This may be your first or hundredth WordCamp.
Many wonder what to bring. For your convenience, here’s a quick list:
- Business cards – WordCamps are great opportunities to connect with people you’ll want to follow up with.
- Cell phone – good for taking pictures of schedules, slides, and taking notes.
- Cell phone battery – while some outlets will be available for charging, a battery means you can charge on the go and where outlets are occupied.
- Small notebook and pen/pencil – remember, however, that most slides and other content are made available online during or after WordCamp
- Water bottle and/or travel mug – help save the environment and reduce WordCamp waste!
- Portland in the autumn… Having a rain jacket handy can’t hurt. 🙂
- Collapsible Chico or other reusable bag – great for swag.
Common question: should I bring my laptop?
That depends. If you’re a presenter, plan to attend developer sessions where you’ll want to access git repos, or do work between sessions, then you may want it. However, most people find that having to worry about their laptops can be one screen too many and more of a hindrance than help at a WordCamp.