He Said She Said: what have we got in our pockets? Our ProBlogger survival kits

Many years ago, the Swiss developed a single, multifunctional tool that gave their armed forces unique survival advantages. Much like their famed Swiss Army Knife, the range of things we’ll be toting at this year’s ProBlogger event will keep us going. We might even be able to help get a stone out of a horse’s hoof.


Mr & Mrs Romance - ProBlogger Survival Kit

Conferences are tough, strength-sapping and uncompromising. It’s important you’re prepared. Here’s what we’ll have with us to survive ProBlogger: our SAS conference kits!

Of course, what a woman carries with her and what a man has with him will be quite different. For starters, Mrs Romance’s ideas were all quite smart and instinctively practical. My initial choices were nonsensical and probably not particularly professional.

Mrs R set me right though, and my hipflask and Lego figures were put on the maybe list and we focused on more realistic things for me to take to ProBlogger.

He Said

I’m not a man-bag type of guy; if I can’t fit it in my jacket pockets, it stays behind.

She Said

Why don’t women’s clothes have pockets?

What’s more, he says:

In all seriousness, going to these ProBlogger events is incredibly useful to people who want to improve their blogging skills. This is the second event I’ve been to. Meeting and networking with others in the industry is so constructive.

Still, being prepared allows you to keep your concentration up. My list of things to take with me is pretty short but every single element is crucial to my ProBlogger survival. Apart from the Lego man… just kidding.

Jacket – keeps me warm against the air-con and has lots of pockets… sorry, Mrs R. Didn’t mean to rub it in.
Sunnies – it is Queensland don’t forget.
Business cards – you never know who you might bump into.
Watch – I do love my watches!
Wallet – duh. There’s a bar in the hotel!
Mobile and mobile chargerI feel naked without my phone and get panicky when its battery drops below 20%.
Box of lollies – great for slow points in the day and bribery!

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to pack for a blog conference - he said

And another thing, she says:

I’m really excited for the ProBlogger conference. It’s my fourth time and I can’t wait to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones.

Everyone is writing packing lists so I thought I’d let you know what’s in my bag.

I like to pack light, but I’m so bad at it.

The only way I can pack light is to under-pack. Then I always regret not packing something and I don’t have any options. I do like options.

As most of my clothes don’t have pockets, I’m planning on taking a bag. Plus you know I always have to carry a few things for Mr R whenever we go out.

My first thought is just to take a small shoulder bag. You don’t want a clutch bag as you’ll need free hands to meet new people, exchange business cards and juggle food at break times.

In my shoulder bag I’ll pack my essentials:

Business Cards
Lip balm & lipstick
Portable phone charger (a must!)
Flyaway tamer (a very handy hair product)
A snack, to avoid feeling hangry

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to pack in your bag for a blog conference - She said

But to save any trips back up to my room for the rest of my things, I’ll probably take a tote bag. As extra I’ll also pack:

Notepad & pen
A wrap to keep warm in the air-con
Extra snacks

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to pack for a blog conference - She said

We’d also like to add a few extras to our lists:

Compedes – these things are like foot-based miracles.
Tissues – there’s no room for a sniffle at a conference!

Top Tip 

JJ from 84th&3rdcom:

Take a photo of your business card – make this your locked screen image and if you leave your phone somewhere, people will be able to return it to you straight away! Genius!

If you’re attending a blog conference for the first time, relax. There’s nothing to be nervous about. Just smile, breathe and try to take it all in.

Have you been to a blog conference before? Are you going to Problogger?

Images by Mrs Romance.

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