatever you bring with you should be small enough to fit in front of you/on your lap or you should plan on bringing it back to your car/hotel before going into the room.  If that's not a problem, heck yeah bring a sleeping back.  :)  I just bring a sleep sack (like a sleeping back, but about as thing as a sheet), and a sweater and I'm fine.  The hard ground does suck though.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheTimmer on March 27, 2014, 10:52:45 AM
WRT poster/document tubes, I'm a big fan of this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Helix-Document-Expands-29-Inches-61600/dp/B00576ARM8/

The diamter lets it fit the side water bottle pocket for most backpacks, and sits about as tall as a decent size backpack when it's in the pocket and unexpanded, so it can be secured.  There is a larger version, 3 1/2" dia, 29" long, expands to 40".
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on March 27, 2014, 11:58:24 AM
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Just keep in mind there's not a lot of room in Hall H itself so whatever you bring with you should be small enough to fit in front of you/on your lap or you should plan on bringing it back to your car/hotel before going into the room.  If that's not a problem, heck yeah bring a sleeping back.  :)  I just bring a sleep sack (like a sleeping back, but about as thing as a sheet), and a sweater and I'm fine.  The hard ground does suck though.

O.k thanks Angel, so sleeping pad for sure and then the sleeping bag I saw at Costco.  It folds down to a manageable size and i can toss it under my chair in Hall H and throw the sleeping pad in my backpack. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 27, 2014, 12:57:18 PM
Here's a tip. If you want to save money, and you're not too picky, you can get free Hall H camping gear on the Hall H lawn, about 30 minutes after the line is let in.  ;)

Seriously, it's amazing how many people dump their camping gear on the lawn because once the night is over they don't want it. I've seen folding chairs, air mattresses, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows... these people need to be assessed with a fine for littering.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: angel_k on March 27, 2014, 01:23:25 PM
Omg I might have to go scavenging for gear lol


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Louie_rob_m on March 27, 2014, 02:04:25 PM
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WRT poster/document tubes, I'm a big fan of this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Helix-Document-Expands-29-Inches-61600/dp/B00576ARM8/

I have been look for a good poster tube for prints!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on March 27, 2014, 02:31:13 PM
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Here's a tip. If you want to save money, and you're not too picky, you can get free Hall H camping gear on the Hall H lawn, about 30 minutes after the line is let in.  ;)

Seriously, it's amazing how many people dump their camping gear on the lawn because once the night is over they don't want it. I've seen folding chairs, air mattresses, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows... these people need to be assessed with a fine for littering.
Hopefully the homeless know about this.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on March 27, 2014, 09:04:50 PM
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Here's a tip. If you want to save money, and you're not too picky, you can get free Hall H camping gear on the Hall H lawn, about 30 minutes after the line is let in.  ;)

Seriously, it's amazing how many people dump their camping gear on the lawn because once the night is over they don't want it. I've seen folding chairs, air mattresses, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows... these people need to be assessed with a fine for littering.

I'm surprised more homeless people haven't raided the Hall H leftovers.  Last year, my wife and I on Sunday tripped over sleeping bags, pillows, etc when we seat jumped for SOA.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on March 28, 2014, 09:09:51 AM
The Salvation Army or some other non profit should setup a bin by the Hall H doors where people can just toss their sleeping bags and pillows in for donation.  I can't imagine the convention center was to thrilled picking up after everybody.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DaveG on March 28, 2014, 09:26:57 AM
Yeah, if they set up a bin in a convenient location, I'm sure a lot of people would take the time to drop it off.  That would be a wonderful way to go. 

I know last year I was worried about having space in my luggage for my sleeping bag, but it ended up working out fine.  I was also able to run back to the hotel to drop it off each morning so people weren't tripping over it in the hall.  But that assumes a downtown hotel.   :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on March 28, 2014, 09:37:36 AM
Does anyone in SoCal has a contact at goodwill/Salvation army?

I can see CCI allowing them access to pick up the discarded stuff.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on March 28, 2014, 10:12:06 AM
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Yeah, if they set up a bin in a convenient location, I'm sure a lot of people would take the time to drop it off.  That would be a wonderful way to go. 


Yeah, i was just thinking of having the bin(s) right by the doors when people file into hall H and just tossing it in without having to get out of line.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on April 22, 2014, 02:22:17 PM
I just bought one of those collapsible 3 leg stools from amazon for $15.  I plan to use this for every line but Hall H as that line unfortunately requires a sleeping bag.  :P
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: pacino408 on April 30, 2014, 11:10:45 PM
Picked up one of those bcw storfolio's and that passport/con badge holder that another member recommended. Now I just have to go find my perfect backpack for the con.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Ghost6 on May 06, 2014, 12:04:41 AM
I used to cart around my messenger bag filled with all sorts of snacks, Chapstick, water, pens and paper. Etc....but then I realized that all that was really essential to me was my phone and an external battery.  That is truly one of the joys of staying downtown...leave the con if you can, have lunch at any number of downtown restaurants, go back to your room to relax, take a break and kick back while checking out the happenings across the street.  It's easy to fall into overpacking for every occasion, but the reality is...you can easily make do with less.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 06, 2014, 06:55:18 AM
I would say that the one time you do want to pack a bag and have things with you is if you are planning on sitting in a panel room all day. if you can't easily leave, it's good to have anything you might need with you!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Stikman on May 06, 2014, 01:24:42 PM
Last year I switched from the standard backpack I’d used for years to a good sized messenger back. I really like it better as it lays flatter, holds all our essentials, and it’s easier to swing in front of me for easy access. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Ghost6 on May 06, 2014, 10:27:10 PM
Completely agree guys...if you are sitting in a room all day...bring some activities!  I wish people would swap those ridiculous wb bags and backpacks for slimmer messenger bags.  There is nothing more aggravating than someone with a steamer trunk strapped to their back making wild turning moves and clocking the heck out of you in a tightly packed con. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mike on May 07, 2014, 06:39:37 AM
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Completely agree guys...if you are sitting in a room all day...bring some activities!  I wish people would swap those ridiculous wb bags and backpacks for slimmer messenger bags.  There is nothing more aggravating than someone with a steamer trunk strapped to their back making wild turning moves and clocking the heck out of you in a tightly packed con.

Could always be worse...

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mike on May 07, 2014, 06:46:11 AM
Although even a messenger bag can be annoying. It's not what type of bag you wear; it's more how you handle it. I usually have a Swiss gear backpack and it can get pretty full, but I'm very careful to check who is behind me whenever I want to turn around. Sometimes, especially in the exhibit hall, the only way to turn around is to keep moving forward.

I'd consider a messenger bag like this one though.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/aaa5/

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 07, 2014, 06:49:45 AM
I have one of those! I use it at work. One day one of my students came up and asked me if it was a bag of holding. He was so impressed when I told him it was!

They have a great Aperture bag at Thinkgeek as well.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on May 18, 2014, 01:29:20 PM
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Last year I switched from the standard backpack I’d used for years to a good sized messenger back. I really like it better as it lays flatter, holds all our essentials, and it’s easier to swing in front of me for easy access.

Backpacks all the way. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Michael M on May 18, 2014, 07:17:37 PM
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Last year I switched from the standard backpack I’d used for years to a good sized messenger back. I really like it better as it lays flatter, holds all our essentials, and it’s easier to swing in front of me for easy access.

What brand/model do you have?  While I've no problem using my Swiss gear, it is built for a laptop and gets a tad bulky, so other options would be cool...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Stikman on May 19, 2014, 04:50:21 PM
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What brand/model do you have?  While I've no problem using my Swiss gear, it is built for a laptop and gets a tad bulky, so other options would be cool...

I use a Belkin 17X14 messenger bag. Not sure what model it is. I think it's built for a laptop as well but it's perfect for keeping artwork/autographs nice and flat while carrying them around. Snacks too!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TLille on May 22, 2014, 12:43:02 PM
If you are not one of the lucky ones to get into some of the parties with free alcohol, don't forget to bring a flask.  I don't drink a lot, but when I do go out to grab a drink the bars usually have high prices on alcohol.  This will cut it down a little bit so I can buy other stuff at the con.

http://www.inkwhiskey.com/
 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: pacino408 on May 22, 2014, 06:15:13 PM
Stuck at work still but those NES cartridges are great. I hope you dont have to blow on the bottom to get it working :P
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: saintocamus on May 22, 2014, 10:59:52 PM
Peptobismol and extra batteries

 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: pacino408 on May 30, 2014, 11:49:25 AM
I have some pics of the items I got so far for SDCC. I got custom Jordans ( glow in the dark say SDCC and 75 for Batman). Made some nerdy business cards, sharpies, BCW comic holder, and a badge holder. I still got more things to pickup but man I can't wait, posted some pics (hope that is Ok) . http://s1288.photobucket.com/user/pac408/library/SDCC%202014
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: smiley424 on May 31, 2014, 06:12:30 AM
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I have some pics of the items I got so far for SDCC. I got custom Jordans ( glow in the dark say SDCC and 75 for Batman). Made some nerdy business cards, sharpies, BCW comic holder, and a badge holder. I still got more things to pickup but man I can't wait, posted some pics (hope that is Ok) . http://s1288.photobucket.com/user/pac408/library/SDCC%202014

Sweet Jordans!

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on June 04, 2014, 07:14:55 AM
This is something that you should have with you at all times, even when not at SDCC and that is Benadryl.
You never know when you (or someone around you) will have an allergic reaction to a food, drink, or other substance and taking a Benadryl when you are experiencing an allergic reaction will lessen the severity of the reaction. So keep it in your backpack, you might even save a life.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 04, 2014, 09:32:12 AM
Adding to that, always bring your painkiller of choice and some bandaids.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on June 04, 2014, 10:20:58 AM

Moleskin for blisters on your feet, this really works great, you are able to walk on blistered feet without any pain.

http://www.drscholls.com/Products/MoleskinPlusPadding
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Miss Kitty on June 04, 2014, 10:57:14 AM
Did I already mention baggies?? They are great for all sorts of things.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on June 05, 2014, 11:55:07 AM

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Never heard of one, so thx for posting!  The wifi at the BW Island Palms just plain sucks.
ive got a couple of extenders in my house because we have the router in the furthest possible corner of the house
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: sylent_asassin on June 11, 2014, 09:21:23 AM
Extra camera batteries- I provide blog coverage on SDCC and other conventions, and last year I took over 1,000 photos of cosplayers, events and the surrounding area.

Miniature chairs- I mean the ones that fold up and fit inside of backpacks. If you're planning on waiting in line for panels or early morning exclusive lines, this comes in handy. There's nothing like sitting in the grass where there are bugs waiting to crawl on you. I hate bugs!

Bandanas- I come from an area that only has dry heat, so the humidity kills me and I sweat profusely, especially when I first arrive.

Sunscreen- If you plan to be outside (or not), it's always handy and doesn't take up too much space.

I'm sure snacks and water has already been covered in spades.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: bmckniff on June 11, 2014, 05:51:07 PM
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Extra camera batteries- I provide blog coverage on SDCC and other conventions, and last year I took over 1,000 photos of cosplayers, events and the surrounding area.

Miniature chairs- I mean the ones that fold up and fit inside of backpacks. If you're planning on waiting in line for panels or early morning exclusive lines, this comes in handy. There's nothing like sitting in the grass where there are bugs waiting to crawl on you. I hate bugs!

Bandanas- I come from an area that only has dry heat, so the humidity kills me and I sweat profusely, especially when I first arrive.

Sunscreen- If you plan to be outside (or not), it's always handy and doesn't take up too much space.

I'm sure snacks and water has already been covered in spades.

If you think San Diego is humid, never visit the east coast. I lived there my whole life until recently, the humidity easily gets up into the 90% plus range. San Diego averages low 60 to mid 70% tops. Average highs year round don't even break 80.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Michael M on June 11, 2014, 07:17:20 PM
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If you think San Diego is humid, never visit the east coast. I lived there my whole life until recently, the humidity easily gets up into the 90% plus range. San Diego averages low 60 to mid 70% tops. Average highs year round don't even break 80.
This is why I shave my head out here in Philly ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on June 17, 2014, 02:15:03 PM
this is for the hotel room electronics

2 Power strips, 1 for desk & 1 for nightstand

room phone charge set up, not to be confused with backpack phone charge system

ipad/laptop charge set up

wifi extender. I already have this in my house, http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-N300-Wi-Fi-Range-Extender/dp/B004YAYM06/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1403010046&sr=1-2&keywords=wifi+extender

a plug in, bomber, easy to use, alarm clock

headlamp/small flash light/book light

Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Michael M on June 18, 2014, 03:41:00 PM
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this is for the hotel room electronics

2 Power strips, 1 for desk & 1 for nightstand

room phone charge set up, not to be confused with backpack phone charge system

ipad/laptop charge set up

wifi extender. I already have this in my house, http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-N300-Wi-Fi-Range-Extender/dp/B004YAYM06/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1403010046&sr=1-2&keywords=wifi+extender

a plug in, bomber, easy to use, alarm clock

headlamp/small flash light/book light
So, silly question...is the extender to extend the free signal available from the hotel lobby?  Or am I just too tired this evening that I'm missing something?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: karl clement on June 18, 2014, 04:45:32 PM
I was cleaning up my office and found some great holders for autograhsm 8x10 and other sizes, will even hold some smaller schetchs, put those in my to pack pill
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: smiley424 on June 18, 2014, 04:45:43 PM
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So, silly question...is the extender to extend the free signal available from the hotel lobby?  Or am I just too tired this evening that I'm missing something?
You are correct sir.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Michael M on June 18, 2014, 04:47:42 PM
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You are correct sir.

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Silly question #2: Does that work reliably?  Based on what floor you're on/how far you are from the lobby?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: smiley424 on June 18, 2014, 04:50:32 PM
I don't know, I don't own one myself.  It depends on the signal strength.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on June 18, 2014, 07:55:38 PM
Sometimes even if you have internet in ur room the signal is poor. The extender helps to boost the signal. I always take one with me and it makes a difference.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on June 18, 2014, 08:42:51 PM
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Sometimes even if you have internet in ur room the signal is poor. The extender helps to boost the signal. I always take one with me and it makes a difference.

If you're staying way out on Shelter Island at the BW Palms, you definitely need one.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: farseeker on June 19, 2014, 10:39:33 PM
Probably a silly question, but what size sd card do you all use for your cameras?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on June 20, 2014, 01:40:16 AM
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Probably a silly question, but what size sd card do you all use for your cameras?

It really depends on how many photos or videos you think you'll be taking.

I'd probably go with a 16 GB SD card, just to be safe, but that also depends on whether or not you can download your photos or videos to your computer or upload them onto an online storage website (like Dropbox).  If you're planning on using the same SD card for the entire convention without removing the photos or videos you've taken the previous day, I'd go with a 32 GB SD card, or even a larger one with 64 GB, to have enough space for the four or five days.

Hope that helps! ^__^
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: farseeker on June 20, 2014, 02:45:14 AM
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It really depends on how many photos or videos you think you'll be taking.

I'd probably go with a 16 GB SD card, just to be safe, but that also depends on whether or not you can download your photos or videos to your computer or upload them onto an online storage website (like Dropbox).  If you're planning on using the same SD card for the entire convention without removing the photos or videos you've taken the previous day, I'd go with a 32 GB SD card, or even a larger one with 64 GB, to have enough space for the four or five days.

Hope that helps! ^__^

yeah that helps - I've got us each a 32gig one. We won't be able to transfer them off (not bringing any computers) but we can always buy another one, I just don't want us to have to duck out and get replacements in the middle of the con.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: beffyjo on June 20, 2014, 06:51:04 AM
I got a 32GB to use. I doubt I'll fill it up, but I figured it's a 'better safe than sorry' situation.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on June 22, 2014, 02:14:43 PM
To try and help prevent the Con crud besides taking your vitamin C or Airbornne be sure to pack and use hand sanitizer. Bath & Body works has small little ones you can even put in a pants pocket.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on June 22, 2014, 02:33:17 PM
Don't forget the holder rubber holder so you can attach it to your backpack/purse/messenger bag/WB Bag.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: nerdsinrecovery on July 11, 2014, 06:09:47 PM
Other ideas...

1. SUNSCREEN - for Hall H and Ballroom Lines.
2. Good shoes, you will need them.
3. Protein or even Lunchables etc..the Con food is horrible.
4. Business Cards and case to put cards you receive in.

Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: trinsghost on July 15, 2014, 05:46:41 AM
I buy a couple Go Picnic (box lunches) from Target or the nearest gas convenience store that has them (they're more at airports), and bring a box each day for lunch.  I tend to be in a panel or somewhere (busy) mid-day, and don't want to up and leave (or spend $$ at a cart) for lunch.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on July 15, 2014, 06:07:41 AM
Or go to the subway in the gas lamp. They have pre made sandwiches and if I remember right they are open 24 hours


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on July 15, 2014, 07:02:28 AM
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Or go to the subway in the gas lamp. They have pre made sandwiches and if I remember right they are open 24 hours


For over a thousand generations, the Comic Con Nerds were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Twilhearts

Sounds like a case of the BGs to me.  Nooo, thank you.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on July 15, 2014, 08:46:17 AM
Don't be scared. I'm sure they will go good with the 7-11 sushi


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on July 15, 2014, 08:53:46 AM
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Don't be scared. I'm sure they will go good with the 7-11 sushi

The hot dogs from the Kwik-E-Mart. (They are strictly ornamental.)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mike on July 17, 2014, 11:03:09 PM
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I have one of those! I use it at work. One day one of my students came up and asked me if it was a bag of holding. He was so impressed when I told him it was!

They have a great Aperture bag at Thinkgeek as well.
Decided to pick up the Bag of Holding - not bad! Been using it for about a week and it definitely holds as much as my gargantuan backpack, but is way slimmer. I think it'll be a good choice for next week. NEXT WEEK!!! ;D
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on July 18, 2014, 11:27:53 AM
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Decided to pick up the Bag of Holding - not bad! Been using it for about a week and it definitely holds as much as my gargantuan backpack, but is way slimmer. I think it'll be a good choice for next week. NEXT WEEK!!! ;D

If I see you with your bag of holding, I will be sure to say hello!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jamesonite on July 18, 2014, 02:32:14 PM
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Decided to pick up the Bag of Holding - not bad! Been using it for about a week and it definitely holds as much as my gargantuan backpack, but is way slimmer. I think it'll be a good choice for next week. NEXT WEEK!!! ;D

I have used my bag of holding for years... fair warning it can dig into your shoulder as the day progresses make sure to switch sides often.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: thephotomatt on July 20, 2014, 05:55:05 PM
Just received my Jansport Watchtower backpack yesterday, and I must say it's the perfect size for a con -- not too big, not too small:

http://www.jansport.com/shop/en/jansport-us/watchtower-t11z (http://www.jansport.com/shop/en/jansport-us/watchtower-t11z)

Thanks to everyone so far for posting lots of useful info in this thread.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mike on July 20, 2014, 07:55:23 PM
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I have used my bag of holding for years... fair warning it can dig into your shoulder as the day progresses make sure to switch sides often.
Thanks for the advice!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Michael M on July 22, 2014, 04:13:32 PM
And just some last minute advice...don't forget the new hotness that is the FoCCI Lanyards!  If you ordered a bit back, don't forget to pack'em!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on July 30, 2014, 06:36:36 AM
I used this for 2014. Able to use one outlet to charge 4+ USB devices in just a few hours. I paid $36 but it's on sale with a discount code at Amazon for $20 right now

Anker 40W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger w/ PowerIQ (White) $20 $20 - http://slickdeals.net/share/ipad_app/fp/126408
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on July 30, 2014, 02:58:19 PM
Something I'm going to add to my "things to take list" is one of those fans with the mister, like they sell at Disneyland. San Diego seemed REALLY hot and muggy this year.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Az_Rael on July 30, 2014, 09:16:35 PM
I don't know if these were on the list from earlier, but I wished I had brought some paperclips or a binder clip or something similar.   

It seemed like the badges were really unsecure since they didn't fit into the holders fully, and I wished I had something to clip it shut and keep it in place.   

Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: pacino408 on July 31, 2014, 09:02:38 AM
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I don't know if these were on the list from earlier, but I wished I had brought some paperclips or a binder clip or something similar.   

It seemed like the badges were really unsecure since they didn't fit into the holders fully, and I wished I had something to clip it shut and keep it in place.

A board member posted a passport holder that I used to pin my badge inside of. I didn't fit in with all the red lanyards but my badge was going nowhere. Getting the pin through the first layer of the holder was a little bit of a pain but after I was good to go all week.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jujubaSD on July 31, 2014, 10:08:09 AM
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A board member posted a passport holder that I used to pin my badge inside of. I didn't fit in with all the red lanyards but my badge was going nowhere. Getting the pin through the first layer of the holder was a little bit of a pain but after I was good to go all week.

I can't remember the one the person linked. But I got something similar. I used this:
(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F715M-aict2L._SL1500_.jpg&hash=a257634ee7cff538bac46b1691854ee4)

No pins were required. The badgeholder and printout fit in it perfectly. It fit nice and snug w/out worries of falling out. I attached my lanyard to it b/c I like to keep my pins on my lanyard lol.

Also wonderful, fits my cash and cards w/out needing to drag a purse or putting it in my backpack and having to dig for it. :D This particular design has two pen slots in the back where I kept my sharpies on hand.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on July 31, 2014, 10:21:15 AM
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I don't know if these were on the list from earlier, but I wished I had brought some paperclips or a binder clip or something similar.   

It seemed like the badges were really unsecure since they didn't fit into the holders fully, and I wished I had something to clip it shut and keep it in place.
I kept wanting to ask for a paper clip too-I guess I could have asked at the hotel's front desk. The badge just seemed like it would pull right out. I did fold mine along the bottom so that it wouldn't stick out (was never questioned about it), but it still seemed loose in the holder. DH told me I was worrying too much, but I checked it a lot (and held it when in a crowd).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on July 31, 2014, 01:43:47 PM
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I can't remember the one the person linked. But I got something similar. I used this:
(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F715M-aict2L._SL1500_.jpg&hash=a257634ee7cff538bac46b1691854ee4)

No pins were required. The badgeholder and printout fit in it perfectly. It fit nice and snug w/out worries of falling out. I attached my lanyard to it b/c I like to keep my pins on my lanyard lol.

Also wonderful, fits my cash and cards w/out needing to drag a purse or putting it in my backpack and having to dig for it. :D This particular design has two pen slots in the back where I kept my sharpies on hand.

I am going to get this for next year.  The plastic on my badge tore this year and the pin came undone.  This looks like it will keep my badge super duper safe.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on July 31, 2014, 02:17:59 PM
i know a lot of folks get lootcrate, stock pile the boxes. They are fabulous for bringing stuff back from con. 
I brought 4 boxes with me & used 3 of them.  buttons, lanyards, lego mini figs, small items
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on February 15, 2015, 02:40:30 PM
Anti-perspirent.
Purell anti-bacteria hand sanitizer.
Vitamin C tablets.
Smartphone charger.
Earphones for your smartphone so you can listen to music or watch videos without disturbing the people next to you.
DSLR camera with flash (puts your smartphone camera to shame).
Charger for your DSLR camera battery.
At least two memory cards for your DSLR camera.
Protein snack bars.
Bottled water.
Aspirin.
Immodium.
Pocket tissues.
Writing pen.
Sharpie.
Sun block.
Listerine breath strips.
An apple and/or an orange.
Collapsible camping chair.
Knapsack/backpack to carry your gear.
Scotch tape.
A few extra lanyards.
Notepad.
Plastic sleeves for your autograph pictures.
A poster tube.
Small first aid kit.
A book.
Playing cards.
And try to bring enough cash & loose change with you before you leave for your trip as ATMs at the Convention Center charge ridiculous fees.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on February 21, 2015, 06:51:21 PM
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Anti-perspirent.
Purell anti-bacteria hand sanitizer.
Vitamin C tablets.
Smartphone charger.
DSLR camera with flash (puts your smartphone camera to shame).
Charger for your DSLR camera battery.
At least two memory cards for your DSLR camera.
Protein snack bars.
Bottled water.
Aspirin.
Immodium.
Pocket tissues.
Writing pen.
Sharpie.
Sun block.
Listerine breath strips.
An apple and/or an orange.
Collapsible camping chair.
Knapsack/backpack to carry your gear.
Scotch tape.
A few extra lanyards.
Notepad.
Small first aid kit.
A book.
Playing cards.
And try to bring enough cash & loose change with you before you leave for your trip as ATMs at the Convention Center charge ridiculous fees.

Not surprised antiperspirant is first!  Don't add to the Comic Con funk especially if you're repping FoCCI lanyard!  ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on February 21, 2015, 07:09:08 PM
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Not surprised antiperspirant is first!  Don't add to the Comic Con funk especially if you're repping FoCCI lanyard!  ;)

I still think, in addition to the lanyards and the plastic badge holders, Comic-Con should still give out bars of soap and/or antiperspirant deodorant to attendees, just as reminder for people to maintain hygiene... Ha ha. ;p
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on February 22, 2015, 10:31:45 AM
We are heading to REI, right now, to check out the small foldable chairs. We saw so many last year and decided they were a must have for our feet from now on. I want to see them all and try them and get a feel without just buying a random one from the internet and hating it. Most of them are not cheap, so I wanna choose wisely. I will report back with my findings!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on February 22, 2015, 11:30:58 AM
ChairOne is the best made. I bought the travel chair Joey and my friend who is pretty big broke it just by sitting in it. I'm not sure if the rei chair is more like the ChairOne or the Joey. Sometimes it's worth a bit more to get higher quality

https://www.amazon.com/Helinox-Chair-Ultimate-Camp-Black/dp/B007ZGOWZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472255414&sr=8-1&keywords=helinox+chair+one
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on February 22, 2015, 12:41:21 PM
Since 2012, I use this GCI Outdoor Quik-E Seat that I got at Dick's Sporting Goods for $30 plus tax.  Fits my 240 lb. frame.

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi72.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi169%2FAndrewInPhoenix%2FIMG_0360.jpg&hash=42dafa3cafeb49c3c7f6ac1f171f4ac3)

Can be folded and carried on your shoulder.

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi72.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi169%2FAndrewInPhoenix%2FIMG_0365.jpg&hash=48d632c439cd402ae9c86bdb0d7caf88)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 22, 2015, 02:32:34 PM
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ChairOne is the best made. I bought the travel chair Joey and my friend who is pretty big broke it just by sitting in it. I'm not sure if the rei chair is more like the ChairOne or the Joey. Sometimes it's worth a bit more to get higher quality

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Agnes-Helinox-Chair-Camp/dp/B00BAZ7LP6

Thanks, Jopari! Those look great! I just bought 2 for this year's con...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on February 22, 2015, 03:09:37 PM
We tried a lot of them. They had some just like the ChairOne and it just didn't feel stable enough for me. I tried one similar to the one Andrew posted, but it didn't have that back on it, or I would have gotten it. It was tiny, did the job, but I knew I'd want a back. We ended up loving something I never even intended to try or buy, but they were unbelievable comfy and form fitting. Here is the link.

http://www.rei.com/product/783807/rei-trail-chair-long

We got the long version simply b/c folded into the seat it provides more cushion. They weigh nothing and can be folded in half and shoved in one of the comic-con bags easily. I'm one of the few people who like to new comic-con bags with the shoulder straps to wear backpack style. You can fit lots of purchases and swag in those, more than my regular jansport backpack. So I just always end up using the comic-con bag.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on February 22, 2015, 03:33:50 PM
That looks interesting. I like the ChairOne cause its off the ground like a normal chair. The tent poles they use are engineered to bend and take the weight no problem. Let us know how the fold up chair works out
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on February 22, 2015, 03:45:35 PM
Yeah, these definitely are not off the ground....they are amazingly comfy though, I couldn't believe how physics worked to make it feel like I was in a little recliner/rocker. Unless it blows out in a couple days I think I will love it. Ha. If any of you see me, ask to try it!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 03, 2015, 06:18:56 AM
My son came up with this one this morning.

Son: Mom, we need to take deodorant to San Diego.

Me: Why do you say that?

Son: Because of the Con Funko.


Okay, yeah, so I was groaning, but it honestly didn't occur to me until just then how unfortunate Funko's name was.... And then I began to wonder, how stinky is that booth? ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Louie_rob_m on March 03, 2015, 09:53:33 AM
I am terrified of that booth.  Not going near it (or smelling it) :-D
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris on March 03, 2015, 10:03:34 AM
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Anti-perspirent.
Purell anti-bacteria hand sanitizer.
Vitamin C tablets.
Smartphone charger.
DSLR camera with flash (puts your smartphone camera to shame).
Charger for your DSLR camera battery.
At least two memory cards for your DSLR camera.
Protein snack bars.
Bottled water.
Aspirin.
Immodium.
Pocket tissues.
Writing pen.
Sharpie.
Sun block.
Listerine breath strips.
An apple and/or an orange.
Collapsible camping chair.
Knapsack/backpack to carry your gear.
Scotch tape.
A few extra lanyards.
Notepad.
Small first aid kit.
A book.
Playing cards.
And try to bring enough cash & loose change with you before you leave for your trip as ATMs at the Convention Center charge ridiculous fees.

There's also a list of stuff to take here:

http://friendsofcci.com/forum/index.php?topic=6.0
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pyramid on March 08, 2015, 03:34:34 PM
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I still think, in addition to the lanyards and the plastic badge holders, Comic-Con should still give out bars of soap and/or antiperspirant deodorant to attendees, just as reminder for people to maintain hygiene... Ha ha. ;p

I have been saying this for years!  lol.  I actually wrote to ECCC and asked that a deodorant stick be part of attendee swag.  ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on March 08, 2015, 10:23:39 PM
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I have been saying this for years!  lol.  I actually wrote to ECCC and asked that a deodorant stick be part of attendee swag.  ;)

If we all write to CCI about this as well, perhaps it will actually happen one day!  Ha ha.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ahbbb on March 09, 2015, 04:23:06 AM
Having a deodorant and using a deodorant are 2 very different things.
Plus, people often don't smell themselves.
Nose blindness.

My friends laugh at at me because I'll run to the restroom and use hand wipes and wash down after a few hours outside. Just so I won't be offensive...and I still think I stink.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: birmabang on March 09, 2015, 06:36:25 AM
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Having a deodorant and using a deodorant are 2 very different things.
Plus, people often don't smell themselves.
Nose blindness.

My friends laugh at at me because I'll run to the restroom and use hand wipes and wash down after a few hours outside. Just so I won't be offensive...and I still think I stink.

I've bought those disposable wash cloths they use in hospitals (find them at most drug stores), and in a more direct way, I've used Purell to clean up. It also refreshes as it evaporates.  BUT FOR THE LOVE OF ALL DEITIES IN THE MULTIVERSE, NO AXE SPRAY, PLEASE!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Az_Rael on March 09, 2015, 07:13:17 AM
We brought these along last year:  http://www.walkstool.com/comparison

They are very sturdy, have large seats, and they make them in taller sizes, which was great for my 6' tall husband.  Most of the other folding tripod stools are very low to the ground.  They are more pricey than other options.   
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: perc2100 on March 09, 2015, 07:31:03 AM
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I still think, in addition to the lanyards and the plastic badge holders, Comic-Con should still give out bars of soap and/or antiperspirant deodorant to attendees, just as reminder for people to maintain hygiene... Ha ha. ;p
There were some companies giving out travel-sized antiperspirant & hand sanitizer.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 09, 2015, 09:14:38 AM
Maybe we should have an FoCCI Welcome Kit that people pick up at the con. People could subscribe to it, like a Lootcrate, and we could include a bunch of helpful stuff for the con. And the first items would be some antiperspirant and Purell...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ahbbb on March 09, 2015, 11:05:19 AM

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I've bought those disposable wash cloths they use in hospitals (find them at most drug stores), and in a more direct way, I've used Purell to clean up. It also refreshes as it evaporates.  BUT FOR THE LOVE OF ALL DEITIES IN THE MULTIVERSE, NO AXE SPRAY, PLEASE!!
Axe - because you are allergic?
Or because they put too much on?
Or it doesn't work?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ahbbb on March 09, 2015, 11:08:04 AM

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We brought these along last year:  http://www.walkstool.com/comparison

They are very sturdy, have large seats, and they make them in taller sizes, which was great for my 6' tall husband.  Most of the other folding tripod stools are very low to the ground.  They are more pricey than other options.
Thanks for sharing that.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on March 09, 2015, 11:21:40 AM
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We brought these along last year:  http://www.walkstool.com/comparison

They are very sturdy, have large seats, and they make them in taller sizes, which was great for my 6' tall husband.  Most of the other folding tripod stools are very low to the ground.  They are more pricey than other options.

These look great! Nice link!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris on March 09, 2015, 11:22:28 AM
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MULTIVERSE

Huh.  I thought I was the only one who used Multiverse.  Who knew?  :P
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on March 09, 2015, 11:26:34 AM
Last year, I think it was Fandango, gave us a little first aid kit outside the CC. It had band aids, antibacterial ointment and best of all SUNSCREEN. Anyone who went last year knows that sunscreen is essential. Bring your sunscreen!! High SPF that you can put on your face. I personally swear by the Neutrogena sunscreen for this purpose.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris on March 09, 2015, 11:38:28 AM
Adding to cracksbacks post:

Last year, a large number of peeps in my group were exhausted early in the show.  When we commiserated, we all felt it was from the heat.  This year is looking to be hot as well, so remember:

Refillable water bottle
Sunscreen
Shady hat
Sunglasses
Deodorant
Fresh shirts

And to be honest, I would also include whatever vitamins are needed for those that get sweated out.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: birmabang on March 09, 2015, 01:50:37 PM
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Axe - because you are allergic?
Or because they put too much on?
Or it doesn't work?
Unfortunately, some folks take to this stuff like a magic potion, where more, more, MORE is better. It ain't folks!!! And honestly it got this sickeningly sweet scent that's just nasty. Nice clean soap is best!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris on March 09, 2015, 01:56:55 PM
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Unfortunately, some folks take to this stuff like a magic potion, where more, more, MORE is better. It ain't folks!!! And honestly it got this sickeningly sweet scent that's just nasty. Nice clean soap is best!

But in Final Fantasy, 1 Point heals 100 points and 2 Potions heals 200 points.  200 is better than 100, right?  :P

It is ok if I take a Hi-Potion?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: birmabang on March 09, 2015, 02:34:23 PM
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But in Final Fantasy, 1 Point heals 100 points and 2 Potions heals 200 points.  200 is better than 100, right?  :P

It is ok if I take a Hi-Potion?
To use my favorite mathematical notation:
IFF (If and only If) said potion is used in Final Fantasy!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Chris on March 09, 2015, 02:54:33 PM
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To use my favorite mathematical notation:
IFF (If and only If) said potion is used in Final Fantasy!

One more post and I'll stop derailing the thread:  but FF XII (I think) had a version where you could get a little potion bottle with it.  I TOTALLY wanted to get that one.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: perc2100 on March 10, 2015, 09:43:10 AM
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Unfortunately, some folks take to this stuff like a magic potion, where more, more, MORE is better. It ain't folks!!! And honestly it got this sickeningly sweet scent that's just nasty. Nice clean soap is best!

Also, Axe smells awful.  Absolutely freaking awful.
I may be biased, because I teach HS music and during marching band season in the fall the bandroom sometimes reeks of Axe
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on March 13, 2015, 08:58:46 AM
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These look great! Nice link!

I just received a Comfort Walkstool in the mail, a very nice and compact, a lot more comfortable than other portable stools (No wisecracks Chris C :D).

It's a very sturdy design with telescoping legs, fits easily into your average sized back pack. I got the standard size 18 Inch/45 CM
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on March 28, 2015, 06:28:30 PM
Basic First Aid Stuff
Sunscreen
Water
Hand sanitizer
Deodorant
Camping/Line equipment

I just have sensitive/weak skin. I can wear high heels for hours on end without issues but a pair of sandals or ballet flats give me unending issues even if they're well broken-in. So I always try to carry bandages of different sizes around with me (in a cute little case.) Inevitably at something like SDCC, my friends end up needing bandages, anti-bacterial, etc. and are always so happy when I happen to have a small supply on hand. It's always better to have it just in case then to have to run out at 2am to a store to grab something.

Lightweight folding chairs (with carrying straps) in your favorite colors, sleeping bags, portable chargers, mini pillows, extra blankets (in case the temperature drops) etc. are all necessary if you want to camp. I'm not sure if anyone has posted something like this before, but if you're camping out my two friends had a great idea last year. They really didn't want to sleep directly on the ground in sleeping bags so I think they bought either extra thick yoga mats or something you bring to the beach/pool (maybe?) Either way, they're like foam mats that come with velcro straps so you can roll them up and sling them over your shoulder to carry them. That way you have a bit of something between you and the grass.

Another friend actually had one that was pre-attached to her sleeping bag and I'm pretty sure she bought it that way. We were all pretty surprised and awed by it, haha.

I completely forgot to put on suncreen last year. Not usually too big of a deal, I burn pretty easily but I also don't spend too much time outside on a regular basis. I spend most of my days in class or on the computer while reading/doing assignments. Well, last year we got in line for Hall H Saturday at 10:30am on Friday and they put us in line on the sidewalk by the Bayfront on the Marina side. Luckily, I put on moisturizer with sunscreen every morning and my make-up also has SPF, so my face was fine, but my arms ended up super sunburned by the end of the day.

Particularly if you're from out of state and/or hate the tap water in Southern California: flats of water bottles. We had a large group so one girl brought 2-3 of those huge packs of water bottles. They were life-savers! Especially when we were in line right by our hotel (thankfully.)

On the axe/perfume/etc. argument. Axe and pretty much all perfumes make me feel really ill even if it's just someone nearby me wearing it. They just give me horrible headaches really quickly. So maybe you love your favorite perfume or that axe scent but remember that there are people with sensitivities and allergies out there. Particularly at comic con where people are packed together. I would go with mild smelling deodorants on hand at all times at SDCC.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: OnlyOwls on March 28, 2015, 06:38:56 PM
Might sound odd, but bringing a portable fan is a good idea. They sell them at CVS' and Walgreens usually for under $8. Some can be filled with water too for added comfort!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 30, 2015, 06:02:22 PM
Ok, I have my badges... have my hotel.....have my airline tickets.... what are the most important things I should pack?  (other then deodorant   :o)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 30, 2015, 06:14:46 PM
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Ok, I have my badges... have my hotel.....have my airline tickets.... what are the most important things I should pack?  (other then deodorant   :o)

Money. It's all you need. ;)

Seriously though, you will be amazed at how much you want to spend. You will be drooling over everything you can buy!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 30, 2015, 06:17:37 PM
I will start saving my pennies.  I have already paid for my badges, flight and hotel; so should be in good shape!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jristen on March 31, 2015, 08:08:35 PM
So here's some things I added to my comic con gear after last year...

Coleman Cool Weather sleeping bag http://www.sportchalet.com/product/coleman+white+water%26%238482-+cool+weather+sleeping+bag.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=fn - it's long and padded and has the right material so if you're sleeping outside, dew doesn't get all slick and gross. Also warm - but not so warm that you feel suffocated.

My friend and I actually both bought this chair for any potential long line sitting (*cough*HallH*cough*) http://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-Included-Footrest-Shoulder/dp/B004EQEB2E/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_11 She bought it first and had it shipped to my place to store - I sat in it once and immediately bought another for myself. It's just that comfy. Feels like a hammock.

After a lot of research, I ended up buying this mattress for potential use in the Hall H line (last year, I had the misfortune of being in a place where I almost had to sleep on concrete and that would've been awful) http://www.amazon.com/Therm---Rest-NeoAir-Mattress-X-Large/dp/B008O6JI4Q/ref=sr_1_21?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1417222439&sr=1-21 it rolls up about the size of a small sleeping bag and you can inflate it in about five minutes using the inflatable bag method.  Super easy to put away too. And, it's just as comfortable as a real bed. I've been using it for guests and short trips since I've gotten and everyone has given it rave reviews.

Last year, we bought a bunch of these meals to eat during the day, and it was a great life choice. www.amazon.com/GoPicnic-Ready--Meals-Salami-Cheese/dp/B003YBNIM4/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1405813591&sr=1-1&keywords=gopicnic+salami They're super light and easy to carry but are substantial enough to get you through the day.

These fruit snacks are also really good to carry around http://www.amazon.com/Annies-Homegrown-Organic-Snacks-Variety/dp/B003V5V5J6

Hope this helps someone :)

Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: nvj29 on April 02, 2015, 09:50:17 AM
Just had a genius idea.....ship a care package to your hotel of items you want for snacks and drinks, especially if the items are cheaper in your hometown.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Devorah on April 02, 2015, 10:12:12 AM
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Just had a genius idea.....ship a care package to your hotel of items you want for snacks and drinks, especially if the items are cheaper in your hometown.

I'm doing this for bottled water this year...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on April 02, 2015, 10:55:15 AM
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Just had a genius idea.....ship a care package to your hotel of items you want for snacks and drinks, especially if the items are cheaper in your hometown.

Shipping is pretty pricey though. So I'd really weight out if the price difference was enough to offset the shipping costs.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Devorah on April 02, 2015, 10:59:08 AM
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Shipping is pretty pricey though. So I'd really weight out if the price difference was enough to offset the shipping costs.

Agreed, it may or may not be worth it.  For me, since I won't have a car, I'm doing it for convenience and not savings. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on April 02, 2015, 11:17:05 AM
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Agreed, it may or may not be worth it.  For me, since I won't have a car, I'm doing it for convenience and not savings.

Which hotel are you in? You'd be amazed how close the Ralph's is to everything!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: nvj29 on April 02, 2015, 11:19:00 AM
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Agreed, it may or may not be worth it.  For me, since I won't have a car, I'm doing it for convenience and not savings.

Same here, it's for convenience. I shopped last year at the Target that was near by and then I found a Walmart market and with no car, it's hard to get a case of water then it is to send it. pLus I can charge it to my office UPS account and pay when I get back from SDCC.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Devorah on April 02, 2015, 11:22:42 AM
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Which hotel are you in? You'd be amazed how close the Ralph's is to everything!

I'm in the Hard Rock.  But there's close, and then there is close enough to carry 2-3 cases of water plus other groceries. :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on April 02, 2015, 11:29:29 AM
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I'm in the Hard Rock.  But there's close, and then there is close enough to carry 2-3 cases of water plus other groceries. :)

I can help you carry it. I'll be down there Wed morning for the Breakfast meetup. Let's go get you some water! LOL I have a little foldable dolly in my car we can use.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: imcla on April 03, 2015, 10:55:53 AM
What's the best way to protect autographs during your trip?
I normally take a folder with my travel plans and bring back autographs and things like that in it, but lately I've been realized that with all available apps I don't really need to take anything with me actually printed (except for the SDCC badge barcode), so since this year the folder would be just to bring things back I was wondering if it's actually the best/easiest solution.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: rushfanyyz on April 03, 2015, 11:15:35 AM
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What's the best way to protect autographs during your trip?
I normally take a folder with my travel plans and bring back autographs and things like that in it, but lately I've been realized that with all available apps I don't really need to take anything with me actually printed (except for the SDCC badge barcode), so since this year the folder would be just to bring things back I was wondering if it's actually the best/easiest solution.

I use those hard plastic sleeves for autographs that are on 8x10 or 11x17 pictures, I have a bunch accumulated from various cons that I bring with me and reuse, but they are also sold on the floor and they aren't too expensive.  If it is more of a poster size and rolls easily without messing up the autograph, then I put it in a poster tube.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on April 03, 2015, 05:09:22 PM
Devorah-didn't you use the grocery delivery during the con once? Von's or something like that? I have a listing on the CCI Eats Google doc for it. That might be an option for some.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: imcla on April 03, 2015, 05:41:16 PM
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I use those hard plastic sleeves for autographs that are on 8x10 or 11x17 pictures, I have a bunch accumulated from various cons that I bring with me and reuse, but they are also sold on the floor and they aren't too expensive.  If it is more of a poster size and rolls easily without messing up the autograph, then I put it in a poster tube.

Thanks, I'll try that!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Ghost6 on April 04, 2015, 09:03:45 AM
Devorah-
    The walk to Ralph's from HRH isn't bad...last year we did our grocery shopping and just called an Uber to pick us up and take us back to the hotel.  It was $8. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: brand4d2 on April 05, 2015, 06:14:28 PM
For those that are going to rely on the trolley, I highly recommend the Transit app [url][/http://transitapp.com/url].  It gives you everything you need to know to navigate the San Diego Trolley system - route maps, stops, schedules. 

I tried it out last year and it worked wonderfully.   Often times I'd miss a trolley by seconds and the app would give me a fairly accurate wait time for the next arrival. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 10, 2015, 12:44:52 AM
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Anti-perspirent.
Purell anti-bacteria hand sanitizer.
Vitamin C tablets.
Smartphone charger.
DSLR camera with flash (puts your smartphone camera to shame).
Charger for your DSLR camera battery.
At least two memory cards for your DSLR camera.
Protein snack bars.
Bottled water.
Aspirin.
Immodium.
Pocket tissues.
Writing pen.
Sharpie.
Sun block.
Listerine breath strips.
An apple and/or an orange.
Collapsible camping chair.
Knapsack/backpack to carry your gear.
Scotch tape.
A few extra lanyards.
Notepad.
Small first aid kit.
A book.
Playing cards.
And try to bring enough cash & loose change with you before you leave for your trip as ATMs at the Convention Center charge ridiculous fees.

Two more things:

Plastic sleeves for your autograph pictures.
A poster tube.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on April 10, 2015, 04:52:52 AM
This is a pretty cool back pack that could combine many of the needs of a con goer. Could make life a bit easier anyways. We'll tried to paste the link but it didn't work. It's on the think geek website and it's called the Bag of Holding - Con Survival Edition. Seems pretty cool. I usually make many trips back and forth to the hotel so I don't really bring much with me but I can see where this would come in handy for sure!!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: admiral-lira on April 10, 2015, 07:10:42 AM


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It's on the think geek website and it's called the Bag of Holding - Con Survival Edition. Seems pretty cool.

 http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1a1d/  (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1a1d/)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 10, 2015, 07:28:13 AM
Yep, I got one of those bags, and used it at ECCC and WonderCon. It was a good size and held what I needed it to hold. I'm planning to use it at SDCC.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ttttt2007 on April 15, 2015, 08:48:07 AM
Throlos socks (made in America) best padded socks ever

you can order a free sample pair at their site:
https://www.thorlo.com


I am looking at these two chairs.... need to be small enough for check in luggage and carry around. Price is not an issue. My back is an issue...

I am mainly more concern at carry weight vs folded size for mobility. And keep my lower back not in pain.


REI Flex Lite Chair
used this for SDCC 2013, it is very comfy... but takes up room in my check suitcase
Folded dimensions:   15 x 4.5 inches
Weight:   1 lb. 10 oz.

http://www.rei.com/product/877258/rei-flex-lite-chair


Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair
This one is what I might try this year, smaller, but heavier. Folder into a large water bottle shape.
Folded dimensions: 10.5 x 4.5 inches
Weight:   2 lbs. 6 oz.

http://www.rei.com/product/877920/therm-a-rest-treo-chair
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: imcla on April 15, 2015, 11:19:38 AM
I would definitely buy the bag of holding if the shipping to Brazil wasn't twice as much as the bag itself.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 15, 2015, 11:55:47 AM
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I would definitely buy the bag of holding if the shipping to Brazil wasn't twice as much as the bag itself.

You might be able to buy it at the con. Thinkgeek usually has a booth with limited products available. Contact them and ask if they will carry it at SDCC.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: imcla on April 15, 2015, 12:04:50 PM
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You might be able to buy it at the con. Thinkgeek usually has a booth with limited products available. Contact them and ask if they will carry it at SDCC.
Oh, that's a good idea, thanks!

ETA: I contacted them, they don't know yet but they might take it. I'll ask again closer to the convention, and if they still don't know for sure I could order and have it delivered to my hotel and pay only for local shipping.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 16, 2015, 12:19:54 PM
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Oh, that's a good idea, thanks!

ETA: I contacted them, they don't know yet but they might take it. I'll ask again closer to the convention, and if they still don't know for sure I could order and have it delivered to my hotel and pay only for local shipping.

If you remind them again later, they might, After all, it is the *convention* bag of holding! It would make sense to sell it at a convention!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on May 04, 2015, 02:35:48 PM
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Two more things:

Plastic sleeves for your autograph pictures.
A poster tube.

This, I cannot support this enough. One of my best con purchases was at Wondercon a few years ago. One of the big poster shops was selling poster tubes that came with a water resistant, fabric case with an adjustable should strap. I've taken it to every con since and it's been great for posters or any smaller paper I want to keep safe. It wasn't expensive at all either.

My brother usually asks me to pick up some Mondo LE posters for him and I didn't have a tube with me one of the years I went. Walking around with posters and such is such a pain, especially when you're trying to get out of the packed hall without damaging them.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: buffyandstuff on May 06, 2015, 02:24:27 PM
Oh Wise Ones:

Will I need a folding chair if I'm NOT attempting Hall H? I will probably attend a few panels on Friday, but will mostly be wandering. I wasn't lucky enough to get a hotel downtown, so I will have to carry it all day if so.

Opinions are much appreciated! Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: jristen on May 06, 2015, 02:54:16 PM
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Oh Wise Ones:

Will I need a folding chair if I'm NOT attempting Hall H? I will probably attend a few panels on Friday, but will mostly be wandering. I wasn't lucky enough to get a hotel downtown, so I will have to carry it all day if so.

Opinions are much appreciated! Thanks. :)

If you don't plan on waiting in lines, I would say you're fine without a chair. There's seating in parts of the convention hall (food tables basically) and I've sat down against the wall on the upper corridors when I've needed a break from wandering. And there's always seating the MMM or Hilton Bayfront lobby if you just need a break. Not to mention, all the panels have seating.

If you could be in some moderately long lines and would really something, I'd recommend a stadium seat (Coleman makes one that costs like $12). Those only weigh a few ounces and can help support your back. For something a little more chair like, the Big Agnes Helinox chair weighs 2 lbs and folds up to be really compact.

On an added note, I'd make sure whatever shoes you're wearing have a nicely padded sole and good support - that can make all the difference. Also, if you do get a blister, the First Aid booth has band aids if you need them.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: nvj29 on May 08, 2015, 07:18:56 AM
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Oh Wise Ones:

Will I need a folding chair if I'm NOT attempting Hall H? I will probably attend a few panels on Friday, but will mostly be wandering. I wasn't lucky enough to get a hotel downtown, so I will have to carry it all day if so.

Opinions are much appreciated! Thanks. :)

As jristen said, if just wandering then no chair is needed, but if planning on waiting in lines to attend Hall H or Ballroom 20 a small compact chair is good. Last year was my first time attending and I knew I was going to be a line junkie for H and B20, so I bought a compact chair from Five Below. It was small enough to fit in my suitcase and light enough to carry all day without it getting in my way. Since the chair only cost me $5, I had no plans on bringing it back home. The chair lasted me from Thurs to Sat before it died, so if you need something simple and have a Five Below store near you, it's something to consider that you can toss later if desired. http://www.fivebelow.com/printed-canvas-chair.html
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: buffyandstuff on May 08, 2015, 08:13:32 AM
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As jristen said, if just wandering then no chair is needed, but if planning on waiting in lines to attend Hall H or Ballroom 20 a small compact chair is good. Last year was my first time attending and I knew I was going to be a line junkie for H and B20, so I bought a compact chair from Five Below. It was small enough to fit in my suitcase and light enough to carry all day without it getting in my way. Since the chair only cost me $5, I had no plans on bringing it back home. The chair lasted me from Thurs to Sat before it died, so if you need something simple and have a Five Below store near you, it's something to consider that you can toss later if desired. http://www.fivebelow.com/printed-canvas-chair.html

5 bucks?! I should just get it anyways at that price! Thanks for the tip!!

Edit: Oh nvevermind...no fivebelow stores in CA. Bummer.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on May 10, 2015, 07:39:21 PM
Unless you want to spend a few hours in the E.R. I would suggest bringing Benadryl in the unfortunate case something bites you and you have a reaction to it. Claritin can slow the swelling but Benadryl will prevent a full blown reaction, downside though is that it will make you drowsy.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on May 12, 2015, 12:11:23 PM
As far as posters are concerned, what my boyfriend and I do is buy a poster shipping canister from Omni (2 or 3 floor has a postal store) and then we mail it back to ourselves. There's also a post office store with all those supplies a couple blocks away from the Omni.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheOtherMel on May 12, 2015, 12:44:02 PM
Frogg Toggs cooling towels that you wrap around your neck seem to work for keeping cool.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on June 01, 2015, 11:20:11 AM
Just bought a couple of these on Amazon. 3200mAh external charger. This should charge a cell phone a couple times and is very small. Only $12.99 on sale and can just slide in your pocket with your phone. The bigger 12,000 mAh ones are only $35 and those will charge a phone many times over. Good deals!

http://www.amazon.com/s?keywords=jackery-charger&tag=hydfbook0e-20&ascsubtag=pfb-OTH-1-4-1432931092106eP&ref_=pfb_OTH_1_4_1432931092106eP
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: AzT on June 12, 2015, 05:57:55 AM
http://thenerdfu.com/comic-con-survival-pack-giveaway-2015/

Con season is here! Time is ticking away and San Diego Comic-Con will be here before you know it.  If you’re reading this, chances are you are planning for a convention (SDCC or otherwise) and you have started making your list — you know, the list of things you need MUST pull together before the big convention.

Last year we hosted our first Comic Con Survival Pack Giveaway and now we’re back with ANOTHER huge giveaway.  Thanks to our partners TYLT, Seagate & Timbuk2, we have pulled together an amazing price pack, full of “necessities,” that will keep you going all con long!

NOTE: You DO NOT have to be going to SDCC to enter.  This giveaway is open to all (must meet eligibility requirements).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: molloki on June 16, 2015, 04:47:17 PM
Does anyone have a good amazon link to those hard plastic things to put artwork and photo ops in?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on June 16, 2015, 04:49:30 PM
Helix Document Tube, Expands from 28 to 49-Inches, Large (61500) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056HRKDW/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_oxlGvb19X3Q4A
Or Nozlen Expanding Document Poster Tube Large 24 1/2 Inches up to 40 Inches - 3.5" Diameter - Black Document Storage Tube Made of Heavy Duty Plastic with Clear ID Card Cap - Water and Light Resistant - Telescoping For Posters, Artwork and Drawings Model DT3001 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DGWRHQY/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_9xlGvb33Q9PHJ


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: molloki on June 16, 2015, 04:54:39 PM
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Helix Document Tube, Expands from 28 to 49-Inches, Large (61500) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056HRKDW/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_oxlGvb19X3Q4A
Or Nozlen Expanding Document Poster Tube Large 24 1/2 Inches up to 40 Inches - 3.5" Diameter - Black Document Storage Tube Made of Heavy Duty Plastic with Clear ID Card Cap - Water and Light Resistant - Telescoping For Posters, Artwork and Drawings Model DT3001 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DGWRHQY/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_9xlGvb33Q9PHJ



I find I often end up with things I don't want to roll and end up buying those plastic things from booths on the floor... I don't know what they're called so I don't know how to search for them lol
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on June 16, 2015, 04:56:12 PM

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I find I often end up with things I don't want to roll and end up buying those plastic things from booths on the floor... I don't know what they're called so I don't know how to search for them lol
Are these what you're looking for? (1) 24X36 Poster Topload Holders - Rigid Plastic Sleeves - BCW Brand https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G2J22CC/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_4DlGvbQFJE2WX


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: molloki on June 17, 2015, 12:38:47 PM
I am like 90% sure those are the things!  You're good at this!
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Post by: iogpsych on June 17, 2015, 12:44:26 PM

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I am like 90% sure those are the things!  You're good at this!
thanks!! My actual job is evaluating and rating web search results so it's kind of a must for me to be! Lol


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: s3rndpt on June 28, 2015, 09:07:21 AM
New thing I'm bringing with me this year: solar charger. I picked up this last week: http://www.amazon.com/Instapark%C2%AE-Mercury27-Portable-Automotive-Batteries/dp/B00EVFEBKU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1435507381&sr=8-1&keywords=mercury+27&pebp=1435507388869&perid=1T1AWVBQSRRTCW8EEQV7

Granted, it may be a little overkill for Comic Con, but I'm using this as a test for a hiking trip I'm taking in September. And god knows trying to snag an outlet to recharge your phone/tablet is a giant pain in the ass at the con. And there's nothing worse than being stuck in one of those lines waiting for a panel without something to entertain you. I mean, I love talking to people around me, but I can only handle so much social interaction with strangers per day.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: ahbbb on June 28, 2015, 10:44:38 AM
I'm curious how well that charger works.
I know solar is all the rage (again), like cold fusion, but it's still not very efficient.
BUT I've seen solar back up genies now that actually might be worth spending money on.
Not the same scale as you are using but I'm hopeful.
Durability is the major concern with anything solar.
Thanks for sharing that item.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mtriple on June 29, 2015, 12:09:02 PM
Not sure if anyone has mentioned it already but Quest Bars are a must:

http://www.amazon.com/Quest-Protein-Original-Variety-12-Bars/dp/B009NVR3J8/ref=sr_1_3?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1435604710&sr=1-3&keywords=quest+bars
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: thebeardednerd on June 29, 2015, 03:22:44 PM
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I'm curious how well that charger works.
I know solar is all the rage (again), like cold fusion, but it's still not very efficient.
BUT I've seen solar back up genies now that actually might be worth spending money on.
Not the same scale as you are using but I'm hopeful.
Durability is the major concern with anything solar.
Thanks for sharing that item.
I'd go with an large external battery pack. I have the one below and love it.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10831&cs_id=1083110&p_id=10392&seq=1&format=2


Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: nerdalert on June 29, 2015, 05:50:52 PM
For those of you that use hotspots, do you have a brand you particularly like? I've heard jetpacks are great and I have verizon so I'm not sure if it's my only option, but if you could give me some advice that would be awesome!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mark on June 29, 2015, 06:42:13 PM
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For those of you that use hotspots, do you have a brand you particularly like? I've heard jetpacks are great and I have verizon so I'm not sure if it's my only option, but if you could give me some advice that would be awesome!

We used the verizon jetpack for a while and it was fine, no problems that I recall. We all had pretty old phones though, now that my phone (Samsung Galaxy S5) has a hotspot option we've just been using that to skip the fees.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TheTFReview on June 30, 2015, 09:03:08 PM
Just bought myself one of these beuts. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OPZDOKY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: birmabang on July 01, 2015, 05:41:55 AM
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Just bought myself one of these beuts. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OPZDOKY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

I keep a few of these on hand, since they fit in the pocket easily!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: epicaz on July 01, 2015, 09:18:53 AM
For those of you that fly in/out of SDCC, do they typically allow things like swag bags and poster tubes as carry ons?

I flew in 2012 when they allowed me to bring that giant swag bag on the plane, but I just want to double check, particularly with the poster tubes
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on July 01, 2015, 09:21:50 AM
We usually mail them back to ourselves in a tube from there. In other years we've stayed at the Omni and on the second floor there is a ups that you can buy a poster tube and send it from there. I think as far as taking it on the plane, you'd have to check with the airline to see if their overheads are big enough.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: rushfanyyz on July 01, 2015, 09:23:33 AM
On my Southwest flight they didn't care about my poster tube. It may have counted as my second carry-on item? The only other thing I had was a backpack. Although even if I had a second item that wasn't the poster tube, I don't think they would have cared.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: friedminded on July 01, 2015, 01:53:15 PM
I just read this: http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/More-mosquitoes-with-West-Nile-Virus-found-in-San-Diego-308051971.html

"More mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in San Diego" :o

For anyone who is camping out, bring insect repellent. If you don't like the spray-on type, consider something like these:

Mosquito coil: http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000014862-COLEMAN-MOSQUITO-COIL/dp/B0012QYIYU/
Clip-on fan: http://www.amazon.com/SC-Johnson-615976-Clip-on-assorted/dp/B00DF970FQ/
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: admiral-lira on July 01, 2015, 08:32:51 PM


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"More mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in San Diego" :o

It will be a cruel joke to get this in San Diego instead of at home. Better not to get it at both.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: FlamedLiquid on July 04, 2015, 04:42:09 AM
Not an item per se but a sleep app. I downloaded the white noise app by Tm soft and helps me tremendously in hotel rooms. Could probably help camping out at night too.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: retired on July 04, 2015, 09:22:38 AM
anyone know if there is a light-weight solar hat out there? if I can wear something to get shade, and recharge my mobile devices at the same time, that would be cool. I wouldn't want to have to hold a solar panel thing in my hands, or risk someone stepping on it if I put it on the ground.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on July 04, 2015, 10:19:11 AM

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anyone know if there is a light-weight solar hat out there? if I can wear something to get shade, and recharge my mobile devices at the same time, that would be cool. I wouldn't want to have to hold a solar panel thing in my hands, or risk someone stepping on it if I put it on the ground.
Million dollar idea there!


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: s3rndpt on July 06, 2015, 08:00:04 AM
I just thought of one more thing--especially useful if you're sharing a room with anyone (spouse, kids, family, random people you met here. etc).

http://www.poopourri.com/

In all seriousness, I don't travel without it anymore. It makes sharing a bathroom SO MUCH easier. You can get it on amazon too, and the travel sizes fit nicely in the ziploc quart bag.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Brainiac on September 28, 2015, 08:24:43 AM
Extremely helpful list Chris Thanks You :)
I'm definitely going to bring most of these items with me, its smart to stay safe and prepared :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on February 01, 2016, 09:12:57 AM
For those dog days in the lines of Hall H. Save your legs!!!

http://www.amazon.com/OUTAD-Folding-Travelchair-Ultra-comfortable-Backrest/dp/B017SD7UT0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454346156&sr=8-2&keywords=outad+folding (http://www.amazon.com/OUTAD-Folding-Travelchair-Ultra-comfortable-Backrest/dp/B017SD7UT0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454346156&sr=8-2&keywords=outad+folding)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Yzrfan on February 01, 2016, 09:44:04 AM
REI has the trail stools http://www.rei.com/product/765283/rei-trail-stool
And the flex chair. I know several members have these so ask around if it's easy to put together. http://www.rei.com/product/877258/rei-flex-lite-chair

And they also sell the slacker chair. We have used these for the past several years. It's nice to have something to sit on while in line, but they can tend to be a pain carrying them around since they tend to be a little long. http://www.rei.com/product/101158/travelchair-ultimate-slacker-2015-closeout?cm_mmc=cse_PLA_GOOG-_-1011580001&CAWELAID=120217890002233542&lsft=cm_mmc:cse_PLA_GOOG.

My suggestion is go to your local store and try them out. Each one has its own pro and cons. The flex chair has a weight limit and you have to put it together. The slacker chair is long and can get in the way while you're using the shoulder strap. The trail stool doesn't have any back support, but it can be placed in your back pack. With the slacker chair and trail stool, you might be a little sore after a couple hours of sitting in it if you're not use to it.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on February 01, 2016, 10:10:01 AM
I personally used this last year at SDCC and it worked fantastic.

http://www.amazon.com/Helinox-Chair-Ultimate-Camp-Black/dp/B007ZGOWZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454350028&sr=8-1&keywords=helinox (http://www.amazon.com/Helinox-Chair-Ultimate-Camp-Black/dp/B007ZGOWZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454350028&sr=8-1&keywords=helinox)

The only drawback for me is that it doesn't break down super fast so if the line starts moving all of a sudden you'll have to do some work to collapse it and get it back into the bag. Its really easy to set up though.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 01, 2016, 10:31:22 AM
We use the Helinox chairs too. Jopari recommended them, and he is certainly an expert! I had no complaints about the chairs last year. We took them along when we knew we would be 'camping' (i.e. lining up for multiple hours in one place without moving).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on February 01, 2016, 10:37:18 AM
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We use the Helinox chairs too. Jopari recommended them, and he is certainly an expert! I had no complaints about the chairs last year. We took them along when we knew we would be 'camping' (i.e. lining up for multiple hours in one place without moving).

We go backpacking and use them to have somewhere to sit when in the middle of the wilderness so we figured they'd come just as much in handy when in line for a while. They'll be in our backpacks once again this year for sure!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 01, 2016, 10:40:34 AM
That's true... as 'hiking' chairs, they're good for sitting on the grass, which can be 'lumpy'. They're very stable!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: debster on February 01, 2016, 11:35:35 AM
Years ago I had what seemed to be the first design of those Helinox-type chairs, they didn't have the extra 2 prongs to make them self-standing. You had to balance yourself with your legs. Consequently, when I fell asleep waiting in line (most likely Hall H), I promptly tipped over onto the sidewalk - a rude awakening! These newer designs are much better!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: juliafrood on February 28, 2016, 12:12:06 AM
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I'm in the Hard Rock.  But there's close, and then there is close enough to carry 2-3 cases of water plus other groceries. :)

I know this is like, a year late, but I am getting caught up on old posts and I had an epiphany!

Rolling luggage!  If you have any, take it to Ralph's, ha ha  8)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: juliafrood on February 28, 2016, 12:39:23 AM
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On my Southwest flight they didn't care about my poster tube. It may have counted as my second carry-on item? The only other thing I had was a backpack. Although even if I had a second item that wasn't the poster tube, I don't think they would have cared.

We take Southwest, and my carry on laptop bag is messenger style so it has a huge flap.  I stick the poster tube under the flap, so even if it sticks out both ends, it technically all counts as a single (T-shaped) bag.  That plus my rolling carry on are my two carry-ons  O0
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 28, 2016, 03:14:58 AM
If you're not connecting, Southwest at SAN is usually pretty generous. The last year I flew to/from SDCC was the year Clash of the Titans had their huge 'arena' on the Hilton Bayfront lawn. I got a big cardboard shield for my son there (side note: he still has it and plays with it!). It was way too wide to fit in my rolling carryon suitcase, much less my personal item, and so was a third item for me. I was so worried, but going through TSA and then boarding my Southwest flight, the only comments I got from the personnel were about how cool it was. They all know about Comic Con, and no one had issues with me bringing it on.

Now to be fair, I took a window seat and leaned it against the wall, by my legs, so I didn't take up any overhead bin space with it.  ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on February 28, 2016, 10:10:17 AM

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I know this is like, a year late, but I am getting caught up on old posts and I had an epiphany!

Rolling luggage!  If you have any, take it to Ralph's, ha ha  8)
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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on February 28, 2016, 04:55:22 PM
The most valuable item I bring is a big bag of Red Vines. Some of the best friends I have in this world I met sitting in line while sharing my stash of licorice.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on February 28, 2016, 05:07:22 PM
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The most valuable item I bring is a big bag of Red Vines. Some of the best friends I have in this world I met sitting in line while sharing my stash of licorice.

That's pretty awesome.

It is true that sugary treats tend to bring people together.  ^__^
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: juliafrood on February 28, 2016, 05:57:25 PM
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That's pretty awesome.

It is true that sugary treats tend to bring people together.  ^__^

One year (maybe 2014?) I remember sitting on the sidewalk for hours waiting for our GoT tattoos and swapping KIND bars with other people in line.  They had been handing them out all around town and everybody had different flavors.   
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on March 07, 2016, 01:24:05 PM
This bad boy will be in my gear stash for this year

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http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold (http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold)

Tested and approved! A full 24 hours of cold water. Last year my regular Nalgene would get warm and kinda gross ater a few hours of standing in the Hall H line.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: rushfanyyz on March 07, 2016, 01:56:42 PM
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This bad boy will be in my gear stash for this year

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http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold (http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold)

Tested and approved! A full 24 hours of cold water. Last year my regular Nalgene would get warm and kinda gross ater a few hours of standing in the Hall H line.

Ah yes, the middle of the day warm water, oh how I don't miss that.  I was using the Brita filter bottle which was great, but obviously wasn't keeping stuff warm once my ice melted. I'll check these out.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: iogpsych on March 07, 2016, 02:21:41 PM

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This bad boy will be in my gear stash for this year

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http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold (http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold)

Tested and approved! A full 24 hours of cold water. Last year my regular Nalgene would get warm and kinda gross ater a few hours of standing in the Hall H line.
Thanks for sharing!!! Always on the lookout for a great water bottle that will stay cold!


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on March 07, 2016, 02:32:31 PM
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This bad boy will be in my gear stash for this year

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.shopify.com%2Fs%2Ffiles%2F1%2F0158%2F5740%2Fproducts%2FFC_Combo_NB_900x500_grande.jpg%3Fv%3D1444860669&hash=1bff36ba5231fcb4c93556cf84f33796)
http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold (http://www.amazon.com/Waves-Forever-Insulated-Water-Bottle/dp/B00P8DUTU0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457384845&sr=8-2&keywords=forever+cold)

Tested and approved! A full 24 hours of cold water. Last year my regular Nalgene would get warm and kinda gross ater a few hours of standing in the Hall H line.

Really... That's awesome!  I might have to look into getting one of those.  I have a thermal water bottle, but the time limit is somewhere between 10 to 12 hours if I have cold water and 24 hours only if I put in a lot of ice first.  I also like that t his Waves Forever water bottle has a handle, which really helps when you're on-the-go at a convention.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on March 08, 2016, 02:00:45 PM
My pleasure! I was super skeptical when I read the description and was convinced I'd be returning it, but it works as advertised  8)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: NCDS on March 09, 2016, 08:15:01 AM
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My pleasure! I was super skeptical when I read the description and was convinced I'd be returning it, but it works as advertised  8)

Can you make them unsold out of black?  >:D
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on March 09, 2016, 08:49:45 AM
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Can you make them unsold out of black?  >:D

Behold! Check Kinja Deals every now and then. They sometimes have coupon codes
www.wavesgear.com/collections/insulated-water-bottles/products/insulated-water-bottle-black (http://www.wavesgear.com/collections/insulated-water-bottles/products/insulated-water-bottle-black)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on March 09, 2016, 08:52:19 AM
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Behold! Check Kinja Deals every now and then. They sometimes have coupon codes
www.wavesgear.com/collections/insulated-water-bottles/products/insulated-water-bottle-black (http://www.wavesgear.com/collections/insulated-water-bottles/products/insulated-water-bottle-black)

An Amazon review of these shows a picture with the paint chipped off all around the top and says it paint chips get into your mouth when you take a drink. They claim this started happening 6 months in. For that reason, I'd probably order the stainless steel before the painted ones.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: NCDS on March 09, 2016, 10:02:20 AM
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An Amazon review of these shows a picture with the paint chipped off all around the top and says it paint chips get into your mouth when you take a drink. They claim this started happening 6 months in. For that reason, I'd probably order the stainless steel before the painted ones.

Good catch!  Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dollar2k3 on March 09, 2016, 10:09:18 AM
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An Amazon review of these shows a picture with the paint chipped off all around the top and says it paint chips get into your mouth when you take a drink. They claim this started happening 6 months in. For that reason, I'd probably order the stainless steel before the painted ones.

I've owned the black one for a lil over a month as my daily carry and so far it's held up no scratches or chips. I guess it depends on how rough you are on things too.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Ghost6 on March 21, 2016, 11:39:47 PM
Cool bottle!  I used to carry around quite a bit of stuff during he con, and then I realized that I barely used any of it..  If you are staying close by downtown, it's very liberating to carry nothing with you except your phone and an extra charger.  Don't be hindered with a bunch of "stuff" if you don't think you will use it!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: escape on March 22, 2016, 09:07:00 AM
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Cool bottle!  I used to carry around quite a bit of stuff during he con, and then I realized that I barely used any of it..  If you are staying close by downtown, it's very liberating to carry nothing with you except your phone and an extra charger.  Don't be hindered with a bunch of "stuff" if you don't think you will use it!

Same.  I haven't been that liberated yet, but I'm down to a small purse with my nook, a cell phone and some water.  It's REALLY awesome.  If I need something that badly, I really have to be willing to carry it back to my hotel.  It makes me buy less. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: NCDS on March 22, 2016, 10:46:00 AM
I have a really nice camera but the bag to carry it and the extra lens gets bulky.   I have been debating not bringing it.  I love the quality of pictures I get but does the picture out weigh the idea for carrying less.  Good thing a have a few months to think about it.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 22, 2016, 02:10:16 PM
This will be my 8th year. The first two years I took a lot of pictures with my great camera. I ended up literally weighing whether it was worth lugging it around vs the ever improving shots capable with my phone. The other thing that I started to question was whether I was taking too much time taking pictures of the moment rather than actually experiencing the moment.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mlgagne on March 22, 2016, 02:21:25 PM
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I have a really nice camera but the bag to carry it and the extra lens gets bulky.   I have been debating not bringing it.  I love the quality of pictures I get but does the picture out weigh the idea for carrying less.  Good thing a have a few months to think about it.

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This will be my 8th year. The first two years I took a lot of pictures with my great camera. I ended up literally weighing whether it was worth lugging it around vs the ever improving shots capable with my phone. The other thing that I started to question was whether I was taking too much time taking pictures of the moment rather than actually experiencing the moment.


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I'm having this problem as well. I took some AMAZING shots in Hall H from about 1/4 of the way back into the room last year with the help my camera's wonderful zoom lens, but the camera and case combo is extremely bulky and takes up a TON of space in my carry on that could be better used. And, when I'm wearing my Cersei cosplay, I can't carry the case around my shoulder because it will ruin the costume. So I have to carry it by hand, which gets extremely heavy/tedious.

However, last year, I bought an extra roomy camera case so that I could pack both my camera AND my lunch into it for Hall H. I'm not entirely sure whether or not I'll be doing Hall H this year, so it's possible that I can get a smaller case and only carry it around when I'm not in costume...

In other words, taking a nice/decent camera is definitely something that you have to weigh the costs/benefits of!  ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on March 22, 2016, 03:44:34 PM
We got these last year. They fit perfectly into the WB bags and they made out Con. Very light and then in a panel you can also put it in your seat for more padding. Super cheap too. Highly recommend if you don't mind sitting down on the ground in it.

https://www.rei.com/product/783807/rei-trail-chair-long
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 22, 2016, 04:06:06 PM
If you're going to spend the day in a panel room, I don't think it's an issue to take a big camera, but wandering around the offsites, moving through the exhibit hall, hopping from panel room to panel room, a big camera gets tough to carry. I really like my small digital camera for that reason. It's a good compromise between bulkiest and portability, and high and low quality.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: SteveD on March 22, 2016, 04:28:23 PM
I've been using one of these (https://www.peakdesign.com/capture) for the last few years with my DSLR and 300mm lens. It really helps when moving around in crowds. You almost forget you are carrying a camera.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: bmag on April 07, 2016, 01:37:58 PM
putting in my 2 cents....through experience, make sure to bring the following:

1. a pc and flash drive to back up any videos and pictures or simply just make room on your phone or camera flash cards
2. hand sanitizer / sun block / deodorant
3. go pro for those that want to capture and be able to grab swag at the same time
4. mini tripod foldable chairs from Big 5
5. comic book protectors
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 07, 2016, 01:40:08 PM
I found a perfect mini-tripod stool at REI.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: susieqz on April 07, 2016, 03:21:24 PM
comfy shoes and a phone charger can get you pretty far ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: eek on April 07, 2016, 03:37:17 PM
Not sure where I saw this tip posted - must have been somewhere on FOCC - but I think it helped me last year:

Try to start boosting your immune system for the convention by getting plenty of rest & nutrition at least a week before. You'll be in close quarters with thousands of people everyday; you're bound to inadvertently walk into someone's cough or sneeze cloud. Yes, you can still get sick in the middle of summer. "Con-crud" is a real thing. :-\

Emergen-C as a Vitamin C boost - I mixed one packet with water every morning of the con and drank it either before, or throughout the morning. At the end of a day, if I felt "off", I would take another, or take a Zicam.  The combination of Zicam and Emergen-C always helps me fight off colds before they start. YMMV.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: kidklone on April 07, 2016, 08:04:00 PM
A mini umbrella is nice for shade and rain.  A mini flashlight is great for finding stuff under your chair in a dark room. And always carry a sharpie. You never know who you might run into.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: lolaswill on April 07, 2016, 09:56:29 PM
Great tips. You guys are the best!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: furtherforever on April 08, 2016, 01:51:33 AM
SDCC definitely needs a game plan. I try to pack light when going from the hotel to the convention, as odds are you will be walking away with a ton of stuff from the convention itself. Comfortable shoes are definitely a necessity. An external battery pack is nice to have as well, so you can make sure your phone is always charged (many can be found on Amazon). Definitely try to have some light snacks (e.g., fruit snacks, nuts, energy bar) and a beverage. If you're staying in downtown, probably not a bad idea to have a case of water in your room, so you and friends/family can just grab and go whenever. It's nice to have a poster tube handy as well, as prints/posters are definitely a big freebie item within the exhibit hall (the free tube that you can get at Fox is okay, but I still like to bring my own bigger one).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: vegasndn on April 08, 2016, 02:05:33 AM
Last year the gal behind me had cushion I asked her where she got it she replied REI. I think it was a Therm-a-Rest but it is a recommend, I was sleeping on cold ground while she was comfy and warm on her cushion. This is a must for that overnight line camper.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: bclinn on April 08, 2016, 05:14:06 AM
My must haves: 1. extra phone batteries 2. a cushion of some sort to combat convention butt syndrome and 3. hand sanitizer!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pumacom on April 09, 2016, 05:09:20 AM
Last year we got these cool mini foldup chairs from the MTV booth.  I would highly recommend purchasing one for all the line waiting, they are small enough to fit into your SDCC bag 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 09, 2016, 05:18:35 AM
My most valuable possession is a side slung "back pack." Mine is made by Jansport, but other companies make them too. It gives me access without taking it off, and also security because people can't access it without my seeing. I can carry many of the items suggested on this thread like an external battery and water bottle.  I clip my fold up mini stool to it. It's great for storing swag. Before I went totally iPhone, it was a great camera bag.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 09, 2016, 08:08:58 AM
I used a messenger bag last year, and while it was good for all that I wanted to carry it was murder on my shoulder. By the end of the con I hurt so bad it was unreal. Going to go with a backpack this year. Can hand it over one shoulder or put over both to balance the load and minimize the strain on my shoulders.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: smalicdem on April 09, 2016, 01:28:40 PM
In my experience - bring water, energy bars/packable snacks as the convention food stands are overpriced and really really comfy shoes as you will be on your feet the whole day. So much to do, so little time!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Pixie Elf 33 on April 09, 2016, 08:18:57 PM
A few kitchen trash bags come in handy if you need to sit on wet grass or dirty pavement.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 09, 2016, 10:49:33 PM
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A few kitchen trash bags come in handy if you need to sit on wet grass or dirty pavement.

I use WB bags for that. ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 14, 2016, 10:30:46 AM
Hydration is everything. I carry a kids-size Superman Thermos and refill throughout the day.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dcuodust on April 22, 2016, 11:42:25 AM
My SDCC satchel and kicks arrived!

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Zero on April 22, 2016, 02:20:03 PM
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My SDCC satchel and kicks arrived!

http://i.imgur.com/ybPvUvg.jpg

Those are some nice shoes.  Ohhh, I like that they are blue.

(Your decor in that photo looks nice too, ha ha.  There are fancy rugs and even a table runner!)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 23, 2016, 04:13:23 PM
I found that along with a refillable water bottle, that the other most used item was a portable recharger. Went thru battery life like crazy.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Abby_Normal on May 01, 2016, 03:16:48 PM
If you're like me and need a coffee boost in the middle of the day, get some of those Starbucks doubleshot cans BEFORE you leave for con - Ralphs is always cleaned out of them by the time I get there for my supplies. This will also save you having to wait in the huge 'Bucks line at the convention center.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dolphina on May 01, 2016, 03:42:54 PM
That's a good idea even the Starbucks bottles would be a good addition for my group.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: perc2100 on May 02, 2016, 07:59:20 AM
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I use WB bags for that. ;)
ditto
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: sisustylegirl on May 02, 2016, 12:14:08 PM
We always have 5 hour energy, water bottles, and protein bars.  Sometimes I cannot justify any more crap convention food (but at other times it is really frickin' good). 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on May 02, 2016, 04:52:36 PM
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We always have 5 hour energy, water bottles, and protein bars.  Sometimes I cannot justify any more crap convention food (but at other times it is really frickin' good).

After spending all night and all day in line for or in Hall H, the convention center nachos start to look like filet mignon.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on June 12, 2016, 03:43:10 PM
This one is a little obsessive (who, me?), but I recently ordered a Freddy Funko from the Funko site. When it came in, it was in a larger box with the Pop itself inside a small nicely fitted box. After I unboxed it, I noticed the bottom of the box was from a familiar packaging company Uline with a Uline PN for a standard, off the shelf box (I go to their website for my job quite often to verify ordering PNs to load to our system). It's Uline PN S-4063 and is very sturdy and fits the Pop really well. I plan to buy some and bring a couple with me for shipping any Pops back home. It will give me a little extra piece of mind. They will be flat, so they shouldn't take up too much room in my luggage.

I can also use them for any trades within some of the Funko groups I belong to. I have been hesitant to do trades because shipping is so critical and I would want to do it right.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: nvj29 on June 13, 2016, 11:31:05 PM
Not sure if this has been mentioned.....I like the Star Kiss Tuna packets from Wal-Mart that are seasoned for like $1 each. Carry mustard, relish and mayo packets, like from restaurants to add in.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on June 14, 2016, 06:06:58 AM
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Not sure if this has been mentioned.....I like the Star Kiss Tuna packets from Wal-Mart that are seasoned for like $1 each. Carry mustard, relish and mayo packets, like from restaurants to add in.

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That s a good one! I'll definitely have try that this year! Thanks for the tip!


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: alyssa on June 14, 2016, 07:57:24 AM
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If you're like me and need a coffee boost in the middle of the day, get some of those Starbucks doubleshot cans BEFORE you leave for con - Ralphs is always cleaned out of them by the time I get there for my supplies. This will also save you having to wait in the huge 'Bucks line at the convention center.

i may have to add these to my suite case before i get to con.....
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on June 14, 2016, 09:31:37 AM
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If you're like me and need a coffee boost in the middle of the day, get some of those Starbucks doubleshot cans BEFORE you leave for con - Ralphs is always cleaned out of them by the time I get there for my supplies. This will also save you having to wait in the huge 'Bucks line at the convention center.

That's a fantastic idea, I'm definitely adding that to my list.

Has anyone ever brought like a single serve coffee maker (like a Keurig) with them to the con before? Since you can just plug it in and use it in your room so long as you have the k-cups and a tumbler/mug? I'm generally against using them (because they produce so much waste), but I'm starting to seriously consider it for the con lol. However, the Starbucks doubleshots would probably be a good substitute instead unless you really wanted something hot.

Starbucks has started rolling out pre-ordering from the app at some locations. Makes you wonder in the Gaslamp/Bayfront ones have implemented that. of course, at the con it might be just as insane as standing in line to order, with all the people who no-doubt will try it out.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: perc2100 on June 14, 2016, 11:23:30 AM
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That's a fantastic idea, I'm definitely adding that to my list.

Has anyone ever brought like a single serve coffee maker (like a Keurig) with them to the con before? Since you can just plug it in and use it in your room so long as you have the k-cups and a tumbler/mug? I'm generally against using them (because they produce so much waste), but I'm starting to seriously consider it for the con lol. However, the Starbucks doubleshots would probably be a good substitute instead unless you really wanted something hot.

Starbucks has started rolling out pre-ordering from the app at some locations. Makes you wonder in the Gaslamp/Bayfront ones have implemented that. of course, at the con it might be just as insane as standing in line to order, with all the people who no-doubt will try it out.
Don't a lot of the hotels have free coffee?  Not via Kurig, but a convention instant coffee maker.
It's not uncommon for me to bring a French Press with me when I travel (I guess I'm sort of a coffee snob?): easy to make, REALLY easy to travel with & I can easily bring my own ground-up coffee with me.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on June 14, 2016, 11:41:13 AM
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Don't a lot of the hotels have free coffee?  Not via Kurig, but a convention instant coffee maker.
It's not uncommon for me to bring a French Press with me when I travel (I guess I'm sort of a coffee snob?): easy to make, REALLY easy to travel with & I can easily bring my own ground-up coffee with me.
I am staying at Hotel Z-they do list that there is a Keurig in the room. We have one at home, so will be bringing some k-cups with us. Most hotels do have a coffee maker of some sort.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on June 14, 2016, 11:43:54 AM
Now, if only they had in room Bacardi-cups.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: hoserzgirl on June 29, 2016, 03:10:29 PM
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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on June 29, 2016, 04:17:53 PM
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Don't a lot of the hotels have free coffee?  Not via Kurig, but a convention instant coffee maker.
It's not uncommon for me to bring a French Press with me when I travel (I guess I'm sort of a coffee snob?): easy to make, REALLY easy to travel with & I can easily bring my own ground-up coffee with me.

Now that I'm thinking about it, HBF might've had coffee makers/keurigs in each of the room. The coffee packs weren't free though iirc.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on July 04, 2016, 10:28:14 AM
I know it's probably been said before, but power strips are a must (tech geeks traveling in packs always need them.) This year I'm buying a new one that also has extra USB ports for anyone who needs one.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Resin on July 06, 2016, 09:43:29 PM
Not sure if this has been mentioned, but an Amazon Fire TV Stick. (https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV-Stick-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00GDQ0RMG/) There's something to be said about coming back to your hotel room at the end of a long day and kicking back with a little Netflix (and your roommates will love you for it).
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Car_Low on July 06, 2016, 10:00:17 PM
Bought this stool at REI. Rated for 225 lbs and feels a lot sturdier than the free ones handed out at con.

https://www.rei.com/product/765283/rei-trail-stool
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on July 06, 2016, 10:17:48 PM
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Not sure if this has been mentioned, but an Amazon Fire TV Stick. (https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV-Stick-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00GDQ0RMG/) There's something to be said about coming back to your hotel room at the end of a long day and kicking back with a little Netflix (and your roommates will love you for it).

That's such a good idea, I'll definitely have to bring mine!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on July 06, 2016, 10:36:22 PM
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Bought this stool at REI. Rated for 225 lbs and feels a lot sturdier than the free ones handed out at con.

https://www.rei.com/product/765283/rei-trail-stool
I've used that exact one for the last three years, and I absolutely love it!


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: NoNoNuni on July 08, 2016, 12:29:07 PM
For any Amazon Prime members in the crowd, Prime Day is Tuesday, 7/12!  It's a bit of a Black Friday sale in the middle of July, and you may be able to snag an awesome deal on a few items on your "to get" list!  The availability can be kind of hit or miss, but I was pumped to get a good mobile phone charger for under 10 bucks.

You have to be an Amazon Prime member to partake, but I think they still offer trial memberships. Can't hurt to check!

https://www.amazon.com/b?node=11448061011
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: pieistasty on July 20, 2016, 12:09:23 PM
Bring hand sanitizer and plenty of it.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Lavendar on April 13, 2017, 12:06:34 PM
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I've bought those disposable wash cloths they use in hospitals (find them at most drug stores), and in a more direct way, I've used Purell to clean up. It also refreshes as it evaporates.  BUT FOR THE LOVE OF ALL DEITIES IN THE MULTIVERSE, NO AXE SPRAY, PLEASE!!

and since 90% of attraction is smell, masking your natural scent is detrimental to your social life and I here SDCC is quite the hook up scene, so add condoms to the list. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: sisustylegirl on April 13, 2017, 02:09:57 PM
Ok, I'm totally giggling like a 13 year old over the condom comment.

Necessities for me:  portable battery charger for your cell (since it will no doubt drain trying to check twitter, text your friends, upload photos, etc), power strip, sewing kit and duct tape for cosplay emergencies.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 13, 2017, 03:53:37 PM
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Ok, I'm totally giggling like a 13 year old over the condom comment.

Necessities for me:  portable battery charger for your cell (since it will no doubt drain trying to check twitter, text your friends, upload photos, etc), power strip, sewing kit and duct tape for cosplay emergencies.

I cannot emphasize enough how the number one most important thing in my pack is my extra battery.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 13, 2017, 04:41:08 PM
I posted on this thread February 15, 2015, but I think it bears repeating.  Keep in mind you don't have to bring EVERYTHING I suggest.  These are just all things I think we should think about when coming to Comic-Con.

Anti-perspirant.
Purell anti-bacteria hand sanitizer or baby wipes.
Vitamin C tablets.
Smartphone charger.
Power strip.
Earphones for your smartphone so you can listen to music or watch videos without disturbing the people next to you.
DSLR camera with flash (puts your smartphone camera to shame).
Charger for your DSLR camera battery.
At least two memory cards for your DSLR camera.
Protein snack bars.
Bottled water.
Aspirin.
Imodium.
Pocket tissues.
Writing pen.
Sharpie.
Sun block.
Listerine breath strips.
An apple and/or an orange.
Collapsible camping chair.
Knapsack/backpack to carry your gear.
Scotch tape.
A few extra lanyards.
Notepad.
Plastic sleeves for your autograph pictures.
A poster tube.
Small first aid kit.
A book.
Playing cards.
And try to bring enough cash & loose change with you before you leave for your trip as ATMs at the Convention Center charge ridiculous fees.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on April 19, 2017, 06:00:34 AM
I always bring at least two power strips. Between four of us there is a LOT of tech being recharged every night (including many, many portable chargers.) Additionally, as we're often closer than our friends, we have friends taking tech back to be charged or people using our portable chargers.

Last year, I bought a couple new ones (and two for my office at work) that have a lot of outlets USB charger outlets, and quick charging ones, and it was so nice, because I usually end up with more mini-USB-USB cords than actual chargers for them.

Also, make sure to test any power strips to make sure all outlets are working etc. because I definitely brought one that was dead once. And if you haven't looked into new power strips that might fit your needs more (such as mine for USB outlets etc.), it might be a good time! (My co-workers are constantly using both in my office and my old office to recharge phones etc.) They can fairly inexpensive too.

I'm definitely adding mints/Listerine strips to my list this year. I'm not a big mint person and it's not generally a concern, but you never know if you'll want one or someone needs one.

I additionally recommend eye-drops (I think I did before), as needed. Some people need some for allergies, dry-eyes, contacts, etc.. Two years ago, I had an issue with a contact super irritating my eyes and I didn't have any eye-drops on hand, regardless of type, but one of my friends happened to have some and it was fantastic.

Not something to bring to the con, but I make an online checklist every year for my personal group of four people. I trust them to remember basic packing, they all need to do so often enough. However, things like remembering to bring cash (for smaller vendors or giving money for take-out runs) and especially requesting smaller bills, etc. can be harder to remember until you need it.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: SteveD on April 30, 2017, 04:46:55 AM
Woot! has got some inexpensive self-inflating sleeping pads today, link (https://sport.woot.com/offers/alps-sleeping-pads-your-choice), that might work for overnights on the Hall H line.

They have two different models in a couple of different sizes.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 30, 2017, 09:34:04 AM
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Woot! has got some inexpensive self-inflating sleeping pads today, link (https://sport.woot.com/offers/alps-sleeping-pads-your-choice), that might work for overnights on the Hall H line.

They have two different models in a couple of different sizes.

My DH has one like that which he uses to sleep out on the lawn. He really likes it, and it's relatively compact. Combine it with a pillow and blanket from the hotel room and you're good to go!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angie on May 05, 2017, 08:40:19 AM
Mentiones this is another thread but still think its good advice:


Poo-pourri.

Will save you if you have roomies and a lot of people sharing a bathroom.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on May 05, 2017, 10:44:56 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login your list was what I worked from when I was getting ready to attend my 1st CCI.... it was VERY helpful!!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 05, 2017, 12:14:48 PM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login your list was what I worked from when I was getting ready to attend my 1st CCI.... it was VERY helpful!!!

I'm glad I was of some help!  I saw a similar list before I attended my second con in 2012 and it was very helpful to me as well.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Lavendar on May 16, 2017, 10:29:33 AM
BINDER CLIPS!
Keeps draperies shut tight for naps, food fresher
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: accelerate on May 16, 2017, 12:57:21 PM
Safety pins.

Several times I've lost my badge because it got detached from the lanyard. So now the first thing I do is to attach a safety pin from badge to lanyard as a precaution.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Lavendar on May 20, 2017, 01:02:17 PM
Anyone ever use foil or space blankets?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: rushfanyyz on May 21, 2017, 06:00:31 AM
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Anyone ever use foil or space blankets?

If you do you can say you are cosplaying as Chuck McGill from Better Call Saul hahahaha
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Iris on May 21, 2017, 08:30:39 AM
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BINDER CLIPS!
Keeps draperies shut tight for naps, food fresher

OH! That would be brilliant if you're trying to secure something for some shade in the Hall H lines, like a tarp or sheet or something. I was thinking about maybe a UV blocking tarp for the purpose, just in case.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on May 21, 2017, 08:33:39 AM
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OH! That would be brilliant if you're trying to secure something for some shade in the Hall H lines, like a tarp or sheet or something. I was thinking about maybe a UV blocking tarp for the purpose, just in case.
I'm a Hall H line junky. An umbrella (for sun) has made its way to the top of my list.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: TardisMom on May 21, 2017, 11:20:27 AM
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I'm a Hall H line junky. An umbrella (for sun) has made its way to the top of my list.

Our umbrella was a life saver last year!  Or skin saver, at least.  It was HOT!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 21, 2017, 01:23:28 PM
A friend of mine had those cooling towels last year and she said they were heavenly in the heat!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: dcuodust on May 21, 2017, 02:06:01 PM
Having had the stomach flu this past week: Imodium.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 21, 2017, 02:12:17 PM
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Having had the stomach flu this past week: Imodium.

In 2014 I brought Imodium with me and I needed it when I was waiting on the Hall H line one early morning.  Thank heaven security allowed me to use the bathroom inside the convention center as I had an emergency.  After I got out of the bathroom I took my Imodium and was fine.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Lavendar on July 31, 2017, 10:23:52 PM
Beware Con Butt
Oh man did my butt hurt
This really saved me, ty to whoever suggested it,  I highly recommend it. Check out my youtube review

review
https://youtu.be/Ua43lexYFPw (https://youtu.be/Ua43lexYFPw)

Thermarest
https://www.amazon.com/Therm-a-Rest-Travel-Cushion-Nautical-Blue/dp/B00HANW9FY/ref=pd_yo_rr_bia_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=570CXD0TH6Z511K5XWJ7 (https://www.amazon.com/Therm-a-Rest-Travel-Cushion-Nautical-Blue/dp/B00HANW9FY/ref=pd_yo_rr_bia_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=570CXD0TH6Z511K5XWJ7)

Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on December 28, 2017, 10:25:50 AM
Amazing deal right now on this high-backed chair by Moon Lence. I have one of the low back ones and used it all Con last year and it was great, light, small easy to pack up and You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login even got one at my suggestion and it worked great for her too. This one is the high-backed version which I am going to upgrade to for leaning back. It's on sale right now for 49.99 and if you check off the $10 coupon box, it comes out to 39.99 and you can't beat that deal for a chair like this. It holds a good amount of weight too. I'm about 185 and it supported me fine

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718V49QY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1D0J4IG45KJP3&colid=21SB1N3PCGEOK&psc=1
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: DRWHO42 on December 28, 2017, 03:06:47 PM
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Amazing deal right now on this high-backed chair by Moon Lence. I have one of the low back ones and used it all Con last year and it was great, light, small easy to pack up and You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login even got one at my suggestion and it worked great for her too. This one is the high-backed version which I am going to upgrade to for leaning back. It's on sale right now for 49.99 and if you check off the $10 coupon box, it comes out to 39.99 and you can't beat that deal for a chair like this. It holds a good amount of weight too. I'm about 185 and it supported me fine

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718V49QY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1D0J4IG45KJP3&colid=21SB1N3PCGEOK&psc=1
This chair is awesome and I might get one as well.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mark on December 28, 2017, 03:39:31 PM
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Amazing deal right now on this high-backed chair by Moon Lence. I have one of the low back ones and used it all Con last year and it was great, light, small easy to pack up and You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login even got one at my suggestion and it worked great for her too. This one is the high-backed version which I am going to upgrade to for leaning back. It's on sale right now for 49.99 and if you check off the $10 coupon box, it comes out to 39.99 and you can't beat that deal for a chair like this. It holds a good amount of weight too. I'm about 185 and it supported me fine

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718V49QY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1D0J4IG45KJP3&colid=21SB1N3PCGEOK&psc=1

What's the $10 coupon? Is that for new Amazon Prime members?
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mlgagne on January 01, 2018, 10:40:20 AM
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Amazing deal right now on this high-backed chair by Moon Lence. I have one of the low back ones and used it all Con last year and it was great, light, small easy to pack up and You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login even got one at my suggestion and it worked great for her too. This one is the high-backed version which I am going to upgrade to for leaning back. It's on sale right now for 49.99 and if you check off the $10 coupon box, it comes out to 39.99 and you can't beat that deal for a chair like this. It holds a good amount of weight too. I'm about 185 and it supported me fine

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718V49QY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1D0J4IG45KJP3&colid=21SB1N3PCGEOK&psc=1

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This chair is awesome and I might get one as well.

OMG yes, echoing my love for this chair! I have the low back version too, though I may also splurge on the high back one once I'm settled in SoCal  ;D
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on January 01, 2018, 12:24:21 PM
Used one of these last year.....LOVED it!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on January 01, 2018, 01:46:55 PM
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What's the $10 coupon? Is that for new Amazon Prime members?

The coupon is no longer available. Not sure how long it lasted. It was just a $10 off coupon on that item.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cabler30 on January 01, 2018, 02:33:15 PM
From all stuff i know from past cons to today, i know what to skip since change ways on how to get to go and get in for ea day of event. always good to get input as to what has changed so always good to be prepared. i dont wait in lines unless want real bad at time and can get done before or after job gotta do during the con week. so got a few more months to pack and get ready for a week off fun at SDCC for 2018. go light and come home heavy so to speak lol.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Sublime on April 18, 2018, 08:17:18 PM
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Safety pins.

Several times I've lost my badge because it got detached from the lanyard. So now the first thing I do is to attach a safety pin from badge to lanyard as a precaution.


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A safety pin is a great idea! I used a second lanyard last year, because my badge was detaching also.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 19, 2018, 05:02:48 AM
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A safety pin is a great idea! I used a second lanyard last year, because my badge was detaching also.
My nephew had his badge with lanyard stolen right off his neck while in a crowd of folks trying to get poster tubes about six years ago. We’ve used safety pins ever since.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 19, 2018, 06:34:52 AM
first year I attended CCI... lanyard was starting to wear thru my badge... used some tape to try and fix it.... fast forward to waiting in line and they are coming around to hand out wristbands.... look down and my badge is gone!
Fortunately it had just dropped to the ground at my feet, but what a moment of panic.  I now re-inforce the plastic and also use a safety pin. Can never be too cautious!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Miss Kitty on April 19, 2018, 08:10:49 AM
A sugar mama or daddy.  :P ;D ;)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on April 19, 2018, 10:21:06 AM
I'm sure I have shared this before, but it's worth sharing every year, if you are prone to blisters on your feet bring some moleskin to slap on "hot spots" it will save you!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007W9MGLI?ref_=Oct_CABSellerC_3779981_0

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on April 19, 2018, 10:31:40 AM
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I'm sure I have shared this before, but it's worth sharing every year, if you are prone to blisters on your feet bring some moleskin to slap on "hot spots" it will save you!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007W9MGLI?ref_=Oct_CABSellerC_3779981_0

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This stuff works great, I had a foot blister and using mole skin really made it feel normal. Remember SDCC is all about walking and standing and waiting :D
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on April 19, 2018, 10:35:47 AM
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This stuff works great, I had a foot blister and using mole skin really made it feel normal. Remember SDCC is all about walking and standing and waiting :D
Yep, and contrary to some of those reviews, you stick it to your skin, not your shoe. Just slap it over the spot on your skin and now the mole skin is being rubbed and not your tender spot.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cabler30 on April 19, 2018, 10:37:18 AM
All i know and can tell of what i learned of blisters, is it only happens as far as i know when u wear wrong size shoes or they not snug enough and it rubs against feet anywhere to where it creates a blister. the way i see it, its like make sure the shoe is like one with u kinda like being in Iron Man suit - be one with the suit and just walk and not let shoe have feet like floating or moving around inside too much or mite get a blister. if too loose then just re tie shoe or velcro then re strap so nice and snug but not too tite lol. shoes like clothes get kinda stretched as u move around so then become too loose i guess.



Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jim Watari on April 19, 2018, 10:45:39 AM
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All i know and can tell of what i learned of blisters, is it only happens as far as i know when u wear wrong size shoes or they not snug enough and it rubs against feet anywhere to where it creates a blister. the way i see it, its like make sure the shoe is like one with u kinda like being in Iron Man suit - be one with the suit and just walk and not let shoe have feet like floating or moving around inside too much or mite get a blister. if too loose then just re tie shoe or velcro then re strap so nice and snug but not too tite lol. shoes like clothes get kinda stretched as u move around so then become too loose i guess.

And you really need to have two sets of walking shoes because like You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said shoes can get stretched out. Switching between pairs of shoes can really help your feet.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: comicconfamily on April 19, 2018, 12:33:45 PM
We have a few things that are a must for us for hotel comfort:

Fan -- we have a small standup one we bring (we drive, so it's easy to pack), but even a small desk or clip-on fan that can fit in luggage can help if you are used to using a fan for the white noise and/or cooling.

Poo-Pourri (deodorizing toilet spray) -- super helpful when a bunch of people are sharing the same hotel bathroom

Hand Soap Pump --the same way we use pump hand soap at home, we always use one at the hotel rather than their freebie bar soap. Sometimes I don't bring it, but usually hit up Target when we first arrive (because I always welcome an excuse to go to Target  :D ).

Clothespin -- For keeping pesky hotel curtains closed, if needed (some don't close all the way no matter how hard you try)

Bed Pocket or Bedside Shelf -- if you have 3 or 4 people sharing beds and there is only a nightstand in the middle of the two beds, it can leave 1-2 people without a place to set their cell phone, glasses, TV remote or anything else they want access to. This gives the ones on the outside edge of the bed a place to keep their items close, without laying them on the floor.
Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Bedside-Storage-Organizer-cabinet-Magazine/dp/B01JM4F60S/ref=sr_1_4

Extension Cord -- We always pack one as its been proven to be helpful by someone in our family on almost every trip for charging phones, etc.

Suction Toothbrush Holder/Cover -- covers toothbrush + secures it to the bathroom mirror, keeping it off of the bathroom counter
Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Excelity-Travel-Toothbrush-Cover-Suction/dp/B01N941PUP/ref=sr_1_7
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mark on April 19, 2018, 04:35:42 PM
We pack a bunch of document clips to help with the hotel curtains, I know exactly what you mean. Building on the recent comments, the thing I pack that is by far the most useful year after year is a small ziploc bag with document clips, paper clips, safety pins, little post its, extra ziploc bags and a whole mess of rubber bands. I give away so many rubber bands.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on April 19, 2018, 06:16:05 PM
From the lunch discussion, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login had a great idea. If you do the BYO sandwich thing, bring those plastic bread sized sandwich containers instead of ziplocs for them. No more crushed PB&J for us. I don't know why we never thought of that!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angie on April 19, 2018, 07:03:09 PM
I bring my own pillowcase. That way I don't have to think about sleeping on a pillow a bunch of other people have drooled on. Then when its time to leave I throw my dirty clothes in it.

I also put washi tape on my usb block to charge my phone so we know whose is whose.

Agree about the hand soap and poopourri. Especially if you are staying with roomies or have the weird doors like the Omni...
Title: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: vegasndn on April 19, 2018, 07:23:55 PM
Cash really helps on the floor you just hand over money and keep moving also helps in Gaslamp when you want drinks, snacks and ice cream. Some vendors won’t accept cash though. Dollar bills to pay and tip with at bag check. Bandanas to use as little tablecloth on ground when waiting in line and to wipe hands with.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 19, 2018, 08:01:44 PM
Two words: Red Vines. I’ve met people that are now my good friends that I’m in contact with all year long by sharing my Red Vines while waiting in line. It’s karma. It’s candy. It’s sugary goodness. Red Vines.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: clambert1273 on April 19, 2018, 08:16:12 PM
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I bring my own pillowcase. That way I don't have to think about sleeping on a pillow a bunch of other people have drooled on. Then when its time to leave I throw my dirty clothes in it.

I also put washi tape on my usb block to charge my phone so we know whose is whose.

Agree about the hand soap and poopourri. Especially if you are staying with roomies or have the weird doors like the Omni...

Are you saying you don’t like my drool????


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cciveg on April 21, 2018, 10:44:20 PM
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Yep, and contrary to some of those reviews, you stick it to your skin, not your shoe. Just slap it over the spot on your skin and now the mole skin is being rubbed and not your tender spot.

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Poor moles :'( :'(
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cciveg on April 21, 2018, 10:48:39 PM
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I bring my own pillowcase. That way I don't have to think about sleeping on a pillow a bunch of other people have drooled on. Then when its time to leave I throw my dirty clothes in it.

I also put washi tape on my usb block to charge my phone so we know whose is whose.

Agree about the hand soap and poopourri. Especially if you are staying with roomies or have the weird doors like the Omni...

It is usually the pillow that is stained/dirty. See the you tube series, Another Dirty Room. Not for the easily grossed out.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cciveg on April 21, 2018, 10:50:35 PM
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We have a few things that are a must for us for hotel comfort:

Fan -- we have a small standup one we bring (we drive, so it's easy to pack), but even a small desk or clip-on fan that can fit in luggage can help if you are used to using a fan for the white noise and/or cooling.

Poo-Pourri (deodorizing toilet spray) -- super helpful when a bunch of people are sharing the same hotel bathroom

Hand Soap Pump --the same way we use pump hand soap at home, we always use one at the hotel rather than their freebie bar soap. Sometimes I don't bring it, but usually hit up Target when we first arrive (because I always welcome an excuse to go to Target  :D ).

Clothespin -- For keeping pesky hotel curtains closed, if needed (some don't close all the way no matter how hard you try)

Bed Pocket or Bedside Shelf -- if you have 3 or 4 people sharing beds and there is only a nightstand in the middle of the two beds, it can leave 1-2 people without a place to set their cell phone, glasses, TV remote or anything else they want access to. This gives the ones on the outside edge of the bed a place to keep their items close, without laying them on the floor.
Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Bedside-Storage-Organizer-cabinet-Magazine/dp/B01JM4F60S/ref=sr_1_4

Extension Cord -- We always pack one as its been proven to be helpful by someone in our family on almost every trip for charging phones, etc.

Suction Toothbrush Holder/Cover -- covers toothbrush + secures it to the bathroom mirror, keeping it off of the bathroom counter
Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Excelity-Travel-Toothbrush-Cover-Suction/dp/B01N941PUP/ref=sr_1_7

Earplugs in case you have a major league snorer!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cciveg on April 21, 2018, 10:55:23 PM
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Are you saying you don’t like my drool????


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It's not the drool so much as it's the head sweat stains, bloody noses, and other, uh...secretions.

Luckily, the majority of downtown hotels should be much cleaner places.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: cabler30 on April 22, 2018, 02:16:42 PM
Im sure hotels make sure the linens are clean as possible cause i sure they know people can be pretty fussy about stuff and some do complain or b***h about stuff they think should be a certain for what they paying to stay at the place anytime. if anything u can always bring ur own pillowcase and put it on the pillow with a case already on it so it double layer and not gotta worry about anything or just remove case altogether and use ur own lol.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: sondra17 on April 22, 2018, 04:19:45 PM
I fly in from Hawaii on an overnight flight. I take those re-wrapped blankets from the plane and use them to sit on the ground when waiting in line. I used to be a flight attendant, only my butt goes on those blankets.
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Post by: ozzz on April 25, 2018, 05:06:52 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login hahaha that comment and the condom comment really made me laugh!

I hope ya'll find what you're looking for lol :)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: puppy on April 26, 2018, 09:45:29 AM
I am taking one of these things (don't laugh): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6958CI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6958CI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

I hope everyone sees one and buys one so I'm not the only weirdo with a third leg.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: justboogie on April 26, 2018, 10:23:16 AM
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I am taking one of these things (don't laugh): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6958CI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6958CI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

I hope everyone sees one and buys one so I'm not the only weirdo with a third leg.

This is awesome. This is like one of those simple inventions that make me think "Why couldn't I think of this?"
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: clarrkkent on July 17, 2018, 05:27:42 PM
Do any vendors sell poster tubes at CCI? I’m having trouble finding a big enough diameter for Mondo print.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Angology on July 17, 2018, 05:49:03 PM
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Do any vendors sell poster tubes at CCI? I’m having trouble finding a big enough diameter for Mondo print.


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Post by: mickeyjack3 on July 17, 2018, 08:25:12 PM
They give out a lot of free ones, but you’re going to need a fairly wide diameter tube for the Mondo print.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Cender26 on March 06, 2019, 04:30:01 PM
It's probably been said, but a phone/tablet portable charger is a must. And spend the money for a good one. I have 2 that don't need recharging for 2 weeks.  I've actually been using one of them the last two days that I haven't recharged in about 2 months and it still charges my phone up for a full day.  It's not necessary, but I take both to SDCC and just switch them out, carry one one day then the other the next etc.

And carry a non-bulky cross body bag to panels that will hold your essentials. Big bookbags are too cumbersome and annoying in crowds.
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Post by: Virgo911 on March 06, 2019, 04:40:51 PM
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It's probably been said, but a phone/tablet portable charger is a must. And spend the money for a good one. I have 2 that don't need recharging for 2 weeks.  I've actually been using one of them the last two days that I haven't recharged in about 2 months and it still charges my phone up for a full day.  It's not necessary, but I take both to SDCC and just switch them out, carry one one day then the other the next etc.

And carry a non-bulky cross body bag to panels that will hold your essentials. Big bookbags are too cumbersome and annoying in crowds.

Ohhhh, do you have a link for your portable charger? Or the name of it? I've been looking for a good one.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Virgo911 on March 06, 2019, 05:05:53 PM
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Do any vendors sell poster tubes at CCI? I’m having trouble finding a big enough diameter for Mondo print.


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I don't know how much you're willing to spend, but have you tried an art supply store? They sell poster tubes that are big enough for things like blue prints and maps.
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Post by: Cender26 on March 07, 2019, 05:41:26 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I've had both portable chargers both for several years and they're no longer available, but they're both EasyAcc and there are newer versions on Amazon.

EasyAcc 2nd Gen
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014ZW5STG/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

EasyAcc (The first one I bought)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O1R28OY/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They also have cases for them, which are useful.
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Post by: Virgo911 on March 07, 2019, 05:48:03 AM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login I've had both portable chargers both for several years and they're no longer available, but they're both EasyAcc and there are newer versions on Amazon.

EasyAcc 2nd Gen
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014ZW5STG/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

EasyAcc (The first one I bought)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O1R28OY/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They also have cases for them, which are useful.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 07, 2019, 05:56:57 AM
I used a crossbody bag my 1st year going to CC.... it killed my shoulders! Kept switching it from one side to another; it didn't help. I went with a backpack and haven't had any issues since.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 07, 2019, 07:38:56 AM
Two words: Red Vines


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: OyaIsMe on March 07, 2019, 04:31:36 PM
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Two words: Red Vines


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I agree, these were a life saver during my Hall H experience.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 07, 2019, 08:23:38 PM
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I agree, these were a life saver during my Hall H experience.


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I’ve made some of my best friends with Red Vines waiting in line.


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Post by: Iris on March 08, 2019, 08:16:43 PM
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I’ve made some of my best friends with Red Vines waiting in line.


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I'm adding something to my SDCC shopping list now because I LOVE red vines.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 15, 2019, 05:58:34 AM
I found a refillable water bottle and easy to transport/open snacks are a necessity... food in the con leaves a bit to be desired. ::)
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on March 15, 2019, 06:08:55 AM
I don't know you guys, last year I found the onion rings for sale on the floor to be quite delightful.

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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 15, 2019, 09:00:01 AM
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I found a refillable water bottle and easy to transport/open snacks are a necessity... food in the con leaves a bit to be desired. ::)
Refillable water bottle is an absolute must. An extra power supply for my device(s) is very helpful. I always have Kind bars and trail mix. I clip an REI three legged camp stool to my pack. As I’ve chronicled earlier, having a treat (like RedVines) to share in line is by far the the most valuable thing I carry.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Cender26 on March 15, 2019, 08:47:51 PM
Also if you have space for it, taking a few shake ice packs.   One year it was super hot and I got a bit of vertigo I think from the heat, I had 1 of these in my bag, shook it and put it on the back of my neck while I sat against the wall for a bit. I didn't have to immediately fight the crowds to get to first aid, I just sat where I was and took a break with the ice pack. Once the dizziness went away I got up and got some water. Not saying you have to pack these and they don't stay cold long, but if you think you may have need for them bring a handful with you.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 18, 2019, 05:55:37 AM
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Refillable water bottle is an absolute must. An extra power supply for my device(s) is very helpful. I always have Kind bars and trail mix. I clip an REI three legged camp stool to my pack. As I’ve chronicled earlier, having a treat (like RedVines) to share in line is by far the the most valuable thing I carry.


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Extra power supply is critical!!  I also take a REI chair... but one that is an actual chair...it is about the size of a loaf of bread, very light weight and easy to set up and take down.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: tsnyder on March 18, 2019, 10:53:34 AM
On the opposite spectrum be careful not to burden yourself down with too much. Really depends an what you are doing that day. My panel days my backpack is loaded down with a days worth of supplies :) Offiste and show floor days backpack is empty to fill with purchases and swag except for essentials being my powerbank charger, and hydroflask bottle.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 18, 2019, 12:23:27 PM
I do the same thing as You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. Loaded down on panel days, bare necessities when I hit the floor.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Mel on March 18, 2019, 12:30:21 PM
I say this every year, but if you are someone who gets blisters or hot spots.....or well even if you never have before, but have never been to SDCC and don't yet understand the amount of walking you will do, take Dr. Scholl's Moleskin! It's a lifesaver and keeps you going. Apply directly to your blisters or hot spots and it's like they aren't even there.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 18, 2019, 12:47:36 PM
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I say this every year, but if you are someone who gets blisters or hot spots.....or well even if you never have before, but have never been to SDCC and don't yet understand the amount of walking you will do, take Dr. Scholl's Moleskin! It's a lifesaver and keeps you going. Apply directly to your blisters or hot spots and it's like they aren't even there.
This is  a good thing to have^^^... as well as COMFORTABLE shoes (that are broken in). I take at least 2 pairs and switch back and forth each day. That way if one pair rubs I'm not aggravating the same area everyday.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: tragedys on March 27, 2019, 07:41:19 AM
Cooling cloths (like the ones runners and construction workers use) are a must if you run hot like me.  For 'offsite days', it is a requirement.  Not only does it keep you cool, it's easy to replenish if it gets dry AND it keeps the sun off your neck.

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Post by: RustyPonds on March 27, 2019, 08:14:49 AM
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Extra power supply is critical!!  I also take a REI chair... but one that is an actual chair...it is about the size of a loaf of bread, very lightweight and easy to set up and take down.

If that is anything like my Helinox chairs then YES! Probably my best quality of life purchase for SDCC in a few years. So comfy and easy to carry in a backpack that you could have it on you everyday, just in case (though I don't do this).

Also, greetings to a fellow Team Valor member.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 27, 2019, 08:31:03 AM
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If that is anything like my Helinox chairs then YES! Probably my best quality of life purchase for SDCC in a few years. So comfy and easy to carry in a backpack that you could have it on you everyday, just in case (though I don't do this).

Also, greetings to a fellow Team Valor member.
It is a helinox chair.... started with it the 2nd time I went to SDCC. Discovered very quickly that my old bones didn't like sitting on the ground.  Took a long look at what others were doing and started asking folks with things that I thought might work where they got them and what the name of the item was.  Certain things were out of the question, because I come in from the east coast and they just wouldn't work. My daughter kept swiping it every time I got up to go somewhere.... she now has her own...lol.
Valor strong!!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 27, 2019, 09:49:07 AM
Jopari recommended the Helinox chairs long ago. I bought 2 and never looked back. Last year on a whim I tossed a small umbrella into my bag, and boy, did I use it! Sitting in my Helinox chair in a line with the umbrella to shade me from the sun awas a life-saver!

And yes, the power brick is useful too! Keeps my devices charged all day, and I can share it with friends!
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 27, 2019, 11:06:49 AM
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Jopari recommended the Helinox chairs long ago. I bought 2 and never looked back. Last year on a whim I tossed a small umbrella into my bag, and boy, did I use it! Sitting in my Helinox chair in a line with the umbrella to shade me from the sun awas a life-saver!

And yes, the power brick is useful too! Keeps my devices charged all day, and I can share it with friends!
I took an umbrella my first year; it was a life saver! I also took a solar "blanket" for overnight... it gets cold while waiting!
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Post by: clarrkkent on March 27, 2019, 11:10:49 AM
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I found a refillable water bottle and easy to transport/open snacks are a necessity... food in the con leaves a bit to be desired. ::)

You mean you aren’t happy with a steady diet of pretzels, cheese sauce, and chocolate chip cookies?

I’m a pretty health conscious person on a daily basis. Let’s say comic con was not my finest moment in that regard due to lack of easy access “dining” options.

I’ve never had so many pretzels and cheese sauce in my life.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: eek on March 27, 2019, 02:59:56 PM
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Jopari recommended the Helinox chairs long ago. I bought 2 and never looked back. Last year on a whim I tossed a small umbrella into my bag, and boy, did I use it! Sitting in my Helinox chair in a line with the umbrella to shade me from the sun awas a life-saver!

And yes, the power brick is useful too! Keeps my devices charged all day, and I can share it with friends!

I also brought a small umbrella for the first time to SDCC last year and it definitely came in handy for some long outdoor lines!
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Post by: clarrkkent on March 27, 2019, 03:04:24 PM
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I also brought a small umbrella for the first time to SDCC last year and it definitely came in handy for some long outdoor lines!

Agree on this! We came prepared with chairs, but not with umbrellas or other shade apparatus. Sunscreen kept me from burning and the chair saved my feet, but waiting just an hour in the blazing sun made me feel like I was going to melt.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Cender26 on March 29, 2019, 09:43:10 AM
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Jopari recommended the Helinox chairs long ago. I bought 2 and never looked back. Last year on a whim I tossed a small umbrella into my bag, and boy, did I use it! Sitting in my Helinox chair in a line with the umbrella to shade me from the sun awas a life-saver!

And yes, the power brick is useful too! Keeps my devices charged all day, and I can share it with friends!

If you have the right chair for it, buy an umbrella chair clip or holder that you can screw onto the chair. I brought a umbrella but after a while you dont want to hold it for hours in line. I got a mini lightweight umbrella and an umbrella holder that worked with my chair, propped it up last year so I could read on my tab easily. People sitting around me wanted the same setup too.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: justboogie on April 01, 2019, 09:41:22 AM
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If you have the right chair for it, buy an umbrella chair clip or holder that you can screw onto the chair. I brought a umbrella but after a while you dont want to hold it for hours in line. I got a mini lightweight umbrella and an umbrella holder that worked with my chair, propped it up last year so I could read on my tab easily. People sitting around me wanted the same setup too.
 

Why hold or clip your umbrella when you can simply wear it?
https://www.amazon.com/KINGSOO-Umbrella-Tighten-Fishing-Gardening/dp/B076Z62Z5N/ref=asc_df_B076Z62Z5N/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312031058067&hvpos=1o5&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5685904734189631411&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031059&hvtargid=pla-574251994932&psc=1
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Miss Kitty on April 01, 2019, 10:57:13 AM
I was listening in to my boss talking to CCI about the congestion in certain places at SDCC and they are considering putting in moving floors , similar to the moving walkways at the airport. Of course this would solve 2 problems. one is congestion and the other is being able to see stuff. It's raised, so you'll get a better view. Concerns over wheelchairs, strollers would take a regular path.

They are used all of the time in Europe, and gaining speed (pun intended) here in the states the past few months.















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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: RustyPonds on April 01, 2019, 11:26:17 AM
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I was listening in to my boss talking to CCI about the congestion in certain places at SDCC and they are considering putting in moving floors , similar to the moving walkways at the airport. Of course this would solve 2 problems. one is congestion and the other is being able to see stuff. It's raised, so you'll get a better view. Concerns over wheelchairs, strollers would take a regular path.

They are used all of the time in Europe, and gaining speed (pun intended) here in the states the past few months.

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: tsnyder on April 01, 2019, 11:33:33 AM
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It is a helinox chair.... started with it the 2nd time I went to SDCC. Discovered very quickly that my old bones didn't like sitting on the ground.  Took a long look at what others were doing and started asking folks with things that I thought might work where they got them and what the name of the item was.  Certain things were out of the question, because I come in from the east coast and they just wouldn't work. My daughter kept swiping it every time I got up to go somewhere.... she now has her own...lol.
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After reading the love for helinox chairs i went ahead and ordered one off of Amazon. Ready for the lines :)

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 01, 2019, 01:50:03 PM
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After reading the love for helinox chairs i went ahead and ordered one off of Amazon. Ready for the lines :)

When you get it, make sure that you practice putting it together and breaking it down. (HINT: Examine it carefully before you unwrap it the first time!)  While usually you can take a bit of time to put it together, sometimes at SDCC lines start moving suddenly and you have to pack up QUICKLY. You don't want to be sitting there for 5 minutes putting your chair away. There is definitely a knack to breaking down the Helinox chairs quickly.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: RustyPonds on April 02, 2019, 11:59:28 AM
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When you get it, make sure that you practice putting it together and breaking it down. (HINT: Examine it carefully before you unwrap it the first time!)  While usually you can take a bit of time to put it together, sometimes at SDCC lines start moving suddenly and you have to pack up QUICKLY. You don't want to be sitting there for 5 minutes putting your chair away. There is definitely a knack to breaking down the Helinox chairs quickly.

And keep track of your bag! One of my con buddies last year lost one of my Helinox bags. Pretty annoying.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: CarrieD on April 03, 2019, 01:10:54 PM
I usually pick up the free poster tube at the Fox booth but with the Disney buyout I am wondering if I will have to bring one this year.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Miss Kitty on April 03, 2019, 02:18:27 PM
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I usually pick up the free poster tube at the Fox booth but with the Disney buyout I am wondering if I will have to bring one this year.
I was wondering if they will do major cutbacks on giveaways because of Disney. I'm hoping they will let them keep rolling along as normal.

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Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 03, 2019, 02:39:27 PM
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When you get it, make sure that you practice putting it together and breaking it down. (HINT: Examine it carefully before you unwrap it the first time!)  While usually you can take a bit of time to put it together, sometimes at SDCC lines start moving suddenly and you have to pack up QUICKLY. You don't want to be sitting there for 5 minutes putting your chair away. There is definitely a knack to breaking down the Helinox chairs quickly.
It is also a good thing to put it together a couple times before SDCC... it takes a bit of effort for the 1st few times and it is good get the knack of setting up as well as breaking it down.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: chocolateshake on April 03, 2019, 07:58:29 PM
Plenty of hand sanitizer.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: vegasndn on April 11, 2019, 04:57:40 AM
Snacks, water, breath mints and cash.


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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Michael M on April 11, 2019, 05:57:30 AM
Cash...lots, and lots, of cash...
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Lavendar on April 19, 2019, 04:34:32 PM
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Last year on a whim I tossed a small umbrella into my bag, and boy, did I use it! Sitting in my Helinox chair in a line with the umbrella to shade me from the sun awas a life-saver!

And yes, the power brick is useful too! Keeps my devices charged all day, and I can share it with friends!

I picked up a UV coated umbrella, don't even feel the heat
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Jangos1 on April 30, 2019, 11:59:24 PM
I used one of those cheap, cooling scarves/towels that you soak with water and wear around your neck.  I was surprised how effective it was in the heat. 

Great and informative thread.  Thank you, everyone. 
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: raedioactive on June 02, 2019, 01:17:31 AM
For someone a few pages back who was asking about solutions to keep your cell phone handy yet secure: https://www.bandolierstyle.com

I carry mine to work around my job site, as well as concerts and nightclubs, and it's the BEST, especially if you don't have pockets. They have a lot of purse-esque strap options, but also some wide nylon straps that are more nondescript and less flashy if that's what you want.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Namron83 on June 18, 2019, 01:08:59 PM
Lysol disinfectant spray..... Not for you, but the bed/sheets at your hotel especially if you're staying at a hostel.
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: kihou on June 19, 2019, 10:06:22 AM
This may have been mentioned before, but I always bring a handful of rubber bands, some paper clips, and a sharpie.  I made some pals at the LAIKA exhibit when they handed out posters for people and I was able to share rubber bands for people to hold them :)  and a sharpie for if you bump into someone famous on the floor!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: comicconfamily on June 23, 2019, 11:41:04 AM
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Last year on a whim I tossed a small umbrella into my bag, and boy, did I use it!

YES...umbrellas!! Especially if you are going to be waiting in lines outside. We didn't think this through in 2017 and it was the first time that we dedicated nearly a whole day (16 hrs) to wait in the Hall H line. We had no umbrella and it was sooo hot. Someone nearby took pity on us and allowed us to borrow their umbrella and it made a HUGE difference.

Pre-umbrella (draping our heads with a black cardigan I had) and a post-umbrella shots!

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Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: Emerald_Mom on June 23, 2019, 12:09:19 PM
My son gave me a comic con backpack for my birthday... one of the things in it was an umbrella that had a uv lining.... it is awesome!
Title: Re: Useful items to take to SDCC
Post by: mark on June 23, 2019, 01:28:05 PM
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This may have been mentioned before, but I always bring a handful of rubber bands, some paper clips, and a sharpie.  I made some pals at the LAIKA exhibit when they handed out posters for people and I was able to share rubber bands for people to hold them :)  and a sharpie for if you bump into someone famous on the floor!

Rubber bands are key, and you bring up a good point. Bring extra since you will end up giving some away, you never know when you will walk by a sweet poster giveaway :) I would also add a few safety pins and some small binder clips.