8 Best Gear for Surviving a Convention (2023): Bags, Water Bottles, and Portable Batteries


The right equipment will help you stay connected, stay hydrated, and never get overwhelmed….

I’ve probably spent whole years of my life at conventions of one kind or another. I’ve caught up on new tech at CES, cosplayed at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, and most recently, reviewed movies and attended concerts at SXSW. Whether they’re weeklong events or one intense day, cons all have something in common: They’re chaos to navigate if you’re not prepared. Getting through conventions is a special kind of survival skill and requires its own kind of gear. Your body still has all the same needs you’ll have when, say, camping or hiking, but with the added challenge of needing to stay connected in an urban environment. These picks should help you survive.

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