This will be my third BronyCon and it is soooo my favorite con of the year! Here are my main tips for BronyCon
1 (and I can not stress this one enough really it is not possible) Even if you are cosplaying WEAR COMFY SHOES!!!!! Seriously inserts are a lifesaver! I start my cosplay with the shoes now. I learned this the hard way from my first ever cosplay (I was Rarity! In gorgeous purple suede high heels HUGE MISTAKE!!!)
2 Stay well hydrated! And if you need caffeine to function grab it outside the convention center! (Seriously the Starbucks line in the BCC is madness!) I can not tell you how important bringing an insulated cup full of water and ice is for your health at a hot summer convention.
3 Bring a wearable bag to haul your stuff in backpacks are great, messenger bags are easier if your solo with wings but bring a bag! You will be glad lol!
4 Bring your phone (and as a side note I recommend wiping the camera memory on a computer before you go as it sucks to be snapping pictures only to run out of memory!) also bring a power bank or a charger or even better BOTH lol!
5 pack Advil or Tylenol or whatever your preference. Trust me.
6 If possible bring any cash you will need with you. The ATM's tend to run out of funds. Cards are also taken pretty much everywhere but some cash is helpful I have come to find out over the years.
7 Pre registration is a lifesaver! The line to pick up or buy passes on day one is...well it is BronyCon so it isn't nearly as bad as most lines, but I still recommend avoiding it if at all possible.
8 Do a google search for the local restaurants and check out the prices, location, and menu.
9 also check for places that will deliver to your hotel for dinner or lunch
10 Stay with others if you leave the convention center.
11 If you get into a sticky situation outside the convention center due to not following rule 10 or your suddenly separated from your group I STRONGLY recommend calling out to the next brony walking by (My personal system for this is if they have on a Dash shirt I will call out while fast stepping up to them saying "Hey Dash how's it going I haven't seen you in forever!" And just start walking with them" till I'm far enough away from whoever was hassling me on the street to explain why I just did that. This is a pretty standard thing in most fandoms during conventions but it REALLY HELPS!!!!!
12 Do get a hotel room, and DO GET SOME SLEEP! Lol sounds like a no brainer, but it sooo isn't lol!
13 set yourself a shopping budget BEFORE YOU ARIVE!!! You can thank me latter lol!
14 HAVE FUN!!!!!