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#01/SDCC 2014: Let the Planning Begin!

Comic-Con International 2014 Toucan Tip of the Day

We’re back this year with a whole new set of Toucan Tips of the Day, our daily feature leading up to Comic-Con International 2014’s Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23! This feature will be your one-stop guide for tips and valuable info to enhance your SDCC visit next month. Last year’s 30 Toucan Tips of the Day are also still available here on our website … just click here or on the “Tip of the Day” link in our Categories list on the top right sidebar and go all the way to the end of the last page; that’s where last year’s SDCC tips begin. Some of this year’s tips may repeat from last year, (in rewritten form) but only because it’s important information that bears repeating.

At this point in time, you should be in full-on planning mode for your visit to San Diego and Comic-Con. Whether you’re a local resident or coming in from somewhere around the country—or the world (we’re not called “International” for nothing!)—there are some basic things you’ll need to consider packing for the show. Some of these are givens, but we’ll mention them anyway, for the sake of completion (you know how us collectors are!). Here’s our list of the top 15 things to consider bringing along:

  • Autograph materials (Get the things ready that you’d like to get signed.)
  • Backpack or tote bag (Remember: no rolling carts, luggage, dollies, etc., are allowed in the Exhibit Hall.)
  • Batteries (Extra batteries for cameras, etc.)
  • Business Cards (If you’re doing business at Comic-Con, remember those cards!)
  • Camera (You’ll want to capture that perfect moment, either on your phone or camera.)
  • Cash (There are ATMs at the Convention Center, but sometimes the lines are long.)
  • Comfortable shoes (You’re going to be doing a LOT of walking.)
  • Maps (Bookmark a map on your phone or tablet that shows the area around the Center and/or your hotel.)
  • Refillable water bottle (Stay hydrated!)
  • Phone chargers (Carry this with you onsite to power up if need be.)
  • Poster tubes, sturdy folders, bags and boards for comics, or mylar sleeves for original art (You can purchase these onsite, but be prepared.)
  • Shipping materials (Boxes, tape, labels to ship stuff home if you’re traveling.)
  • Sketchbooks (Many artists who do sketches prefer to do them in a book.)
  • Snacks (There are plenty of food choices at the Convention Center, but bring snacks to power up!)
  • Want lists (Update your want lists and put them on your smart phone for easy access.)

Remember your first, best, and most accurate source for information—including our daily Toucan Tip—is right here on the Comic-Con website and Toucan, the only OFFICIAL SDCC blog. Bookmark Toucan and the Comic-Con Front Page for the latest updates for the big show!