10 Essential Things to Bring to a Convention

With Sakura Con in just a few days, it’s hard to keep your head straight. You may be super excited and forget some vital luggage items that may save you a lot of money and time.

1. Deodorant

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Flickr: CaptMikey9

It’s easy to forget deodorant when you already have some on when you leave the door. However, this is a whole weekend of walking around and going to events. You don’t want to borrow your hotel-mates deo if you could have had your own.

2. A Change of Clothes… at least

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Flickr: Connie Ma

Those jeans may be ok for the next few days (really, it’ll be ok), but don’t forget to bring a new shirt and some underwear for each day you will be at the convention. The worst thing is to have someone notice you haven’t changed your clothes. If you are wearing a costume, make sure to have something underneath that you can change out (a tank top, shirt, etc).

In addition to clothes, you can also bring a pillow just in case you have to sleep on the floor.

3. A Bottle of Water

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Flickr: Konstantin Stepanov

Even though Seattle water is awesome, you may not want to walk to the store a buy a bottle (especially if you are on a winning streak in the game center).

4. Snacks and Food

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Flickr: Skyseeker

Eating out can get expensive with the Cheesecake Factory being right across the street. For meals that you are not going out to get with friends, make sure to bring peanut butter, jelly, honey, or any other non-perishable to make a sandwich. Cereal and non-perishable milk or ramen are great too. Mmmhmmmm.. ramen 🙂

5. Camera

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Flickr: Amy Aletheia Cahill

If you are as excited about seeing other costumes like most people, you probably won’t forget this vital item (that is probably on your phone too). Just in case, here’s a reminder.

6. Costume First-Aid Kit

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Flickr: Ozzy Delaney

Yes, the con has a place where they can help you through a costume emergency. However, if you need it ASAP or you don’t want to wait, bring your own kit. This kit should have a sewing needle, thread, duct tape, buttons, scissors (mini ones!), and safety pins.

7. Extra Room in Your Luggage

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Flickr: twentymindsomething

Some people do like to ship large amounts of things back home because they buy so much. But if you are buying a moderate amount, save money by just leaving a bit of room in your luggage. Pack light. It’s only a couple days.

8. Emergency Money

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Flickr: 401(K) 2012

Don’t spend all your money! You never know when you have a last minute emergency and you need a couple bucks. Sure, your new Seattle local friends may help if it was urgent but you don’t want to start your relationship on such a bad foot.

9. Comfortable Shoes

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Flickr: Joseph Brent

Those wood sandals may look comfortable for the first few hours but they may start making you cranky. Bring another pair of flip flops or comfortable shoes that will last you the whole 72 hours.

10. Your Phone Charger/Contact List

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Flickr: Godwin D

Don’t let your phone die and miss out on making a long-term friend at the con. That doppelganger may not have a lot of time to chit-chat right there. In that case, you may try an email, or a social media site. However, not everyone is comfortable with using social media that may harm their privacy. If that is the case (or you just want to), log into ArcZap and add them to your group with an email address. This way, they can use an alias that you will remember.


 

Are we missing any other essential items? Have fun at this convention or some of the other ones coming up!

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New Features: Mobile and More

Have you logged in lately? There have been many new changes to ArcZap! But here are the major changes and new features:

1) Look and feel

We went with a friendlier interface this time with a softer color scheme and friendlier fonts. The event calendar is easy to navigate and the side menus have been consolidated.

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2) Navigation bar

Groups, Events, and Messages  now share the side navigation bar with easy access from the top

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3) Mobile friendly

Look for events on the go and upload photos right away! We want to make searching for your next party fast and easy.

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4) Goodbye to “spam” emails

Emails are no longer sent immediately but instead come in a single daily summary email.

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However, you can choose to receive event invites and reminders immediately.

Emailing your group alias will stay normal but comments, updates, and messages will be sent in a summary email once a day.

5) Event Reminders Revamped

Event Reminders are individualized and you can have it text you, email you or both.

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6) Event editor

If you own a community or a group, there is now an event editor that can tell you when there are errors in events to be corrected. Tutorials for this will be given to those who curate events.

7) Are you sponsored by a community?

Groups who have a sponsor community, can see the community events amongst your group events. This reduces your need to check both places.

 


 

Now… screenshots can only show you so much. So, try out some of these features for yourself!

 

 

Looking for Winter Break Events?

Some of you are already on Winter Break!

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But some of us still have a few days to wait…

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So after a few days of Netflix binge-watching and eating everything in sight, what is there to do? (Besides see Star Wars)

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Whoa, Games at the Library?

Did you know that November 21st is a day for libraries around the world to participate in International Games Day? This means there are board games

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Card games

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and even video games!

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5 Free Online Tools Everyone in College Should Be Using

Oh college. We all have a love/hate relationship with it. Group projects, research papers, and studying until your brain hurts.

Ouch!
Ouch!

But on the flip side. College is where you build meaningful relationships and your professional network. It’s not something to take for granted. The knowledge you gain will be worth it in the long run.

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Here’s 5 tools that every college student should be using to ease the pain of going to college.

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The Google of Events

We just released a new version of our site and we think you will love it. Not only did we listen to all of your feedback and made drastic changes, we also created a whole new section of our site for EVENTS.

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How to stay focused during Spring Quarter

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April Fool’s Pranks to do during your lunch break

I procrastinate. You procrastinate. We ALL procrastinate. Especially when it comes to something as silly as April Fool’s Day.

Good thing there are many ways to do easy, last minute pranks. Try these 10 easy pranks yourself or with a small group (the more accomplices, the less responsibility… *snicker snicker*)

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What should I do this Spring Break?

Now that Spring Break has started, what is everyone doing?

For some of us, we are traveling in Hawaii for 8 days and sipping on lemonade (or a Mai Tai) on the beach.

*sigh* "I wish I was here"
*sigh* “I wish I was here”

For others, we were too busy during Winter Quarter or too broke to plan an actual vacation. We are sitting at home contemplating on either staying in PJs for the rest of break or going out with our friends.

"All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day"

Why not do both? Sleep in, do a Netflix Binge, and go to an event somewhere close!

You may be thinking, “Huh? An event? Nothing ever goes on here…”

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