Setting up for a trade show is a complex process with many parts, many hands and many processes to make it happen. Our Exhibit Systems team can vouch for the fact that anything can happen in those busy pre-tradeshow hours, and that’s why we’ve asked them what the one thing is they always pack to make their lives easier:
Mark Mittelstadt: I always make sure that I have multiple retractable cutters with me. They’re something that are easy to put down and not remember where you left them, and they tend to walk when you have multiple people working on an installation. They’re not something you can put in a carryon bag, though, so I always make a point of putting one in the first box that gets opened as well as few extras packed away.
Kevin Ruehl: Since they always seem to get misplaced or lost, I always carry a set of the booth keys with me in addition to having a set packed with the booth. It’s helpful right away when we want to start installation, but having at least two sets of keys with us during the run of the show makes life easier too.
Kathy Giles: I do a lot of work with clients who have modular displays, and I always suggest traveling to the show with multiple allen wrenches, including one that you keep with you in your bag, purse or pocket. They’re quite inexpensive and it’s much easier to have a stock of them on hand than to be searching for one that is packed with the display. Plus, they’re very easy to misplace because they are so small and simple. They blend in so easily.
Brian Magliocco: I suggest packing a roll or strips of black Velcro – both the hooks and loops. Velcro is better than tape because it’s not as messy, it won’t damage exhibit components and it doesn’t leave any residue. Plus, it’s a subtle fix to hang signs or repair anything until you can have the exhibit refurbished.