It is 3 am right now, and I will be on my way to the airport in the next 3 hours. I still have to pack and make sure that I’m not forgetting anything for Blogher12.
I am going with a friend, but we will be sharing the room with 2 other people to keep the overall costs down and stay in budget , and have more shopping money. I have shared rooms with strangers before, and will be doing so at FINCON as well, so I thought I would jot down some of my roommate tips.
How to Be a Great Conference Roommate
1. Get the money talk out of the way first thing. My roommate made sure to check and see if we can all pay separately at the checkout desk. If that is not possible, have a cheque ready to pay for the room so the one booking the room doesn’t feel uncomfortable asking for money at the end of the weekend..
2. Communicate your plans. Not everyone will be around at the same time, but knowing that your roommate has an early flight prepares you from being shocked when you hear noises at 5 am. Trust me on this. There is nothing worse than being woken up when you rolled in at 4 am.
3. Bring extra hair accessories and an extra necklace or two. The odds are pretty high that someone (probably me) is going to forget a crucial item. I always forget bobby pins, mostly because I have high hopes for what I’ll do to my hair and subsequently opt to sleep instead. I am bringing extra tops that will fit different sizes just in case any of my roommates need it. If you have it on hand and are willing to lend it out, I guarantee you’ll have a friend for life, trust me.
4. Be nice. Not everyone is used to being around 4000 confident women, so when your roommates ask your opinion, be honest. You’d want that favor returned.
5. Don’t be a bathroom jerk. If you’re sharing the room with 3 other people, keep everyone else in mind when you decide to wake up at 5 am, or decide that your need to take a 45 minute showet to unwind. Having a quick discussion with your roommates about everyone’s schedules makes life a lot easier in the mornings.
6. Make other friends besides your roommates. There are a lot of people visiting conferences and chances are that you will make connections with some pretty cool people, but not if you don’t take the time to talk to other people.
7. Stay in touch after the conference. I’ve met, and made friends with some fantastic people over the last few years, and have done our very best to keep in touch. I even had one offer me her place when if I’m ever in Austin. My point is, this will be an adventure, and take some time to remember the people who went along the journey with you.
Have you shared a room with people you didn’t know? What are your tips for being a conference roommate?