You’d be surprised how many times someone shows up at Usagi Medical Group (UMG) with problems that could be avoided for the want of adequate water. 

We get it. You’re walking around a lot at the convention, surrounded by tons of other warm bodies, and you’re having a great time. We know it’s hard to overlook the water thing when you’re having so much fun. But if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. If you continue to ignore your thirst, you may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms.

Drink water, not an energy drink. Always have water on hand, and don’t forget to drink it. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy.

UMG makes sure there are water stations throughout the con, and that hotel staff will replenish them on request.

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The 5-2-1 Rule

We’re friends, right? Can we have a serious talk for a second? We want you to have an outstanding time when you’re at your con. And we want you to come back next year for more of the same. Follow the 5-2-1 Rule to ensure a maximally excellent experience. This is a time-tested axiom that you should follow at every convention:

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Live it. Love it. The 5, 2, 1 rule.

Five Hours of Sleep

It’s considered rude to sleep in panels, especially ones with a capacity crowd. Worse yet is walking around the con in a sleep deprived haze that keeps you from really enjoying everything. Seriously, a recently published study found that sleeping 5 hours a night was associated with improved immune system function. Con crud is probably not one of the souvenirs you intend to bring home. So get some sleep. Sleep horizontally in a bed, not in a video room. (Note that caffeine is not an appropriate substitute for sleep.)

Two Meals of Real Food Each Day

That energy blast and pocketful of gummi bears will do weird things to your gut, and then it’s game over. Also, Pocky is not a meal. Be sure to grab a real meal somewhere (ask the Information Desk or the hotel for a list of places). You know you’ll feel better! 

One Shower A Day (Non-Negotiable)

No one likes Con Funk. Even if you only take three showers a year, take them all during the convention. Do you really want to be in a confined, crowded event hall or gaming room hall that also contains a fan who smells like a biology experiment gone wrong? We don’t either. Take a freakin’ shower. With soap. Every day. 

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Comfy Shoes

Ah, what price vanity? Your cosplay rocks, but that blister is a work of art unto itself. UMG can help you with the blister, but you’ll have a much better convention experience if you just wear sturdy, comfortable, walking shoes that you’ve already broken in.

Lifehacker has a cool, quick-break-in secret. Otherwise, we recommend breaking in your footwear with slow & steady patience.

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We are actively looking for geeky conventions across the southeastern United States where we can provide first aid coverage for staff and attendees. If you know anyone needing such services, please contact us!