Check Out Social Media
Similar to most things in life, this is not a one size fits all situation, but I have noticed a good deal of conferences have official hashtags for events. This can be used to your advantage when packing. Go to the official social media accounts and scope out photos for previous years. You do not only want to pay attention to the people on panels but those in the audience. Perhaps the conference will be lax similar to the ones I attended, and you’ll be able to get away with a lot of casual wear.
Talk to People in Your Department
Honestly, the graduate students in my department were the best. I roomed with two of them and am still in contact with them today.( Funnily enough we were chatting about rooming together this year for a conference. Makes those connections people!) From what to expect clothing wise to who to talk to, they were beyond helpful. Sometimes the best research is interpersonal communication.
Pack Multifunctional Pieces
How to Style Your Hair
Remember You May Need to Carryall Your Belongings
The bag you carry matters. You’ll spend your days networking, sometimes only returning to your hotel until late in the day. You need to make sure you have everything you might on your person. That could be business cards, your laptop or tablet, snacks, chargers, toiletries. There’s going to be walking involved, so be mindful to select a bag that won’t have your shoulders and back aching at the of the day.
Embrace being Petite
Be Your Best Self
No matter what you decide to wear, make sure it’s a representative who you are and allows you to be comfortable. When you have control of as many outside factors, like your attire, you have more time to put all your energy into a stellar presentation.
Until Next Time,