Family Travel Conference logoAs someone who attends conferences quite frequently, I’ve come up with a list of essentials to pack. The main thing to keep in mind is that you want to be comfortable, to stay informed during sessions and to network with others.

For Comfort:

  • Check the weather and pack appropriate clothing. Add a small umbrella, sweater or light jacket, and attire that can be worn layered.
  • Comfortable shoes are a must. You will be doing a lot of walking and may not have time to change your outfit. If your feet are happy, you are happy.
  • Carry a small document folder, something similar to a passport wallet to store your itinerary and other paperwork. You’ll be able to find what you need easily and not stress out.

To Stay Informed:

  • Always bring your laptop, tablet, smart phone, or notebook. You’ll need something to connect to the internet to follow along with the speakers, to write blog posts, to send tweets, to check into Foursquare and to stay in touch with other people attending.
  • Don’t forget your camera. It helps you remember details of the places you visit, the food you eat, the people you meet and captures the excitement.
  • If you have a separate video camera, I suggest packing that too. You can interview speakers and ask questions you know your readers want to know and capture moments that a camera can’t.

To Network:

  • Trading business cards is always a helpful way to remember the new people you meet at conferences. Pack more than you think you will need so you don’t run out.
  • Print a small photo of your Twitter icon to wear in your badge holder to help others recognize you. (Thanks to Robyn Wright from RobynsOnlineWorld.com)
  • Branded Clothing or other items, such as key chains, pins or badges remind others about you and your business.

I’m getting ready to attend the Family Travel Conference in Dallas on November 9th – 11th 2012 and will be going over my packing list with these additions. What are some of your suggestions on packing for a travel conference?

Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.

Disclosure: This post is written as a Family Travel Conference Ambassador. As an ambassador, I will receive free registration to the conference.