5 Conference Essentials

We’re in the midst of conference season here at the Hydro – loads of different companies, organisations and industry collectives all taking advantage of our fantastic accommodation, function spaces and catering options.

Whether you’re here for a conference with 20 or 200 other people, we’ll always do our best to make sure that your stay is an enjoyable and memorable one. But to make sure you get the most out of your conference we’ve put together a list of 5 conference essentials…

     1. A bag

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Seems like a bit of a no brainer, right? The ideal bag is going to look good, be comfortable to carry and have room for all your networking needs. So, whether you plan on bringing your laptop, a tablet, a notepad, your lunch, a scarf, glasses, a hip flask?! Whatever it is, make room for it in your bag.

Ladies – we’re not even going to try to tell you which bag to go for because we’re sure you’ve got about 5 in mind already! Gentlemen – check out this leather bag from Barbour.

     2.  iPad / Tablet

Use our free wifi to check your work emails, read through white papers and articles, record key speakers, photograph important information, use a variety of apps to make your conference experience easier (more on this later), share what’s happening at the conference on Twitter and keep us in the loop via @CrieffHydro, play angry birds if the conference gets boring… the list goes on!

(Side note: Remember your charger!)

     3.  Business cards business

Get your business card looking sharp (but not too sharp – see Tom Haverford of Parks & Rec fame below)

     4.  Hand sanitizer

Sound strange? Chances are you’re going to be meeting and greeting a lot of new people which means shaking a lot of hands. Now, it’s not that we’re suggesting your fellow conference go-ers are unhygienic but conference season happens to coincide with cold & flu season so it’s better to be safe than sorry! We’d recommend keeping a bottle of this in your bag.

     5.  A winning smile

The only weapon needed to go on a charm offensive at your next big conference

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments! Or, if you’re feeling ready and raring to go, check out our winter meetings offer


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