I know that nothing ruins a cosplay quicker than a backpack or purse (unless your character carries either of those, obviously). But there’s just some stuff that you need to have on you at a convention. A pocket belt is a nice solution. It’s less intrusive than a bag and you can wear it on your hip to leave your hands free for taking pictures. Here’s what I think you need for your con care kit.
Picking Your Pocket Belt
First of all, you need to start with the right bag. Our classic pocket belt is a pretty good choice for any cosplay. It’s small enough to not detract from your cosplay but big enough to carry what you need plus your wallet, phone and keys. If you need a little more room, our steampunk pocket belt is also an excellent choice. It has a bigger main pocket, a zippered inside pocket and a leg strap. Both styles of pocket belts are available in black, brown, wine and green so you’re sure to find something that matches your cosplay.
Water and snacks
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they spent their food money on stuff at a con. Food is important, it fuels your body and keeps you from getting hangry. If you know you can’t be trusted not to spend your food money, bring granola bars or protein bars. Even if you’re good with money, it’s nice to have a snack on hand for when you need it. Your body also needs hydration and Redbull doesn’t count. Bring a water bottle with you. Our pocket belts have a big ring on them that is perfect for attaching a reusable water bottle on with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refilled stations so you can stay hydrated all day long.
Depending on what you’re cosplaying as, you’ll probably need a first aid kit for your cosplay. You’ll want a little ziplock bag with some safety pins, a travel sewing kit, some tape and anything else you can think of. Con days are long days and chances are that you’re cosplay might get a little tired after walking around for 8 – 10 hours. Make sure you have the right equipment to perk it up. Also if you ever see me at a con, I usually have lots of safety pins and I’ll be happy to share with you.
I think that covers the basics. If I missed anything, feel free to let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’d love to find out what you keep in your con care kits!
Venus & Mars is going to be at Celtic Fest this weekend (March 15 and 16, 2014) for Saint Patrick’s Day! We have a booth at Granville street just past Robson so make sure to come say hi.
We packed up all the green things and loaded them into the van. As we did, I realized that I really don’t know anything about St. Patrick’s Day. Oh no!
So I used the all powerful Google. And I will share with you the magical things that I learned.
Did you know?
St. Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland (you probably knew that but I didn’t)
March 17 is the date of his death (kind of a downer, don’t think about it when you’re drinking green beer)
St. Patrick’s colour was traditionally blue and not green (we’re all doing it wrong)
The Shamrock (which has three leaves, not four) is a symbol for the Christian Holy Trinity (or the Pagan Triple Goddess)
The Shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic harp is (only country with a musical instrument as their symbol)
Regardless of what you know, its always fun to get a little bit Irish on March 17th. This year while you’re celebrating why not look ultra fabulous in a Venus & Mars CINCHER or MILITARY FROCK COAT?
I hope you have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I will leave you with this rad traditional toast to make you sound all deep and eloquent:
“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below it never fall out.”
ps: This video previews our Saint Patrick’s Day window.
Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.