I'm cheating a little here talking about conferences.
I actually won't be leaving for the NJRW "Put Your Heart in a Book" Conference until Friday morning, but since I won't be around then, I figured I'd post some pre-conference talk now.
Oh, and in case you're wondering who will be at the conference, here is a list of some of the attendees:
Keynote speaker — Sabrina Jeffries
Luncheon speaker — Heather Graham
Angela James, Bob Mayer, Mary Jo Putney, Jen Talty, Susan Wiggs, Lisa Verge-Higgins, Julia London, Marie Force, Judi Fennell, Elaine English, Lisa Dale, and tons more!
Anyhew, one of my chaptermates, Ruth Casie, posted an awesome must-bring list for us conference goers, which I thought I'd share with you all now.
Things to Bring to a Conference Handy Dandy Check-list:
Clothes (casual business most of the time, dressier business for
pitches or editor/agent meetings, dressy for Awards Ceremony)
Comfortable shoes & gel inserts
Snacks for between workshops when you cant stop for lunch
Medications (no hangovers allowed) & prescriptions
Laptop/cellphone/camera (& chargers/power cords)
Small toiletry case for purse or bag
Some way to ship back or carry your goodies
Some way to personalize your RWA tote bag to make it easier to find
among the 2000 identical bags
Small sewing kit for wardrobe malfunctions
Bandaids for blisters
Mints/candies to suck on for energy and fresh breath
Cardigan for chilly conference rooms
Dress purse for Awards Reception
Earplugs, white noise app on phone
Cash for tips, Literacy Book signing, dining with friends, vending
Extension cord for hotel room (2-4 women, 1 sinkdo the math)
Extra hangers for hanging all your nice clothes in the closet
Pins for lanyard (PRO, chapter, etc.)
Sharpie marker, tape
Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, stain stick or wipes, moisturizer
Other things to prepare and do:
Print out of hotel reservation, and email all important documents to
yourself to ensure you have copies
Attach business card to phone/camera in case it gets misplaced
Make sure you drink plenty of water
And lastly, bring your enthusiasm!
I have to admit, I'm not new to conferences, but some of these things I wished I had brought to some of them! And now, I won't forget.
Oh, and you're welcome. :-)
Have a great week!