When preparing for a convention, it’s always a good idea to prepare a list of what is needed. A good, complete list will allow you to get ready fo the event more quickly, and prevent a large amount of headaches. However, what to include, and how much is always a guessing game, as there are definite limits for “too much” and “too little” of certain items.
To help you get started, please consult the following checklist. It has been tweaked and improved over ten years, and nearly twenty conventions. The list is optimized for a three-day convention, so alterations may be needed for shorter events.

Necessities

 

_____    House/Car Keys

 

_____    Photocopy of ID & Emergency Contact Information (Keep in bag)

 

_____    Wallet

 

Clothing

 

_____    Long-Sleeved Shirt or Sweatshirt: One (1)

 

_____    Pants: Two (2) Pair

 

_____    Shirts: Three (3)

 

_____    Sleepwear/Pajamas

 

_____    Socks: Three (3) Pair

 

_____    Undergarments (Boxers, Underwear, etc.): Three (3) Pair

 

_____    Watch: One (1)

 

Health

 

_____    Allergy Medicine

 

_____    Antacid

 

_____    Aspirin

 

_____    Cold/Sinus Medicine

 

_____    Prescription Medications

 

_____    Travel First-Aid Kit

 

_____    Vitamins

 

Hygiene

 

_____    Comb/Hairbrush

 

_____    Dental Floss: 1oz Spool

 

_____    Deodorant: 1oz Stick

 

_____    Hand Sanitizer: 1oz Bottle

 

_____    Mouthwash: 1oz Bottle

 

_____    Soap: 1oz. Bar or Body Wash: 2 oz Bottle

 

_____    Shampoo: 2 oz Bottle

 

_____    Toothbrush

 

_____    Toothpaste: 1oz Tube

 

_____    One (1)Razor

 

_____    Shaving Cream: 2oz

 

Travel

 

_____    Backpack or Messenger Bag

 

_____    Directions to the Event

 

_____    Hotel Reciept

 

_____    Itinerary for Plane,Train, or Bus

 

_____    Luggage Lock

 

_____    Pre-registration Reciept

 

_____    Train/Plane Ticket (if applicable)

 

Gadgets

 

_____    Batteries: 2 Replacements

 

_____    Camera

 

_____    Cell Phone

 

_____    Cell Phone Charger

 

_____    Memory Card

 

_____    Notebook/Tablet

 

_____    Notebook/Tablet Charger

 

_____    Phone Card ($10)

 

Budget

 

_____    $400-$500: Hotel

 

_____    $300-$500: Spending Money

 

_____    $80-100: Food

 

_____    $35-$85: Transportation

 

_____    $35-$85: Emergency Travel (LOCK IN SUITCASE/BAG)

 

_____    Credit Card (LOCK IN SUITCASE/BAG)

 

Optional

 

_____    Beverages (Bottled Water, Gatorade, etc.)

 

_____    Business Cards

 

_____    Cosplay Repair Kit (Sewing Kit, glue gun, extra buttons, safety pins, etc.)

 

_____    Costume and Cosplay supplies

 

_____    Music Player (iPod, Zune, etc.)

 

_____    Pen & Paper (Notebook, sketchbook, etc.)

 

_____    Portable Game System (DS, PSP, 3DS)

 

_____    Sewing Kit

 

_____    Snacks (Granola Bars, Energy Bars, etc.)