Spilled: My #ALTsummit Bag



  1. Cloth tote. My business cards are a little bulky and I’m anticipating picking up little gifts from friends and sponsors. A deep bag is necessary!
  2. My DSLR camera. I don’t know how much I’ll use it, but ALT is one of those places where nobody judges you when you whip out the big camera and take a million pictures of your salad.
  3. My blog conference journal + Sharpie pens. I got this gold journal at the first blog conference I ever went to (ALT ’10) and I’ve used it exclusively for conferences since. It’s nice to have all the notes from all the workshops together and the pages are full of little notations about people I met and ideas for collaborating. I’m skipping the iPad and sticking with paper since I get a little distracted when apps are available.
  4. Business cards. I’m taking two kinds – a ton of small cards on rings with hole punches to give out and a stack of flat cards for people who don’t want the bulk of the punches or fishbowls for giveaways, etc. I switched my social media profile photos so they all match the photo on my cards just to make it easier for people who are trying to put the face with the site.
  5. Necessities. Tic Tacs, aspirin, Shout wipes, and my Tarte lip pencil in Buff. All the things to keep me from being a hot mess during this rare escape from my house!
  6. iPhone with Modcloth wallet pouch and phone charger. I didn’t have a smartphone during the first ALT conference and it was like being the only person on a bike tour who doesn’t have a bike. I use my phone to take pictures, meet up with people, check out people’s sites, save contact info, and make reservations for last minute group outings so usually I run through my battery a lot faster than I would on normal days. Even though there will likely be an abundance of chargers at this conference, I’m bringing mine to make sure I stay connected.


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  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    Looks like you’re ready!:)

    January 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Quiana

    You are a woman after my own heart! I know quite a few folks ditch the DSLR at conferences, but I’m always glad that I bring mine. It’ll be my first time at Alt and since it’s such a photogenic conference in a beautiful location I want to capture it all the best I can. Look forward to meeting you!

    January 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      So glad we met! I, for one, ran around like crazy too much to take any DSLR photos after all that. Did you get some?

      January 27, 2014 at 1:34 am

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