The official “What to Pack for Dad 2.0” post

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Welcome to Dad 2.0 Week! This is the first of many blog posts we’ll publish this week (look for a newsletter in your Inbox every morning, as well), outlining all of our remaining announcements, reminders, deadlines, hints, guidelines, offers, entreaties, contests, calls to action, and other salient information that will help you make the absolute most of this year’s Dad 2.0 experience.

You’ve read the newsletters, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook updates (if you’re attending Dad 2.0, be sure to join the closed Facebook group “Dad 2.0 Summit Alums“). And now that we’re just three sleeps away from the Welcome Party, and we have a good idea of the weather we’re expecting in San Francisco, it’s time to talk about what to bring with you.

For the conference: There has been a lot of talk on social channels regarding attire and dress code, and if you haven’t received the memo please note: our event is business casual. Most of the guys wear the standard uniform of slacks or a nice pair of jeans with a collared shirt. Maybe a sports coat. You might see a tie or two. You might see a few t-shirts.

For working out: Dove Men+Care is providing an #RealStrength yoga session on Friday morning, and plenty of intrepid early risers (perhaps still on an Eastern time clock) will attempt to tame San Francisco’s hills for a morning jog. Bring a pair of sneakers, workout clothes, and a laundry bag to keep them in after you’ve used them.

For the nightlife: We don’t have themed parties, so when you’re stepping out, do as you do. San Francisco is a very walkable city, so if you’ll be out and about (or, say, attending PicMonkey’s Photo Walk), bring a pair of good walking shoes. Also, a jacket, for when the temps creep into the low 50s at night. (This may be a moot point for those coming to the Bay Area from areas where winter is Winter.)

You’ll likely have your smartphone/phablet/laptop with you at all times, because the shareable, quotable, and all-together hashtaggable opportunities will be everywhere—whether inspiration or celebration, the moments are amazing and the world deserves to know. Don’t forget your chargers and cords!

Business cards aren’t just for winning a free lunch, they’re also for making impressions, sharing information, and cementing relationships that could lead to the next big thing in your blogging life. And whether you work analog or digital, take lots of notes.

Just because we read your blog doesn’t mean we can vouch for you at the bar, with TSA, or on the LEGO bus. Have your legal ID with you; you’ll need it to check into the conference.

There will be opportunities to take home a product or two from our very generous sponsors, not to mention any souvenirs you may purchase. Bring a bigger bag than you need.

This list is a good starting point, and if you have other suggestions, leave ’em in the comments. And we’ll see you on Thursday!