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Cosplay Medic Corps Con Survival Guide — Con Dos and Don’ts

Simple things to make your convention experience more enjoyable for you and those around you!

DO:
  • Make sure you eat at least two “real” meals a day.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Ask permission before hugging, touching, or photographing.
  • Be careful of peoples cosplays when hugging/being near them.
  • Be aware of where your cosplays and props are in relation to you. (Don’t poke someone in the eye!)
  • Bathe and sleep! When in doubt, use the 1-2-5 ideology. 1 shower a day, 2 meals a day, and 5 hours of sleep.
  • Take breaks. Sit down, talk with people, have lunch. Get off your feet!
  • Bring “civilian” clothes, just in case.
  • Bring something to keep you busy in long lines. PSP, DS, book, magazine, MP3 player, whatever.
  • Check con rules regarding props and cosplay.
  • Tip your maid if you are staying at a hotel.
  • Respect the word “no.” No means no!
  • Seal your makeup. Always always, ALWAYS seal your makeup! (There is a special place in Hell for those cosplayers that don’t seal their makeup and get it everywhere.)
  • Have a government issue ID on you at all times. School ID, drivers liscence, passport, military ID, whatever.
  • Have fun!
DON’T:
  • Be overly loud and obnoxious. (Don’t be that fan.)
  • Touch cosplayers (or anyone!) inappropriately.
  • Be in the way. If someone asks for a picture and you are in a busy thoroughfare, step to the side or ask to relocate to a different location for the picture. By the same token, do not block escalators, elevators, or stairs!
  • Accept food/drink from strangers, unless it it prepackaged.
  • Throw things at people.
  • Glomp.
  • Run.
  • Leave trash everywhere. Clean up after yourself!
  • Turn your phone off.
  • Be in character 24/7. We appreciate your commitment, but this can often be off-putting.
  • Wear cosplays not suited for the weather. Hypo and hyperthermia (being too cold and being too hot) are the real deal, folks! (If you do do this, drinking plenty of water, and try not to do it for too long!)
  • Be loud in the hallways of hotels at three in the morning. (This includes yelling, shouting, blaring music, etc). Or anytime, really. People do sleep at conventions!
  • Offer alcohol to anybody whose age you don’t know. Even if they LOOK 21+, many times they aren’t.
If you have anything else to add, please drop it in our ask of submit boxes! We’d love to hear it!
Happy cosplaying!
~Cosplay Medic Corps

Some tips for anyone going to their first con!

  • Fan:

    If you could spend a day with your character, where would you take them and what would you do?

  • Jared:

    I’ll let you start.

  • Jensen:

    I would probably take him to a really cool beer bar and sit down and order a nice pie and say “dude, tell me some of your stories.” because Dean has definitely lived a much more different life than Jensen has lived. So, that’s what I would say. [to Jared] HAH! Beat that!

  • Jared:

    I would take Sam to that very same beer bar and throw peanuts at Jensen and Dean.

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