My Gen Con 2013 Packing List

Every year, I spent around ten minutes making a packing list for Gen Con, and usually wait at least another hour or two before I start packing, because other ideas will come up after the initial write-up. Having one of these has saved my ass on every trip I’ve made one.

Here’s what’s on my packing list this year, which I’m putting out in case it helps with your packing. Note that I put everything down, even if it’s implied — it also becomes my checklist for re-packing to go home.


  • Work shirt x4
  • Casual shirt x5
  • Underwear/socks x6
  • Pants x5
  • Night clothes
  • Trash bag for dirty clothes
  • Sport coat
  • Disco time lord coat
  • Flask belt


  • Power squid
  • Kindle (+ charging cord)
  • Laptop (+ power cord, mouse)
  • iPad (+ long charging cable, stand)
  • Mini power strip with USB
  • Small iPhone cable & USB-outlet plug
  • Portable iPhone battery (+ charging cord)
  • Wireless keyboard
  • Headphones


  • Q-Tips
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving gel
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Band-aids


  • Breezy shirt
  • Comfy pants
  • Belt
  • Underwear/socks
  • Shoes
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Phone


  • Fate character sheets (in holder)
  • Fate Core
  • FAE
  • Fudge dice
  • Index cards
  • Becoming print-out
  • Undying print-out


  • Pipe (+ tobacco, lighter [in checked luggage], tamper)
  • Knife [in checked luggage]
  • Drugs (prescription, allergy, eye drops, anti-inflammatory, migraine)
  • Pad of paper & pens
  • Awesome sharpies
  • One flask [in checked luggage]
  • Sunglasses
  • Gum
  • Business cards
  • Gen Con badge holder
  • Cane
  • Food bars

– Ryan


6 Responses to My Gen Con 2013 Packing List

  1. blackcoat says:

    a) you spend too much time on kickstarter if you missed ‘packing’ for ‘backing’ ;-)
    b) much more importantly, what’s going IN the checked flask? (I just picked up a bottle of Willit straight, haven’t even opened it yet)

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Hah! Fixed that typo.

      As far as what’s in it, I make no promises beforehand. Best way to know is to ask in person, if I have it on me at that time.

      – Ryan

  2. Marc says:

    Excellent! I got the packing list religion several years ago (while touring with Intergalactic Nemesis) and never lost it. It’s so mind-easing for lazy scatterbrains like myself – check, check, check, and it’s all guaranteed good.

    Our lists are very similar – although mine is perhaps a notch less stylish. I have a few more bathroom items (floss, Bronner’s, hairbrush, etc), and depending on the hotel, there’s a rarely-used but often-regretted bathing suit on the list, too. I’m assuming that your gum is in the place where my throat lozenges are? I remember someone – maybe you – extolling the virtues of those, so I might try that this time. I also try to pack some healthy-ish food or snacks (clif bars, bags of carrots, etc), which are heavy on the way, but are consumed, and I use that space for bringing stuff home on the way back.

    (I can’t bring myself to check a bag these days, so I’m not able to put my knife and flask in there. Boo.)

    One thing that I’ve added to my packing checklist are some pre-flight action items, too. Night before: do laundry if needed, pack bags, charge electronics, check the weather at my destination and adjust clothing if necessary, double-check medications. And, most useful for me, things to do just before leaving the house: turn off/down the heat or AC, water plants, leave unnecessary keys somewhere and stash a spare, leave “dangerous” items at home, etc.

    In short – yay, checklists!

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Oh, yes. I need to add “comb” to my list. The action items part is a good idea, too.

      – Ryan

  3. Marc says:

    (Oh, and ear plugs, for when you have roommates who snore like jet engines.)