11 JULY 2022
Amazon Prime Day starts tomorrow, running July 12-13. At the same time, Target and other retailers are trying to muscle in on their profits by offering their own deals. All of which means it's a good time to order the little (or expensive) amenities that make SDCC so much better.I have no idea if you'll find an actual Prime deal on any of this stuff - but it's worth looking.
#2. Backup batteries and power supplies. Comic-Con is a vampire that sucks the power from phones and cameras - and it can be hard to get a good charge within the convention center. Bring all the extra power sources you can.
#3. GoPros, cameras and phones. If you're going to upgrade anyhow sometime this year, do it now. Give yourself enough time to play with the camera and voice recorder - I bought a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra last week and I'm still figuring out all the photography tricks. Also, if your current film gear is heavy and cumbersome, consider getting some smaller and Con-friendly devices.
#4. Air hammocks and portable chairs. When is the last time you dragged out your old Hall H line gear? Make sure your chair still folds/unfolds/sits you well - and maybe just look at what new advances have been made in the world of portable chairs. Same for air mattresses, if you're cramming a bunch of people in one hotel room.
#5. Earplugs and sleep masks. Speaking of sharing rooms. Roommates creep in and out at all hours at SDCC and some hotels are really noisy, especially Gaslamp hotels with rooms close to street level.
#6. Braces, splints and other supports. It's too easy to aggravate your plantar fasciitis, bad knee, slipped disc, etc. at SDCC. If you have any kind of structural weak spot, give yourself support before it starts hurting.
#7. Cosplay components. It's always a good idea to buy back-up wigs, props, theatre makeup, fixative sprays, and sewing kits, just to be safe.
#8. OTC drugs. At some point in SDCC, it's a safe bet you or someone in your group will have sunburn, constipation, a hangover, blisters, a surprise period, a headache, a stiff neck from a weak pillow, eye strain, or some other ailment. And hotel gift shop prices are pure robbery for even a tiny pack of Advil or small bottle of sunscreen.
#9. Good water bottles, coolers, and lunch packs. It's amazing to think of how we all used to bake in the sun for hours in line with just a small plastic bottle of water for hydration. Now insulated lunch packs and tumblers can carry us really comfortably through a long day of panels and lines.
#10. Sketchbooks and journals. I feel like scrapbooking is no longer what it used to be in Con circles; same with collecting artist sketches. But I'm sure some of you still do it.
#11. Digital business cards. Something like a Popl can make it really easy to connect with people - because pulling out a paper business card feels so corporate and yet "I'll find you on Instagram" hardly ever comes to fruition. You can format it however you want, such as including your social accounts, your online portfolio, and a line or two about what you actually do. It's the fastest way to ensure your new contacts can follow up with you.
#12. Masks. Remember, you have to wear them inside the convention center - so even if you plan on hunting down masks from your specific fandom, you need to bring a few with you.
And of course now is the time to buy the really vital stuff you can't get on Amazon - any prescription drugs you're taking and almost out of, new tires/oil changes if you're driving, or a last-minute salon appointment to fix your wild pandemic hair. Also - maybe consider a booster if you haven't gotten one yet. True, it won't be fully potent by the time you arrive, but it's still some extra protection.
How ready do you feel?