Yatta-Tachi’s Ultimate Convention Guide: Before & Arriving At the Con

Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie, this convention guide will be helpful in getting you ready for the season! Each week for the next 6 weeks, I will be covering a topic that I have listed below and what advice Yatta-Tachi fans and I have to share. This week’s installment will be a short article, but I will be suggesting things for you to do to prepare for before & after arriving at the convention!

Alright. You have your cosplay. You have your convention schedule all highlighted up. Are you ready to hit the road? Hold up! Here are a couple of things you might need to consider before you head out.

  • Bring cash for potential paid parking lots
  • Look online or call your hotel front desk to see what time your room check-in is.
  • Make a playlist of JPOP music to play in the car or on your flight to hype you up for the trip. If you don’t have one, no worries!I have been compiling a playlist for such an occasion. You just need a Spotify account! Also, don’t forget to select “Available Offline” and sync the songs to your device over Wi-Fi prior to your trip, so you don’t have to use any data to stream it!

Yatta-Tachi’s Ultimate Convention Guide: Before & Arriving At the Con

Alrighty, NOW you’re ready to go!

If you’re driving:

Yatta-Tachi’s Ultimate Convention Guide: Before & Arriving At the Con

  • Make sure your car is ready for the trip: Oil change, air in the tires, etc.
  • Figure out how long it will take you to commute and plan accordingly.
  • Check Google Maps or Waze on the quickest route and traffic conditions. If you know a general idea of when there will be traffic congestion, try to time it so you can avoid most, if not all, of it.

If you’re flying:

Yatta-Tachi’s Ultimate Convention Guide: Before & Arriving At the Con

  • Check into your flight 24 hours in advance for a higher chance of better seating!
  • Double check flights and see if there are any delays.
  • If you’re flying with a company that provides free luggage check-ins, this can make it less awkward than attempting to squeeze your luggage into the overhead storage on the flight, or paying extra simply for taking anything bigger than a handbag with you.
    As mentioned before, be sure to read up on airport safety and regulations, and arrive 1-2 hours before your scheduled time to allow for picking up your passes and getting through security.
  • If you’re cosplaying, I mentioned some advice on caring for your outfits and props in my Cosplay section of this convention guide.

When you get to the con

  • Take a deep breathe. You’ve made it, my friend.
  • If you’re early, check to see if your room may be available sooner than the original timeframe.
  • Review your schedule and get your comfy walking shoes on.
  • Assuming you arrived at the convention on day zero, go ahead & save yourself the trouble by going to get your badge. Lines are usually shorter on day zero versus day one.
  • Wander around, meet up with friends and be social.
  • Now the real fun begins!

You’ve done it! You are now at the convention! Should be smooth sailing from here, right? Not quite. There are still a few more things I need to cover before I conclude this convention guide. Stay tuned to next week’s installment of the Ultimate Convention Guide! Until then, feel free to read up on the other articles I have written for this guide below.

Check out the articles I will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks. This will lead up to the first convention I will be going to this year, A-Kon.

Yatta-Tachi’s Ultimate Convention Guide:
  1. Introduction to the Series
  2. Prepping for Your Trip (Research, Scheduling, Meet-ups, Packing List)
  3. Cosplaying (Tips, Tricks and Do’s & Don’ts)
  4. Before & Arriving At the Con  [You are here!]
  5. Things to Look out for (Safety)
  6. What to Expect / Keep in Mind / Conclusion

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Teresa (Katy) Castillo. Owner & Editor-in-Chief of Yatta-Tachi! Hispanic. Puro 956. Queer AF. Femme. She/Her. You can find me discussing anime/manga, yelling about the importance of accessibility / inclusiveness / diversity, UX / Visual Design, and stress baking / cooking on Mastodon, Twitter, and Instagram.

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