RTX Austin guide
1. Hydrate has been said before but it's a necessity. Bring a reusable water bottle! It's going to be summer and Austin gets hot. Hydration is super SUPER important!
2. Eat! PLEASE Eat! At least 2 meals a day! Make sure you eat something during the day because you'll be running around having fun and you want to make sure you eat something. Food in Austin- >https://youtu.be/o_mfTifRkg8
3. Break in your shoes BEFORE the convention and weeks if not months before. Because you will be on your feet, be it in line or wandering the expo hall. Good shoes make all the difference.
4. Follow your faves on twitter and set up alerts so if they set up a impromptu signings. If there's someone you really want to meet but you didn't get their signing, put them on notifications because a lot of people may do impromptu signings.
5. Plan for lines, follow the Twitter to help you plan, keep an eye on RTXEvent on twitter. Also, RTXLines knowing when lines start, especially for bigger panels. RTXEvent during RTX will have updates if necessary.
6. Download the RTX Austin app. This usually has the panel schedule and other good information when it comes out for the event. Share your schedule with friends, Maps of the convention centre and surrounding areas along with updates.
7. Things happen and you may not get into a panel you want, have a backup plan! And even a back up plan to your back up plan. Don't be angry or upset if you see a RT personality and they don't have time to take a photo/ sign something, there are over 60 000 attendees, they can't meet everyone.
8. Battery packs for your phone, don't want to run out of space either. Portable chargers for your phone, you'll need it! Not run out of battery right as you get to meet one of the many guests.
9. Don't forget sunscreen, there will be a lot of walking from building and building and the Texas sun spares no one. Allergic to SPF, use Zinc or a natural substitute.
10. Always keep money for food an emergency separate from spending money so you don’t get tempted to spend it, Also don’t run yourself into debt, think of future you.
11. Carry signing materials with you! Nothing sucks more than meeting one of the RT crew and not having a pen/sharpie or paper or something for them to sign. Bring a minimum of 2 sharpies - one light one dark - and at least one pen.
12. Convenience stores on Sixth street. Their prices are ridiculous. Like, $4 for a soda ridiculous. If you need snacks or drinks outside of the convention itself, the Second Street market near the convention centre is much better on their prices or catch an lyft/uber to Walmart or HEB and do some shopping for the weekend, pick up some light snacks too.
13. There’s a big homeless shelter about 5 blocks north of the convention centre. I’ve never really had much of a problem with any of them, but they will stop you and ask you for money. Just kind of a heads up thing.
14. If you ask a question during a panel, PLEASE think about it beforehand. There is very limited time for Q&A sessions, so long stories are not generally appreciated, and your jokes aren’t questions so unless it’s the most funny thing you’ll ever say, consider not saying it. I apologize if this seems rude, but just go watch some past Q&A sessions and you’ll see how bad it can get.
15. Ask guardians for help if you need it, I promise guardians don't bite - most of the time :)
16. BE NICE! To other attendees, to staff and most of all to the guardians.
17. LAST but not least, please have at least ONE shower per day and wear perfume and anti-perspirant, please, everyone smells, no matter what.
Your top take away from this should be 3,2,1 – 3 Hours of sleep, 2 Full meals a day and 1 Shower MINIMUM, RTX is a 3 day event so look after yourself.
Videos to help, as some people don’t like reading
My favourite one is from Zonbi's Workshop - >https://youtu.be/YrMY3OOxKwM
The main thing is to stay happy and healthy, as much as you can in a Texas summer
I am Also working on a volunteers guide, even though as volunteers this is something you would know or find out from head volunteers