11 Blog Conference Essentials

I’m really excited, and a little bit nervous, to be attending my first blog conference! In my “other life” as an Operating Room nurse, I, along with my peers, attended many conferences, but this is different. I have never, in real life, met any of the people who will be there. Plus, I am also carpooling and sharing a room with two people I have never met.

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But, what the heck, my motto has always been, if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I will always dance!

I have communicated online with many of the people who will be at the conference and to a person, they all seem really nice and very welcoming. And because I am carpooling and room sharing with two others, I will definitely know them by the time we arrive in Halifax, which is where the BlogJam17 conference is being held.

Another thing I was curious about was…what exactly do you need to take to a blog conference? What are the essentials?

So, I decided to do a little crowdsourcing with some online blog groups I belong to and ask these experts, many of whom are blog conference veterans… what should I bring?

The response was immediate and overwhelming, but I’m not surprised. Bloggers are by nature a very outgoing and giving group, let’s face it, we basically put our lives on display daily, so what’s a little information!

So, as recommended by many seasoned blog conference attendees, here is a list of the 11 Blog Conference Essentials that were mentioned most:

  • Phone and/or tablet
  • Chargers, chargers and then even more chargers
  • Power bar and sit at a table near an outlet
  • Business Cards
  • Pens and a notebook
  • Travel coffee and water bottles
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing (business casual)
  • A sweater or a wrap (conference rooms are notoriously cold)
  • Camera
  • Selfie stick
  • A smile and an outgoing attitude

Thanks so much to all my blogging friends for these great suggestions! Now, I definitely feel a little more prepared.

I will be bringing everything mentioned, plus an oversized bag to store these essentials and any conference goodies.

Have you ever attended a blogging conference?

If you have anything to add to this list, let me know in the comments below.

Wish me luck on my solo blogging conference adventure, I will definitely let you know how it all went!

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  1. Great list! You are not alone with your emotions on this one. I have met many people attending but still in awe of others I will be meeting. You included!
    We are going to have fun on the drive and rooming together. Now I feel more prepared having this list. Great idea.

  2. See you there!!! It’s exciting and scary still and this will be my third year!!

  3. Great list! I went to BlogJam Atlantic last year for the first time and was scared to death. The one thing I didn’t bring was business cards and I regretted it within the first 5 minutes – make sure to get some!!

    • Are you going to be there this year, Jenna? Thanks Jenna, I wouldn’t have known to bring business cards but Ruth Ann told me I would need them, so I ordered some and they just arrived yesterday!

  4. What a great road trip and Blog Jam you will have! You are an amazing blogger, a super sister and (best part) my friend !! You’ll crush it!

  5. Awesome, I’ll see you there!

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