LDI – or Live Design International – is one of the biggest trade shows in the live entertainment and broadcast industries. To say that LDI is a big deal would be an understatement. There are hundreds of manufacturers, thousands of participants from 80 different countries and over 100 training sessions all showcasing the latest in entertainment technology. Getting in and out of LDI both mentally and physically healthy is a challenge for even the most seasoned attendees. Here are 8 tips to help you stay sane and enjoy your time.
1. Drink Water
LDI is in Las Vegas. Vegas is a dry climate, you’ll be walking around a lot, and talking a lot. Stay hydrated on more than just coffee and alcohol.
2. Spare Socks
We walk a lot and our feet sweat a lot. Pack a spare set of socks and make the time to switch out during the day.
3. Comfy Shoes
Did I mention that we walk a lot? It’s important that you have shoes that you’re comfortable walking in for several hours.
4. Find Rest Points on the Trade Floor
There are many manufacturers who set up booths with comfy couches and good floor padding. Note which ones those are so you can take breaks off your feet from time to time.
5. Download the App
The map on this app helps you keep track of where vendors are and allow you to mark who you’ve visited so that you can maximize your efficiency.
A lot of folks who show up at LDI are just looking around and will move to whatever shiny object catches their attention. If you want to avoid getting caught up in that trap and actually be productive, take a look at the map on the app so you can plan your route and avoid doubling up on ground already covered.
7. Take Your Vitamins
Pop some Vitamin C before, during, and after your time at LDI. There’s a lot of people and a lot of people you’ve likely shaken hands with. You’ll want to keep your immune system up and running before, during and after the conference to help fight off any colds just brewing below the surface.
8. Avoid the Surges
If you want to grab coffee before the show starts or grab a bite to eat during the day, just remember that thousands of other people are doing the same thing. If you can get up earlier than the masses, you won’t be sitting in line for an hour waiting for coffee. If you can stave off that noon lunch until 1:30, you’ll also miss the lunch rush.
There are plenty of things to do at LDI and in Vegas. Enjoy as much as you can. Hopefully by taking a few of these precautions, you can make sure that your trip to Vegas stays in Vegas.