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Before you go…Check our Tradeshow Packing List

You’re going to a tradeshow soon. Are you ready? Here is a list of packing tips for attire and other personal items. 


  • Smartphone & charger
  • Laptop & charger
  • Data card (if applicable)
  • Digital camera (fully charged) & charger


  • Comfortable, professional attire for working hours (type of dress depends on the show, seminar or conference)
  • Appropriate shoes that are comfortable enough for long hours on a trade show floor. Ladies, you might choose to change into heels for important meetings or dinners, but are not expected to wear heels all day.
  • A cross-body bag that can be worn comfortably all day, even when it’s full. Some exhibit halls prohibit rolling carts or laptop bags.

Miscellaneous items:

  • A folder to hold trade show agendas, maps and hotel information
  • Business cards (50-100 depending on size of show/conference)
  • Cash or personal credit card for personal incidentals, driver’s license & business credit card

Optional, but worth it:

  • Energy bars, dried fruit, nuts or some kind of non-perishable, healthy snack to get you from meal to meal in the event you are too busy for a sit-down meal.
  • If possible, bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated. Exhibit hall beverages (including water) are often pricey.
  • Clipboard
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Pouch to keep receipts
  • Breath mints (not gum)
  • Before you head home: buy yourself a terrific bestseller, magazine, or audiobook for your travel home. Save it for the flight home. You deserve it!

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