3. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
(Obviously I am really good at this.)
Readers and writers can be an introverted bunch, and RT can be a lot.
Our phones can't run non-stop, and neither can we. So recharge yourself.
Make sure you take a little time to yourself each day, whether its a nap or a shower, relaxing in your hotel room, or simply walking away to find a quiet spot to sit and read. If you're there with friends, remember that you don't have to attend everything together. It is 100% fine to not travel as a pack the entire time.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Also make sure you leave food breaks in your schedule. A hangry conventioneer does no one any good.
4. COMFORTABLE SHOES.
Watch me rock adorable heels at the con. In my "real" life, I'm a homeschool Mom of a five year old, so cute shoes aren't practical 99% of the time. At RT, you better believe I will be wearing the shoes I long to wear in my day to day life. However, I'm staying at a nearby hotel and not the Hyatt Regency so for travel to and FROM the con, you better believe I'll be in flip flops. Even if you're staying at the Hyatt Regency, the trek from your room to the convention area might be lengthy. (I'd swear it was almost a mile from the towers to the convention at the Rio last year, and there were ramps and carpet and heels were a pain.)
5. HYDRATE AND BRING SNACKS.
We're all adults and know how the world works. Unless you want to find yourself trapped paying five bucks for a small bag of chips or a bottle of water at a hotel kiosk, bring your own. I found a cute little water bottle that will clip onto my purse, and you can bet my bag'll be full of Trader Joe's fruit bars.
If you want to grab a coffee before a panel, leave extra time. Those Starbucks lines can get long when several thousand people all want their frappucinos at the same time.
**Also, I'm throwing a pack of Starbucks VIA in my bag for the hotel. Between my roommate and myself, I doubt the 1 or 2 Keurig pods in the hotel will suffice.**
6. TALK TO STRANGERS
You never know who you might be standing next to in line. And there are lines. Before the big events, lines will form as people want to be one of the first hundred (or whatever #) in the door to snag a goody bag. So while you're standing in a hallway dressed like a flapper or whatever, talk to the people around you. I had great conversations with ladies in the goody room line, the Starbucks line, and while sitting at a lunch counter at Guy Fieri's restaurant in the Rio. (Shut up, that guac was excellent and the margarita was needed.) Meet people. Make friends. Remember - everyone there loves books, so you have an easy conversation starter...
7. KEEP AN EYE OUT
Along the same lines at #6, read people's name tags. You might discover you're talking to an author you've read. The authors registered to attend, so they're running around and fangirling just the same as everyone else.
AND make your social media icons look like you for a few days! I love Twitter, but I'm bad with names. :)
8. WEAR COSTUMES
Don't be nervous. Go for it. If you have the chance to wear a rockabilly or a flapper dress, and you want to do it, DO IT. You will not be the only one at the event dressed up, I promise.