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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!
« Last Edit: November 22, 2011, 01:46:37 PM by Ivanna S. Pankin »



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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..
« Last Edit: July 31, 2014, 12:23:33 AM by FabianGuthr »

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Re: Advice for FIRST TIMERS to RollerCon
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2015, 08:55:57 AM »
As a seasoned veteran of Rollercon here is my advice to anyone thinkign of coming:

Drink lots of water. You will probably drink some booze. Walgreens is like a block away and they sell large jugs of water. You can drink the water from the tap at the Riv but it tastes like the pool. Every on skates class also has water. Drink some in there. The desert dries the crap out of your eyes and nose. If you want to skate the strip buy eyedrops at Walgreens.

Make friends. Like, seriously make friends. Most of the friends I have made come from the West coast (what what) and the drive. They also pack things like crock pots and pans to cook with. Eating out every night is fine and dandy but it gets expensive. Look up some diy stuff on how to cook in your room ( Hellarad published an article on it a while ago ( r.i.p))

I travel from Montreal QC Canada and i dont pack a lot of stuff. I bring 2 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts 2 socks, 2 pairs of underwear, something for the black and blue and thats about it. That being said I also do laundry in the bathtub. You are going to leave with a lot of schwag. Be prepared to pack light and go home heavy.

HANG UP YOUR PADS Super important. Even if you scrimage and bring them to the pool to dry after 5 days in vegas that shit stank. if you get the chance to wash them in the tub do it and hang them outside in the sun. They will dry in like 30 minutes or less.

Travel in packs. Really. Vegas is fun and all but there some seriously fucked up people that will look for the lone water buffalo by the watering hole. Its not a joke either. Talk to the awesome people at http://rollercon.com/about/skatesafe/ They can help you if you do decide to hook up and they also have great creeper cards to hand out for when you see someone doing something inappropriate to one of your derby sisters or brothers.

McDonalds is right across the street. I know I know but hear me out. I love salad and they have a really good garden salad with fresh mixed greens ( not iceberg lettuce) for a dollar. One of those, some burrito sheels from walgreens and you got a healthy snack. Also walgreens does have some food but if you want to go to whole foods you gotta take a bus or cab. get together with your roomies and go together for the week. Also get a room with a fridge. It is worth it.

Dont have a room? Ask in the forums. Lots of people drop out last minute and need a roommate for the week ( remember rule number 1, Dont be a douchebag) My 3rd year at rollercon I got a chance to meet some awesome people ( Val Capone and Quad Almighty) and we all needed a room so guess what? Make friends.

Know your limits. Yes Rollercon is fun as fuck and there are super rad derby famous peeps all around but know your limits. Your body is going to be sore and probably dehydrated if you skate all day and take classes. take a break and take a seminar now and then. There are really incredible off skates classes and other fun things to do.

Cheers and see you there.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2015, 08:59:24 AM by Therev71 »
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