Chixelate's Guide to Comic-Con: Snacks!

Let me start off by saying Comic Con is NOT a vacation, it's a MISSION. You'll be sleep deprived, food deprived, and Hall H will destroy all your hopes and dreams. The very first year I went to SDCC I got really sick when I got home. It was my body punishing me for punishing it during the con. To help other SDCC goers avoid that same fate, we've put together a list of snacks you should pack so you don't end up starving in line drooling over the Puppycat cosplayer who's starting to look a lot like a giant marshmallow. Nomz.



Sandwiches

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I made a gripload of PB&J's last year for the 4 day adventure and was sick of them by Day 2, if you're gonna pre-make sandwiches for the con, at least do a variety so you don't get PB&J'd out. Or you could just bring a couple loaves of bread with some sandwich fixin's to make up your sammiches fresh every day. Some items we recommend are: peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, bananas, deli meat, cheese, bacon (some of the girls in our con group usually packs a few baggies of this to make their sammiches extra delicious!), condiments, veggies, etc.



Uncrustables

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A wonderful alternative to making sandwiches for days, they're already premade and bonus, they're crustless! They're available in a variety of flavors, including Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, Peanut Butter and Strawberry, and one I'm probably going to stock up on this year, Peanut Butter and Honey. They usually should stay chilled when not being eaten but they're actually great at room temp or cold, depending on your mood. Smucker's Uncrustables can be found in your local grocer's freezer aisle.


Starbucks VIA Packets
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The Baroness Jami, aka @digitaljami, recommended packing some Starbucks VIA Packets with us this year.

Because these instant coffee packets are meant to be on the go, they're perfect for SDCC, especially since you can just mix them with some ice water and go! These come in an array of flavors such as Italian Roast, Caramel, Mocha, and even Vanilla Latte. I'm not a huge fan of coffee, so I might opt for the Chai Concentrate instead and sneak some Almond Milk into my thermos. But I'll probably grab some Refreshers too, just to switch it up from boring water. Added bonus, these are SO much cheaper than buying a coffee everyday at the nearby Starbucks', they charge a bit more than their usual locations and the lines are terrible. Do yourself a favor and just grab some of these at your local grocer or Starbucks. 


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Candy
Every year I end up bringing some candy to give me a sugar boost throughout the day, plus I usually share them with my blogging partner in crime, Hilda! Some of my favorites are gummy bears, sour gummy worms, Peanut M&M's, and gum.


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Water
Water is probably the most important thing on this list. Most con-goers will have a reusable water bottle on hand since there's water refill stations around the convention center, halls, and hotels, but they're way easier to get to INSIDE the convention center. It's important to stay hydrated, particularly while you're outside waiting in line. Most people will be in Hall H and Ballroom 20 lines for hours so be sure to bring a full bottle with you. You might even consider bringing a Bobble water bottle in case you can't get to the water coolers. Bobble bottles have a filter inside the bottle so it filters your water as you drink it. SD is usually pretty humid this time of the year and with how much time we're outside waiting around, you're going to want to stay hydrated.


Beverages
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This can be anything you want, sodas, juice, etc. Last year Hilda and I went old school and brought some Yoo-Hoo's with us...no regrets, they were freakin' delish. This year I might bust out some Capri Suns to mix it up a bit, but most likely we'll go Yoo-Hoo again. I've seen people with sodas, tea, gatorade, etc, like I said, it's up to you!


Lunchables
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Ahhh. Good 'ol Lunchables. Perfectly portable and pretty good when you need a quick fix. The meat ones do need to be chilled so keep them in an ice chest or your hotel fridge but once you're at the convention center they're fine to eat whenever. Side note: the lunch meat ones are WAY easier to eat in the halls than the pizza ones. Don't be that guy trying to build all three pizzas in your tiny little area. Do that shiz outside in line


Trail Mix
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The perfect mix of salty and sweet and a healthier alternative to candy if you're more of a health nut (yeah, I'm totally still bringing both), there's sooo many different varieties so pick one you like cuz you'll be eating it for 4 days. Personally, I'm a fan of the usual peanuts, almonds, raisins, and M&M mixes but to each their own.


Instant Noodles
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Cup Noodle, Maruchan Instant Lunch, or whatever you like, these are great for snacking on back in the hotel room, particularly if your hotel room has a coffee maker. Just boil up some water and make yourself a nice noodle filled treat. Some of our con group brings these and I definitely might have to take a cue from them this year. I might have to hit up my local 99 Ranch for the spicy noodle bowl...mmmm.

Cookies

I know, I know, more sweets?! Yes! If you're going to be sleep deprived you might as well have some sugar on hand to give you a sugar boost! I usually bring a batch of baked goods for my con group to snack on in the hotel. I'll probably make them some nerdy themed sweets this year, like my Totoro Macarons! Usually I pack Teddy Grahams to snack on in the halls, they're easy to travel with and they're bite sized and poppable! 


Protein Bars
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Just in case you can't grab a meal between panels, or just don't want to drop $10 on a mediocre hot dog, protein bars are a perfect way to fill that hunger. There's so many options to choose from but I'm pretty partial to the Think Thin, Clif, and Luna bars. In regards to flavors, basically any of the chocolate ones. What, I'm a girl. I like chocolate. It's in my nature. Just make sure you have lots of water to choke these down with.


Energy Drinks
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Yes, they're not great for you but they get the job done. If you're going to make it through Comic-Con you're going to need caffeine, no if's, and's, or but's. I usually grab a pack of Red Bull Total Zero to make it through the 4AM wake up calls. It's a rough life but someone's got to get in line. Even if you're camping out in Hall H's not-so-cozy chutes you'll want to have something to bring you back to life when they start waking everyone up to move at 5AM.

Ashley Khawsy

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