So we all know that my day job keeps me on the road about 80% of the time (you didn’t think I named this blog after the movie did you?) Well over the course of the last 15 years, I have identified a few key things to bring with me on trips like the one upcoming this week to Nashville. For those of you who are not aware, this week 25,000 or so Team Beachbody coaches will gather for great learning, workouts, company updates and of course FUN!!!
While the lessons/guidance below is specifically targeted for the Beachbody audience, anyone who attends any conference can benefit from the lessons below. So here we go, here are few things you can do now to make sure your experience this weekend is top notch!!!
I cannot overemphasize the need for this in order to make the most of your time. Look at your track and commitments. Think about how you are going to get from place to place, outfit to outfit and get the “extras” like visiting The Core in. If you have not been before, talk to the other coaches in your organization who have as to what was most impactful to them and prioritize. Then plan on not only the session times but also the waiting time. Trust me, you do not want to be showing up to anything last minute this week.
Make Single Servings:
If you are anything like me and Joy, you are not even going to consider making it through this weekend without Energize and Hydrate. However those tubs take up a lot of room in a suitcase. That is why I always make individual servings in small zip-lock bags before I head out. The individual packets let me “dump and shake” without any mess to clean up or tub to lug around. Anything that is left over just gets put back in the tub when I get home (actually for me, I just take it on my next trip).
Water Bottle (that doubles as a shaker bottle):
This is probably the most important thing you can remember. It is going to be hot. We are going to be working out. There will be 25,000 of us running around. The convention center will do their best to keep up with us but in my experience at large conferences, they rarely do. If you have your own water bottle with you, you can always run to the fountain or restroom and fill up. Bonus points if it has a built in filter.
Might I also recommend that it double as a shaker bottle? That way you are only lugging one around with you and saving space in your luggage.
Dish washing soap
This one just got added to the list this year. Think about it, if you are going to use the same bottle for 4 days, you are probably going to want to wash it out. There is no really good way to do that in a hotel room unless you bring your own dish washing soap. Just grab a small travel bottle (the kind intended for shampoo, etc) and fill it on up.
This is actually just under water bottle in order of importance for me. With all the running around we are going to do at Summit, these are so handy. Yes that Coach purse is beautiful but do you really want to bring it on to the streets of Nashville during the super workout? Didn’t think so.
And guys, this goes double for you. This fantastic little bag, that packs to nothing in a suitcase, will enable you to bring your phone, wallet, notebook, room key, etc without worry of them falling out of your pockets. Something that has happened to me multiple times.
You are not going to need your full wallet with you. Especially during events like the Super Work Out. Get a small wallet that will fit your ID, bank card, medical ID and a small amount of cash. That way, God forbid, if something does happen, it is not your entire life that is missing.
As someone who stays as many nights in hotels a year as he does at home, trust me on this one. There are never enough plugs (at least handy ones) in a hotel room. Now, if you are sharing a room, divide that under-abundance by at least 2. This small little device is a life saver.
Bonus tip: Carry it with you to the sessions. That way, if you need to charge during the sessions, you can always offer to plug it in so multiple people can charge with you. It is all about being neighborly!!!
Portable battery chargers
These are not just for Pokemon Go! You already know your phone is your life. The last thing you want is to be leaving the Billy Idol concert (you did qualify, right? No, its not too late!!), when you pull out your phone to call Uber just to realize it is dead. Another example of where the weight and space they take up is totally worth it.
As a first time attendee you may be tempted to just “go check it out” rather than go full throttle in participation (I am referring to the 80’s party) – trust me, go full out. When else as an adult do you get to play make believe like this anymore?
Large zip-lock storage bag
I am talking the storage bags that go under your bed, not 1 gallon freezer bags here. Your workout clothes are not going to be smelling the most rosy by the time you pack up to head home. And believe me, you don’t want your bag to be smelling like your workout clothes (have you tried fitting your suitcase into the washing machine before?). Pack up all those smelly clothes into the bag, zip it up and then IMMEDIATELY UNPACK THEM WHEN YOU GET HOME.
Bonus Tip: Throw a dryer sheet in your suitcase before you leave home.
So there you go, my tips from a RoadWarrior on what you can pack to help you make the most of Nashville and Summit. Now, this does not even scratch the surface of the things you should have already thought of (like a notebook for all the great ideas you going to glean) but I hope it will help with the more obscure.
Can’t wait to see you all in Nashville!!! I will be the one in the Leopard Pants with Team #RisingPhoenix!!