What to Pack for GBTA: Business cards, check. Hiking boots, check!

August 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

by Becky

No, I have not yet packed for GBTA. I’m not unpacked from the trip I’m currently on. (Hello from 36,000 feet PHL to LAX, where, now that the crap-tacular but irresistible movie Thor is over, I’m free to write blog posts in relative peace). And I haven’t yet packed or unpacked for this weekend’s flight, back to Des Moines for my 20-year high-school reunion. (If the cliques clash, it might end up quite like a modern-day version of Thor. Wish me luck.)

When all this is done, I will pack for GBTA, and I will get to Denver for a productive week on Sunday.   A year ago Mike and Tony recommended packing everything from a white dinner jacket to a bowling ball. I have three more practical packing tips worth sharing. Along with your business cards, here are my “must-haves” for GBTA:

  • Smart phone with a QR reader app installed.  You know those little square bar codes that you can scan with your smart phone to go straight to a web site? They’re going to be everywhere this year, I suspect — T-shirts, business cards, booth carpets, signs. I like the free NeoReader for the iPhone and Google Goggles for Android phones. (Don’t forget your charger!)
  • Invitation to the Virgin America party. I made it in to see INXS by a stroke of great last-minute luck last year.  This year my invite’s coming early, right Richard? Yeah?
  • Hiking boots.  Trust me on this one! Every year some girlfriends and I hike a 14 thousand-foot peak in the Colorado Rockies, to clear our heads, challenge our egos, and get a proper perspective on the puniness of things like crashing stock markets and airline content distribution woes.  (Here’s my proof from last year’s climb.) How convenient to be able to close out GBTA on top of the world with close friends.

Mind you, I’m also packing a set of black Rearden Commerce-issued T-shirts to wear in our booth.  We’re showcasing some of our most exciting new innovations, including personalized, curated air search results and some visions for the future of corporate travel on the iPad.

Stop by booth 413 at GBTA and say hello.  Ask for 14’er advice. Scan our QR code.  I and my fellow Carrying On Compadres look forward to seeing you there!

 … Countdown to Tony’s return: 5 days …

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