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Comic Con is just around the corner. Soon, San Diego will be filled with thousands of people, many in costumes. They will be fueled by energy drinks and ready to buy rare collectables, sit in on panels, and get autographs. Whether it's your first time or your tenth time attending; here's a helpful list of things to prepare you for a successful Con.

It's easy to get overwhelmed at a massive convention like Comic Con, so it's always best to have some sort of game plan going in to the event. We've got the best tips here for you to ensure that you have the time of your life. Vote up which items you think are the best tips through surviving another amazing Comic Con.
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Avoid ATMs

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Hall H isn't the only place where you will find outrageous lines. Something as simple as the ATM could potentially end up being a half hour of standing around. On your walk to the convention center, you should try to find a bank ATM and just bring cash with you to the center. You don't want to miss a chance on a SDCC exclusive because you were standing in an ATM line.
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If the ATM lines are bad, you can only expect the bathrooms to be much worse. Beyond long lines, you also will have to prepare for them to get increasingly dirtier and grosser as the week goes on. Always use the bathroom at your hotel before walking to the convention center. You'll thank me later.
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Load Up On Vitamins And Sleep

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When you're at an event like Comic Con, it's very easy to get overly excited. The event is basically Mardi Gras for geeks. It's easy to find so much to do that you end up not actually sleeping for days at a time. These events are over scheduled so that there's something for everyone, not so that you have to do everything. Remember to pace yourself. Sleep and vitamins are key in a successful con experience. You don't want to wake up Saturday and feel so sick and tired that you end up sleeping through the last two days. Less is always More.
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Don't Buy Food At The Convention Center

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Food in the convention center is over priced. The only thing more over priced of course... is water. You know that free stuff you get out of a sink and can buy 24 bottles of for $3 at most stores. So if you want to make sure you have some money to get that Star Wart Christmas Special bootleg, then I recommend you have plenty of bottled water and snacks to get your through the long day on a budget.

*This also applies for your breakfast and dinner. It's much cheaper to go to a grocery store or a fast food place near your hotel.
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If you want to hit up some of those panels in Hall H that I spoke of earlier then this is crucial. As you've seen, even without Hall H, you'll be waiting in many lines throughout the week. iPods, iPads, iPhones, books, card games, these will all be your best friends in these situations. They'll specifically help you pass the time if you have no friends to talk to.
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Hall H Nightmares

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The most exciting stuff at Comic Con typically occurs in Hall H. If you're interested in one of the panels taking place there, just be prepared to stand in a long line throughout the day. There's only so many people allowed in the room at a time. Good advice is not to allow this time in line to be completely wasted, talk to the people around you. Eat a snack or take this time to chill and recollect yourself. Don't make a big fuss about minor issues like someone holding a spot for their friend. You'll find that Comic Con karma exists and kindness to something small will come back tenfold this particular week.
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Plan Your Schedule In Advance

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When you check in at Comic Con, you will receive a book full of everything. Schedules of events, panels, special sales, etc. It's easy to get overwhelmed and start running around trying to see everything. You'll get much more done if you take the time to sit down and plan out your days on paper.

It's also really helpful if you create a plan B. Sometimes panels get filled up or events sell out. Always have a back up party or panel to attend.
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Extra Batteries

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We've already discussed CosPlaying. You're going to want as many back up batteries and chargers as possible. Video cameras, laptops, and cell phones. You're going to find your batteries get used up much more quickly than you're used to. It never hurts to be prepared with some back ups for these things.