Surviving Your First Convention
You want to make the best of your first convention so be sure to bring plenty of money. Save, save, save that extra money, your going to need it. You will need all that green to pay for your convention badge, hotel room, food, and the seemingly endless amount of merchandise available to buy in the dealers room(s).
Your going to need to eat 3 meals a day for your stay at the convention so make sure to save accordingly, you don't want to end up spending all your money in the dealers room only to get back to your hotel room with nothing in your wallet or your tummy.
Also don't forget to bring enough money for gas on the way there and back from the convention. The last thing you want is to get stranded on your way to or from the convention and have to cut your weekend of fun short.
If your sharing a hotel room with friends, first thing you want to do is decide who gets which beds and then unpack your stuff, most hotel rooms come with a small safe you can store your money and other valuables in for extra safety.
Keep your stuff away from your friends stuff. You don't want to pack all your things back up at the end of the convention and take the wrong things home with your or have your friend end up with some of your things, or worse forget some of your belongings or newly purchased items in the hotel room.
Planning Your Weekend
Usually conventions have a sheet they will hand out, or that you can print out from home that will show you what panels are going on and where everything is located. Get one of these sheets or print one out if you have to, you will need it to figure out what you will be doing for the weekend.
If your with friends, sit down and discuss which panels you all want to attend together and what times you want to meet to eat or whatever it is you want to do, you don't have to follow the plan 100% but it's a good way to start. Have fun and try not to stress too much over it.
Make sure to bring something to do at night after all the convention stuff is closed down for the day, bring books or a video game console to play with your friends. At the end of the day when everything in the convention is closed and your all in your hotel room playing video games and starting to get hungry its always fun to order pizza or Chinese at a hotel, they will deliver straight to your room.
This will be a fun time you and your friends will always remember so make the best of it and try to avoid drama, conventions should be fun for everyone involved so leave the drama at home and just enjoy yourselves.
Post Con Recovery
After 3 days and 2 nights of fun and excitement and probably two long car rides your going to be tired, you don't think you will be, but trust me you will need some time to recover after going to a convention.
Don't make any big plans the day after you get back, spend your day resting and get a lot of sleep and make sure you try to eat healthy things, after a weekend of eating pizza, Chinese, and whatever else you could find your body will thank you for it.