Are you a last minute packer? Not to worry! We’ve got your packing list sorted.

As well the essentials, we recommend you pack the following.


Given the nature of ASCILITE and the conference program, technology should be at the top of your packing list. We want you to fully engage in person and online, so don’t forget your:

  • Smartphone – possibly your best friend at the conference. This is how you’ll access the conference app, Click Game, social media and photograph slides for reference.
  • Tablet – for all your email/blogging/capturing-moments-of-inspiration needs
  • Charging cables for all your devices.
  • Portable charger/power bank – you don’t want to tempt your phone on 1% when you’re so close to snapping the perfect shot for the Click Game on the app!
  • Power board – pack a power board to use at the hotel and at the conference. This is a proven way to make new friends – help others power up!
  • USB with your presentation materials – if you’re speaking, we recommend you bring a USB with your presentation materials on it just in case.

Remember to load up your mobile devices with all the essentials:

  • The conference app – check your email for your invitation to download the app.
  • Uber app (download from the App Store or Google Play)
  • Garden City Cabs app (download from the App Store or Google Play)
  • Twitter – you can tweet from the conference app, but if you prefer to use the Twitter app, make sure it’s on your devices and you’ve got a search set up for the conference hashtag #ascilite17.
  • Tripit – forward your flight and accomodation info to TripIt and you’ll have all your travel info in one place.

And don’t forget the low tech:

  • Business cards – I have a tendency to forget these!
  • Pen and notebook – if you’re not a digital notetaker, make sure you pack something to write with.

Clothing and accessories

  • Shoes – USQ is situated on a beautiful campus full of greenery. This means you’ll be walking between sessions and probably wanting to take a stroll around the Japanese Gardens or Gumbi Gumbi Gardens, so include some comfortable shoes.
  • Clothes – in addition to your regular sartorial aesthetic, it might be wise to pack a jacket or jumper in case of a temperature drop or chilly air conditioning. BOM predicts temperatures of between 16 and 26 degrees.
  • Umbrella– BOM tells us the chance of rain is high: 90% on Monday, 60% on Tuesday, and 5% on Wednesday. We recommend you pack an umbrella that will fit in your satchel to keep you dry as you move around campus.
  • Conference Dinner – hunt down your perfect op shop gem to fit the theme and dust off your favourite (however impractical) pair of shoes and dance the night away.

Emergency supplies

Pack a few emergency supplies to bring to the conference:

  • Panadol – we suspect this will be needed the morning after the conference dinner!
  • Bandaids – particularly useful if you’re planning on bringing some fancy new shoes or dancing the night away in killer heels.

Have we missed anything? What other essentials are on your packing list?