Emergency supply kit for trade show attendiesIf you read Exhibitor Magazine, you might know of their "Plan B" column filled with exhibitors sharing stories of what they did when something didn’t go as expected.  

Reading the "Plan B" column is one of my favorites. A memorable article from many years ago was by an exhibitor who needed to hang a simple banner with grommets but she didn’t have any string, hooks or zip ties so she used some of her own hair! This one really stuck with me both as a reminder to always ask clients if they need any extra supplies and to always send along extra supplies.  

Here’s a partial list of emergency supplies I bring to all trade show set ups, compiled over hundreds of shows:  

  • Hefty double-stick carpet tape (the blue or white rolls often left around the show floor are double stick carpet tape and can be very useful in a pinch! If you don’t see any discarded roles laying around ask show services)
  • Masking, duct, & packing tape
  • Superglue 
  • Zip ties
  • Scissors and/or a box knife
  • Bandages/first aid kit
  • Mole skin (for people wearing new shoes, this mostly gets used in Las Vegas)
  • Extra phone chargers or a portable charging station 
  • AA and AAA batteries for TV remotes
  • Thumb drive memory sticks
  • Magic erasers
  • Adhesive remover
  • Carpet stain remover
  • Black sharpie
  • White paint pen
  • Wood grain filler markers 
  • Adhesive hook & loop strips
  • Water 
  • Snacks
  • Extra project-specific hardware/parts related to your exhibit
  • Tape measure, screw drivers, flashlight, pliers, hammer, nails, screws related to your display, allan wrenches
  • Mints, paper towels, plastic bags
  • And always, always extra counter/door keys 
If you are ever in a situation where you aren’t sure what you need to make something work on the show floor, call/email us and we’ll help you come up with a solution. There’s really no reason you should ever have to hang a banner with your own hair!