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How To Survive The San Diego Comic Con

As another edition of the San Diego Comic Con is only days away, here are some very useful tips to help you survive the madness.

Use public transportation. You can take the trolly which drops you off in front of the convention center and you avoid trying to find parking. If you still decide to drive, the parking lots around the convention center get filled up quick so plan to be there by 7:30 am to try to get a spot. The doors don’t open till 10 am but you can go upstairs to the Sails area at 9 am and check out the freebie table or use the restrooms.

Wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking and standing around as you navigate the crowd and stand in very long lines. The last think you want is to have aching feet slowing you down.

Backpack it. Unless you wan to pay the outrageous food prices inside, bring a back pack and go to a downtown supermarket to stock up. Plan to bring plenty of bottled water, and snacks to help you through the day. Don’t over pack your backpack as the weight will slow you down. You can refill your water bottles at the drinking fountains. Also you will need space for all the freebies that will be handed out.

If you get tired, take a break. Head up on the Mezzanine where you can see a panaroma view of the entire convention floor.

Plan for long lines. If you are planning in attending one of the many panels expect very long lines. The most massive lines are for the panels in Hall H, where people wait for days to get a seat on high demand panels. There is no camping allowed, no tents, canopies, inflatables, cots, beds, furniture, large coolers, heaters, large fans. You are allowed to have one chair per person and you can use a sleeping bag or a blanket. There are no saving spots unless for a restroom break. So basically you will be camping out like if it was black Friday to try to get in.

Last but not least, If you plan on dressing up as your favorite character, expect to spend most of your day posing for pictures. For those experiencing Comic Con for the first time, plan your day but don’t expect your day to go perfect. Things can get a little overwhelming with the massive crowds where sometimes you feel like a salmon swimming up stream. Just enjoy your day and have fun.

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