Tips & Tricks for JCK Las Vegas 2016

Jen Cullen Williams, Managing Director of Luxury Brand Group, wanted to take a few moments to share her tips and tricks for the upcoming JCK Las Vegas we've all been waiting for! ;) 

Being her 10th Vegas jewelry week rodeo (say what?!), she has learned an abundance over the years from her torn up feet and lack of voice thereafter. So, she's come up with some trade show warrior tricks over the years, and she says "it's my goal to compile a comprehensive trade show survivor tip guide to share with our amazing community for the future."

 

Personal Items Pack List:  •       Band-Aids (given) •       Band-Aids for Blisters (boom) •       Moleskine (pow…for the really bad blisters) •       Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse (helps prevent your voice/throat from getting raspy – a common problem for PR & sales peeps, general talkers and people who suffer from FOMO) •       Throat Loungers (see above) •       Crest White Strips (for the coffee and red vino drinkers #butfirstcreststrips) •       Vitamins •       B-12 (tablets) - (for energy and they help process liquor or at least we tell ourselves that #placebo) ;) •       Emergen-C Packets •       BC Headache Powder (extra boost of caffeine + head ache relief for those early mornings) •       Kind Bars + Protein Bars + Energy Bars  •       Carmex or Blixtex •       Bag Balm (for your desert like dry skin and feet) •       Wet Ones anti-bacterial wipes (people can be gross and you'll be shaking hands with them all day… #justsaying) •       Small bag of epsom salt  •       Advil or Excedrin •       Allergy medicine  •       Extras of your usual medications, always handy •       Z- pack •       Comfy Slippers - the hotel ones are always terrible!  •       Pedialyte or even Gatorade to help with the dehydration (from the weather + cocktails). It is a super saver for the morning after.  •       Portable humidifier which helps with the dry weather, over talking, smokey casinos/bars, allergies and again dehydration. Its actually really tiny and can fit in your luggage. There's no tank required, just one water bottle that will last the entire night. If someone does not have a humidifier, they can hang a wet hand towel next to their bed to help moisten the air. •       “Pure Moist” eye drops •       Small pair of scissors (some tag will inevitably still be on) •       HUGE bottle of water and a banana (something about the potassium) •       Clear nail polish- in case there’s any chips starting to appear •       Extra concealer for any undereye bags or blemishes that start to appea

Personal Items Pack List: 

       Band-Aids (given)

       Band-Aids for Blisters (boom)

       Moleskine (pow…for the really bad blisters)

       Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse (helps prevent your voice/throat from getting raspy – a common problem for PR & sales peeps, general talkers and people who suffer from FOMO)

       Throat Loungers (see above)

       Crest White Strips (for the coffee and red vino drinkers #butfirstcreststrips)

       Vitamins

       B-12 (tablets) - (for energy and they help process liquor or at least we tell ourselves that #placebo) ;)

       Emergen-C Packets

       BC Headache Powder (extra boost of caffeine + head ache relief for those early mornings)

       Kind Bars + Protein Bars + Energy Bars 

       Carmex or Blixtex

       Bag Balm (for your desert like dry skin and feet)

       Wet Ones anti-bacterial wipes (people can be gross and you'll be shaking hands with them all day… #justsaying)

       Small bag of epsom salt 

       Advil or Excedrin

       Allergy medicine 

       Extras of your usual medications, always handy

       Z- pack

       Comfy Slippers - the hotel ones are always terrible! 

       Pedialyte or even Gatorade to help with the dehydration (from the weather + cocktails). It is a super saver for the morning after. 

       Portable humidifier which helps with the dry weather, over talking, smokey casinos/bars, allergies and again dehydration. Its actually really tiny and can fit in your luggage. There's no tank required, just one water bottle that will last the entire night. If someone does not have a humidifier, they can hang a wet hand towel next to their bed to help moisten the air.

       “Pure Moist” eye drops

       Small pair of scissors (some tag will inevitably still be on)

       HUGE bottle of water and a banana (something about the potassium)

       Clear nail polish- in case there’s any chips starting to appear

       Extra concealer for any undereye bags or blemishes that start to appea

Feet Protection Tips: •       When you shower put a towel down on the shower floor tile, let it get wet and add some soap to the towel. While you are showering stand on the cushy wet towel. It will help get moisture into your feet and it's more comfortable than the cold hard tile.  •       If your feet swell, soak them in cold water and epsom salt, then elevate. •       Elevate your feet when you're back in your room. You can also put a pillow under your feet while you sleep to also reduce swelling.  •       Wear different shoes during the day and at night to change the pressure points on your feet.  •       Wedges and thicker heels go a long way (literally).  •       Cole Haan shoes which made by Nike… great for feet support! •       If you just can't do a heel, pack cute flats or sandals!

Feet Protection Tips:

       When you shower put a towel down on the shower floor tile, let it get wet and add some soap to the towel. While you are showering stand on the cushy wet towel. It will help get moisture into your feet and it's more comfortable than the cold hard tile. 

       If your feet swell, soak them in cold water and epsom salt, then elevate.

       Elevate your feet when you're back in your room. You can also put a pillow under your feet while you sleep to also reduce swelling. 

       Wear different shoes during the day and at night to change the pressure points on your feet. 

       Wedges and thicker heels go a long way (literally). 

       Cole Haan shoes which made by Nike… great for feet support!

       If you just can't do a heel, pack cute flats or sandals!

Healthy Body Tips: •       Stretch out your legs, feet, back and arms each day – you'll easily walk 5-10 miles per day or you'll be standing for long periods. Warm up your body. Yoga is perfect.  •       Even though the thought of working out is unimaginable, you can do the "Hotel Room Hundred'er Workout" in less than 10 minutes ◦       100 jumping jacks ◦       100 squats ◦       100 alternating lounges ◦       100 pushups ◦       100 crunches Drink the same amount of water to match each cup of coffee and cocktail… then drink more water and then more!

Healthy Body Tips:

       Stretch out your legs, feet, back and arms each day – you'll easily walk 5-10 miles per day or you'll be standing for long periods. Warm up your body. Yoga is perfect. 

       Even though the thought of working out is unimaginable, you can do the "Hotel Room Hundred'er Workout" in less than 10 minutes

       100 jumping jacks

       100 squats

       100 alternating lounges

       100 pushups

       100 crunches

Drink the same amount of water to match each cup of coffee and cocktail… then drink more water and then more!

Business Must Haves at Your Booth: ·      Scotch tape ·      A notebook to staple business cards and make notes about each people you meet (immediately as you meet them otherwise you forget )  ·      Stapler ·      Calculator ·      Lint roller ·      Krazy glue ·      Pliers and small jewelry repair tools ·      USBs with line sheet and press kit and printed line sheets in a (great) binder with plastic sleeves or IPad loaded with all of that  ·      Loupe ·      Double the amount of business cards you think you will need ·      Wet wipes ·      Glass cleaner and paper towels or glass cleaner towelettes  ·      Handheld or countertop mirror ·      Reserve zip lock bags for repackaging the jewelry at the end of the show ·      Power booster for your phone  ·      A demonstration tray  ·      Polishing cloth  

Business Must Haves at Your Booth:

·      Scotch tape

·      A notebook to staple business cards and make notes about each people you meet (immediately as you meet them otherwise you forget ) 

·      Stapler

·      Calculator

·      Lint roller

·      Krazy glue

·      Pliers and small jewelry repair tools

·      USBs with line sheet and press kit and printed line sheets in a (great) binder with plastic sleeves or IPad loaded with all of that 

·      Loupe

·      Double the amount of business cards you think you will need

·      Wet wipes

·      Glass cleaner and paper towels or glass cleaner towelettes 

·      Handheld or countertop mirror

·      Reserve zip lock bags for repackaging the jewelry at the end of the show

·      Power booster for your phone 

·      A demonstration tray 

·      Polishing cloth

 

Other random tips for this year: ·      There’s going to be a Starbucks at the show (level 2) during show hours, that you won’t need to wait in the huge long line for. ·      If you want to save time in walking from Mandalay Bay (MB) to the show… after the Starbucks, there is an escalator down to the Pool level. Walk down there and snake over to the elevators or escalators. Walking on the carpet and instead of hard floors will save your joints! ·      If you don’t want to limp back and forth between the convention center, there is a MB campus shuttle that will bring you from lobby of MB, Delano, and Four Seasons to the front of the new convention center. ·      JCK is doing a program with Lyft. If you download the Lyft car sharing app and put in JCK16, you’ll get a $50 credit if you’re a first time user. (that’s good for almost 3 rides!)

Other random tips for this year:

·      There’s going to be a Starbucks at the show (level 2) during show hours, that you won’t need to wait in the huge long line for.

·      If you want to save time in walking from Mandalay Bay (MB) to the show… after the Starbucks, there is an escalator down to the Pool level. Walk down there and snake over to the elevators or escalators. Walking on the carpet and instead of hard floors will save your joints!

·      If you don’t want to limp back and forth between the convention center, there is a MB campus shuttle that will bring you from lobby of MB, Delano, and Four Seasons to the front of the new convention center.

·      JCK is doing a program with Lyft. If you download the Lyft car sharing app and put in JCK16, you’ll get a $50 credit if you’re a first time user. (that’s good for almost 3 rides!)