Whether this is your first time attending Sage Summit or your fifth, it can always be stressful trying to pack for a tradeshow. Should you bring clothes for a business professional look or dress down and comfortable for your long days of learning? Should you pack for the outdoor weather of Atlanta or should you pack for an air conditioned conference center? We’ve been to a tradeshow or two over the years and have compiled a list of the must-have items to bring to Sage Summit 2017.
1. Light sweater
Although Sage Summit 2017 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, which is typically known for its warmer weather, it is always smart to bring a light sweater. In these large convention centers, air conditioning is usually being pumped in and you may find yourself wishing you had a light sweater to throw on. It never hurts to throw an extra sweater or jacket in your backpack just to have in the case of an emergency.
When you are walking the tradeshow floor, you are going to find tons of vendor booths with cool goodies to take home. Whether that’s a pair of sunglasses or a new coffee mug, you’re going to want somewhere to put everything. On a more serious note, you may be on the look out for a new solution and you will want a backpack or bag to put all your brochures and business cards.
3. Comfortable shoes
Walking from session to session in these large conference center can take a toll on your feet by the end of the day. Make sure to pack comfortable shoes for your days at the show. Although many people want to remain in business attire, consider packing an extra pair of walking shoes in your backpack for the end of the day.
Last year, Sage didn’t offer breakfast items in the morning besides coffee and tea. Although they will be this year, it is always a good idea to bring along some cash in case you need to grab a snack. The line for Starbucks in Sage Summit 2016 was out the door because people couldn’t wait to grab a pastry and coffee for breakfast. If you’re not a fan of the regular coffee and cream at these shows, then you definitely will want to allow yourself the option to sneak out and grab your latte or espresso.
5. Phone charger/Portable Charger
Phone batteries tend to die quickly at tradeshows. You’re in a large venue with numerous people, leaving your phone to search for wifi and service all day. You may even be attending keynote sessions and wanting to tweet or post pictures of your experience, draining your battery even more quickly. Make sure to bring a phone charger so you can charge up whenever necessary. If you have a portable charger, that is even better because you won’t be tied to the wall outlets.
6. Notepad and Pen
You will gain a ton of great information from all the sessions you attend, however, if you don’t bring a pen and paper you won’t bring any of the information back with you. Make sure you are taking notes in all your sessions, so you can share what you learned with all your co-workers when you return.