The Panoptix Events team has just returned from International CES 2013 in Las Vegas! We survived, thank goodness, by employing some of these very useful Las Vegas Trade Show tips.
We have compiled a list of essential tips for surviving a Las Vegas trade show. Whether you are a Las Vegas trade show veteran or a rookie, these suggestions can help you feel better and improve productivity.
They are your body’s foundation. Las Vegas hosts the most major trade shows of any convention city. The city is home to the most exhibit halls and meeting spaces. Regardless of a trade show’s size, you are bound to do a lot of walking. Professionalism is the goal but it is important to consider your health as well. Remember to bring at least 2 pairs of comfortable, professional-looking shoes. By alternating your shoes each day you will be able to last longer on your feet.
If your feet become swollen and feel bruised, soak them in ice water at the end of the day for 15-20 minutes. This helps reduce the swelling. You can also take an anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce the pain. You and your feet will feel much better in the morning.
Drink lots of it! There are few places as dry as Las Vegas. Water is the ultimate defense from getting sick and maintaining your energy. Staying hydrated is important with all of the walking you will doing as well as the dry air you will be exposing yourself to in your hotel and the convention center.
Water can be purchased for about $5 a case at a warehouse store. When shipping your booth be sure to include cases of water. By shipping cases of water, you will have it easily accessible for those assisting with set up and dismantling. It is important to keep in mind that often times there is an exclusive provider for food and beverage. As an environmental alternative, be sure to carry an empty bottle with you and refill as needed.
Traditionally New York is known as the city that never sleeps. But I would argue that it is really Las Vegas! With 24/7 attractions and distractions, no clocks or windows in casinos, and putting in long hours as event planners, you can bet your last dollar it will be very challenging to getting enough sleep. Allowing your body to get sufficient rest is one of the best ways to stay healthy and handle stress. And we all know a little about stress at trade shows.
Ask for a humidifier for your room at check-in. Humidifiers help to keep you hydrated by reducing dry eyes, nose and mouth. Having a humidifier will help to improve your quality of sleep.
Consider renting a limo for companies with more than 15 staff members. This is a more cost effective and faster alternative to shuttles. Most official hotels provide transportation but some buses and shuttles can require long waits and have limited capacity. Hiring transportation can expedite the process especially if a large group is traveling together. Taxi lines in Vegas are notoriously long! Traveling together can turn into a bonding opportunity for your team.
Las Vegas is home to a myriad of restaurants and eateries. However, when conventions come to town they fill up very quickly. Be sure to plan ahead by making reservations at several restaurants for your team. Planning ahead also helps to reduce stress.
We provide our clients and staff with trade show survival kits like these Las Vegas Trade Show tips. These simple kits provide your staff and clients with beneficial necessities or “nice-ities” as we like to call them. Survival kits are equipped with everything from lip balm to breath mints.
Cat Virca is an Alliance Partner of Parallel Interactive. As a partner of Panoptix Events, she has more than 20 years experience in the events and trade shows industry. She gained her expertise from being involved with the intricate details of the exhibit building process. In addition to exhibits and conferences, Cat has participated in planning and creating events of all sizes.