If you’re like me, then your calendar for the year is already filling up with great meetings, events, and conferences. To lend a hand to my fellow event organizer or attendee, I’ve put together a list of the top 10 most important things—from apps to cash—you should remember to bring when attending a live event or conference.
First, the things:
Cash: As much as we dream of living in a cashless world (hello Bitcoin!), we’re not quite there yet. Don’t get caught without cash when you’re hungry or need to make a last-minute purchase.
Flats: This one’s for the ladies. Feel free to wear heels to events if that’s how you roll, but don’t forget to pack a pair of flats somewhere in your purse or backpack, especially if the event goes all day or through the weekend.
Charging cable and backup battery: There’s nothing worse than running out of power in the middle of an event. Don’t risk missing a session because you had to run back to your hotel room—bring a cable to charge your laptop and a backup battery for your smartphone.
Snacks: Whether you go the responsible route by packing granola bars or whether you follow your heart by stashing a Snickers, just be sure to have a backup snack stored somewhere in case you get the munchies. Trying to focus on an empty stomach is the worst.
Business cards: It’s like the cash thing: one day we really won’t use these anymore, but for now they’re still pretty useful. People may not save them like they once did, but it will at least be useful for finding you on LinkedIn.
And here are five apps every event organizer and attendee should always have at the ready.
Livecube: Not only do you cover your social media bases with Livecube, but you can also use the app to engage with attendees, organizers, speakers, and sponsors, making for a rich, unparalleled event experience.
Google Maps: This is mostly important for large-scale conferences where you have to navigate around a campus or multiple blocks from one area to the next.
Lyft/Uber: Whichever is your ridesharing app of choice, make it easy on yourself getting to and from the event by hailing one of these convenient transportation options.
Yelp: Often, you’ll be eating breakfast or lunch provided by event organizers, but when you want to ditch the event fare for nearby food or drink, Yelp is the best option for recommendations from locals
Voice Memos (or Android equivalent): While taking notes or live-tweeting is perfect for small soundbites and other key takeaways, nothing beats an audio recording app for capturing full conversations and keynotes.
Please feel free to share with us, YOUR favorite “must-bring” to a conference, and we could include them in a follow-up piece. It’s always good to hear from you.
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