I am a “more is better” kind of girl so I definitely over pack and still end up not putting something in my suitcase that I need for Market. Jackie is much more organized- even pulling all her outfits together beforehand and getting a “visual” on her clothes rack before packing. So with loads of trial and error and Markets under our belt , here is our essential packing checklist:
Pack Extra Clothes and Shoes: You never know if you might decide to wear something different or need to change to keep looking your best. Always bring extra shoes and remember that Market requires a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. If you don’t have an outfit that goes from work to dinner seamlessly, go shopping before the show. (Who doesn’t like a little retail therapy.) April means an umbrella. Oh, and NEVER bring new shoes to Market without breaking them in… You’ll know in an hour that it was a bad idea.
Bring an Extra Duffle Bag: You will pick up catalogs, promotional products, and possibly even purchase merchandise that you can take with you at the show, so you will need an extra bag to get them home. Shhh.. an insider tip is that the you can cash and carry statement jewelry and handbags not to mention small vintage, antiques and artisan crafts.
Business Cards: Have your business cards ready and hand plenty out to everyone you meet. Bring three times as many business cards as you think you will need. Blogger, product designer, decorator, freelance writer? Bring business cards for all your business ventures.
Craft a one sheet and attach your business card it makes it easier to open accounts and takes less time. (Be sure to have a pen and notepad to take important notes.)
Download and print the High Point Maps available before you arrive. Use the map to plan your daily itinerary. There are over 100 buildings and some manufacturers are several miles away from downtown.
Create a checklist. You should have a checklist of all your must see vendors and must do events during the show. That way you can be sure not to miss any of the things you want to see at the show. Load it into your phone or iPad for easy access. I use Goggle Calendar. but Reminders or Remember the Milk are great task management apps too.
Don’t forget a: roller bag or tote, iPad or smartphone for pics, water bottle, aspirin, phone charger( a MUST).
Next up: our tips on how to maneuver Market once you get there.
images via Pyar and Co., High Point Market