Dreamforce 2015 is a just over a month away. To ensure that you are prepared, here is Part 2 of our mini blog series, Surviving Dreamforce 2015. If you missed Part 1 – Planning Ahead – you can find it here.

Come Prepared

With days full of sessions, demos, networking, and social events, it’s easy to get run down – in more ways than one. To keep yourself from getting so exhausted that you have to stay in to rest, and end up missing out on something awesome, there a few steps you can take.

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First of all, stay fueled and hydrated. You’ll get free breakfast and lunch every day, but make sure to take advantage of any other free food/caffeinated beverages offered around the conference. The last thing you want is to hit a 3 o’clock slump when you’ve got activities planned for the next several hours. You may also want to pack some energy bars in case you find yourself unable to grab lunch.

Also, if you don’t mind carrying it around, definitely bring a water bottle along. All of the chit-chatting and schmoozing will make you hoarse unless you keep hydrated.

Last but certainly not least, when it comes to dressing up – pick function over fashion. This may be a business conference, but this is San Francisco and you’ll be on your feet for indefinite periods of time, walking from location to location, at everything from info sessions to fancy business luncheons to happy hours and beyond. You don’t want to be THAT person who has to go home to change 3 times, or can barely walk at the end of the day because of blisters on their feet. Luckily, the conference is more tech-oriented, meaning that you can dress slightly more casually than you would for a typical business conference.

Tips for being the Dreamforce version of MacGyver

  • Bring plenty of business cards, you never know who you’re going to meet…
  • Get a workout in before the conference, you will have late nights every night.
  • If you have to work during the day, bring a tablet vs. a computer. It will lighten your load.
  • Bring blister Band-Aids and/or moleskin, just in case.
  • Keep a small snack in your pocket or bag in the event that you need a little pick-me-up.

Do you think you are ready for DF’15? Tell us why, and be sure to check back in next week for Part 3 of our blog series Surviving Dreamforce 2015!