Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tips To Make Your NQC Trip Easier + Packing Tips!

Hey y'all!

As we continue the countdown to the upcoming National Quartet Convention, we just wanted to share a few tips to hopefully make your trip a little bit easier.
  1. Make a list of everything you'll need.  And I mean EVERYTHING!  I hate getting to your destination, and then realizing that you forgot necessary items.
  2. With all of the late nights and early mornings, we like to iron the day we get in.  It's no fun to have to get up extra early in the mornings to iron, or having to wear wrinkled clothes all day.
  3. If you plan on using the trolley, order a Pass in advance (or purchase the first day there).  It can save a lot of money purchasing a pass if you plan on using the trolley frequently.
  4. Again, if you plan on using the trolley services, grab a map and familiarize yourself with where the closest trolley stops are in relation to where you are staying and locations you will need to get to.
  5. Try to make restaurant reservations ahead of time when possible so that you don't have to wait in line.
  6. If you plan on staying a few extra nights make sure you check out the many attractions in the area, as well as the gorgeous scenery and shopping.
  7. Type up and print out a schedule so that you (and your family/people you're staying with) know what you're attending and when.
  8. Make sure you bring your camera and/or camcorder for taking video and pictures.  This is a week that is chock-full of memories in the making, so you want to be sure to have a way of capturing those. Also make sure you bring all necessary chargers, memory cards, etc.
  9. Verify your hotel reservations.  A lot of the hotels and cabin rentals are booking a year in advance, so I'd hate to show up and not have anywhere to stay.  One year we had rented a cabin, pulled up to check in, and were told that there had been a mess-up and they had sold the cabin we rented.  Thankfully they upgraded us to a much nicer cabin free of charge, because otherwise we could've been in big trouble.  
  10. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the surrounding areas so that you know exactly where you are going.
  11. Be sure to leave in plenty of time so that if you hit traffic you won't be late.  
  12. Make sure you bring any medications that you need.  Think Ibuprofen, cold medicine, Vitamin C, your go-to allergy medicine (By the end of the week the first year in PF, my sinuses were affected quite a bit from the change in altitude), etc.  
  13. Remember to bring your favorite snacks and drink plenty of fluids. 


And now for a few Clothing/Packing Tips.

  1. Plan in advance and write a list of what you'll be wearing each day.  Take into account the different situations such as whether you'll be doing any activities, whether you will be out all day long (which means make sure they're comfortable!), etc.
  2. I would suggest bringing a light jacket or sweater just in case you get cold or for if it rains.  We forgot to bring a rain jacket last year and got soaked waiting for the trolley one day.
  3. Bring a good pair of comfortable shoes (this is usually not the best time to break in a new pair of shoes).  You will be walking around so much throughout the week that comfortable shoes are a definite must.
  4. Pack items that will coordinate so that you can mix and match articles from different outfits.
  5. When you get to where you're staying, pull out all of your outfits and make sure they are ready to grab and go (we realized that we need to do this since there are some days we are on the go from morning till evening!).  We pull ours out the day we arrive and try and iron at least several days worth of clothing.  

I hope these help!
Thanks for reading.
~Mercy + Modesty

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