Last year was my first year attending RTX and my first overall convention and I'm lucky enough to be able to attend again. My first year was an amazing experience filled with so many memories and friendships that I thought I'd create a guide that will
Stay Hydrated and Eat Frequently
This is one of the most common things you'll see in any RTX guide because it's the most important. It's Texas and Texas can get very hot very quickly. And we all saw what happened to Michael when he didn't eat or drink anything at Busch Gardens. Don't be a Michael. I know it's hard to find time to stop and eat when there's a lot of cool panels and booths to see but it's important. Always have a water bottle on you at all times and drink at least one to two bottles full a day. Even though the convention center is air conditioned, walking around all day takes a lot out of you and betters to be over prepared than under prepared. Along with that, have snacks like granola bars or fruit snacks on you to eat while you're waiting in line or walking around. Even if you aren't super hungry, eat something! You'll feel more energized throughout the day and have an overall greater experience.
Hygiene. Hygiene. HYGIENE!
Please shower and wear deodorant. It's not that much to ask. There's A LOT of people in a confined space so if someone smells, everyone around them suffers. Shower once or twice a day and wear and bring deodorant with you to the convention center because more likely than not you will need to reapply at some point in the day. If you sweat a lot, bring an extra t-shirt to change into mid-day. This also give you a chance to show more of your cool RT merch. If you wear makeup, I suggest bring a small bag of it with you because it will sweat off and that way you'll be able to reapply at the convention.
Open Up and Make Friends...
Everyone is at the convention because of one thing: Rooster Teeth. Everyone is part of the community and you all have a common interest so talk about it to others and hear what other fans like. While waiting in line for panels, start casual conversation with the people next to you. This is how I met so many people last year that I know get to call friends. Break out of your shell and go meet new people. It's really worth it.
...But Be Respectful At the Same Time
Though it's good to talk to people and meet other fans, remember to be respectful to EVERYONE. This includes attendees, Guardians, members of Rooster Teeth, and guests. If someone doesn't want to speak with you, respect that and politely excuse yourself from the conversation. If someone uses different pronouns and tells you to use those, please try to use them and if you mess up (which happens it's ok) just apologize. If a Guardian tells you something, do what they say. They put a lot of time and effort to make sure you have a safe and fun weekend. Also thank them when they help you. It goes a long way. If you get the chance to meet a member from Rooster Teeth, great! Politely ask them to sign something and thank them for all that they do. Have a casual conversation if they have time. But if they don't have time and either the Guardian or the person tell you they have somewhere to be, let them go. No ifs, ands, or buts. They will take time to meet the community unless they have somewhere to be. Overall, just respect what other people say because doing that will make RTX a greater experience for everyone.
Take Time To See the Convention Floor and Others Booths
This is one of my biggest regrets last year. I focused so much on seeing panels that I barely had time to see all the amazing booths and artists. Find a day where you have a solid 3 hours to just wander through the convention floor and look at the RT Store (I suggest going there either Friday or Saturday), the different games that you can play, the artists in Artist Alley, and some of the other booths you can buy stuff at. There's a lot to see so take the time to see it.
Read Other RTX Guides (Especially By Veterans and Guardians)
I basically read 20 guides before I left for RTX on what to pack and what to bring to the convention center with me. The ones that were really helpful (unlike this one) were the ones that were from Guardians and people who had attend RTX for multiple years. They know pretty much everything about the convention and have a lot of helpful advice that can make the convention go from good to great.
Take a Deep Breath and Have Fun!
RTX is what you make of it. There's so many things to do and see so go do what makes you happy! Guides are helpful but they aren't perfect because everyone's experience is different. As long as you are having fun, RTX will be a blast and an unforgettable weekend!
I hope that this was somewhat helpful and I hope to see you guys at RTX if you're attending!