Essential products you’ll need to survive SDCC 2019

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In a few short weeks, the mother of all conventions will be hitting San Diego. Thousands upon thousands of fans will be attending San Diego Convention Center to catch up on the latest in pop culture. Over the course of four days, there’s going to be a lot of things that fans can immerse themselves into which are all based on their favorite fandoms.

When every minute of San Diego Comic-Con is filled with something to do, surviving the convention is not an easy feat. Whether you’re attending all four days or just passing by for a single day, you want to make sure that you are packed up ready to tackle everything the convention has to offer. So we’ve compiled a list of what we consider essentials that will maximize your experience.

Travel

Ogio Alpha Convoy 522s Travel Bag

If you’re flying or driving into San Diego, you’ll want a piece of reliable luggage that can carry everything that you want to take with you. The Alpha Convoy 522s from OGIO is a 4-wheel carry-on spinner that’s perfect for the airplane or your car. Built using premium materials such as the eco Cordura fabric, the 522s  makes sure everything inside is protected. And with a customizable packing space, you can easily organize all your essentials for quick and easy packing and unpacking. You can buy the 522s bag on OGIO.com, and it retails for $299.99.

Minaal Daily Bag

If you’re a fan, journalist, or content creator attending the convention, the Minaal Daily Bag is the perfect backpack to carry around San Diego Comic-Con. This durable and versatile bag can carry and protect all of your gadgets. A custom-designed DeviceNest can carry up to 15” laptop that will protect it from any unexpected drops. The bag also features lockable zippers, a sealed rain cover, and a lie-flat clamshell opening that will increase the capacity and make packing a breeze. Available at Minaal.com, this bag retails for $249.

Sanuk Shoes

It’s no secret that you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, and a great pair of comfortable shoes will be your feets lifesaver. For women, the Sanuk Pair O’ Dice sneakers will be essential for that long day on your feet. Embracing a classic slip-on style, this sneaker will be perfect for travel and pairs easily with any outfit. For men, the Sanuk Vagabond Lace Sneakers will be the ideal shoe not only for comfort but for your daytime and nighttime activities. This shoe is also easy to pack in your bag and will give you long-lasting comfort throughout the entire weekend. The women’s Pair O’ Dice sneakers retail for $50 while the Vagabond Lace for men retail for $60. Both are available on Sanuk.com.

STM Goods Dapper Wrapper

If you prefer to keep things minimal, then look no further than the Dapper Wrapper from STM GOODS. This compact storage wrap is big enough to carry all of your tech accessories in one place. Featuring plenty of pockets for an optimal organization for all your charging cables, earbuds, and even flash drives. Available on stmgoods.com retailing for $29.95.

Tech

Element Katana Case

For iPhone users who want a little bit of flair for their mobile device, the Katana case from Element is the one accessory to make you stand out from the crowd. The case’s chassis is CNC machined from high-grade stainless steel for strength and durability, which is finished off with walnut and top grain leather for an elegant and unique look. Available on Elementcase.com, it retails for $379.95

STM Goods Wireless Powerbank

During the convention, you’re going to be using your mobile device a lot, so keeping it charged up is necessary. The wireless power bank from STM GOODS is compatible with iPhone, Samsung, and other Qi-enabled devices. It features suction cups that can attach to your device for convenient portability and is also equipped with USB-A ports to charge your other devices. It’s available on stmgoods.com and retails for $59.95.

Drinkup Smart Water Bottle

Staying hydrated during Comic-Con is a key factor that will lead you to survive the weekend. But with all the events taking place, remembering to take a sip of water can easily slip from your mind. Thankfully all that guesswork is taken out with the Drinkup Smart Water bottle. Located on the top of the lid is a digital display that will tell you the waters current temperature, whether your water has been replaced within the last 24 hours, remind you to take a drink, and will even keep your water cool up to 24 hours. Connect the bottle to your smartphone device, and you can track all of your drinking habits. It’s available on drinkupbottle.com and retails for $69.

Photo/Video

Moment Lenses

If you’re looking to take plenty of photos and videos during the convention with your mobile device but want a little bit more pizazz, the lenses from Moment will give you just what you’re looking for. For photos, their 18mm and 58mm lenses are the perfect pair to get you both super wide and close up shots. For the video-centric, their new anamorphic lens will give you that cinematic look and feel which will be accentuated with gorgeous light flares. Available on shopmoment.com with varying retail prices.

Zhiyun Gimbals

When your preferred method of capturing the essence of Comic-Con is with video via a smartphone or digital camera, then you might want to consider using a motorized gimbal to get a steady and smooth shot. For mobile, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a tool made for iPhone or Android smartphones and will give you a wide variety of features to maximize your creativity. It’s small, lightweight, portable, and comes with onboard controls so you won’t have to rely on controlling things from your phone. For bigger cameras such as mirrorless or DSLRs, the new Crane 3 lab is big enough to support camera systems up to 9.9lbs. It has a versatile design for comfort and effortless control, as well as onboard controls to make your filmmaking a little bit easier. Both are available on https://www.zhiyun-tech.com with retail prices of $140 for the Smooth-4 and $899 for the Crane 3 Lab.

Ricoh GR 3 Digital Camera

For those that prefer using a digital camera to take photos instead of your mobile device but need something that’s much more manageable, then the GR3 by Ricoh is what you’re looking for. The GR line by Ricoh has been touted as the ultimate street photography camera for its compact and lightweight size. With a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and an 18.3m (28mm full-frame equivalent) f/2.8 fixed lens, you’ll be able to capture every detail the convention has to offer, from the cosplayers to the exhibit hall, and even the dozens of events taking place all over downtown San Diego. Available at Bhphotovideo.com, the GR3 retails for $899.95.

San Diego Comic-Con will take place from July 18th through the 21st.

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