What to pack / not pack for drupa: from an American “Rookie”

Written By Joel Basa
eMarketing Manager
Xerox Corporation
Unlike the many Xerox veterans going to drupa, I’m a “Rookie” to drupa. I’ve been to other tradeshows such as IPEX, Graph Expo, Print 09, On-Demand to name a few but this is my first drupa. I leave tomorrow(Monday) and I started to pack for my trip and I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts on what to pack / not pack:
First, what I’m NOT packing:

  • Dining Guide to Dusseldorf: The one thing I love about international travel is looking forward to the cuisine. I usually come prepared but since XMPie is producing a “Dining Guide to Dusseldorf” I can just pick up a copy in our stand (Hall 8b).
  • My Wife and My Dogs: I’ll miss my wife and my dogs but don’t think they’ll fit in my luggage.
  • Suntan lotion: Weather forecast for Dusseldorf looks like Upper 60s Fahrenheit…not bad but suntan lotion not required.
  • My passport: Just kidding, I wanted to make sure you’re still reading!

Now, what I AM packing:

  • iPad with drupa App: I’m amazed to see the number of drupa mobile apps by many vendors. I’ve already installed the official drupa App on my iPad and iPhone. What a great resource!
  • A Doctor’s Coat/Jacket: That’s right! I’ll be with Andy Hill and Christina Klos in the Social Media Café holding Social Clinics. We’ll be “Doctors” to help you with your social media questions/needs. Stop by any day from 10:30-11:30 or 2:00-3:30.
  • Camera: With so many things to see (at the show and in Dusseldorf) I want to be sure to take some photos.
  • Comfortable Shoes/Sneakers: Standing and more standing. Knowing that, I bought some comfortable insoles for my shoes and for after the workda, my Asics Kayano 18s will be like heaven to my feet.
  • Workout Bands: With no access to a gym, must be creative with getting a few workouts in. Workout bands are small, lightweight but are versatile workout
  • Other important things: My passport, money, and tickets.

Any of you veterans have any thoughts to share? Let me now! See you at drupa!

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  1. I suggest adding an umbrella, a skate board or electric scooter. I also recommend some food bars for when the lunch lines are 15 minutes long and you have a meeting in 10 minutes 6 buildings away.

    • Joel Basa April 29, 2012 -

      Good additions Andy! How many drupa’s have you been to?

  2. lizzy zinn May 1, 2012 -

    I’m packing a cowboy hat! I’m not FROM TEXAS but I got here as fast as I could and I like to bring a little TEXAS to Germany!

    Since it’s mostly dudes I’m sure they won’t notice I”m wearing FLATS. NOT PACKING any heels.

  3. Susan Weiss May 12, 2012 -

    Great suggestions Joel – now that you’ve survived your first drupa I’m wondering if you’d add anything else to your list? Great job by the Social Media “Docs” too!

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