Trade shows are usually 2-4 days of non-stop action. Whether you are an attendee or an exhibitor, you need to plan in advance. I’m not talking about mapping your route or lining up appointments but self-care.
When my team blitzes a trade show we meet either the day before or for an early breakfast. We make sure we are all on the same page, have our target booths mapped out but more importantly I pass out their survival kits. We are all equipped with a messenger bag to store our personal effects in and keep our hands free. About a year ago I purchased 5 of these insulated lunch bags from Etsy Seller Urban Harmonie Design. This enables our team members to bring their own lunch. Usually they pack a sandwich, bottle of water and some type of yogurt or fruit. These lunch bags are 8″ wide & 9″ tall, and fit perfectly inside our bags. BTW we also bought our messenger bags from another etsy seller Zoes Bag Boutique Her messenger bags offer ample size to fit an iPad and wide welted straps so its comfortable wearing for several hours.
Some of TeamVegas stop at places like Jason’s Deli so they can get a sandwich, drink & side for about 8.99. Either way, bringing your own lunch solves 2 problems: Saves time as there is no standing in massive lines to either grab some over priced convention center food and you can just pull out your nifty lunch bag wherever you can find an empty seat or bench. Saves Money: unless the food trucks are at the show, the typical lunch averages 12-14 dollars. Bringing lunch is a considerable savings and much healthier choices.
If you are traveling, its worth the effort to find a deli or grocery store either on the way from the airport or in the area around your hotel. We’ve actually had Jason’s Deli deliver to us so we can go to the show prepped, prepared and energized for the afternoon when our fellow attendees are burned out.