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Essential supplies include business cards and an orc.

This week I head out to Realm Makers, my first ever writers’ conference. While not comprehensive for everyone, here’s a list of some things I’m planning to pack. I figured I’d post it here in case it helps someone else, too. 🙂

  • Writing supplies
    • Pencil case
    • Pen
    • Backup pens
    • Notebook
  • Drawing supplies
    • Sketchbook
    • Pencil with pencil cap
    • Backup pencil with pencil cap
    • Art pens for inking sketches
    • Eraser
    • 6-inch ruler
  • Author supplies
    • Copies of my book to sell
    • Business cards
    • Bookmarks
    • One-sheet (if you’re pitching a story)
  •  Wallet
    • Cash
    • Credit card
    • ID
  • Personal hygiene and health
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Floss
    • Comb/Hairbrush
    • Deoderant
    • Prescription medicines
    • Vitamins/Supplements
    • Glasses cleaner
  • Clothes
    • Glasses
    • Backup glasses
    • A set of clothes for each day (I like to pack outfits together so I know I’ve brought enough and that the clothes coordinate.)
    • An extra set of clothes
    • Pajamas
    • Jacket
    • Costume for the awards banquet
  • Food and beverage
    • Something sweet
    • Something salty
    • Something reasonably filling/healthy
    • Water bottle for water
  • Misc.
    • Suit case (Of course!)
    • Bag to carry around at the conference
    • Cell phone
    • Umbrella
    • Small plush or figure to take photos of. (I’m not camera shy, but I think it’s fun to take photos of toys.)
    • A book to read during the flight
  • Things I’m not bringing
    • Items related to my “day job”
    • My personal laptop computer
    • Fountain pen and ink (I normally prefer a fountain pen over a ballpoint, but I don’t want to risk losing a nice fountain pen, nor do I want to bother with transporting ink in a suitcase or carry-on.)
    • Handheld game console (I enjoy video games, but I’ll only pack them if I think I’ll have enough down time to play them.)
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