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Prepare yourself for Comic Con with these convention necessities

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Ready or not, here comes Comic Con International!

One of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world is this weekend, so it’s about time for everyone to get excited.

For those first timers out there, here’s a list of all the things you’ll need while on the floor of this massively geeky event.

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You are going to need a lot of stuff. And you’ll get a lot of free stuff. And then you’ll buy a lot of stuff.

STUFF!

So you’re also going to need something to stuff your stuff in. A geeky backpack is the perfect way to go. You can get a bag that lets you embrace you love of Spider-Man, Supernatural, Star Wars, The Lion King, old-school Harley Quinn, new-school Harley Quinn, or Harry freaking Potter.

Check out all of these awesome backpacks and find the perfect one for you. It’s a con essential for sure.

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The amount of energy you will expend at a convention will amaze you. For real, it should not be that exhausting. But it is and it’s worth it.

You’ll need to keep your stamina up with some nourishment, but no one wants to give up their Hall H seat to get a sandwich. So make sure you pack some granola bars and other snacks to keep you alert and ready to see some awesome stuff.

And since the con lasts four full days, it does not hurt for you and your friends to buy in bulk. You’ll be glad you did.

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It’s also essential to stay hydrated. So save the environment and some money by bringing your own reusable water bottle and filling it at water fountains around the convention center.

There are SO MANY geeky ones to choose from, including Wonder Woman and Doctor Who bottles, so you’ll definitely find one that goes with your motif for the weekend.

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You’re gonna get art. You just are.

Whether it’s a poster or original prints from your favorite comic artist, you’re going to walk out of the con with some sort of valuable piece of paper.

It’s important to have something that will protect your new treasure so it endures no rips, folds, wrinkles, etc. You’ll see these storage tubes everywhere, and it’ll hold up for conventions to come.

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There is a lot of walking around involved with a convention. Like, so much walking. So you’ll need some comfortable shoes.

If you want to get into the spirit from head to toe, DC Comics and Converse have a great line of sneakers that’ll do the trick.

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Are you cosplaying this year? Of course you are. Everyone should take a day during a con to partake in that great tradition.

And you’ll need to keep your cosplay on point. You’ll probably hit some snags along the way, so be prepared with fabric tape and safety pins. They’re the most useful tools when doing cosplay triage, and they’re pretty small so they won’t take up too much room in your bag.

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Nerdy hoodie

For those days you’re not in costume, you’re gonna want to bring a sweatshirt. Because there are so many people packed into these convention centers, the air conditioning gets turned WAY up, making it pretty chilly at times.

A sweatshirt is the perfect remedy. This Deadpool hoodie allows you to stay warm and stay in character if you so choose. You can also show your love for Studio Ghibli with a My Neighbor Totoro hoodie, which is just adorable.

Or if a cardigan is more your speed, there’s a Totoro one available that is also adorable.

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Your phone will probably die at some point. From all of the photos you’ll snap, videos you’ll take, frantic tweets and Facebook posts when big news is announced, and all of your other mobile activities, your battery will suffer the consequences.

So make sure you’re not searching hopelessly for an outlet by getting a portable power pack. If you want something that isn’t as plain, here’s a fun cat one. (Because who doesn’t love the internet’s favorite memable critter?)

Pack all of these things, and you’ll be all set. Have a great con!

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