At least I’ve been packing in my mind. I have a general idea of what I’m going to take and plenty of time to pick up anything I decide I still need. So what am I packing? Or is the better question how am I packing?
Here’s the plan: I’m packing most of my clothes in my carry on. Any other random things that don’t fit will go in my checked bag. I fully expect my checked bag to be mostly empty on the way there. On the way back is a different story.
I’m taking my Coach purse as my personal item on the plane. It’s big enough to fit my camera and iPad, plus anything else I might need on the flight. On the way home I’ll upsize and carry my Vera Bradley Miller bag. The Miller bag is the perfect size for maximizing your carry on personal item space. It’s large but still fits under most airline seats.
This begs the question-why do I need to carry an extra large bag and an almost empty suitcase? For stuff. BlogHer is not about the swag. It’s not about the stuff. That said-it still finds you. Even after tossing and giving away almost everything you don’t really want or need you’re still going to wish you had another bag to get everything home. (At least last year I did.)
As you can imagine, what tech you carry to a blogging conference is going to be important, too. Last year I brought my DSLR and found it was too bulky and heavy to take around with me. I fully planned to take my photos with my phone and deal with the quality issues later until I got my Samsung NX1100. It’s so small and lightweight I’m going to give it a chance at BlogHer. I also found a great protective case on eBay and ordered a custom strap cover on Etsy. (It’s so darn cute now!) My smartphone will be in my hands 90% of the time. I took a backup battery charger last year and this year I’m bringing two. (Social media is that draining.) Rather than dealing with a laptop I’m bringing my iPad mini and my keyboard. There’s a very good chance I’ll leave both in the room while I’m there, but they’re both small and light weight enough that taking them with me won’t be too much trouble.
When it comes to clothing I’ll be bringing dresses and skirts for day and night. There’s such a range of clothing at BlogHer that it’s always best to wear what you feel comfortable wearing. I wear dresses almost every day so this works well for me. Comfortable shoes are vital. There’s a ton of walking and even the most comfortable wedges are going to hurt eventually.
Are you going to BlogHer? Make sure you say hello! (I’ll be the girl with the giant magenta purse and black & white chevron camera strap!)