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G is for Going to a Homeschool Convention

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I am gearing up and getting ready for an awesome weekend. I LOVE homeschool conventions and I am so excited about attending Teach Them Diligently in Spartanburg , SC – May 2-4, 2013. If you are a newbie to conventions, you might enjoy a peek into my suitcase. I thought I would share with you my packing list. These are some of the items that I deem essential for surviving a convention with kids in tow. I hope this helps spark your imagination and helps you make your packing list for your next homeschool convention.


  • outfits for each day of the trip plus an extra for each person
  • exercise gear (tennis shoes) – I am training for a 10K so I can’t afford to take 4 days off.
  • a sweater – convention centers tend to be cold
  • Pj’s
  • comfortable shoes


  • Downy wrinkle release spray – so much easier than ironing
  • hairspray
  • toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • shampoo & conditioner – I leave the hair dryer at home if the hotel has one
  • flat-iron or curling iron
  • makeup
  • accessories such as jewelry and scarves.

Tote Bag for Mom – use this in the car

  • reading material
  • Kindle Fire
  • knitting
  • Notebook with shopping list ( may digitize this on my Kindle this year)
  • Business cards (conversaving.com)
  • Camera
  • Chargers for all electronics
  • address labels for signing up for newsletters, entering giveaways, etc.
  • Cash for shopping so I can stay within budget


  • Stroller for the 3-year-old
  • laptop
  • crate on wheels (teacher tote)
  • GPS – for travel and geocaching on the trip home
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Videos and CD’s for the van
  • large and small coolers
  • ice packs

First Aid Kit – (I am a nurse, LOL!)

  • Bandaids
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • Tylenol for kids and adults
  • Medicine for constipation and diarrhea
  • Tums
  • Allergy medicine (it is pollen season in the south)

Activities for our 3-year old –(she is too young for the kid’s program and will be attending sessions with us)

  • new coloring book and crayons
  • Color Wonder book and markers
  • stickers
  • pop beads
  • large beads and pipe cleaner for stringing
  • foam puzzles
  • magnetic paper dolls
  • sticky notes
  • Kindle Fire with headphones for playing videos and preschool apps
  • backpack
  • blanket for sitting on, rest time

Tote bags for each of the kids for car travel

  • reading books
  • coloring books
  • Nintendo DS
  • travel games

Food Items – this year we will be eating one meal a day out of the cooler

  • sandwich fixin’s
  • bread
  • apples
  • brownies
  • crackers
  • juice boxes
  • soft drinks
  • water bottles
  • chips
  • muffins


I hope that you found some helpful tips in this list. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments

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  1. Brittney

    You’re braver than me. I just don’t have it in me to take my 3 kids to a convention just yet. Have a great time! :)

  2. Guido

    A full day convention and training for a 10K? Can’t wait to see that.

    1. David

      I am not sure if Mr. Allen will go for it, but I am shooting for at least one walk/run.

  3. Guido

    No cookies???? Will Mr. Conversaving be able to go without cookies? Tell him I will bring the cookies!

    1. David

      Thanks we will hold you to that one. LOL!

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