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Earlier on I was visiting in the chat and the conversation shifted to the next CD/TG Event in the calendar (to my knowledge at least) which is the Keystone event.
I am not attending, (never say never, right? maybe one day) but I certainly remember attending events in the past, so I shared some advice based on those previous experiences, and since there is going to be a good sized crowd from CDH in attendance, I thought I would start a thread here in the forums where everybody who has any advice for those attending may chip in.
– I know the idea of being able to wear your stilettos from 7am until 3am every day while attending is awesome, but unless you are really used to wear them frequently and for long periods of time, you may be ok on day one, but dying the following days. Pack some low heeled shoes, or even flats or tennis/sneakers to wear during the morning events. Your feet will thank you.
– Avoid salty foods… which may cause water retention and any heavy meals, you don’t want swollen feet/bloated abdomen, etc.
– Try to make your clothing selections before you leave home… having too many options when you are trying to get ready for dinner will overwhelm you and frustrate you (And delay you)
– get started with potassium supplements, to prevent cramping on your calf muscles (again from the heels!)
– Pack a sewing kit, safety pins, double sided tape, etc. Straps break, dresses rip, things happen!
– if they have a “packing list” at the event’s website, it will be a good idea to use it as your check list for real!
– If you are wearing fake nails (Not salon acrylics, but glue-on or stick-on nails) have glue(or glue tabs) and spare nails with you all of the time if possible. Losing one nail is no big deal, but small details add up and mess up with confidence
– Tipping waiting staff or hotel staff is a good idea, if you can.
– Get two keys to your room! You never know when one may stop working or get lost in the bottom of your purse
Ok, posting this now.
Have a great time ladies! And be safe!
One thing I forgot: Be aware of the “post-event blues”. It is real for many, in particular after your first similar event.
You get home after several days, even a full week of being able to “be yourself” all the time, in a safe environment, where everybody is nice and understanding, and then you are back to the real world. It is not easy to re-adjust. Kind of after an all paid/all inclusive week at a theme park with your family.
Keep in mind, that week real as it was, doesn’t translate well into the real world.
So, enjoy your time there, spending time with old and new friends, but don’t lose ground. It may change you, a lot, but others in your everyday life will continue being the same as they were the week before. Manage your expectations!
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