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24 July 2017

Packing for YALC (YALC #4)

This week. I'm hauling myself down to London this week for the Young Adult Literature Convention ,at London Film and Comic Convention. How has it sneaked up on me so quickly when I'm writing about it every week? I haven't even started packing. Or narrowed down my books.

YALC is the UK’s Young Adult Literature Convention:
a celebration of the very best young adult books and authors.

So what am I packing?

Well, clothes. And books. Obviously. I'm going for the whole weekend and it's a book convention. They're kind of necessary things. Oh and toiletries and makeup, because they're kind of required too. And a hair brush if I can find one (does anyone else's go missing all of the time?).

But what about the wee bits? The extra bits that I'm squeezing into my suitcase? Let's have a neb.
  • A portable charger and cable
    Last year I only went for a day and took a single charge bank, and thank goodness! I was constantly checking Twitter and Instagram to see if I could find people and that drained my battery pretty quickly.
  • A plain white kindle cover
    I am not going to take a lot of books down, mainly because I know I'll buy plenty. But a kindle cover is small and light and as it's plain I can get authors to sign it! Plus I read a lot on my kindle nowadays.
  • A poster tube
    I ended up with about ten posters last year from just one day, and by the time I'd dragged them around in my bag all day and then 300+ miles home they were pretty rough around the edges. Not this time!
  • Permanent markers
    OK, so there are in my bag pretty much all of the time anyway for literary graffiti in pub toilets (shhh) but they're pretty handy for when you stealth attack authors unofficially and get them to sign stuff.
  • Ear plugs
    OK, so these are mostly for the accommodation. I live in a pretty rural area with not much noise apart from a few planes overhead, so I pretty much always need ear plugs to sleep in London. Noise makes my eyes hurt (I'm weird) so I'll probably have some in for part of the event too.
  • Haribo
    If you meet me at pretty much any bookish event ever, I'll have a bag of Haribo Starmix stashed somewhere about my person. Sometimes I just really need the sugar. And yes, I share.
  • A paper fan
    It was BOILING last year. I'm from proper up North where the hottest it gets in summer is 18 °C and you don't wear a coat out even in winter, so these Southern climes really don't suit me. I'm hoping this will prevent the Melting Makeup which afflicted me last year.
  • Print outs of EVERYTHING in triplicate
    This is because I will lose something. I always lose something. Like that time I bought my tickets for the train at the station and had lost them by the time I got to the ticket barrier...
I'm still debating on whether to take a flask, as I didn't last year and I was gasping for a cuppa by the end of the day. But this year I am also staying right around the corner, so I can pop back to base to replenish my tea needs. Hmmm...

What are the little extras you take when you travel?


  1. I'm going this year for the first time (just saturday) and I keep second guessing things to bring... this was actually super helpful thankyou!

  2. I'm not going, but if I was I'd probably have a similar list! Hope you have a really wonderful time. Amy xx

  3. Awww that's so great that you've remembered things you wish you had last year! I like that you're prepared with your haribo! They're always great for a sugar boost! I hope you have a great time!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  4. I'm so excited for you to go on this trip! It sounds like you're going to have an amazing trip 💖🍵 I can't wait to read all about what you get up to 💖🍵

  5. A poster tube! If I wasn't doing the mega bus at midnight I would definitely be taking one of them. I'm really conscious about not taking anything that won't fit in my back pack -put good call for future conventions <3

  6. The poster tube is such a good idea!I wonder if I can find one before tomorrow!

  7. The poster tube is such a good idea!I wonder if I can find one before tomorrow!

  8. Wow, what a great idea - getting authors to sign your kindle! I would have never thought of that. Awesome!


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