Midwest Craft Con is just one week away! If you’re anything like us, you’re probably used to making lists on lists on lists to keep your business, creative projects and private life somewhat organized. Here’s a starter list of things you should plan to bring to the con!
Conference essentials: Our program doubles as a place to take notes, but you might want to pack an extra notebook and pen. We also recommend that you bring a water bottle and snacks to get you through the day. Remember to wear comfortable shoes!
Items to swap: You’ll want to bring business cards or other marketing materials to trade with other conners to keep in touch. In our Facebook group, some conners are organizing a Secret Santa-style crafty swap and separate craft supply swap. If you have a ticket but aren’t in the group yet, email us!
What to wear: Many crafters last year wore really spectacular outfits — often handmade! Wear whatever is comfortable for your, and feel free to be as crafty as you wanna be. Bring sequins for karaoke night if you want to sparkle! As for outerwear, the temperatures in Columbus are projected to be in the 20s and 30s next weekend, so it’s gonna be chilly. If you plan on going off campus, perhaps to grab lunch lunch or for our DIY & Ride Crafty Tour of Columbus on Friday, bundle up! If you’re a freeze baby, no worries — you never have to leave the Hyatt if you don’t want to! The conference center is attached to the hotel lobby.
Extra cash: An evening buffet on Friday and Saturday is included with your ticket, but the rest of the meals are on your own. The Hyatt serves breakfast and food all day at their Market Stand Cafe, and lunch and dinner at the Big Bar on 2. There is a cafeteria with lots of fast food options just a few steps away from the conference area, and in your program we have a list of fantastic local restaurants that are a short walk away. If you wanna go DIY, you can always brown-bag it! Don’t forget to bring some extra dollars to tip valets and hotel staff. There will also be opportunities to shop at our Trade Show all weekend, and save a few bucks for raffle tickets for some amazing gift baskets from our sponsors.
A smart device: You might not want to drag along your laptop, but we encourage you to bring a smartphone or tablet to access the internet and take pictures. Connecting with other conners directly by trading numbers or following each other on Instagram is easier than busting out business cards. And, of course, don’t forget your charger and backup power source!
Personal items: Remember, this is YOUR weekend. Bring your must-have toiletries, maybe a yoga mat, a book for downtime, your bathing suit for the pool, or anything else you’ll need to make the Hyatt your home away from home. The front desk can also help if you forgot something, and their gift shop has additional items for purchase.
What NOT to bring: Leave your stress at home! This weekend should be about improving your business, reinvigorating your creative spirit and having some fun with fellow crafty folks! Make sure to take a look over our Code of Conduct, which encourages inclusion and good times.
Get your ticket for Midwest Craft Con here if you haven’t already!