What to Take to a Furry Convention

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This article largely based on an article of the same name, written by Matt J. McCullar several years ago. We'd like to thank him for his work on it. What follows is a list of items which are recommended to take along with you to Anthrocon or any other furry convention. This is based on both Matt's original list, the personal experiences of Anthrocon staff, and suggestions from Anthrocon's members:

  • Toiletries
  • Don't forget your toothbrush, comb, and hair dryer. Deodorant and cologne are also helpful to have. People will love you for it. We recommend keeping toiletries inside of zip-lock baggies in case they rupture inside your luggage.

  • Sleeping bag
  • You lost the coin toss, so everyone else gets the beds. You can try zonking in the bathtub, but a sleeping bag is far more comfortable. If you bring an air mattress, then be sure to bring an air pump, too!

  • Cell phone
  • Cell phones are great for contact friends at the convention so you don't have to spend hours and hours looking for them. They are also great for family members who would like to contact you during the convention.

  • Credit cards/ATM cards
  • Unlike cash, they can be replaced if lost or stolen. Don't leave home without them. Please be careful about using a debit card to pay for your hotel room.

  • Ice chest
  • Great for keeping your sodas cold. If you want to store lunch meat or other perishables in here, be sure to put them inside of zip-lock bags. As the ice melts, the bags will float on top of the water. Ice is available from ice machines on each guest floor.

  • Snacks
  • Soda, lunch meat, bread, peanut butter and jelly, and the like are all handy items to have on hand if you are looking for a quick snack before heading out onto the convention floor. Did we mention that the hotel makes ice available?

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Put those extra plastic grocery bags to use! Bring a few along and use them to store dirty clothes separate from your clean clothes. Be sure to keep this in your luggage so that the maid doesn't accidentally throw it into the trash.

  • Pepto Bismol
  • Always a good idea when travelling. You may react poorly to the food or catch a bug from another convention goer. And hotel gift shops tend to overprice this particular item. Medicines in pill form travel better than those in liquid form.

  • Prescription medication(s)
  • Don't forget them!

  • Power strips
  • Since laptops are more common than ever, power outlets can disappear quickly in hotel rooms. A power strip will make sure that everyone can plug in their devices.

  • Swimsuit
  • Hey, the pool might be open.

  • Extra eyeglasses
  • If the pair you are wearing gets broken or lost, what are you going to do? Can you drive home without them? Same for contact lenses. At least bring a fixit kit that includes a small screwdriver.

  • Earplugs
  • Helpful if you are sharing a room with someone who snores.
    Also helpful for wearing to the dances in order to protect your hearing.

  • Want list
  • Are you looking for a particular issue of a comic or a specific piece of artwork? Create your want list before leaving home, and once you hit the Dealers' Room, you'll know exactly what you need.

  • Driver's license or government issued photo ID
  • It's needed to purchase an Anthrocon membership, and usually needed when checking into the hotel. If you are coming from out of the country, a passport will work fine.

  • Camera
  • Can you remember what you had for dinner last night? Then how are you going to remember everyone you met and every palce you went to over the weekend? A camera is useful for documenting these things and you'll be glad you took some photos later. When you get home, be sure to upload the photos for others to see.

  • Good walking shoes
  • You will be on your feet alot, especially when shopping in the Dealers' Room. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes that are broken in.

  • Sewing kit
  • Very important for fursuiters! You never know when a "malfunction" may be strike, and it pays to be prepared for such emergencies.

  • Empty folder
  • After you go through registration, you will come away with all sorts of fliers, pamphlets, con books, schedules, and maps. Unless you have something to put them in, you will end up losing one or two of those items. After you've stashed them in the folder, why not write down a list of times and palces of panels and shows that you'd like to attend? That way you won't forget any of them.

Above all, don't forget the most important thing to bring to any con: a sense of humor. Go out of your way to thank the convention staff and the hotel staff for their hard work and tell them how much you enjoyed it all. Now have fun. Have a question or comment on this article? Come discuss it in the forums!

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