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5 Tips for Returning to Conventions


It’s here!


In just two short days many of us geeky con goers will rejoin our tribe for the first time in two years! And I know, you have a ton to do, so I’m going to try and keep this brief.


1. Get and stay hydrated.

Especially if you ARE attending a con in the desert, say like Saboten (2 days!), get ahead of the game on the hydration factor. Drink lots of water starting RIGHT now it will make it easier later. It’s humid here right now but it’s going to be hot (102) and sunny this weekend which will make the humidity feel even worse. If you want an extra boost but hate the taste of Gatorade and the likes (so salty!) check out my new go to Drip Drops which is boring and bland. (No, I don’t get a kickback from them or anything, I shamelessly plug.) If you find yourself without a water bottle and would like a snazzy new metal one, swing by the booth and we’ll hook you up! (See what I mean?)


2. Keep your mask clean!

Wearing masks all day at these cons is going to be hard folks, I know, but keeping them clean and dry REALLY does help. I spent 5 months of the pandemic doing twice a week 3 hour physical therapy sessions in a mask. So dig up all your masks, get some disposables, keep them handy, change them out if they get itchy or wet, and wash them at the end of the day. And if you have to wash them in the hotel sink with hand soap and they don’t dry completely overnight? That’s what the blow dryers for. Find yourself needing another mask? We got ‘em! You can see three of our styles here and we just got another style in just for the con.


3. Practice your Vulcan greeting.

Or any touchless geeky one. There’s a ton of them out there! But if you want to stick with “Live Long and Prosper” but need help making your fingers cooperate? Train them like I did mine, press your hand firmly against your thigh, force your fingers into position with your other hand, lock all your muscles and lift your hand up. Good luck! Or I should say “Peace and Long Life”.


4. Get all your sleep in the next two nights.

You know as well as I do that you’re not going to sleep the next three days. So before you snooze off in that nice cool panel room, add an extra hour or two tonight, go to bed 15 minutes early. Mediate maybe? Ah well, I tried.


5. Make a promise to be patient with yourself and others.