Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What to Pack for GHC 2009

Tucson is one of the sunniest cities in the U.S.A. with 350 days of sun each year! The weather in Tucson averages a high of 86 degrees in the day and 55 at night during October. Here's a list of some essentials to bring to GHC.

Clothing and Accessories
  • Pack clothing that will ensure protection against the sun. With the wonderful weather Tucson has to offer, you are sure to be spending some of your time outdoors. It's also a good idea to bring layers to ensure more comfort when traveling in and out of air conditioned environments. Nights may get chilly so don't forget to also bring a jacket.
  • Bring comfortable shoes. At GHC you are bound to be on your feet all day going from one exciting event to another. You don't want your aching feet to stop you from any of the fun. Bring shoes that will keep you feeling good all day. Also, bring your hiking or walking shoes if you plan on exploring outdoors.
  • Don't forget your swimsuit so you can enjoy the JW Marriott Starr Pass's gorgeous swimming pool.
  • Pack essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Bring your dancing shoes! As is the GHC tradition - there will be dancing after the Awards Ceremony on Thursday night. There is no dress code so feel free to wear what makes you comfortable.
Things You'll Need at the Conference
  • Something you don't want to forget is plenty of copies of your resume. Bring at least two for the resume clinic but also have more on hand in case opportunities arise as you speak with sponsors.
  • Business Cards will definitely come in handy. Even if you aren't employed right now make sure to make your own business cards with your information on them just in case. However, the best way to exchange information with someone is through the CONNECT project. Make sure to sign up and this way you will be able to access your connections any time in the future, without the risk of losing them. It's an eco-friendly way to network.
In her blog post Tips for Newbies, Ed offers additional tips. Is there anything else you recommend others bring to Grace Hopper 2009?


BJ Wishinsky said...

Ooh, I forgot to include an important item on my packing list: a lightweight power strip for reaching and sharing electrical outlets. It's helpful to me and to others!

Gilda said...

ah ha!!!

Leanne Waldal said...

awesome list - thanks, bj!

i'd add a reusable water bottle to that list -- for recent conferences i've been at, i've used my own bottle to fill up with water instead of using disposable cups (or instead of taking a plastic bottle of water)

and labels for power cords, power strip etc, so you easily know which one is yours :) said...

all of your tech gear like camera, camcorder, cell phone charger

BJ Wishinsky said...

Leanne, I love your idea of labels for your power strips and cords. Also wanted to let you know your conference bag will include a reusable water bottle, courtesy of Sun Microsystems!

Mary Anne Egan said...

just curious... anyone know how cold (or hot) the conference rooms are? just trying to decide types of clothes to pack for sitting in talks :)

Anonymous said...

Wanted to let you all know that the resort has road and mountain bike rentals and offer an excorted bike outings right out the back door of the resort. Great hiking trails right out the front door also. Contact the concierges for more info.