How Not to be a Cosplay Noob: Part 3 Self-Care

Welcome to part 3 of Andibelle’s lessons on not being a cosplay noob!  Today’s topic was a special request.

My good friend Sadie has put out a wonderful con survival guides on her youtube channel. Check her out for her tips!

I’m personally addressing con funk.  You know it.  You won’t touch the game room or rave because of it.

Every once in awhile you’ll be in the dealer’s room and you will catch a wiff of something gross.  Here is a quick reminder of some tips to keep yourself smelling fresh!

1. Body spray is no substitute for a shower.

Now don’t get me wrong, having body spray on you can be a good way to refresh yourself.  However it is no substitute for a nice hot shower.  Make sure to shower at least once a day.  I like to do it at night after I’m done with late night shenanigans!

A lot of people (myself included) have scent sensitivities.  Strong cheap odors (ie. Axe) or large amounts can make us nauseous or even trigger migraine headaches.  Do not think that spraying body spray all over you is a substitute.  However, I do recommend finding a nice clean decent quality cologne or perfume used sparingly.

2. Get rid of mid day funk.

Do you know why you end up smelling?  BO is caused by bacteria feasting on your sweat.  A great tip I have picked up is using anti-bacterial wipes or hand-santizer to wipe under your arms.  I wouldn’t overdo hand sanitizer since the alcohol can be irritating.  However there are non-alcohol based alternatives available.  In some countries people actually don’t wear deodorant and use wipes to clean their underarms throughout the day…but please…wear deodorant.

You can also use baby wipes to freshen up a bit.

3. Wearing  your cosplay more than 1 day? Febreeze!

Febreeze should be essential to packing.  Spray down your cosplay and let it air out if you plan to wear it on another day of the con.  In fact I have a travel size febreeze that I keep in my con bag.

Also you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself. The lack of sleep and close contact with people is why we get the con plague/con crud.  Aim for at least 5-6 hours of sleep.  I know in my room people usually bring melatonin because you are just so excited that it can be hard to sleep.  I also snore terribly!  If you are a light sleeper and rooming with other people consider bringing ear plugs.

Eat! I don’t mean protein bars and ramen noodles.  I know cons are expensive, but make sure you are eating real food.  If you have to, buy some fresh fruit if your room has a fridge.

Hydrate! I usually keep Gatorade in my room because I’m very prone to forgetting to drink water.  If you are at a convention center that supplies complimentary water or has water fountains, make it a point to stop and drink every second you can.  If you don’t have a room, consider keeping a cooler full of waters in your car.  If you feel light headed, dizzy, or start getting a headache you may be dehydrated.  Drink to avoid getting angry at your friends!

Be prepared! This may sound silly, but think of everything that could go wrong and plan for it.  Pack medicines for headaches and nausea.  If you take medicines for health conditions, make sure to pack them.  If you have special health problems don’t ignore them!  I have so many things wrong with me and the worse thing that I do is forget to eat/drink because I’m having so much fun.  Having PCOS, it causes my blood sugar to get out of whack and I usually end up grouchy and I make the con miserable for everyone around me.

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