Chixelate’s Guide to Comic-Con: Last Minute Electronic Tips!

SDCC 2015 is only 7 days away! So little to do, so much time! Wait—strike that. Reverse it.

We know that snacks are an important ingredient in ensuring you survive The Con, but you’ve also gotta be smart about what electronics you pack. Why, you ask? Because electronics can either make or break your SDCC experience. Maybe you’re thinking “Nah, I’ll just leave my Gameboy at home” or “Extra battery—who needs it??” Next thing you know, you’re sitting in a 6 hour line trying to get into Hall H and your brain is slowly turning into garbage out of sheer boredom.

To save you from being a garbage head, here’s a list of electronic items that will come in handy when you least expect it.

Handheld Game Consoles: Gameboys, PSP, etc.

Game consoles are kind of a no-brainer. If you’re going to be in line, you better believe you’ll need something to distract you. I usually bring a variety of games just in case I get bored, but if you own an R4, you can carry multiple games in one! Easy peasy! This might also be that extra push you need to buy that game you always wanted… Smash Bros, anyone?? Although I have games like Professor Layton, Cooking Mama and the like, my favorite always seems to come back to those dreaded Pokémon journeys. Oh how I hate you, Elite Four...

Tablets: iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc.)

If games aren’t your thing, tablets are also a great item to bring with you. Not only can you check your email and surf the web, but you’ve also got game apps at your disposal and eBooks to keep you busy for hours on end. I personally like to bring my iPad to catch up on some reading. I’m also the kind of person who gets tired of the same story easily so I love being able to bring a variety of books in one device. Amazon and iTunes offers a huge selection of eBooks, including ones you can download for free!

MP3 Player: iPod, SanDisk, your smartphone, Zune (does that even exist anymore?), etc.

Nowadays, most devices already offer some kind of music-playing feature. Media or mp3 players are probably a thing of the past, but it’s still a great option if maybe you haven’t jumped on the smart phone band wagon or you don’t own any other portable devices. Maybe bring some portable speakers with you to pump up your jams!

Portable Charger

Did you know there was such a thing as a portable charger? It’s probably the greatest discovery known to mankind and I have no idea how I survived for so long without one. It’s a battery that pretty much charges your electronics. A portable energy source, if you will. Carrying one of these around will definitely save you if you’re not near an outlet and can lengthen your activity time on almost any device. I purchased mine on, but these should be available at most electronic stores too.

Your actual charger

Okay, so bringing your standard outlet charger is a given, but most of the time you probably leave it in your hotel room, right? WRONG! The trick is to bring it with you to the convention center because you never know when an outlet or charging station will pop up. In my experience, there are certain areas of the convention center that do have outlets. Sometimes the convention security peeps will allow you to chill there only if you are actually charging something. Another thing to keep in mind is that restaurants can often times have charging stations set up specifically for Comic-Con attendees. Two years ago, Broken Yolk let their customers charge devices at their tables and unfortunately, I missed out because I left my standard charger at home. Save yourself AND your electronics!

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We can't wait to see you all there! To Comic-Con International, and beyond!

Hilda Tam

Chixelate author.

1 comment:

  1. Good post! I would love to see your comic con bags before and after haha.