I am going to my first genealogy conference. What should I bring with me and what do you suggest I do while there to make the most of this experience. I'm planning on bringing my laptop.
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I'm going to take a stab at this. Here are some things that I've learned over the years of conference attending.
When you're planning what to take, consider your physical well-being, too.
Pack clothes that are comfortable and be ready for conference rooms that are a bit too hot, a bit too cold, or somewhere in between.
Take along good shoes so that your feet will stand up to all the walking you might do -- to classes, in the exhibit hall, out to lunch, over to the Family History Library.
Think about meals ahead of time and make sure to allow time for them so you don't find yourself too hungry to really enjoy the late-afternoon sessions.
To the excellent suggestions already posted, I would add: