Daly’s essential guide to packing for NBTA: Advil, PNCS, and much more…

July 26, 2010 at 7:35 am 1 comment

by Mike

NBTA 2010 Paper Chain CalendarWords cannot express the excitement that begins to overtake me every July. A surge in adrenaline starts pulsing through my veins. There is a noticeable skip in my step and a persistent grin on my face. Friends and family detect a glimmer in my eye that is reminiscent of a child visiting a candy store.  Much like the kid in the Disney commercial, “I’m too excited to sleep.”

No, it’s not because of the MLB All Star Game.  It’s certainly not because of the 95% humidity that I am forced to endure in Augusta.

The spark for my fire is that when July hits, I know that the annual NBTA convention is only a month away. You think I’m being sarcastic? Just check out the paper chain calendar I create each year – one link gets cut off every day. So, with NBTA fast approaching, I thought it would be useful for me to present you with the Mike Daly Guide to Packing for NBTA.

If you follow the list below, you are certain to have a more fruitful NBTA experience. In reality I could produce a 20-page manual, but in the interest of time, here are my top 5 tips.

  1. PARTY SCHEDULE | NBTA will provide you with a guide to all the exciting exhibitor locations (Rearden Commerce | booth 1673, where you can win an iPad) and riveting panels (TD’s is Monday at 10:25), but the key to success is mapping out your party schedule well before you arrive.  If you don’t get the invites directly, start asking friends now for access to the best ones. For example, last year, Empire threw an awesome bash atop the Hard Rock Café. If you need some tips on where to go and be seen, shoot me an email.
  2. PNCS | Not all NBTAs are created equal. Since the powers that be decided to reward us with such a tropical location for this year’s event, you’d be a fool to leave your PNCS (personal neck cooling system) at home.
  3. BATHING SUIT | After a long day at the conference, parties and after parties, your PNCS might need a break. Make sure you bring a bathing suit to enjoy the pool at your hotel. I learned that one the hard way when I was forced to skinny dip in 2003.
  4. WHITE DINNER JACKET | If you are like me, you don’t like to blend into the crowd.  May I suggest a white dinner jacket? You’ll be the life of the party and it’s a great conversation starter.
  5. ADVIL | With all the adult beverages you’ll enjoy, I strongly recommend a significant supply of Advil. Of course they sell this in Houston, but mark my words, if you don’t come prepared, you’ll feel the pain. Dr. Daly suggests that you ingest 3 Advils and a bottle of Orange Gatorade every night before you go to bed.

If you need any more tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on twitter Follow carrying_on on Twitter, shoot me an email, or seek me out at NBTA. I’ll be the one in the white dinner jacket.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Audra Pollack  |  July 26, 2010 at 9:33 am


    I believe you can adjust #5…
    I need to share the Coconut water trick…

    1 1/2 hour before bed and 1 when you wake up and it does the trick every time…

    Audra See you soon
    I get in on Friday late night…


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