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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:33 AM

Hey Guys,
Think you are in over your head on what to pack? Here is an easy list to help check/cross off as you pack. :)
Any additions you'd like to make let me know and I'll add it.

A Printable verison is here https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcOJw3Gf...ycmZ0&hl=en

Tell me what you think!




Convention Packing List

Clothing:
  • Cosplay costume
  • All your accessories [gloves, wig, makeup, shoes ,prop etc,etc.]
  • Belt
  • Comfy shoes [flat, gymshoes, slippers]
  • Garbage bag/suit bag to cover your costume as your transport it.
  • Hoodie
  • Pants*
  • Pajamas
  • Shirts*
  • Shorts/Skirts*
  • Socks*
  • Sweater
  • Umbrella
  • Underwear*


Health Care:
  • Body lotion
  • Body Wash
  • Conditioner
  • Contact Holder/Solution
  • Cough drops
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses/ back up pair of contacts
  • Hair brush
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair ties
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Make up**
  • Make up remover
  • Medication*
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Nail clippers
  • Pain and tummy relievers [IE: Tylenol and Tums]
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Razor
  • Sewing kit [needle,thread, emergency hem tape]
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Cream
  • Soap [Don't forget it!]
  • Tide stick
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Tweezers



Feminine-ish Items:
  • Bras
  • Curling Iron
  • Earrings
  • Hair Straighter
  • Midol/Pamprin
  • Panty Liners
  • Tampons/pads
  • Jewelry etc etc

Electronics:
  • Camera
  • Cell phone charger
  • Charger for Laptop
  • Charger for Camera
  • Dvds
  • Extension cords
  • Flash Drive
  • Games
  • Gaming Controllers
  • Gaming Counsels
  • Laptop
  • Spare batteries for camera
  • Spare batteries for laptop
  • Spare cords


ETC:
  • Earplugs
  • Febreeze
  • Two sources of funds ***
  • Photo ID


Food/Drink:
  • An all natural juice [have something non sugary]
  • Bread
  • Cereal Bars
  • Chips
  • Cooler
  • Cups
  • Energy drinks
  • Fruit
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Microwave
  • Mini Fridge
  • Napkins
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Ramen
  • Tea Bags
  • Set of metal eating utensils [plastic melts]
  • Soda
  • Water


Dealers/Exhibit Hall:
  • Manila Folder
  • Reusable bag
  • Rubber Bands
  • Architect tubes

Adult List:
  • Your liquor supply
  • Towels/shirt to wrap the bottles in to they don't clang and break in your bags
  • Garbage bags to clean up your party mess
  • Protection [NO CON BABIES!]


* = Rule of thumb have on extra packed for everyday you are attending
**Women AND Men need to have make-up packed. Have face powder to stop the shine or concealer to hide a face scar if you don't want it to show.
*** TWO sources. Don't carry all of your cash on you. the hotel has a safe in your room, use it! Carry 1/2 your daily spending on you. You might get a hole in your pocket or you drop it, you don't want to leave yourself screwed. Have a debit card or a credit card [even if it is your parents, ask for premission to hold onto first] IN CASE OF EMERGENCY don't leave yourself stranded.


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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:40 AM

This is both hilarious and informing xD

:3 but thanks!!
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:33 AM

Glad you have fruit snacks on that list ^_^
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:36 AM

I'm gonna bring a bag for my merchandise.

No sence in wasting plastic bags :3
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 11:21 AM

I'm always worried about forgetting stuff at ACen. I actually have nightmares about it. Printing out this list and using it when I pack, thanks.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 02:00 PM

I find everyone is different, but I guess this list isn't really set in stone. I find my list is so much shorter and as for two sources of income, if youre responsible you can curb check your spending. I spent maybe around 130-140 on merchandise and about 20-30 on food. A total of about 150-170.

Really it boils down to responsibility and tight fisted management.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 02:36 PM

View PostKirbyFanOne, on Apr 8 2010, 03:00 PM, said:

I find everyone is different, but I guess this list isn't really set in stone. I find my list is so much shorter and as for two sources of income, if youre responsible you can curb check your spending. I spent maybe around 130-140 on merchandise and about 20-30 on food. A total of about 150-170.

Really it boils down to responsibility and tight fisted management.


Yes money management is the key. It's just a habit I have when spending at cons, 1/2 cash 1/2 card. Keep a large portion in the safe and take what I need when I need it.

Also it the list is really geared toward people staying the whole weekend/people going out of state/really forgetful people that want to have a general checklist of anything possibly needed.

I actually use it ^^


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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:37 PM

View PostKirbyFanOne, on Apr 8 2010, 03:00 PM, said:

I find everyone is different, but I guess this list isn't really set in stone. I find my list is so much shorter and as for two sources of income, if youre responsible you can curb check your spending. I spent maybe around 130-140 on merchandise and about 20-30 on food. A total of about 150-170.

Really it boils down to responsibility and tight fisted management.


I do pretty much what SongstressLenne does. With money I know before hand how much cash in total I am bringing (roughly 300 dollars). I'll keep a spare 100 in a special place that I will not be tempted to get at and that money will not be spent at all throughout acen. Then with the 200 dollars I take out 50 for food for the weekend for myself and have that 150 to go crazy and buy whatever I want with. I also have my debit card which will be used after that special 100 is gone so its only used when I absolutely need it. I give myself room to move with my money but keep it on track.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:16 PM

While the thought of having an actual servant to provide bandages is amusing...
Mini first aid kid should probably be kit. ;)

Also, I like to group like items: for instance, laptop, laptop charger or camera, camera battery, camera memory card etc That way I'm reminded to pile them together when packing them, since one is often no good without the other, and I don't want to have to dump out every bag looking for a part.

Yes, going anywhere more than a 2 hour drive requires a LIST! It's also great for RE-packing to leave... there's nothing worse than realizing something was left in the hotel room when you're 3 hours away.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:35 PM

Agreed, I usually make a re-pack list so as not to forget any thing. Maybe I missed it, but what about regular clothes, not just to keep warm, for the on a budget, bring a coffee maker for large groups or just to heat water for noodles. Also for smokers & drinkers, it's cook county, so tax is bad. I'd like to add bobby pins too, for wigs.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:48 PM

She's got it under Clothing - it just starts w/ all cosplay gear, but the rest isn't cosplay clothing.

Yes, water kettle if you have one is great.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:21 PM

A huge chunk of that is normally on my list! You saved me an hour of thinking and typing!
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:39 PM

That's way more than I ever take I believe.

I'd suggest extra lighters, as you never know when you'll drop yours and it breaks, or you lose it.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 06:54 PM

So I took your list and kept ONLY what I'd bring...not alot was taken off

Clothing:

* Cosplay costume
* All your accessories [gloves, wig, makeup, shoes ,prop etc,etc.]
* Belt
* Comfy shoes [flat, gymshoes, slippers]
* Garbage bag/suit bag to cover your costume as your transport it.
* Hoodie
* Pants*
* Pajamas
* Shirts*
* Shorts/Skirts*
* Socks*
* Sweater
* Umbrella
* Underwear*


Health Care:

* Body lotion
* Body Wash
* Conditioner
* Deodorant
* Hair brush
* Hair ties
* Hair Spray
* Hand sanitizer
* Make up**
* Make up remover
* Medication*
* Mini first aid kid
* Nail clippers
* Pain and tummy relievers [IE: Tylenol and Tums]
* Perfume/Cologne
* Razor
* Sewing kit [needle,thread, emergency hem tape]
* Shampoo
* Shaving Cream
* Soap [Don't forget it!]
* Tide stick
* Toothbrush
* Toothpaste
* Glasses/ back up pair of contacts

Feminine-ish Items:

* Bras
* Curling Iron
* Earrings
* Hair Straighter
* Midol/Pamprin
* Panty Liners
* Tampons/pads
* Jewelry etc etc


Electronics:

* Camera
* Cell phone charger
* Dvds
* Extension cords
* Spare batteries for camera
* Spare cords

ETC:
* Two sources of funds ***
* Photo ID


Food/Drink: (It's being spilt amongst the roommates so...)
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Dealers/Exhibit Hall:
* Reusable bag
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:19 PM

I think you should have placed soap on the list more than once. it seems people still forget it.
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 09:39 PM

Don't worry the Acen Merch booth will be selling some!!!
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 12:06 PM

I live only about an hour away from the con, but trust me I've forgotten things and had to either run home or have my mom drop things off late Thursday night. Or worse not realizing I forgot something until Friday morning and then freak out.
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 01:24 PM

i think i would die if i forgot something. even though i only live 30 minutes away, my mom always makes plans the weekend i'm gone so she tells me that i can't forget anything unless i wanna take two trains home to get it because she's not planning to see me again until sunday afternoon

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:03 PM

You aviation industry employee and frequent flier with some notes on the list for anyone taking to the sky for ACEN
Clothing:
  • Cosplay costume -- do not have on when you go through security
  • All your accessories [gloves, wig, makeup, shoes ,prop etc,etc.] -- do not carry on any prop that looks remotely like a weapon


Health Care:
  • Body lotion
  • Body Wash
  • Conditioner
  • Contact Holder/Solution
  • Cough drops
  • Deodorant -- if gel or spray
  • Hair Spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Make up**
  • Make up remover
  • Mini first aid kit -- may get you some extra attention
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Sewing kit [needle,thread, emergency hem tape] -- may get you some extra attention
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Cream -- yes it is a liquid
  • Tide stick
  • Toothpaste

Check any of the above if the container says an amount greater then 3.4oz. a half empty 4oz bottle can not be carried onto a plane. Also what ever 3.4oz liquid containers you carry on must if into one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag.

Electronics:
  • Spare batteries for camera
  • Spare batteries for laptop

Do not check batteries, for spares not in original packaging type over the terminal with non-metallic type (electrical is best) and place in individual plastic bags.
ETC:
  • Febreeze -- checked only
  • Two sources of funds ***
  • government issued Photo ID -- will need to get onto the plane


Food/Drink:
  • An all natural juice [have something non sugary] -- would have to be checked
  • Bread -- I would advise against trying this in either checked or carry on
  • Cereal Bars -- also makes for good plane food
  • Chips -- I would advise against trying this in either checked or carry on
  • Cooler -- if you have money to burn
  • Energy drinks -- would have to be checked
  • Fruit -- not so great plane food
  • Fruit Snacks -- also makes for good plane food
  • Microwave -- if you have a lot of money to burn
  • Mini Fridge -- if you have a lot of money to burn
  • Plates - plastic
  • Set of metal eating utensils [plastic melts] -- for flying metal can not have sharp tips goes for forks and knives or check it
  • Soda -- would half to be checked
  • Water -- would half to be checked


Adult List:
  • Your liquor supply -- checked luggage only and it is a bad idea at that.

Unless you are on SWA, JBU or are a elite member of an airline you will be paying for checked luggage so pack carefully. Airlines are cracking down of the size of carry-on bags now in general the rule is one personal item (purse, computer case, other small item) and a bag with the maximum dimensions of 22" x 14" x 9".
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 05:49 PM

This is actually a very good idea. I should start creating a packing list right now D:
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:34 PM

I just want to say, I heart you for making this. :P
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:37 PM

Okay this is random but I'm going to need it for my cosplay:

Sock Glue/Body Adhesive Glue

It works wonders for keeping leggings up and I'd be upset if I left it at home ;__;

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 04:23 PM

Thanks so much Lenne! I'm a very forgetful person, and I always think I got everything, and then I get to the place, and be like, "&^&*^&^*&^*&^*&^!"

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 04:25 PM

Lenne, you are beyond awesome for making this list :thumbup:
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:07 AM

Amazing! I will definitely have to check things off this list as I pack them. Otherwise I will probably forget something. :P

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:12 PM

another thing to add to the list, even though covered under sewing kit would be hot glue gun/sticks. and elmer's glue. works amazing and not something you think about usually

with money:
-do place it in multiple pockets
-fold the money so that the lowest bill is on the outside so that it appears you aren't carrying much
-if you carry credit/debit cards write down at least the last 4 digits and phone number to contact company if card is lost/stolen
-if you don't spend large amounts on your credit card give your carrier a call letting them know where you'll be and that you will be spending money. keep your cell on you with updated phone number so they may contact you to verify

-make sure to carry your ID on you at all times
-any form of insurance, whether your own or your parents'
-if you have a cell phone update your ICE (In Case of Emergency) and have family member close to hotel(if possible), roommate/friend also attending, and next of kin
-if you have a child/young friend/family member coming along make sure that they also have your contact information as well as ICE and viseverse
-everyone please make sure to include not only your meds but also the info including dosage, amount (mg), and doctor's name


general tips/suggestions
-if you don't let housekeeping in (helps prevent any thieft) make sure to bring a room freshener
-let front desk know if anything is missing from snack bar/room. you don't wanna pay $3 for a missing water bottle, trust me
-let front desk know if you need extra towels/toiletries so that housekeeping can roll up prepared. please please don't steal things off of the trolly because that puts them behind in their job and just in general makes the people cleaning your room cranky
-if you wish, take all the bedding off the mattress and pile them on the bed, collect your trash, and throw dirty towels into the tub. this also makes life easier for the hotel staff
-shop at the dollar store before going to acen for your toothbrushes, paste, hair care etc. It makes things easier to pack to return home. You can just throw the things away and it gives more room for the items bought at the con.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:24 PM

My friend and I live about five hours away from Acen... We really don't want to forget anything.
Thanks for the list! Definitely going to print it out.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 01:59 AM

Now this got me more pumped for acen 2011
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 11:55 PM

View PostAlliedHeather5, on 21 August 2010 - 01:59 AM, said:

Now this got me more pumped for acen 2011


If only we could reserve the hotel yet lol. But that list holds true and honestly I agree pajamas(sp?) should be on the list as I made that mistake when I was responsible for a room a about 4-5 years ago. I forgot everything but my toothbrush and cash and my costume. This is what happens when room mates are in a rush to get to the con. At least they had the contact lense solution so I could borrow that. But I spent 3 days in my saturn costume, taking it off only to shower. I sent out my costume to be dry cleaned and had to sit in the hotel room in a towel until it was brought back. I was not about to wear it again until it was cleaned. This was pre being able to get febreeze bottles and to be honest it was not comfortable sleeping with a bow in the back either.

Now I make sure everyone checks everyone else's lists before we leave for the con.
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:19 PM

It helps to remember to make a list right after the convention to see what everyone has forgotten to bring and what was never needed to be brought in the first place. Both me and my friend plan during the week of the convention to see what we need if we don't have the item(s)yet and slowly start packing so by the day before Acen starts all we do is pack a few things, meet up and check into the hotel.
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