(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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