If you're anything like me, then you're dying to go to ComicCon this year. It's one of the biggest geek conventions in the world and is a dream for anyone remotely geeky. But it's not all fun and games. There can be a lot of stress if you're not sure what to expect. So I've got a list of tips for all you con-goers.
If you're going to be wearing a costume to the convention, make sure you have a repair kit with you! Mishaps happen all the time at conventions. So bring with you anything you might need to repair your costume. This could be as simple as a small sewing kit to a hot glue gun to spray paint. Whatever you might need, make sure you bring it!
Make sure you're drinking plenty of water during the convention! It's really easy to get distracted and end up dehydrating yourself. Trust me, you don't want to miss one of the best conventions just because you passed out from not drinking enough water. Almost every convention in the world has water fountains and a concession stand, so you don't have any excuse not to drink lots of water!
Make sure you don't blow all your money the first day! This is important for a few reasons. One, you don't want to end up spending all your money and not having anything left to buy food with. If you drove to the convention, you'll also need money for gas to get you home, too!
Second, most vendors at conventions lower their prices on the last day. They had to lug all that merchandise to the convention with them. They don't want to lug it back! So a lot of times you can end up getting the merchandise you want for a bit cheaper if you wait.
Also remember to exercise personal space. Just because people are there in costume doesn't mean they're there to entertain you. Never touch someone's costume without permission. And if you want to take a picture, ask them first! Remember that they're people too and deserve respect just as much as you do.
And, for the love of god, please shower each day! There is no excuse to forgo personal hygiene during a convention. These places get packed. And no one wants to be stuck in line next to a guy who smells like they haven't bathed in a week. Even if you don't think you need it, shower at least once every day and wear deodorant! Your fellow con-goers will very much appreciate it.
Whether you're going to ComicCon or a local anime convention, you're bound to have a great time. Hopefully this advice has helped you alleviate some of the stress surrounding your first convention. And remember that all con-goers were newbies at one time. If you're confused about something or need help, don't be afraid to ask someone else! Most people will gladly take five minutes to help you out.