Tips for convention-goers

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So, you already went to a Con or two (or three!) and have learned something there that you think you can share with all those who haven't yet? Like a what-to-do (or not-to-do) list?

You can check our Weekly-Force-casts (message board here) where Pete and Jason are already sharing one tip per show before CIV starts (things like what to take for an autograph signing, or things like walkie-talkies [don't laugh! It's a cool idea, ya know?]).

So, if you do have a cool tip to share with us, just post it here. Forearmed is forewarned, right?


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I'm not laughing - walkie-talkies are a good idea if you are in a group. Or if you all have mobiles then share your numbers around so you can text each other. But please don't post them in the forums.

If you are limited on time then plan what you want to do. CE is going to have plenty of attractions so you might want to pick and choose. If C3 was anything to go by some of the live shows (like the SW in 1 Minute show) will need plenty of queueing time. And if Showmaster's use their normal ticketing system for buying autographs you'll definately want to take advantage of the fast track system to ensure you get the ones you want most.

Things to bring:

Blister patches - I recommend Compeed.
Drink - the concession stands at ExCel will be busy and expensive
Food - see above!
Batteries - charge up your camera batteries in advance. There is a concession selling them but my last visit to ExCel I found 4 x AA's to be £6!
Plenty of spending money


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Hey, great suggestions, Jeremy. Sometimes the most obvious is not always what jumps to mind first, right?


Erm... "compeeds"
 
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They'll be plenty of guests. If the CE list is prety much as the C4 list then i will be happy
 
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Here's a tip from me: if you're not a UK'er better be prepared for a different type of power connection for your notebook, camera or whatever.

Therefore (you won't regret it), I suggest you get something like the World Travel Adapter, from "Swiss Travel Products" (no publicity intended):

http://www.porta-charge.co.uk/accessory_0253.html
 
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What currency will the vendor accept?
Only GBP or also Euro's?
Do they accept credit cards?
 

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That's not a tip, that's a question. And this is an answer:

This is the UK, and we didn't switch over to the Euro.

I'd say that most will take c/c.

Here is a tip - bring two pairs of shoes. One for the day time and another for the evening. Let your day shoes air overnight so that the don't get sweaty and smell, and the insoles will relax. Your feet will thank you.

Another ped-orientated tip is to get Dr Scholl's "Party Feet" - http://www.schollpartyfeet.com/

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Jeremy said:
That's not a tip, that's a question. And this is an answer:
This is the UK, and we didn't switch over to the Euro.

I'd say that most will take c/c....
Sorry about that. Indeed a question and not a tip

Feel free to delete it from the thread.

I know that the UK doesn't have the Euro but I thought that maybe they would accept them at a conbvention of this scale with many Euro-converted Europeans coming.
 
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I doubt they would accept the Euro at Celebration Europe. Too much hassle on the day with guest prices and conversion rates

However, if they do the same as the US celeration events where they allow you to buy vouchers which are then redeemed for autographs before the event then they may accept the euro there
 
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'Tips', guys, please. We're straying off-course here...


Keep it short and sweet.
 

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I've got a new one:

find out where the toilets are early. Don't wait until you need to go.

The bogs (aka toilets, lavs, WC, little boys room) at ExCel aren't thateasy to find but there are at least four in the main concourse. You just have to keep looking along the edges as you walk along.

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I plan on bringing a nice sized rucksack, packed with snacks and maybe a sandwich and some water. I dont wanna pay out the nose for food at the stands. Also I am bringing markers/pens and a couple of magazines incase I see anyone autograph worthy. Batteries like above are decent.

Dress comfortably.

ALSO..not sure if my cell phone will work but get the numbers of a few friends going so you can keep intouch if you decide to split up.

We got a few great deals by doing this..
 
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Walkie-talkies seem to me like the cheapest choice. It's an investment, of course, but it'll pay in the long run, if you consider you won't be paying your cell phone operator any roaming taxes (if you're not a UKer, I mean)
 

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Jose_Fiuza said:
Walkie-talkies seem to me like the cheapest choice.
Jose, we should have a set for Rebelscum to use so we can co-ordinate. But if you want walkie-talkies for your family you'll need to get those yourself.

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Jeremy said:
Jose_Fiuza said:
Walkie-talkies seem to me like the cheapest choice.
Jose, we should have a set for Rebelscum to use so we can co-ordinate. But if you want walkie-talkies for your family you'll need to get those yourself.

Jeremy
Family? Who said anything about family? They'll be on their own for the duration of the whole CE... [ just don't let them know I said so ]


 
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Empty carrier bags - for all your SW purchases.

Sellers never have them at conventions and if they do they're always far too small

Personally I'm planning on taking my Mum's shopping trolley
 
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Hi, since I'm going from Portugal I thought of sharing some travel tips... Do try to travel light, remember you'll need extra space in your luggage for all the goodies you'll buy. Take an extra travel bag in nylon or canvas, folded in your luggage, so you can fill it with anything and then take it as cabin/hand luggage on your return flight.

Also, remember the liquids restrictions on hand luggage! See the UK Department for Transport page.

For foot ailments, The Body Shop peppermint range is wonderful stuff, especially the foot spray, highly recommented after a long day walking!

I'd like to ask for some tips on cheap eating in London... I haven't been there for over five years so I imagine prices have gone up... Any recommendations? I'd rather not live on junk food for five days!
 
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SHOWER DAILY!!!!!!!!

PLEASE!!!!!!!

People the biggest sin of con-goers ia a seeming lack of personal hygiene.

EXcel is likely to be hot and you will be walking round all day. Do yourself, the other fans and the guests a favour and shower.

Also, pack an anti-perspirant deodrant spray in your bag for a quiock 'touch-up' every now and then.

Other than that just to re-iterate the whole food and drink thing. Not to mention a sturdy folder/envelope/wallet for your autos and a poster tube for any prints/posters.

You may start the day looking like a packhorse but it will be worth it.
 
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My tip - From my Celebration Store experience at CIII - cash only lines move much faster than traveller's cheques, credit cards etc in the Celebration Store. (Was delayed by an extra hour due to us having traveller's cheques!). So for less time in the Celebration store - bring cash!
 
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I have been to this part of London befor and I have done my home work for this trip....IF you want to go out and get some real food plan on spending some cash.
 
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silmarien said:
I'd like to ask for some tips on cheap eating in London... I haven't been there for over five years so I imagine prices have gone up... Any recommendations? I'd rather not live on junk food for five days!
Its a common traint that when Americans travel we always eat at... McDonalds!


I admire someone whos looking for proper eating while overseas! Theres loads of cheap places in London, In the Docklands where CE will be bear in mind its an office district rather than a tourist mecca so there will be plenty of cheap sandwich type places for a few pounds, at Pret you can get a large chicken pasta bowl for £4.
Theres Wagamama and Wasabi, of course theres a few Chinese buffet all you can eat places for £5 (Chopstix
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If your craving for a burger I recommend Hamburger Union, only a couple of pounds more than a Happy Meal and you get a PROPER burger
They also do chicken, steaks and ribs there too.
 

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SteveSith said:
Its a common traint that when Americans travel we always eat at... McDonalds!
Ah, yes McDonalds. But then who doesn't eat at McDonalds when they are overseas? It is a universal staple.

But you will find that the food at our McDonalds isn't quite the same as yours. I don't mean the burgers are different, but the meat isn't as high a quality as the US carne.

SteveSith said:
at Pret you can get a large chicken pasta bowl for £4.
Tee hee, Pret a Manger is owned by McDonalds!

You want good burgers? Travel to a GBK if you have the time.

But before this thread gets hijacked into a restaurant review please check out the CE: Food Guide thread.

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Abstractharmony said:
SHOWER DAILY!!!!!!!!

Also, pack an anti-perspirant deodrant spray in your bag for a quick 'touch-up' every now and then.
Also a good idea is to bing a pack of baby wipes. They're great for freshening up and also to remedy "accidents" with food and beverage.

I also second the need to bring cash. There may be ATM's in the convention venue (I'm not sure) but if there are, there will be long, long queues...

If you're part of a group, make sure you don't get overly dependant on mobile phones because a) someone always runs out of cell phone battery (and that's likely to be me
) and b) in highly packed venues, sometimes there are so many people phoning each other that the mobile operator antennas get overloaded. So agree on a meeting point and hour in advance.

And don't forget to pack your cell phone charger
 

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silmarien said:
There may be ATM's in the convention venue (I'm not sure) but if there are, there will be long, long queues...
There are a number of permanent ones at the venue. And hopefully the organisers will be able to bring in some extra cash machines, like they did at C3.

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Chiming in just to say that my dear friend Sil will be traveling to London with me and the SWCC-PT group.

Olá Sil!
 
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