This is easy! Just get all of your sleep in ahead of time! You will not have much time to sleep during the convention! It is just one of the things that there is no getting around. A lot of the people attending are so eager to learn and share that it goes around the clock! You have to be concerned about your health!
Make sure that your snacks are healthy – NOT filled with sugar! This is important because the sugar is great for an instant of energy but the drop after the initial boost is more devastating. When you go to get some lunch and dinners, try to get what you should eat, not what you want to eat.
About your room, if it necessary to bring a pillow to have solid sleep, then do it! If you are looking for or are going to be a roommate, compatibility is of the utmost! Work out schedules and other things to make it a smooth time in the room! Be considerate of the roommate. The old “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”! This is what we should live at the convention by. It’s a great rule to live by in general, but really important at conventions. So, clean up after yourself, and if need be, learn how to be organized! I know, that is the hardest thing to learn for some of us – but comes so natural for others! I’m jealous!
Try to be considerate of others in class because they are there to learn! Distractions won’t help! No radios, ringing telephones, loud talking, picture taking (‘til the end of the class) and video taping (Usually not allowed in any class unless pre-arranged and still might not be allowed due to the instructor having a tape or DVD or book in the works for the subject). Try to help clean up at the end of the class so the next instructor coming in doesn’t have to take valuable time away from their subject for cleaning which can make somebody miss out on important information. This is something that might happen before your class!
BALLOON CONVENTION IN GENERAL:
Remember, we are a family! A community so to speak, where helping others is the “Bylaw” and sharing is what it is all about! The jam room is where everybody gets together to do this. Here is where the old adage really comes into play! Thinking of others helps them think of you too! More learning, more fun, more friends, more . . . of everything that keeps the conventions fun and informative.
At most convention sites, if not all of them, they do have all of the information you may need to make the convention work for you! The hotel information is there so that anything you need can be accommodated. Room location, smoking/non-smoking, after hour’s nightlife and more, even what the restaurants offer.
A lot of times they might even let you know what is in walking distance of the hotel for shopping and eating. And, if there is a shuttle available, take you to the different places.
Of, course, the How To Survive articles may give you even more insight on what you need to prepare to enjoy the convention to the fullest! Bring your equipment that you are comfortable with! Aprons, balloons, scissors, markers and anything else you use when you work with balloons. Of these, make sure that they are airline safe. Make sure that along with your camera that you have extra space in your luggage for the DVDs, Books and other items that you purchase. Otherwise, you’ll have to leave other stuff behind!!! LOL
See you at the next convention!