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The Ultimate Packing List for a Writing Conference

Do you really need all of this? No. No, you don't. Thankfully.

This list is intended to help you think through everything you might need.

Actual Clothes

  • Shirts/Blouses/Tops
  • Pants/Skirts/Slacks
  • Socks
  • Sweater/Jackets/Blazers
  • Underwear
  • Shoes/Gel Inserts
  • Jewelry/Ties
  • Extra fancy outfit for Galas/Award Ceremonies

Extra Threads

  • Pajamas
  • Work out clothes/Swimsuit
  • Pillow/Neck Pillow/Snugglie–haha, but seriously
  • Light Sweater (Conference rooms can be cold, then really hot)

Personal Toiletries

Because of the personal nature of these items, it’s tough to make a complete list, so I’ll just say this:

  • Contacts! Solution! Glasses!
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Makeup
  • Hair supplies
  • Deodorant

The Corner of Happy and Good Idea!

  • Prescriptions
  • Pain Meds (For headaches/sore feet)
  • No-doz/Sleep Aide, depending
  • Anti-diarrhea
  • Poo-Pourri
  • Heartburn meds
  • Anxiety meds, if needed
  • Extra fiber (Travel much?)
  • Tissues
  • Band aides–paper cut! Blisters!
  • Moleskin, because blisters!
  • Eye mask/Earplugs
  • Hand sanitizer/wet wipes/stain stick
  • Hand lotion
  • Lip Balm

The Write Stuff

  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighter
  • Notebook
  • Laptop–Seriously. Bring it.
  • Charging chords/mouse/thumb drive
  • Business Cards
  • Earbuds
  • Money for the book store!
  • Camera
  • Phone/Charger
  • Printed Copies of materials needed, like queries
  • Books you own already that you’d like to have signed if the author is attending
  • Extra suitcase, if you buy a lot of books in the bookstore and need to get them home
  • Print out of hotel reservation
  • Email important documents to yourself to ensure you have copies
  • Consider attaching a business card to phone/camera in case it gets misplaced
  • Drink plenty of water

The Foodie Necessities

  • Water Bottle
  • Personal Snacks/Chocolate/Candy
  • Beverages
  • Gum/Mint
  • Breakfast items to put in mini fridge (Classes start early!)


  • Dress purse for fancy night out
  • Cash for tips, vending machines
  • Umbrella
  • Extension cord (Esp. if you’re sharing a room…4 women, one bathroom)
  • Extra hangers for hanging all your nice clothes in the closet
  • Pins/Stickers you might have for lanyard
  • Sharpie marker and tape for labeling shipping boxes
  • A mini-wheeled cart (if you need to transport promo or books around)
  • Kindle, if you prefer it over the app on your phone