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Madison ShepherdMay 1, 2024 8:35:30 AM2 min read

What to Pack in Your Conference Survival Kit Bag

Not sure what to pack for your upcoming conference? Then you’ve come to the right place. 

Those 12-hour conference days can be a real grind, and it's nice to feel ready for whatever comes your way. From unexpected blisters to sudden headaches or needing a quick energy boost, we've been there. You want to have all the necessities on hand without weighing you down.

After interviewing our project management team, we compiled a list of essential items they always bring to every conference, so you can pack like a pro. 

Click here for the full checklist.

personal care items for a Conference Survival Kit Bag

Personal Care Conference Survival Kit Items

Arguably the most important items to include in your conference survival kit are personal care items. We understand the importance of staying fresh and comfortable during long conference days. 

Consider these essentials to ensure you're covered from head to toe:

  • Gum/mints
  • Bobby pins/hair bands
  • Travel-size deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Under-eye patches/eye drops
  • Hand sanitizer/ hand wipes

health and wellness Conference Survival Kit Bag

Health & Wellness Conference Survival Kit Items

We've all been there—the nagging headache from lack of sleep or the inconvenient scratchy throat. Be sure to pack the items below to help alleviate these discomforts and boost your immune system during the conference:

  • Emergen-C
  • Advil/Tylenol
  • Liquid IV
  • Cold medicine
  • Essential oils (lavender, peppermint, Thieves to boost your immune system)

nutrition items for a Conference Survival Kit Bag

Energy & Nutrition Conference Survival Kit Items

Keep your energy levels up and stay focused by having some healthy snacks in your bag that you can grab on the go. Choose a couple of different snack options to satisfy any craving you may be having throughout the day. 

  • High protein options: Beef jerky, protein bars, nut butter packs, a handful of mixed nuts
  • Quick carbs: Popcorn, crackers, dried fruit
  • Keep it fresh: Whole fruit (apple or banana), carrots, bell peppers, celery
  • Caffeine boost: AG1 greens powder, instant coffee mix, matcha latte powder

 technology items for a Conference Survival Kit Bag

Technology Conference Survival Kit Items

Make sure you have all your technology prepared in advance, as it can be frustrating to wake up on the day of the conference only to realize your phone charger wasn't plugged in overnight.  Packing a portable charger will keep you connected throughout the day.

  • Chargers (phone, computer, watch, camera, etc.)
  • Portable charger
  • Travel plus adapter (if traveling for an international conference)

sewing kit and bandaids and stain remover Conference Survival Kit Bag

Miscellaneous Conference Survival Kit Items

Be prepared for everything from minor wardrobe malfunctions to unexpected spills with these essentials on hand:

  • Mini sewing kit
  • Bandaids
  • Stain remover stick
  • Pens, Sharpie, highlighter

Your Conference Survival Kit Bag

Hopefully, this list gives you an idea of what essentials to include in your own conference survival kit. 

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We hope you have a fun and successful conference experience! 

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Madison Shepherd

Madison Shepherd is a Marketing Specialist at GoGather. When she's not writing blogs or sending out social media posts, she enjoys hiking, traveling, or reading at one of the many beautiful beaches in San Diego.