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Going to the SEMA Show -- Part 2

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Now that you're at the SEMA show, here are some tips on how to make it through the day...

 

The show is really big so give yourself enough time to look around.

The day before the show is still a setup day where people often are arriving to pick up their show passes. You can show up on that day to get a sneak peak around SEMA. There will be less people and probably better opportunities to look around, but less opportunities to talk to vendors because they'll be busy setting up. 

 

Definitely show up for the first 2 days.

The first 2 days of the SEMA show are the most exciting to me. There are often a lot of vendors with cool giveaways, special guests, models, etc. Most importantly, the vendors at the show are still fresh and excited to be there so they'll talk to you and answer questions, etc. By Thursday and Friday of the SEMA show, many of the vendors are worn out from spending all day on their feet and answering the same questions all day. They might not be as enthusiastic to see you as they were when the show first opened.

 

Bring a pack and roll box.

You know those small rolling carts that fold up into a briefcase looking thing? Those are indispensable at the SEMA show. You'll be picking up tons of flyers, brochures, catalogs, stickers, etc. from the many booths at the show and carrying all of those things is a major pain. If you have a pack and roll box you'll be able to transport all your swag easily and you'll also have a place to store your own personal items while you explore the show. On a side note, DO NOT buy your pack and roll box from Office Max. I bought their standard sized pack and roll box and it broke in the first 2 minutes of use while only holding a couple of books. 

 

Pack a lunch.

I bought a $10 chicken wrap and bag of Fritos at the SEMA show so save yourself a few bucks and pack something to eat. If you have a pack and roll box, packing a small lunch and a bottle of water should be relatively easy.

 

Get there early.

Whether you're driving or walking, arriving early to the show is always a good thing. Parking tends to fill up quickly around the convention center so you'll need to arrive early to get choice parking. If you get into the show early its also easier to navigate and see the things you want to see while it's relatively uncrowded.

 

Wear comfortable clothes & shoes

A few years back at the SEMA show there were a lot of guys wearing suits. Since then, the attire at the SEMA show has gotten a lot more casual. While I wouldn't recommend wearing jeans and a t-shirt to SEMA, a casual pair of khakis or slacks and a button down shirt or polo will help you to look sharp, yet remain comfortable on those long days. Comfortable shoes are a must as well because you're going to be doing a lot of standing and walking.

 

Plan out your days at the show

If you absolutely need to visit specific booths at the SEMA show, make your plans accordingly. Create a list of vendors and meetings that you want to attend and map out those locations. Create a schedule of events so that you can plan your route through the Las Vegas Convention Center. You don't want to be rushing back and forth between opposite sides of the Convention Center.

 

Keep your eyes open for after-hours events

Many companies will throw parties and get togethers in the evening after the SEMA show closes for the day. Be on the lookout for invites, flyers, guest lists, etc. while you're at the show so that you can line up some activities for your nights.

 

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