5 Essential Items That Should Be In Your Suitcase for National FFA Convention
With National Convention being less than a week away, the excitement is overflowing, and if you’re like me, you procrastinate packing until the VERY last second. There are tons of items that are crucial to put on the plane, or pack in the car, on your way to Indianapolis that sometimes our tunnel vision can force us to forget them. To make things easier, here are a few of the items, you might want to grab:
1. The Blue Jacket - DUH!
The majority of convention, you will have to be in Official Dress, so I would say it would be pretty unfortunate if you forgot the most recognizable part - the Blue Corduroy Jacket!
2. Extra Socks & Pantyhose
National Convention will LITERALLY knock your socks (or pantyhose) off with the amount of walking you do. It might be a good idea to pack extra of these items, to be prepared for holes, runs and tears.
3. Some Spending Cash
With 1,300,000 square feet of space for convention and meeting uses, the Indianapolis Convention center will be filled with FFA members, vendors, college and agriculture industry booths, and much much more. Your excitement will be out of this world, which may tend to put a few holes in your bank account. Make sure you bring plenty of spending money, to ensure you bring something back home that will remind you of your amazing journey at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
4. An Umbrella and/or Pancho
It always seems to rain at least once during National Convention, and sometimes that is hard to plan for while you are wearing official dress. Pack an umbrella or a rain poncho to stay dry, and keep your Official FFA Jacket from getting ruined.
5. An Open Mind and a Smile
At National Convention you will have the chance to see thousands of people, and if you do it right, you have the opportunity to meet hundreds. But, not just FFA members, you will meet Alumni, Farmers, people who work in the agriculture industry, and some may not even know what FFA is. Listen to a story from a past FFA member, seek out a farmer and thank them for their service, talk to someone in the agriculture industry about what they do, and how you can get involved, and lastly, smile at a stranger and tell them something about this amazing organization.