What to bring to RollerCon? Anyone you ask will answer differently. But here is some advice:
If you do not live in the desert, come prepared for intense heat and incredibly dry climate – outside. But you will be spending most of your days indoors. However, the casino air is even drier, and in many ways harsher because of the recycled cigarette smoke and the drying effect air conditioners have. The combination of hot, dry and air-conditioned can dehydrate your body fast, and adding cocktails to the mix enhances the hell.
Most RollerCon attendees also skate a lot more in the 5 days of RollerCon than they normally would in weeks – believe it. You *could* skate from 9am to midnight daily if you add training, bouts, challenges and open scrimmages. That much skating is a blast, but its also hard on the body. So bring what you might need for that much skating.
- lip balm & lots of it
- super rich body & face lotion
- sunblock & a hat, and maybe sunburn relief lotion, if you plan on going near the pool
- lubricating eye drops (esp if you wear contacts! and your glasses for when yr eyes are irritated)
- saline nasal spray (or risk nosebleeds)
- if you’re a drinker, consider hangover cures like Pepto, TUMS, Pedialyte, Gatorade, etc.
- whatever you like for aches & pains; arnica, muscle rub, whatever
- sweatshirt or hoodie. Sometimes the A/C is on HIGH indoors!
- extra socks. If you take breaks between skating, you could use up to 3 pairs a day
- extra shirts with your name on them, especially blacks & whites for scrimmaging & training
- Lysol for your pads, especially if you’re sharing a room. Be kind.
- Skate tools. There are plenty of vendors, but if you don’t want to buy stuff, bring it.
As soon as you get there, pick up:
- WATER. Lots of it, and keep it in your room. You’re supposed to drink a gallon per day in dry climates! Carry water with you at all times.
- Healthy food, especially if you’re skating. Its worth a cab ride to get a stash for your room.
- Its very helpful to carry lots of ones. The entire city runs on tips; if you’re not sure, tip them. Tipping opens doors in Vegas!
How To Pack For RollerCon (by Mildred Fierce)
And, there is life between RollerCons. Some more great advice from Mildred: