There are so many things to remember when getting ready to exhibit at a trade show. We’ve discussed ways to use technology to give show-goers a memorable experience, which stunning trade show displays are available, and general pointers to have a more successful trade show experience.
The most important part of all, though, is taking care of your body.
If you are traveling a long way to your exhibit or if you have to deal with uncomfortable weather conditions, it’s extra important to take proactive steps to stay healthy and comfortable. (Disclaimer: we’re not doctors, so make sure these suggestions fit with your specific health and nutrition needs)
1) Keep fueled with healthy food and drink.
At such a hectic time, it can be tempting to swipe the first sugar-packed goodie that you see in the pastry case at the coffee shop across the street. All it takes is a little planning, though, to get yourself the fuel you need to stay on top of your health at the trade show. Start your day with a little bit of protein like a hard boiled egg and some complex carbohydrates. These will take a longer to break down, giving you energy over a longer period of time. Be sure to bring enough water while you’re on the trade show floor as well.
2) Keep your tootsies cushioned.
Maybe the chance to impress potential customers with your new pair of hot high heels or Italian dress shoes is too tempting to pass up, but now is not the time to bust out your James Bond persona. When you’re standing for hours, you want to go for comfort first. If you absolutely must wear shoes that are more style than substance, pick up inserts, moleskin, and a bottle of over-the-counter painkillers. Standing for hours can hurt more than your feet, so invest in cushioned flooring or a mat to put in your display area.
3) Sleep as much as possible.
Trade shows and conferences can bring out the party animal in the most sedate of people, but it’s also a time where rest is the most important thing you can do. Do what you need to do to get a good night’s rest, including bringing along earplugs or eye-masks.
4) Wash your hands!
You’ll be shaking lots and lots of strangers’ hands. You want their business, but you don’t want their germs. While it can be hard to avoid airborne viruses in airplanes, washing your hands often (or using hand sanitizer if you can’t get to a sink) is an easy way to protect yourself. That way, you are much less likely to bring a bug home to torment you over the next several weeks.