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Julie   

This is the first time I've traveled for a convention and - since my hotel is over 5 miles away - I have to bring necessities (super-glue, comb, contact case, money, makeup, etc). My costume doesn't have pockets and is rather skimpy. How do others deal with this?

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JujuFox   

I'd say it depends on your cosplay. Are there any spots where you could hide things? Some people slip cash, IDs, and CCs in their badge(good idea for the dances and other places where bags aren't allowed).

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Julie   

I'll try to see if I can make pockets on my costume. I didn't know bags weren't allowed in dances. :o

 

I guess I couldn't take my sword into dance either. lol

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I always bring a bag with that matches my costume or is just anime themed and drop it to the floor for pictures. Throughout the day you probably want more stuff than you can carry in just a few pockets. If you're going to the dances, make the stop back to your car and swap your bag out with the bare minimum. For me that's usually just the badge, my ID, chapstick, cell phone, and car keys. My badge and ID go in the badge sleeve, car keys clip on, and my phone and chaptstick typically get shoved into my bra (and sometimes car keys do too). If you need more room than that (or are a boy, but assuming you're a girl xD) maybe find a small handbag, the type where it can be pulled snuggly against your wrist.

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Julie   

I always bring a bag with that matches my costume or is just anime themed and drop it to the floor for pictures. Throughout the day you probably want more stuff than you can carry in just a few pockets. If you're going to the dances, make the stop back to your car and swap your bag out with the bare minimum. For me that's usually just the badge, my ID, chapstick, cell phone, and car keys. My badge and ID go in the badge sleeve, car keys clip on, and my phone and chaptstick typically get shoved into my bra (and sometimes car keys do too). If you need more room than that (or are a boy, but assuming you're a girl xD) maybe find a small handbag, the type where it can be pulled snuggly against your wrist.

 

Yes, I'm a girl. Thanks, I appreciate your help!

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Fantasia   

a bag should do. make sure it's more of a backpack though otherwise it can be a hassle to carry a shoulder bag and it won't tangle all over the place.

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I just really bring a large bag with me anyways, that way I can fill it with snackies on top of emergency supplies. Mine doesn't even match my costume half the time. If people ask me for pictures, I just put it off to the side along with my badge with either a friend or off screen of the shot. Also with your makeup, I highly recommend putting it in a separate makeup bag and not let it run loose. orz;; You porbably do this already, but I was a dummy one year and my powder foundation cracked and got literally all over eveything. ; w ;

I hope you have fun at con sweetie! <33

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Julie   

I just really bring a large bag with me anyways, that way I can fill it with snackies on top of emergency supplies. Mine doesn't even match my costume half the time. If people ask me for pictures, I just put it off to the side along with my badge with either a friend or off screen of the shot. Also with your makeup, I highly recommend putting it in a separate makeup bag and not let it run loose. orz;; You porbably do this already, but I was a dummy one year and my powder foundation cracked and got literally all over eveything. ; w ;

I hope you have fun at con sweetie! <33

 

 

Thanks! Luckily for me, I won't bring any loose powder.

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Twifairy   

Whoever drives me usually carries my things, haha, meaning my dad is usually dragging a backpack around.

Another option, depending on who your cosplaying is to use parts of your outfit as pockets. I'm keeping my badge in my boots this year. Another option would be to wear your badge around your neck and out money, cards, etc. in it, then tuck the badge in your top or something. Who are you cosplaying?

 

I always bring a bag in general, even if it doesn't fit the cosplay, since I don't stay at a hotel. I keep snacks, touch-up makeup, and merchandise in my bag and have a friend watch it when someone's taking my picture.

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Julie   

Whoever drives me usually carries my things, haha, meaning my dad is usually dragging a backpack around.

Another option, depending on who your cosplaying is to use parts of your outfit as pockets. I'm keeping my badge in my boots this year. Another option would be to wear your badge around your neck and out money, cards, etc. in it, then tuck the badge in your top or something. Who are you cosplaying?

 

I always bring a bag in general, even if it doesn't fit the cosplay, since I don't stay at a hotel. I keep snacks, touch-up makeup, and merchandise in my bag and have a friend watch it when someone's taking my picture.

 

Good ideas. Thanks! I'm playing Lightning - FF Lightning Returns version.

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Twifairy   

Good ideas. Thanks! I'm playing Lightning - FF Lightning Returns version.

In the case of Lightning, I think there's a few places you could hide things, and if you have larger things to carry around, a water bottle, etc, just carry a matching bag, or have a friend carry it. I would also consider just putting it on the floor, but there's a chance it 'd get stolen doing that.

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I found one of those clear plastic/PVC backpacks online, which works great and I know a lot of cons have the no-bag policy for the vendors room, but with this backpack I have no problems getting in with it. The clear plastic is really nice if you have some props you want to show off, but don't want to hold all day too(I do this with my crocheted Dragonballs/capsules and my Eternal Dragon plushie). Plus the side pockets are nice to keep your cell and camera in with easy access.

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Kadabra   

I always bring a small anime-themed backpack purse with me so I don't have to make a lot of trips back to the hotel room (except for when I need to eat, change costumes/out of costume, and dropping off stuff from the vendor's room). If you decide to get one, I recommend buying one where the zipper is up against your back so you're less likely to worry about someone trying to open it up. If you leave the bulky stuff at home (such as a wallet; I suggest maybe keeping cash and your ID in a small sandwich bag or something), you can fit a few extra things in there and/or make your bag weigh less.

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Bring a bookbag and also a small arsenal of emergency repair supplies that won't take up much space. It saved my life last year during my Kirby cosplay. I had several water bottles with a few snacks in it and also my emergency hot glue, hand stitching, and extra fabric/foam padding kit for last minute cosplay repair emergencies. Unlike past cons, I had a large carry-on bag and it was hard to carry for I overloaded my repair kit with a bit of everything with the exemption of my sewing machine. If you do this, it'll weight less than a bookbag filled with school textbooks.

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In the past, I made a laptop bag out of extra fabric, and it was a nice touch to have something that matches. For a female costume I also have made a clutch, just to keep everything together. It's simple just to dump it for photos.

 

 

 

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