How to Pack for a Conference

How to pack for a conferenceI’m sharing some tips on how to pack for a conference.  Are you attending ProBlogger this year?  Perhaps you have work events on your calendar?

I’m preparing to attend my very first ProBlogger Event. I’ve ordered my business cards, have booked my flights and accommodation, and organised the Welshman to do the school run.

Stationery and tech accessories have been ordered and purchased.  New shoes are being worn in.

I’ve scheduled beauty appointments.  Not only so I’ll look and feel my best, but getting a shellac mani pedi, blow dry and treatments such as getting my lashes tinted will actually save me time.  I’m the only girl in my family and the only girl in my household.  I’m not used to sharing a bathroom mirror!

Next up, and especially important for a personal stylist and style blogger, is what to wear!  With that in mind, I’m sharing my tips on how to pack for a conference.

How to pack for a conference | preparation

  • Start off with a copy of the schedule (or at least an idea of the planned events) and an A4 weekly planner.  You can find them at Kikki K, Typo and Officeworks.
  • Map out the events, including your travel days, and any pre- or post-conference events, as well as scheduled events on your weekly planner.
  • Make a note of scheduled beauty appointments, including haircuts etc, in the preceding days.
  • Make a note of travel bookings, if required.
  • List an outfit idea for each day’s events.  For example Conference Day 1 – skinny jeans, sweater dress, blazer, scarf, ballet flats.  For example, evening party – dress, blazer, heels.  At this stage, don’t think of a particular piece.  For example, skinny jeans, not my Bohemian Traders Distressed Skinny Jeans.
  • Light layers are the best bet for indoor hotel conferences as air conditioning can be fierce!

How to Pack for a Conference

How to pack for a conference | packing process

  • Always pack an extra layer just in case you need to attend outside activities.  If the air conditioning is particularly arctic, you’ll be glad you did.  Try a classic trench coat.  It will keep you warm in style!
  • Once you’ve selected the pieces for your outfit ideas, lay out each outfit on a large flat surface like your bed.
  • Just in case you’re a klutz (ohai there Kimba!), add an entire extra outfit, or one extra piece to each outfit.  Like an extra top here, an extra cardigan there.
  • Just in case you’re a chronic overpacker (ohai there Kimba!), add an extra piece for each outfit.  You might not be in a stripes mood.  Polkadots might float your boat instead.
  • The extra pieces added this way will give you options, reduce your stress about not having outfit options, and will ensure they coordinate.
  • Once your outfits are laid out so you can see them clearly, check what pieces can be recycled or exchanged.  Do you need three pairs of jeans for three days?  Try switching one for a pair of chinos or ponte leggings.  Would one black blazer and one navy one work better than two black blazers?  Can one day’s cardigan with a dress be layered over another day’s shirt?
  • Double check buttons, hems and does anything need washing or drycleaning?  Sort that out quick smart.
  • If your outfit includes a day dress, choose one that you can layer a top and leggings underneath and a cardigan or blazer over the top.
  • Don’t save space by recycling the layer closest to your body.  Trust me on this one – you do not want to be “that” person.
  • Now is the time to use your “but I need this for ProBlogger” excuse.  Fill those wardrobe gaps!
  • Don’t forget tights, socks, lingerie and knickers for each day – plus a couple of spares.  Oh and PJs – especially if you’re sharing a room!
  • Another fabulous way to wardrobe plan is to use Polyvore to create images of potential outfits.  Click here for my outfit planning with Polyvore tips.

How to pack for a conference | accessories

  • Add accessories to each outfit.  They don’t take up much room, but a simple jeans and blazer outfit can be completely changed with a different scarf and jewellery option.
  • Let’s talk bags.  A satchel-style day bag with a strap that can be worn cross body is ideal for hands free comfort.  A clutch for evening events with a wrist strap or detachable shoulder strap is a good idea.  You won’t have to pop your room card and lippy in your bra and you’ve got a hand for your Champagne and one spare to shake hands and say hi!  OK, let’s be honest.  It’s a blogging event.  The other hand is for your iPhone and selfies, right?
  • Let’s talk shoes.  Pack fabulous glam heels for any party events, but for the love of comfort, make sure you take some walkable all day long shoes that won’t leave you hobbling.   You want to be concentrating on all the fabulous information you’ll be soaking up and all the fabulous connections you’ll be making – not wincing with every step like the Little Mermaid.  Try loafers, ballet flats, wedges, hi tops, flat ankle boots …
  • Pack a downtime outfit.  Togs, running gear, walking shoes, yoga pants.  Basically, something you can get a bit of exercise in.  Even if it’s just a few stretches in your room.
  • Makeup, beauty products, shower products etc.  My tip for packing your makeup is to pop the items you use to make up your face every day, including brushes and tools like lash curlers, into a makeup bag as you make up your face a few days beforehand.  This way, you’ll make sure you have everything you need.
  • When packing  your actual bag, select a light one with wheels.  Roll your clothing to keep everything neat and tidy – and fit more in!  Use shoe bags to keep everything clean.  Pack a dirty laundry bag – keeping it separate will save laundry time when you get home.

How to Pack for a Conference

How to pack for a conference | conference essentials

  • Tech accessories – iPhone, iPad, bluetooth keyboard, spare batteries, chargers
  • CHARGERS – yes, again.  It’s that important.
  • Camera
  • Notebook, clipboard (especially if in lecture hall seating), pens, highlighter
  • Kindle, iPod, earphones – just in case you need some downtime
  • Business cards
  • A satchel type bag that you can wear cross body style. Hands free is important at conferences.
  • Carry a mini pack of tissues, wet wipes, lip balm and peppermints.  Add a mini deodorant if you’re particularly nervous. You don’t want to be “that” person!
  • Did I mention chargers?  Spare batteries?  Yes?  Perfect!

Grab your original A4 weekly planner page and pop it into your notebook.  You can use it as a daily guide and all important packing list.  Tick off as you pack.

Lastly, don’t forget to pack your manners.  There’s time to ask questions and catch up.  In the middle of a key note address is probably not the best time.

I’m very excited about attending my first ProBlogger conference.  Are we going to catch up there?


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  • Sarah from Creating Contentment - 15 August 2014 - 7.19 pm

    This is the most thorough listing of everything!! I shall be referring back to this.

    Love that you suggest just write jeans than specific pair. I’ll do this. xSReplyCancel

  • Renee Wilson - 14 August 2014 - 10.17 pm

    You are so organised. I love it. I really need to get my butt into gear now. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me - 14 August 2014 - 7.21 pm

    Totally nailed it and I will be definitely be laying out clothes now are reading this – great advice, see you soon!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - 14 August 2014 - 5.23 pm

    Great packing tips Kim-Marie. I don’t actually think that I could handle the packing lol. I’m hoping to go next year, so I’ll save this post to help me decide what to take. I will have to start planning at least 6months in advance.
    Shannon xReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - 14 August 2014 - 7.23 am

    I’m an overpacker, especially for trips where I don’t have to fly. Better to have too much than need to get to the shops & waste precious conference time. I’ll see you there!ReplyCancel

  • Alex @ Undergraduate Style - 13 August 2014 - 10.18 pm

    I love this! I did a similar post about packing for a conference, but more focused on just the clothes I brought. I love your level of detail!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy from Beachstylemum - 13 August 2014 - 8.06 pm

    Oh how I wish I was going too! Missed the boat and started this blogging thing all a bit late this year. Fingers crossed I’ll get there next year. Can’t wait to see all the love on Instagram. Your packing tips are fab. I shall put them to good use at my next girls weekend away (aka gossip conference). xoxReplyCancel

  • Kirralee @ Escape With Kids - 13 August 2014 - 6.47 pm

    I can’t believe you’ll be a newbie too! You sound like you’re totally on top of it.

    Excellent tip re shoes. I fell in love with some heels at big w the other day which I subsequently planned a problogger outfit around, but I fear my feet may be in tatters by the time the cocktail party rolls around and more heels are required. Will pack standby comfy shoes just in case.

    I’m excited about having a whole suitcase to myself! I’m going against all packing rules and bringing a big suitcase with lots of options, so I have the luxury of wearing something head-to-toe different every day and whatever the mood/weather/feet condition suggests.ReplyCancel

  • Raychael aka Mystery Case - 13 August 2014 - 12.52 pm

    Great tips Kim-Marie. I’m so very envious of everyone that is going to ProBlogger. Hubby is just back from sea but heads out again soon, so it just wasn’t to be. Hopefully next year.ReplyCancel

  • Bec @ Styled by Bec - 13 August 2014 - 10.42 am

    All very good tips. I have to go through my wardrobe to see what will fit so I can take it to Problogger… Or I may have to buy some things to tide me through….ReplyCancel

  • Sophisticated Mumma - 13 August 2014 - 9.07 am

    Great tips! Looking forward to seeing all the Insty pics and seeing all the famous faces together! xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 13 August 2014 - 9.54 am

      I always forget to take pics when I get busy so I shall try to remember! Looking forward to hanging out with my gorgeous girls from all over the blogosphere xReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - 13 August 2014 - 7.20 am

    You’re going to have such a good time at Problogger! I would love to go but after three months abroad I’m not asking work for time off anytime soon 🙂 xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 13 August 2014 - 9.49 am

      I can’t wait to go. Am equal parts nervous and excited! I’ve loved your holiday, by the way!ReplyCancel

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