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San Diego Comic Con Tips and Tricks

Updated August 30, 2017 471 votes 97 voters 47.4k views14 items

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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    Don't Buy Food At The Convention Center

    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 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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    Extra Batteries

    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.
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    Load Up On Vitamins And Sleep

    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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