Organizing for Blogher
Are You Going To Blogher This Year?
Blogher is a conference for bloggers. This year it is being held in New York City. It tends to be a conference in it’s own league for bloggers. It is big and busy and oodles of Brands show up.
Why are all the Brands (Companies) there? They realize the value of the blogger and they want awesome bloggers to try, review, experience and hopefully write about their product or service.
Blogher has been known not only for it’s awesome classes to help bloggers learn more about bloggers, but also for many Brand events and parties which also yield swag. Not just a little swag…. but a whole LOT of swag. Why is this important? Because it brings on an entirely different slant when you are packing for a trip there vs packing for a return trip home. Does everyone like this component to this conference? Of course not, many people wish that they did away with all the swag (and maybe one year they will). Like it or not, if you are a blogger, and you attend events, you will be handed bags full of swag. (If you choose not to accept them, that is your decision). You need to prepare ahead of time on how you will get it home. If you are flying or taking a bus or driving in a car full of other bloggers, and you want to keep most of the swag, I can guarantee you will not have enough room.
Planning ahead will help.
Make a packing list
Being prepared ahead of time, makes packing a simple process. I prepare mine on excel. Think through all the items you will need. I also like to make a selection of items that go in my backpack or purse when I fly or travel. It’s easy to forget things like clearing out your purse of any items you can’t take onto a plane, like nail clippers or mace.
Charge Electronics Before You Leave
Because we are all involved in social media, we have a lot of electronics we deal with. Phones, laptops, ipads, cameras and video recorders. Of course all of these items need to have chargers and or batteries. I always make sure to charge everything before I leave home, so that I will be able to work on my flight or bus ride.
Be sure to write down all the devices you will need, including chargers, connectors and download cords. I suggest bringing an extension cord and power strip if you want to use your laptop or ipad on the go.
Label all your cords & connectors!
Gather Your Business Necessities
Bring your business cards, and plenty of them!
I also suggest either having all of your events and conference pass, hotel confirmation, flight confirmation printed out for safety. I keep them in a sleeve for easy access. I know that most of you keep them on your phones, and that might be enough for you. But consider if your phone was lost, broken or the connection lost. What would you need to have (confirmation wise) that you would not be able to access? I print mine out and keep them in a folder in my backpack. I also have a calendar of all the places I’m supposed to be and when I’m supposed to be there.
Decide what your travel regulations are for the size and weight of your suitcase. Most airlines charge for your bags and if you go over their weight limit then you pay a premium on top of your normal fee.
Since I’m taking the Megabus to NYC from PA for the first time, I’m learning their regulations are even tighter. There is a 50 pound weight limit and size limit. If your bag weighs too much or is too big, it isn’t as easy as paying more to take it – they simply won’t let you even ride the bus! You will be booted! I also can probably take my backpack on the bus, but I can’t carry my backpack and a purse.
Plan your outfits to reuse as many clothing items as you can (without being all stinky and dirty of course). Jackets, skirts, pants and shoes. Check into laundry facilities or service at your hotel before you leave to see if this is an option to reuse some of your items that need laundered first.
Be sure to roll as many items as you can to fit down along the edges. This can be a real space saver.
I pack my heaviest bulkiest items on the bottom and then work and fit in the smaller items.
If you think you will not have enough room for some swag to take home, you might want to consider throwing in a roll of packing tape and maybe a broken down box, and sharpie marker. It will come in handy in order to mail items home. It will also give you a limit on what you can mail home.
Once you have prepared yourself completely, you can relax and enjoy Blogher with all your social media friends!
This post is also posted on the Collective Bias blog. I am attending Blogher12 as an employee of Collective Bias and also as a blogger.