Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Conference is right around the corner. Conferences can be super hard to know exactly what to pack. While every girl is different on packing styles and what they bring, there are a few items that will make your life a million times easier at the conference. In fact, these items will be complete lifesavers. All will ensure you have the best time at the conference.

A portable chargerTrust me when I say that this will become your absolute best friend at the conference. Most of your days will start early in the morning and end late at night. You’ll probably be on your phone a lot following all of your new friends that you meet online, looking up the conference schedule, and even taking pictures with different speakers if you are lucky. If your phone is anything like mine, this could drain your battery like crazy. You don’t want to be left at 10% with a whole afternoon left! In comes the portable charger. These are so easy to carry in your purse and, depending on which one you get, some can even give your phone a full charge multiple times before you have to re-charge it. I currently have the Mophie Portable Charger in Rose Gold. It is my absolute ride-or-die. The one from Mophie is around $35 and it works awesome. There are also tons of options all over the internet and in stores if you’re looking for a different style or brand.

Notebook and pensA small notebook and some cute pens are such an awesome thing to bring to conferences. You can take notes about different things you’ve learned and different ideas that you might like.  You can find these anywhere online, at Target, Wal-Mart, and even some convenience stores. These Miliko notebooks are cute, small enough to throw in your purse, and comes in a pack so you can share with your friends. 

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Big Purse or BagThis is another one of those things that will be such a lifesaver at this conference. At my first Turning Point conference, I didn’t bring a large bag with me. They ended up giving me a ton of different books, posters, packets and papers, and notes and I didn’t have anywhere to put them. I also didn’t have time to run back and drop everything off at my hotel room. I ended up carrying everything, making for a long day and very sore arms. The next conference I went to, I brought with me a big purse that could carry everything I needed. In addition to that, it also allowed the shopaholic in me to go crazy in the book section of the vendor area and not have to worry about going up to my room to drop them off. This Konpad tote bag is cute, wallet-friendly, and guaranteed to help you get through the conference in style and ease!

FlatsAnother item that is a must have for YWLS is flats. Every girl has endured the pain of walking in heels all day. We end up going home with sore feet and tired legs. Flats are such an awesome solution. They are so easy to throw in your bag and put them on whenever you have to walk a long way or are just ready to take off your heels. Plus, you can find super cute pairs in all different colors, sizes, and designs so you never have to sacrifice style for comfort. I love these super cute Olivia K Flats from Amazon that run for less than $25, have a bunch of different colors and styles, and would go with everything!

Comfy Clothes and a T-Shirt

By the end of each day, you’ll be exhausted from networking, meeting new friends, and hearing from some of the most amazing people in the conservative movement. Due to this, the only thing you’ll want to do by the end of each day is throw on a pair of comfy shorts and a t-shirt, lay around, and binge watch  Netflix while eating some pizza with all of your new friends. You can never go wrong with a pair of Nike shorts and a cute comfy t-shirt to get you through the night! You can find Nike shorts online here on Amazon, in sporting goods stores, and in any Nike store as well. For the t-shirt, Future Female Leaders has you covered with tons of different styles, designs, and colors ensuring that you are able to represent the conservative movement in a cute, comfy way. The Ronald Reagan quote shirt  from Future Female Leaders is my absolute favorite of many.

Spending money

Finally, the last thing on the list is arguably the most important. While your hotel is covered and there are a lot of travel stipends available, it’s extremely important to bring some extra cash with you for food, souvenirs, and in case of an emergency. I recommend bringing anywhere from $150-$300 depending on how much you plan to spend. It also comes in handy if you are anything like me and you love to bring home fun things from the different vendors there to remember the trip. By the way, FFL will have a table there, so also leave room in your suitcase for the trip back!

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All of these items are guaranteed to help you make the most out of the conference. They will help you have the best time of your life! Turning Point USA has a way of putting on some of the best conferences. This one is going to be no different. I hope this helps to give a little help on what to bring and helps to ease some packing stress as well!

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ELISE K
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Elise is a Political Science student at Arizona State with dreams to go to law school and be the next Elle Woods. You can find her watching Fox News, online shopping, or drinking an absurd amount coffee while talking about conservative values and Ronald Reagan.