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Coming to Comic-Con for the first time? A few tips to keep you cool and charged up.

SDCC Essentials: Tips for Staying Cool and Charged Up

comic-conWhile I’m waiting for my plane to board and whisk me away to San Diego for Comic-Con, I thought I would share with you a few essentials. Especially if you’re coming down for the first time. Don’t worry if you haven’t packed all you might need. Plenty of stores in the Gaslamp to stock up.

You may have heard that the weather is really nice in San Diego–in the 70s, when the rest of the country is blazing hot. That’s only partially true. Yes, it’s likely to be in the 70s.  But the high 70s forecast are this year. But what they don’t tell you is that in the sun, it’s much, much hotter. San Diego is down by the Mexico border, so the sun is scorching. My advice: walk in the shade as much as possible, or get a sun hat or parasol to keep you shaded and cool. You’ll also need to drink, and I mean water. Lots of it, preferably with electrolytes in it. Last year, I nearly got dehydrated.

This year, there are a few times in my schedule I have to walk from the Hilton Bayfront at one end of the Convention Center to the Hyatt Manchester, all the way on the other end. It’s not a terrible walk, but it can be hot, crowded and close. Did you know you can walk along the back of the convention center near the water? Much better!

Cell phone service is horrible (150,000 people all trying to tweet, text, and Instagram at the same time is a burden on any system). So that means your phone will eat your battery. If you haven’t already, get an extra power pack, a Mophie case…something. You’ll need it. There are vending machines in the convention center that sell them if you absolutely need to do it. But be warned.

Stay cool, stay charged, stay hydrated. That’s all I got for now. Make sure you stop by and say Hi Friday at 3:00 at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth #1119. I’ll be signing copies of my Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse. 

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called “Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton,” The Apothecary’s Curse The Apothecary’s Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books.

Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA’s HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as “The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture,” “The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Hidden History of Science Fiction,” and “Our Passion for Disaster (Movies).”

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