Thursday, July 18, 2013

Blogher 2013 Tips on Cameras Smartphones Tablets Laptops & Other Devices to Bring

2nd in a multi post series

Having attended San Diego 2011 and New York 2012, this is my third BlogHer. So wanted to share some wisdom and tips I've learned by experience. The goal of this post series is simply to maximize everyone's chance of a positive experience at #BlogHer13 -- whether you're a newbie or seasoned pro like me -- who will be descending upon Chicago for the mother of all women's blogging conferences one week from now.

I just love this picture of the giant soap sculpture that was created for BlogHer in San Diego several years ago...

Be amazed as brands pull out all the stops again at BlogHer this year!

6 Essential Things to Know About
Cameras, Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops & Handbags
  • So as not to weight yourself down, again try to get by with the minimum amount of equipment, depending on your work style and what you want to accomplish
  • Don't forget to bring all your chargers and a charging dock as you will likely need to renergize multiple devices each night and so will all your roommates
  • Bring a high power mobile charger like the Mophie that has enough juice to charge an iPhone and iPad on a single charge, with power to spare
  • Don't have Internet access except through your phone/tablet? Consider bringing a mi-fi device like NetZero so you have wi-fi on the run and won't have to pay the hotel for it
  • Clearly label all your devices so someone else doesn't grab it by accident and make it easy to be returned to you if found by a Good Samaritan. You will no doubt see lots of women with the exact same camera -- like the ultra popular white Samsung Smart Camera -- and chances are, unless you have a custom one, others with the identical phone and case as yours, too. A great way to do this is to put a conspicuous sticker on the device or tie a ribbon to the strap. 
  • Be careful not to leave your handbag or other valuables unattended, even for a second. I don't mean to scare you, but there were pick-pocket incidents in both San Diego and New York in the expo hall
Also see BlogHer How to Pack and What to Bring to the Conference in Your Suitcase

FTC Disclosure: I've attended multiple BlogHer conferences and have also been a speaker at this event. I have paid for my own 2013 full conference ticket and did not receive any compensation for this post. Thoughts here are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one. 


  1. Great advice! I needed this, as a BlogHer Newbie! I still need to look into a mi-fi device... We have AT&T but I wonder if there are any "pay as you go" ones out there???

  2. Mary Jo,

    I have a NetZero mi-fi that I reviewed for MommyBlogExpert here

    I cannot imagine living without it! The problem with any of these mi-fi devices still is that you need to have a reliable connection for it to work. With so many bloggers at BlogHer all using smart devices at the same time I guess there's no guarantee that they will all be working all the time. We can only hope!