As the SXSW madness approaches us, a festival of this magnitude can be quite overwhelming. Whether you are a first time attendee or a SXSW veteran, here are some of the items we packed in our SXSW survival guide:
It goes without saying that SXSW is a marathon, and that no matter how much you pace yourself, keeping your energy up is a definite must. We suggest a regimen of Vitamin C, caffeine and lots of water. Keeping something such as Advil on hand is also not a bad idea. Also dressing smart. The weather in Austin this time of year can change very quickly from sunny 85 degrees to cold and rainy, and regardless of how hot it is outside, the rooms inside the Convention Center can be chilly. So make sure to dress smart. Have a sweater or jacket on hand (preferably water resistant), and make sure to wear comfortable shoes. We suggest Toms, Converse, Havaiana Flip Flops or even a pair of comfortable, light weight boots, that have been broken in of course. SXSW is the worst time to break in a pair of new shoes.
Between your necessities, and all the random cool SWAG that will be thrown at you this week, it’s very easy to accidentally set something down or lose something important in the process. The key is to keep those hands as empty as possible so that you can consume as much of the complimentary food and libations SXSW has to offer. The Solution: We suggest a combination of two products: The Q Card Case, created by Austin based company, CM4 www.cm4.com and the mini backpack by Runnur http://gorunnur.com/ Between these two items you should be able to keep your necessities organized and your hands free.
KNOW YOUR A,B,Cs of SXSW; ALWAYS BE CHARGING:
With more smart phones, iPads, and other crazy internet gadgets per capita it’s not a surprise that the networks get overloaded and there can be trouble connecting at times. However, this is also a huge strain on your battery, and can leave you incommunicado. We suggest The Energy to Go pack by Energizer. This package has phone connectors for all the major phones, a wall charger, car charger and battery booster. Best of all, it all zips up into one nice compartment.
Know where the parties are, and get on the list for the ones that require RSVPs. We suggest checking out http://sxshhh.com/. For $5 you have access to over 400 parties and RSVP sites. It also allows you to create a schedule and receive notifications as new parties are announced. For all the Eventbrite Parties, we suggest you go paperless and download the iPhone app.
Not sure what to check out? We suggest you check out our friends over at Hippohonk.com these kids have listened to hundreds artists and rated them in a concise, easy to understand list. Trying to find out what shows your friends are going to see? Check out http://thekabu.com this platform that allows you to see what shows your friends plan to go see, you can also post shows you are going to see and invite your friends to attend.
Contrary to popular believe, SXSW is actually a conference and can be a
great way to network. If you don’t already have business cards, we suggest going through Moo http://us.moo.com/ for almost free, you can get a set of high quality business cards.
If you keep these things in mind, you will be sure to prevent being a #SXSWFAIL
By Katie Warner