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WITS is almost here! Are you ready?

If you’ve never attended WITS before, you may be thinking some of the following:

•   What do I do?
•   Where do I go?
•   What do I wear?
•   What tracks should I attend?
•   How do I network?
•   There are so many awesome things happening at the same time, how do I fit it all in?

Fear not!

Whether you’re a first time attendee or an old pro, here are some pointers to maximize your WITS experience.

Bring Business Cards

You’re going to meet so many interesting people at WITS. Make sure you network and connect with them!

The easiest way to stay connected is to exchange business cards. You don’t need anything fancy, just a simple card with your contact information. DIY printable business cards are a quick and easy way to create business cards if you don’t want to place an order for cards.

Pro Tip: Jot down a quick note about the person on their card to jog your memory later when looking back and following up with your new connections.

Network, Network, Network

If you are a little shy or perhaps unsure of how to mix, mingle, and connect at WITS, read this helpful guide and attend Networking Without Pants, on March 18th from 6 to 7 pm. This event was one of our most attended and enjoyed events last year. Don’t miss it!

Dress Comfortably

There’s no official dress code for WITS, but most attendees wear a mix of casual chic and business casual.

Wear what you feel great in — you’ll be on the move throughout the weekend. There may also be occasions on which you won’t have time to dash back to your room and change before the next event. Packing a mix of comfortable casual clothing along with a few dressy items should do the trick.

And don’t forget: Layers are your friend.

Also, it’s California. Don’t forget your swimsuit and sunscreen.

Pace Yourself

With so many fun and exciting things going on throughout the weekend, it’s easy to become a little overwhelmed.

Take a look at the schedule before arrival and make a list of the activities, networking events, and tracks you would like to attend. We’ll soon be launching an interactive and buildable personal schedule, so you can do this all in one easy-to-reach place, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks!

Remember that there are several tracks; you can attend a variety of tracks to maximize your WITS experience and tailor the sessions to best suit your interests. Try to take your time and enjoy it all. If you can’t make it to everything that strikes your fancy, don’t worry.

Be sure to take breaks and get a good night’s rest so that you can do it all again the next day.

Pack Your Survival Kit

Pack a small bag that’s easy to carry around with you throughout the day with water, a snack, gum or mints, a note taking instrument (whether that be a pad and pen, your laptop, or a smartphone), and any necessary chargers. Having a light sweater on hand is also a good idea in case the conference rooms are a bit chilly (like I said — layers!).

Most importantly, be yourself and have fun! WITS is an all-encompassing, encouraging, and welcoming conference. You’ll feel right at home with the great group of travelers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs in attendance. Start packing!

See you in Irvine!

This post was written by WITS ’16 planning team member Jeannine Henderson.