San Diego Comic-Con is one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world. Whether this is your first time or you’re a con veteran, these simple tips will help you max out your con experience.
Do you feel that? It’s not a disturbance in the Force, nor a glitch in the Matrix. It’s the sound of a 100,000 plus fans, geeks, cos-players, celebrities, and many, many more all preparing for the biggest, most hardcore nerd-out of the year: San Diego Comic-Con.
What started as a relatively simple, one-day mini convention in 1970 has become The One Con to Rule Them All – a sprawling, multi-day epicenter for pop culture fandom. But whether you’re an experienced vet or a first-time noob, you’ll need some help if you want to survive this year’s convention.
Hobbits and humans agree – you’ll be on your feet a lot. Whether you’re running to a panel, standing in line, or just exploring, your feet will take a pounding. Grab a pair of shoes with plenty of padding and closed toes. If you decide to cos-play and wear those mega awesome boots, bring a backup pair of comfortable shoes. Because you’ll be walking a lot (did I mention that?). As a backup plan, bring some Band-Aids, just in case. Temperature can also fluctuate during the Con, so dress in layers, and wear clothing that you can move around in.
There are over 100,000 people at SDCC, and they all want to snap, gram, tweet, and text about how awesome the experience is. This can make your cellular device lose power faster than Superman wearing kryptonite underwear (why would he do that?), and outlets can be rarer than a mint-condition Black Lotus, so make sure all of your devices are charged and bring a spare battery and portable charger to keep everything powered up. Want to be the most popular kid at the Con? Bring a power strip, and you’ll have more friends that you can shake a Stick of Truth at.
You’ll neeed food to keep your life bar at full power, and in that department, Comic-Con can seem a little lacking. If you love pizza, hot dogs, nachos, and cookies, then you’re in luck! Because that’s just about all that SDCC has to offer in the way of food. But if you’d like to eat something possibly a little healthier, then there are many restaurants in the area, like Harvest by the Patio, which serves health conscious comfort food. Choose from a selection of healthy takes on your favorites, like hummus, poke, a selection of salads, and even the Better than a Classic Burger. Definitely better than a Con burger. Check out the full menu here.
Although you could sleep in a hobbit hole or on the convention floor (you can’t actually do that), you’ll probably want to find a room for the night. Hotels fill up fast, so make reservations early. If you’re looking for something a little more accommodating where you and your friends (and your pet!) can stay, the Luv Surf Vacation Homes offer full-service beach homes only a short distance from the Con itself. These homes are the perfect place to unwind and check out all the sweet swag your grabbed from the convention.
I’m sure I don’t have to say this to you. You’re already a cool person, but Comic Con can be stressful. There are a lot of people and a lot going on, so sometimes you might feel a littler berserker rage coming on. But remember why you’re here: to have fun and share in your love of all things pop-culture with like-minded people. Sure you might not get the last toy or comic or autograph, and you might run into some rude people, but that doesn’t mean you have to be rude. Be like Fonzie. And what is Fonzie like? Cool. Correctamundo.
There you have it! You’ve got your comfy shoes, your chargers, some food, and a great room. Now all you have to do is: have fun! San Diego Comic-Con is a chance to reconnect with old friends, make some new friends, and geek-out about the best stuff in pop culture. Follow these simple tips, and you’ll have a great time.