What You Should Pack for NAMS Conference in Atlanta
Hey guys. I recently posted about “What you Should Wear to NAMS” and the discussion started to include items to pack, so, I thought I'd start a handy little list here and add to it as more items are mentioned.
I've gotten pretty good at packing for conferences, and never have to check a bag when I fly, so here's my short list of what I pack.
All prescription medicines that you may need. (Be sure to bring allergy medicine if you take it as the allergens in Atlanta may be different from your local air.)
Any other medicine that you can't easily find at a gas station. (There is a small store in the hotel, and a gas station within walking distance, in case you need Ibuprofen or something, or you can always borrow from your travel buddies.)
Vitamins so you can keep up your energy.
Makeup and beauty supplies.
Tooth brush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
Q-tips, cotton balls, tweezers or anything else you require more often than every 5 days.
Deodorant. (Please.) 🙂
Spare pair of pants (or two).
Enough shirts for one per day, plus a spare, in case of spillage.
Warm sweater/fleece/jacket or two to layer in the very cold classrooms.
Spare pair of shoes if needed. I normally don't pack a second pair.
Belt (if you didn't wear one on the plane and need it).
Exercise clothes if you'll be using the gym.
Laptop with all of your passwords loaded. Since this is a workshop event, I recommend you bring a full-size laptop that you can work on for an extended period of time. It's not the right time to run out and get a Netbook, if you've never used one before. (The screen and keyboard are both tiny, which may or may not be a frustration to you.)
Separate mouse if you prefer to use one.
GotoMyPC.com or another program if you need to access your home PC.
Extension cord will come in handy.
Cell phone – loaded with important numbers, including those who you travel with.
Business Cards. Zazzle has really cool “skinny” & “chubby” sized cards.
Notebook (the kind made of paper) for taking notes. I prefer a three-subject notebook as I divide my notes into categories.
Camera with charger.
Flip Mino with extra batteries.
Cords if you plan to load photos/video at the event.
What to Wear on the Plane if you Fly
Comfortable, nice-looking shoes.
Warm sweater (saves room in luggage).
What to Have Handy if you Fly
Passport or Drivers License.
Printout of e-Ticket.
Printout of hotel reservation, including address and phone number for finding the shuttle at the airport.
Other Important Items to Pack Whenever you Travel
Copies of your Health Insurance cards in case of emergency.
Emergency contact numbers in your purse. I also give these to my hotel roommate just in case.
Let me know what I missed and I'll add it. 🙂
Hope that helps!
PS. See you at the NAMS Conference in Atlanta!
I appreciate shares and I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.
SusanneDecember 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm
Lots of coffee and caffeinated soda 🙂
Don’t plan on getting a lot of sleep.
Tracy RobertsDecember 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm
and wine…don’t forget the wine!
Nicole DeanDecember 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Oh yeah, baby. I think mom and I are driving this time, and we’ll bring wine.
At least Susanne won’t run up her gas bill from the extra weight, hauling enough wine for us this time. 🙂
ShannonDecember 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm
I’ll be packing some wine for sure. I’ve got a nice ice wine waiting for us!
NicoleDecember 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm
ooh. Ice wine. You told me about that. I can’t WAIT to try it!
Tracy RobertsDecember 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm
We’re driving, too so I’ll be bringing some to share 😉
ArikaDecember 11, 2009 at 9:00 am
Oh no! I’m so not a drinker and I have a feeling you guys are gonna get me all wined up so you’ll have a comedy show! 😉
Cynthia LaLunaDecember 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Energy bars or some sort of healthier snacks – the hotel doesn’t have a “food court” or easily available non-junk food at odd hours – and so far the NAMS conference hasn’t provided a refreshment table with cheese or fruit to snack off of. I found myself eating heavier than I wanted to at meals since snacking was not convenient!
Also, if you have a wireless USB thingie from your cellphone company for your laptop, bring that – the wireless in the conference rooms has been known to be temperamental.
Can’t wait to see you all there!
NicoleDecember 14, 2009 at 11:12 am
andreaDecember 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Awesome list.. I am taking orders since I am in town, I have no problem bringing it to the hotel..
Plus wine… Mmm mmmm.. Cannot wait..
NicoleDecember 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm
As they say here in the south by me “Bless your heart!” 🙂
Appreciate the offer much.
I’m ready to go to NAMS NOW! lol.
Mary LutzDecember 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm
Great list and add ons! I cannot wait!!!!
Lisa Marie MaryDecember 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm
Definitely a good list! Since I didn’t get to sign up for the workshop, I’m gonna have to just drive over for dinner one night or something!
NicoleDecember 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm
Kayla FayDecember 10, 2009 at 7:12 pm
A Sharpie for labeling flash drives and extension cords, but especially for collecting autographs on those t-shirts everybody is Tweeting about.
NicoleDecember 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm
YOU are way too cool! 🙂
Doug ChampignyDecember 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm
Make a list of all the cords and chargers you need – on paper – for your laptop, cell phone and any oher electronics, then check them off as you pack them. If you’re driving to the event, get one of the 3-prong plugs that go into the cigarette lighter so you can recharge on the way there and back, too. Almost every convention I’ve been to someone finds they forgot their cell or laptop charger…
NicoleDecember 14, 2009 at 11:12 am
Angie (Losing It and Loving It)December 14, 2009 at 11:02 am
Great list! All I have to bring for a laptop is my Acer Mini so I’ll have to make do. I am looking to bring a mouse and keyboard though. Reminds me, I better buy plane tickets this week before we leave for Jamaica. I’m thinking I’ll try to fly into Atlanta in the afternoon. When does everyone plan on arriving?
NicoleDecember 14, 2009 at 11:12 am
I’ll be coming in around 2-4 on Thursday and leaving around noon on Monday. 🙂
See you soon!
Tishia LeeJanuary 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Great list Nicole! Helped me out tremendously seems how I already started packing (yeah can you tell I’m just a tad bit excited? LOL)
SusanneJanuary 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm
So excited to finally meet you in person Tishia. I’m not quite packing yet, but definitely starting to think about what else I might need.
Tishia LeeJanuary 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm
It will be really cool to finally meet you too Susanne 🙂
Nicole DeanJanuary 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm
I can’t wait to squeeze you both!
Tishia LeeJanuary 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm
LOL Nicole I’ve got lots to squeeze 😉 Can’t wait to finally meet you!
Traci KnoppeJanuary 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Awesome list!! I’m not quite packing here yet, but definitely would recommend bringing your own extension cord and protein/snack bars.
Can’t wait to squeeze everyone NEXT WEEK!!! 🙂
elizabeth asheJanuary 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm
Can’t wait to hang out again Nicole, miss you guys.
Bring on the wine baby!!!! lol
Karen FoxJanuary 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Thanks to my friend Traci Knoppe for letting me know about this great list. I too am so excited I can’t wait as Traci has shared so much about the last NAMS.
Traci KnoppeJanuary 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm
Hey Karen! You’re gonna have a blast at NAMS!! Can’t wait to introduce you to everyone. 🙂
Willie CrawfordJanuary 25, 2010 at 7:14 am
Great list/post Nicole.
I also consider a wireless internet card
essential. We’ll have wireless at many
places as we travel, but I live having
a backup 🙂
I have a Verizon wireless card.
MaryJanuary 25, 2010 at 7:50 am
Great list Nicole! I started packing yesterday afternoon, just because I have to work the rest of the week. Glad someone mentioned the cell phone charger. I didn’t even have that on my list. (Maybe my hubby would have remembered it. That’s about the only thing he remembers. 😉
Can’t wait to see everyone again.
Tawnya SutherlandJanuary 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Arnold and I are last hour packers so this list will come in handy to check things off. Thanks Nicole! I heard we can have small carry on now going across the border…not looking forward to the search on the way over but worth it to see you all again! 🙂
NicoleJanuary 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Let me know if I can bring anything that’ll help your visit be more comfortable. 🙂
I’m driving so it’s easy.
Rebekah Zobel JonesJanuary 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm
I’m driving too (only live a couple hours away) so will have lots of room to bring extra things if anyone needs!
AndreaJanuary 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Ok, I have started putting stuff in my suitcase.. So, I am checking this list twice to make sure I didn’t forget anything..
I am going to head over to the hotel around 3 p.m. This is going to be great…
Thanks again Nicole, great list..
Tishia LeeJanuary 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm
I’ve been packing stuff for awhile now. But I just went over my ‘last minute to pack’ stuff and I can’t believe it but I didn’t have my laptop on there! I would have kicked myself if I forgot that!!! lol
Rebekah Zobel JonesJanuary 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Starting my packing tomorrow…thanks for the list Nicole! I’d planned on most of the items you mention, but never thought about snacks, etc.
Kathleen GageJanuary 26, 2010 at 1:06 am
Great list Nichole. The added “energy bars” are a great idea. I stocked up today with Power Bars. Nice to have on long flights (I’m flying in from Eugene, Oregon). Bottled water for the flight.
For those flying, drink a minimum of 8 oz for every hour of travel time. Saves on jet lag.
See everyone at NAMS3. It’s going to be an amazing experience and lots of fun to boot.
Bravo David Perdew. You rock! And so do you Nichole.
Terri BrooksJanuary 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Thanks for the list Nicole! This is my first (of many!) NAMS. I’m driving down from Knoxville TN on Friday morning. Looks like I’ll be trying to outrun a snow storm!!
Can’t wait to meet everyone on Friday!
Kathleen GageJanuary 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm
Hey Terri. You made a great career choice. Just today I was thinking about how essential the conferences, especially those of the quality and caliber of NAMS3, are to fast tracking your business. It will be great to see you there.
David PerdewMay 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm
Hey Nicole – NAMS3 was in January. NAMS4 in August. What will you bring that’s different for our August event.
I’m thinking about refrigerated underwear to keep me cool in Hotlanta 🙂
Or was that TMI?
By the way, this is such a great list. Do you mind if I appropriate it as a checklist for people coming to NAMS4?