Also know as the “3, 2, 1” Rule to others who like to do things the bare minimum way.
Whenever we take a huge group of people to a con, new and veterans, we like to remind them of this rule. It ensures they’re able to take good care of themselves and enjoy the con without passing out.
1 shower a day
3 meals a day (some go for 2)
6 hours of sleep (some go for 3)
Why do I prefer the larger numbers? As fun as cons are, 2 meals a day and only 3 hours asleep can be very taxing to you and may even hurt the younger attendees.
Six hours of sleep is considered the bare minimum for adults for them to function. Some cons go on into the wee hours of the morning, but often times (for me) there’s nothing to do when it first starts on Saturday or Sunday. So when I get in late, I try to sleep in a little later than my roommates. It also ensures me the bathroom to myself when they leave. If you’re not staying at the hotel, please go home and sleep. If you can’t get home, ask a friend if you can crash on the floor, or if they’d be willing to take you home. Don’t try to nap in the hotel lobby or in the con area. They will catch you, wake you up, and escort you off the property.
Two meals a day is okay but, three is better. Even if one of those meals is just quick snackage through out the entire day. I like to pack granola bars and eat maybe two or three of those a day, as well as the sandwich stuff and ramen we pack with us in our cooler. Eat filling things with protein (peanut butter and banana sandwiches, or deli meat sandwiches for those that bring a cooler), get your fruit in you, water, maybe some dairy if you can bring small bottles of milk or yogurt. Or if you have the money to buy food while you’re in the city, go do it. Go out and eat a nice meal.
One shower a day. That should be explanatory. No one likes con funk. No one. Sometimes we get smelly and sweaty through out the day, true. But if you shower in the morning (or at night) and make sure to wear deodorant and take care of your personal hygiene, it should not be so bad. If you’re staying in the hotel, they do provide bathrooms and showers. If you aren’t, ask a pal if you can slip into their hotel room real quick. Go home and shower. Go to your friends house and shower. Please. Shower.
Out of all of this, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Bring your own water bottle and fill it up at water fountains in the area. Some convention centers supply jugs of water and little cups should you need it. If the hotel has an ice machine, fill your ice bucket (and liner) with ice at night and drink the melted ice in the morning. Just make sure you drink water.
Most accidents and injuries at cons happen because an attendee has not been fully hydrated, rested, or eating right. Take care of yourself and your friends.