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FROM THE OFFICE
First and foremost, let's think about what you will need to get from the office. Some things will be accessible via Email, Google Docs, flash drives, etc. Create a "Note" on your Cell Phone or go old-school and actually write it out on paper.
Alright, I have my shoes, my jacket, shirt, and tie are on point, where's my belt? My belt! Son of a $!+@&!!! How many of you have been there before? I know I have. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination, only to discover a must-have pair of shoes didn't make it to your bag. Let's not let that happen this year, what do ya say?
As far as clothing and what to wear over the next few days - try this.View each day as basically 2-3 outfits needed. One main outfit for during the day, another for the evening (more dressy) and a comfortable outfit that could be worn to relax, hit the gym, or maybe do some sight-seeing. Try and use combos and colors that are interchangeable.
Last but certainly not least, make sure to tell your loved ones goodbye before you leave. With all the huss and fuss involved in business, we often forget about the little things in life. NEVER go out of town in a fight. What if you never came back - think about that. Get in as many last minute, "I love You's," as you can, and not just in a text. Try and lighten the mood a little as you depart - a nice inside joke or a quick funny remark will work. Put a smile on their face before you leave, it does more than you think.
HOTEL & TRAVEL
Now, the fun part. For many of you, flying to the event will be your means of travel. Enough said. The hassle of the airport and actually getting to your hotel or destination - post airport - is a headache waiting to happen. Check out one of older Blog posts - How To Make the Most Of Airports, Traffic, Ubers, and More.
One thing many business professionals forget about these days when they travel is the amount of available Mobile Apps that are perfect for traveling. Here are some Apps that should make traveling a little less hectic
PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE
This is where things can get a little tricky. It is much easier said than done to have a nice fancy schedule before arriving at the strip. But let's be honest with ourselves, I think we both know that schedule could get altered some upon arrival. (PICTURED BELOW - Helio Catroneves, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Purdy).
SOCIAL MEDIA AT NADA100
For those of you that have not followed NADA Convention & Expo on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn yet, definitely do so. On top of staying in the loop while out in Vegas, this will allow you to be part of the action. Let your voice be heard!
Link up with the person in your company in charge of Social Media before you head to New Orleans. Especially an Expo like the NADA Convention, this is prime time Social Media Marketing time. Simply reach out to your Digital Marketing Coordinator (or whoever handles your Social Media) and get on the same page before departure.