The final countdown to the BlogPaws 2015 Conference in Nashville is now on, and I’m packed and ready to travel.
I’ll be meeting up with our friends Christine and Riley from Oh My Shih Tzu to enjoy a pre-Conference holiday in Washington DC and Memphis first and can’t wait. Charlie really wishes he could come too!
I’m usually a last-minute packer, but I’m big on lists – so I know exactly what needs to go into the suitcase… the challenge is often making it all fit.
Here’s some of things you’ll find in my suitcase:
- A light jumper and wrap. Air conditioning on the plane (it’s a 13 hour flight just to Los Angeles) and in hotel conference rooms is often cold, and whilst I always dress in layers when travelling, it’s nice to have something warm to drape around my shoulders and neck.
- Comfortable walking shoes. As tourists, we’ll be doing lots of walking as we explore the memorials, monuments and museums in Washington DC, and there’s nothing worse than sore feet and blisters at the end of the day. I always think it pays to invest in a good, sturdy pair of walking shoes
- Crease-free clothing. Who wants to spend time ironing on holiday? Not me! So I try to pack as many iron-free items as possible so I don’t have to. If you want to interact with brands and prospective clients or business partners, it always pays to make a good ‘crease-free’ first impression.
- A lint brush / roller. It’s a pet conference, so there’s bound to be lots of fur! Whilst I’m sure no one will notice, or even care – too much fur sets my allergies off, so it helps to minimise the amount on my clothes.
- Snacks. There’s nothing worse than feeling hungry on a flight or having a grumbling tummy in a conference session, so I like to have a few snacks to munch on, and just in case I don’t like what’s being served. For the plane, I prefer crackers and ready to eat noodles (just add hot water). For the conference, I’ll be bringing a ‘taste of home’. Vegemite for my toast in the morning (who’s brave enough to try it?) and some Australian chocolate for a mid-afternoon pick-me up and to tempt my US friends.
- iPad and keyboard with US adaptor. Much lighter than a laptop, with the iPad keyboard attached I can quite comfortably blog and catch up on social media on the road, when time allows.
- Business cards – its always nice to connect with fellow pet bloggers and industry professionals and a card helps people remember you and stay in touch after the event.
- Lastly, and perhaps most importantly – spare room. I’ll need extra room in my case for some of the swag from BlogPaws and also for the things I buy along the way. I’ve already bought Max a cat trapeze, so I need the space to bring it back home with me.
Are you going to BlogPaws 2015? See y’all in Nashville!