Attending Conferences 101: What Is in Your Bag

By: Eden Hensley Photos by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

I like to think of my daytime tote as my mobile office. With the right essentials, I can work from almost anywhere as long as I have a WiFi connection. 

Stocking Your Mobile Office

Whether you are headed to your local coffee shop or to a conference, there are some essentials that should be always with you:

  1. Smart Phone and charger
  2. Business cards
  3. Writing utensils (at least two in case one runs out of ink or the lead breaks)
  4. Paper or notebook
  5. Layers (lightweight sweater or wrap) to fight the chill of air conditioning
  6. Snacks
  7. Water
  8. Lip balm
  9. Mints
  10. (For conferences and networking mixers) system for organizing collected business cards

What do you carry with you? Lesley of LWG uses her bag to hold all of her gear for photo taking, for Instagraming, for note taking, for connecting, and for touch ups. PJ of Bunny and Dolly tucks a zippered pouch into her tote to keep smaller items from getting lost. I have a couple of totes that I switch between depending on my outfit; I use a collection of smaller zippered pouches to make transferring essentials from one bag to the other easy.

Making a Statement with Your Bag

Because you are going to be taking your bag with you almost everywhere, why not make it an extension of your brand?


Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.