I spent some time yesterday planning and packing for the next three days.
I’m heading down the road to the Gold Coast, picking up my
partners-in-crime room mates at Brisbane Airport on the way.
Our destination is the QT Gold Coast and the fifth annual Problogger Training Event, at which I’m speaking at on both days.
Just in case you’re feeling sorry for me. Don’t.
The spa has been booked for our arrival, dinner in Bazaar is happening the first night and there will be much
margarita drinking networking happening in and around the Stingray bar.
I love blogging conferences.
Yes the social factor is a very big drawcard, as is the escape from reality (blogger Tiny Savages sums this up in the most hilarious way here), but I really do find it inspirational to be around people who share this mutual love of communicating and being online.
We are all out there writing and sharing things with our online communities (I’m so grateful that you show up here as part of the SY community) in the hope that we are connecting with like-minded others and bringing this big, wide world down to a scale that feels friendly and welcoming.
The many people attending this conference are flying in from all around Australia.
Like any industry conference, the “what to pack?” question has been high on everyone’s priorities.
It’s also a question I frequently get asked about for non-blogging conferences so I thought I’d share some of the thought and planning process that goes into what to pack for a weekend conference.
7 top tips for a conference travel wardrobe
1. Consider the time of week the conference is being held. The weekend bit is important. If you were going away on a conference during the week – particularly a work conference – you might be dressing more like you do for work.
2. Consider the location of the conference. A beachside location immediately relaxes the tone of dress; an inner city location is likely to mean a more professional outfit.
3. Consider the expected temperatures at your conference destination. This only applies to a degree as you may be spending most of the conference time indoors. And as most conference-goers can attest, the air-conditioning is likely to err on the cooler side. For a spring conference in Queensland, I factor in light jackets and a lightweight scarf/wrap which I keep in my handbag and pull out if required.
1. Metalicus top $69.95 | 2. Seed pants $89.95 | 3. Blue Illusion ponte blazer $199.95 | 4. Louenhide bag $119.95 @ Birdsnest | 5. Django & Juliette sandals $139.95 @ Styletread | 6. Sportscraft necklace $44.96 (on sale)
4. Work out the number of outfits required across the conference weekend. In my case this weekend, I’ve got four day outfits and three evening outfits to plan. I’m generally not known for my packing skills but the amount of travel I’ve done of late has seen me get better at creating capsule travel wardrobes. I’m factoring in wearing the same pair of jeans three times across different occasions, I’m aiming for three pairs of shoes (plus thongs!) and I’m making a few key accessories work across all the outfits. Yes, I don’t know who I am either.
5. Are there any themed evening events? If you’re a regular around here you know my thoughts on themed events. I’m not a fan. Unless the theme involves sequins. At this conference there is an “AHOY” themed networking event. I’m ok with that too … 3/4 of my wardrobe is striped.
6. Dress for comfort. This is a biggie. You are sitting around a lot, walking between rooms and venues, standing around a lot talking to people … you don’t want to feel like you can’t breathe or move in your clothes. Comfort dressing is simple. Pack clothes that fit. There is a lot to be said for a fancy soft pant or high levels of stretch, I say. Unless you’re a pro at wearing heels, opt for lower during the day and bring your heels out at night if you’re up for it.
7. Show your personality. A conference is something you attend to learn from keynote speakers and expert panels but it’s also something you attend to learn from other conference-goers. It’s about making connections, new friendships and cementing old friendships. You want people to see who you are – because you’re pretty damn special. The easiest way to do this is to dress to show your personality through the clothes and accessories you choose to wear. If colour and patterns are your thing, go for it. If you can’t go out without sequins, don’t leave them at home. If you like minimalist designs in a neutral palette, stun with your cool-edged simplicity. You get the idea. Dress for you … and you’ll feel more confident to hang out with others.
Have you been to a conference lately? Heading to PBEVENT? Got any tips for the SY community?