You’ve planned, you’ve anticipated, and now the time has come. VIDCON TIME. While nothing can truly prepare you for the blood, sweat and tears that will inevitably ensue next week, NMR believes that no good soldier goes into battle unarmed. Thus, we are here to supply you with the 9 TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR VIDCON. Follow said tips, and you’ll be able to slip past the pesky problems that usually pop up and glide into unadulterated awesomeness.
1.) Pack a bag.
Fill it with all of the necessities: water, snacks, hand sanitizer, phone charger, ID, gum, etc. The days will be long, and the lines will be even longer. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
2.) Prepare to feel crowded.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but be sure to mentally prepare yourself to be smushed up against people for hours on end. It’s just the reality of the situation, and the sooner you accept it, the less complaining you’ll do about how crowded and sweaty you are.
3.) Wear deodorant.
4.) Make a game plan for the day.
Which panels do you want to see? You’d be surprised at how much time you’ll lose wandering around aimlessly, navigating through the masses of people. The sooner you get your game face on and pick a point of destination, the more Vidcon goodness you’ll be able to absorb.
5.) Bring cash.
6.) Saturday is the best day.
One of the most important lessons we learned at Vidcon 2013 is that Saturday is the hub for creators. It’s the weekend, meaning creators that have full-time jobs are now able to pop in. This day will also be the most crowded for that reason, so once again, plan your schedule out accordingly.
7.) Make friends!
8.) There will be dancing.
Something about Vidcon turns citizens into the cast of “Footloose,” and people start dancing like it’s just been legalized. Don’t shy away from showing off those killer dance moves! Even if the only thing you can do is the good ol’ shopping cart, a little self-deprecation never hurt anyone.
9.) HAVE FUN!
Imagine this as the YouTube version of Disneyland. This stressful, compact explosion of people is meant to be a good time! So try not to stress out over the phone charger you left at home or the person that you were totes awkward in front of. You do you!