This summer has run me through a few very difficult events, it's got me thinking about the things I've learned in my 7 years of large event judging that help me take care of myself. Some of these won't work for everyone (Hi I am very tall and legroom on planes is at a premium) but maybe some of them will.
Pay for the upgrade, you're about to be on your feet for three days, do your legs the favor.
Remember that part about your feet and knees? Save the walk, pay for the Lyft.
Find a way to actively carry water on the floor, be it cargo pants, or a carabiner, or other.
Drink like one bottle of water a round. Are you in Vegas? Drink two.
Pack more socks than you think you need. Then pack some more.
Change your socks on your break. It's worth it.
Events can be stressful. Sometimes it's important to have a person you can talk to if you need to vent or get advice one-on-one. Find out who that person is for you.
Eat. Someplace. Local.
Events can be stressful, so can learning public transit in a new city, pay for the Lyft.
Convention center food is typically expensive, call times can be early. Hitting up a corner store and getting some light snacks for the weekend can go a long way.
Bringing a second pair of shoes means not having to wear the same pair before and after your shift.
Remember: Events can be stressful, convention centers are loud. Have a quiet dinner once during your weekend.
Air travel is exhausting. If you can avoid it don't fly to the event on the morning of your shift.
Sharing a hotel room? Make sure everyone has a key. You will be amazed at how much easier things are when everyone can come and go as they please.
Remember that for most of us, judging is a hobby. It is perfectly ok to tell someone you don't have the bandwidth for something.
Remember that for most of us, judging is a hobby. It is perfectly ok for someone to tell you that they don't have the bandwidth for something.
Noise. Cancelling. Headphones.
Take a weekend off. The event will go on without you, I promise.