With YALC just a few days away, I thought I would show you what’s in my YALC bag just in case you needed some tips as to what to bring or if you were just interested.
Firstly, books (Obviously)! I separate my books into days and keep the ones for the next/previous day in my overnight bag. I’m only bringing a few books a day for ease and so that I have more room in my backpack to buy more.
Next is food and drink. Although there are places to get food in the venue it’s very expensive. And as I’d rather spend my money on books, I’ll be bringing my own food. I recommend food in packets that won’t easily melt or squish too much as it will get very warm in the venue.
I also always carry a few essentials with me. A packet of tissues, body spray, medicine, plasters, glasses cleaners, a portable charger, money (cash and card as not all venders/stalls accept card), my phone, a bookmark (in case you start reading any of the brilliant books you buy) and tote bags. Although publishers do give out tote bags, I find it handy to have some with me anyway. I also like to have a tote bag with my blog and twitter name on so that if any of you see me, you can come and say hi without wondering if it is me or not.
Last but not least, I carry with me the paperwork I need for the weekend; my tickets and the schedules so I know what events are on and when. I also bring a notepad (with my plan for the weekend) and a pen.
All of this will be put in my big, sturdy backpack so that the weight is evenly spread out across my back and shoulders.
So, that’s what is in my YALC bag. What are your YALC essentials for the weekend? Let me know in the comments.