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Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« on: November 21, 2011, 04:50:15 PM »
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
What to bring to RollerCon? Anyone you ask will answer differently. But here is some advice:

If you do not live in the desert, come prepared for intense heat and incredibly dry climate - outside. But you will be spending most of your days indoors. However, the casino air is even drier, and in many ways harsher because of the recycled cigarette smoke and the drying effect air conditioners have. The combination of hot, dry and air-conditioned can dehydrate your body fast, and adding cocktails to the mix enhances the hell.

Most RollerCon attendees also skate a lot more in the 5 days of RollerCon than they normally would in weeks - believe it. You *could* skate from 9am to midnight daily if you add training, bouts, challenges and open scrimmages. That much skating is a blast, but its also hard on the body. So bring what you might need for that much skating.

BRING
  • lip balm & lots of it
  • super rich body & face lotion
  • sunblock & a hat, and maybe sunburn relief lotion, if you plan on going near the pool
  • lubricating eye drops (esp if you wear contacts! and your glasses for when yr eyes are irritated)
  • saline nasal spray (or risk nosebleeds)
  • if you’re a drinker, consider hangover cures like Pepto, TUMS, Pedialyte, Gatorade, etc.
  • whatever you like for aches & pains; arnica, muscle rub, whatever
  • sweatshirt or hoodie. Sometimes the A/C is on HIGH indoors!
  • extra socks. If you take breaks between skating, you could use up to 3 pairs a day
  • extra shirts with your name on them, especially blacks & whites for scrimmaging & training
  • Lysol for your pads, especially if you’re sharing a room. Be kind.
  • Skate tools. There are plenty of vendors, but if you don’t want to buy stuff, bring it.

As soon as you get there, pick up:
  • WATER. Lots of it, and keep it in your room. You’re supposed to drink a gallon per day in dry climates! Carry water with you at all times.
  • Healthy food, especially if you’re skating. Its worth a cab ride to get a stash for your room.
  • Its very helpful to carry lots of ones. The entire city runs on tips; if you’re not sure, tip them. Tipping opens doors in Vegas!
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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011, 04:55:57 PM »
(reposted from rollercon.com)

Bring eye drops, especially if you wear contacts. Consider trying saline nasal spray to moisten your sinuses (which can crack and bleed) if you’re from somewhere humid (which is pretty much everywhere but Phoenix, when compared to Vegas).

Bring chapstick and carry it with you everywhere. Chapped lips aren’t fun. Boxers put vaseline on their mouthguards to keep lips from sticking and chapping. Works for us, too.
   
Bring extra skate laces, bearings, wheels, a skate tool (pack it in your check in or they will take it) etc.
   
 I HIGHLY recommend CARRY ON for your skatebag. Lost skates = no fun at RollerCon. Bring a change of clothes, your pads, helmet, etc. with you - worst that can happen is you wear the same clothes or cheap souvenir shirts every day - but you still get to skate. Put your name on all your shit.
   
Don’t forget to drink a LOT of water. Especially if you drink alcohol at all.

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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011, 04:57:04 PM »
(reposted from rollercon.com)

I can’t speak for everyone, and (when she wrote this, in 2007 or so) am FAR from a Rollercon Veteran, but here are my suggestions on packing:

Don’t kid yourself about wearing jeans, pants, legwarmers, et. al. Remember it’s INCREDIBLY hot in Vegas in the summer.
       *  the Average High Temperature for Rollercon is 104°F (40°C) with a historical range of 86°F to 114°F. (30-46°C)
        * The Average Low Temperature (in the wee hours of dawn) for Rollercon is 81°F (27°C) with a historical range of 70°F to 89°F. (21-32°C)
        * There is a 99% chance of a Hot Day at Rollercon (temperature over 90°F / 32°C).
   
Remember to hydrate. Seems like a der, but there’s lots of opportunities for adult beverages at Rollercon, and it’s very easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a desert. Water, water, water.
   
Ask around with your leagues or newfound league friends to see if anyone has a vehicle or wants to split a cab to the store. It’s well worth hitting up a grocery store and stocking up on water and fruit and appropriate snacks. If you can’t hit up a grocery store, look around for the best deal on things like bottled water within walking distance. Don’t laugh, gramma’s biscuits might save you!
   
 Request a fridge! Last year it was $10 a day. Alternately, look into buying a cheap cooler when you make it to the store.
   
Look around for cheap eats if you’re on a budget. There’s food deals to be had at casinos, and plenty of cheap eats within walking distance. There are also other budget-minded casinos within walking distance as well that may have some cheap options. Explore and conquer.
   
 Comfortable shoes, ESPECIALLY at derby wedding. I love heels. I love to wear them. High heels and jeans are the Rolling Stones of outfits. I’m not even bringing heels this trip.
   
Bring league merch to trade. Pins, shirts, stickers…whatever. Personally, I find that the whole “shirt trade” thing works out better if you set it up in advance (shirts are bulky!), but pins and stickers go for everyone.
   
 Think about setting a very rough goal. What do you want to get out of it? Panels? Skating workshops? Attending fun themed scrimmages on Fremont or in the Sports Center? Open scrimmage? Drinking and socializing at the pool? Figure out what your tentative goal is, and when you get to Rollercon and check in, take a look at the schedule. Choose what your “must see” items are and choose what your “nice to see” items are. Make yourself a little schedule and that way you know what’s happening for the day, and you’ve already ranked them in order of importance.
   
Give yourself realistic “socializing” and “resting” time. If that 10am panel on Saturday is something you HAVE to go to…maybe go easy on the adult beverages Friday night.
   
Bring a least a small budget for gear and merch if you can! There will be amazing vendors that will have at least one trinket you can’t live without. Maybe that trinket is a cute little doll, maybe that trinket is a shirt, maybe that trinket is a new pair of custom skates.

Remember, Rollercon has something for EVERYONE, and just like life: you get out of it what you put into it. Have fun!

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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 02:48:06 AM »
Worth a read... trip advisor tells about the shops on/near the Las Vegas strip:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g45963-c72033/Las-Vegas:Nevada:Grocery.And.Liquor.Stores.html

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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 05:22:56 PM »
How do you sign up for all the scrimmages and skate time? Im new to rollercon sorry. Can someone send me the link or how to get to the sign up sheet please? Would be apprishiated.

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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 07:11:49 PM »
You won't be able t sign up for classes, they're on a first-come, first-serve basis. You sign up for scrimmage teams in this same forum. Just click on whether you want Female Only or Co-Ed and then what skill level. Links to sign-up sheets are within each individual topic and you can sign yourself up for as many as you like. Hope this helps!
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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2014, 10:42:56 PM »
RollerCon First Timer Question I have not seen yet... How much money should we expect to spend? I know that there is stuff at every budget and everyone stays for a varying amount of time but aside from flight and hotel, how much money should we expect to spend on average? During RollerCon days and non-RollerCon days?
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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2014, 11:07:26 PM »
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
What to bring to RollerCon? Anyone you ask will answer differently. But here is some advice:

If you do not live in the desert, come prepared for intense heat and incredibly dry climate - outside. But you will be spending most of your days indoors. However, the casino air is even drier, and in many ways harsher because of the recycled cigarette manufactured by
e cigarettes manufacturer and the drying effect air conditioners have. The combination of hot, dry and air-conditioned can dehydrate your body fast, and adding cocktails to the mix enhances the hell.

Most RollerCon attendees also skate a lot more in the 5 days of RollerCon than they normally would in weeks - believe it. You *could* skate from 9am to midnight daily if you add training, bouts, challenges and open scrimmages. That much skating is a blast, but its also hard on the body. So bring what you might need for that much skating.

BRING
  • lip balm & lots of it
  • super rich body & face lotion
  • sunblock & a hat, and maybe sunburn relief lotion, if you plan on going near the pool
  • lubricating eye drops (esp if you wear contacts! and your glasses for when yr eyes are irritated)
  • saline nasal spray (or risk nosebleeds)
  • if you’re a drinker, consider hangover cures like Pepto, TUMS, Pedialyte, Gatorade, etc.
  • whatever you like for aches & pains; arnica, muscle rub, whatever
  • sweatshirt or hoodie. Sometimes the A/C is on HIGH indoors!
  • extra socks. If you take breaks between skating, you could use up to 3 pairs a day
  • extra shirts with your name on them, especially blacks & whites for scrimmaging & training
  • Lysol for your pads, especially if you’re sharing a room. Be kind.
  • Skate tools. There are plenty of vendors, but if you don’t want to buy stuff, bring it.

As soon as you get there, pick up:
  • WATER. Lots of it, and keep it in your room. You’re supposed to drink a gallon per day in dry climates! Carry water with you at all times.
  • Healthy food, especially if you’re skating. Its worth a cab ride to get a stash for your room.
  • Its very helpful to carry lots of ones. The entire city runs on tips; if you’re not sure, tip them. Tipping opens doors in Vegas!
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Thanks for such useful tips..Vegas is definitely very hot and these tips will work..
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