Aaron Junod’s recent post on “Packing for TechEd” got me thinking about sharing my own list, and advice, too.
I’ve been to 9 TechEds (Wow! This is the 10th for me!), and I’ve always packed too much. I always forget about the number of shirts we get, or ones I buy in the MS Store, so I usually end up having brought a couple that I never get to wear. Plus, this is my 2nd TechEd as a Microsoft employee, and our choice of uniform is rather limited. (I have two blue MS Employee shirts, and I have to wear them each day of the conference. Maybe I’ll buy a third while I’m there, just to freshen things up a bit.)
So.. here’s my advice:
- Pack some empty space. Bring a bag that is much too big for the typical week away, and use the space to pack all those promised trinkets that you’re bringing back for your coworkers/wife/children/pets.
- Wear long pants during the day. Convention Centers are typically cool, so you’ll be freezing if you don’t wear long pants. You even might want to bring a sweater or sweatshirt to wear if you get really cold.
- Wear shorts in the evening. Whatever party or event you’re at will probably involve (hopefully) music and dancing.. so stay cool. 🙂 NOTE: It’s NOT okay to wear socks with sandals. Never. Uh uh. Nope.
- Bring a swimsuit or something to wear out by the pool. You just MIGHT have some time to enjoy the SUNSHINE while you’re down in sunny Orlando!
What hints/tips do you have?