- Eating/drinking tips:
Buy bottled water for your room once you arrive, and drink lots and lots of water to remain hydrated in Salt Lake City’s altitude and dry climate. Some folks pack a portable water pitcher with filter, to filter their hotel water. USANA will set up huge containers of water throughout the Salt Palace for our use. Pack a BPA-free plastic bottle or a glass water bottle so you can also refill at those stations to carry your water around with you.
Bring and/or buy healthy snacks for your hotel room and for the “hungries” during sessions. Of course, USANA’s WholeBio Microbiome bars are a great option. I pack at least 8-10 of them in a Ziploc bag in my checked in luggage.
Bring USANA Nutrimeal shakes – both to save $$ and to enjoy a very healthy meal in your hotel room! Our collapsible shake bags (both large size and single-serve size) are PERFECT for packing! My husband Bill and I like to pre-mix our favorite combinations of flavors into one gusset bag each (remember to put the scoop inside) and then reinforce its opening with extra masking tape. Or, you can bring the shakes in their original bags with scoops inside, to mix and match as you desire. For packing, we place them inside another gallon-sized Ziploc, just in case of powder leakage.
Bring a shaker-type larger bottle/glass (the shaker-blender bottle sold by USANA is PERFECT!) to mix your shake with hotel ice and your bottled/filtered water. My favorite travel appliance is an electric hand-blender wand/stick from either Braun or Oster, because I prefer the consistency that a blender creates. It is lightweight – about the size of a curling iron – and it works great in crushing hotel room ice for a thick shake. I only have to wash the wand and blending glass afterwards. The last several years, USANA also offered a Smoothie booth in the Salt Palace to purchase Nutrimeal drinks.
Bring a handful of Rev3 lightweight surge packs to add to your mid-morning or mid-afternoon water for that additional healthy “lift”! (If you bring the cans, you’ll be swamped by Rev3-starved friends!)
- Bring your Celavive facial care products! Also bring your Sensé shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel and hand therapy to keep your hair and body moisturized in the dry higher altitude. Of course, include your USANA toothpaste as well! (Most of our regular-sized facial products meet the 3.4 oz. or less rule for carry-on. The rest needs to go in checked-in baggage.)
- Bring your USANA vitamins! Our HealthPak and MyHealthPak are easy to pack. I put two days’ worth of vitamins in my one quart Ziploc bag allowed in carry-on, and pack my other vitamins in a checked-in piece of luggage. Our vitamin tablets should be fine in carry-on, but CoQuinone, Palmetto Plus and BiOmega might be considered a gel by TSA.
- Use your breaks – especially Wednesday – to shop, shop, shop at the USANA Store in the Salt Palace. On Wednesday, I do my logo merchandise shopping. And, I do any current product purchasing that I need/want, or that I see is on sale. Throughout the rest of the time, I add purchases as new products or sales tools are introduced. Some folks print out their country’s price sheet, so they can compare prices to US dollars. NOTE: Our sales tools are primarily digital now, so very few sales tools will be available for purchase at the USANA Store.
*BIG HINT* – Part of the hold-up of long cash register lines the last few years was caused by people not knowing in which business center leg they wanted to put their purchases. The cashiers were taking time to look up their volumes, recite them to the Associate, wait for the decision of which leg, and then ringing them up. PLEASE figure out your volumes and placement choice using your smartphone before you get to check out!
Tax receipt tip for USA: Since products that we consume aren’t tax deductible, but logo merchandise and business tools are, I separate them out at the cashier and run them as two separate orders. That way, I can file the receipts easily as either “business” or “personal” expenditures.
- Cell phones are a godsend at convention. So, before you go, swap cell phone numbers with everyone you know that you might want to contact for lunch or a meeting. Please turn off your phones or put them on vibrate inside all the meetings and seminars. That’s just etiquette! And again, remember to pack your CELL PHONE CHARGER, and optimally your portable cell phone charging station. During the sessions, texting and tweeting and Facebooking are encouraged (quietly), to report news immediately and to create a buzzzzzz!
- Bring your laptop or iPad for your hotel room to correspond with business partners who couldn’t make it. Or, if you can’t bring one, there are computer kiosks or work stations in some of the hotels, and in the Salt Palace (for a small fee at the Salt Palace). Most hotels have free Wi-Fi, and any nearby Starbucks has free Wi-Fi as well.
- Carve out time to tour USANA Headquarters. There are FREE home office bus tours all day Wednesday, Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday evening, leaving from the corner of the Salt Palace that faces the Holiday Inn Express. My favorite time is Wednesday, before the serious networking and meetings begin.
- Again, remember to keep all your convention receipts for business expenses: hotel, shuttle/taxi/Uber, airfare, meals, business tools and logo merchandise receipts.
- Keep a little Kleenex handy. Some of those speakers WILL touch your heart.
And, finally, think of this as YOUR time to absorb, to network, to have fun, to grow! Leave your worries behind and give yourself the best convention experience ever! After all, this is our annual celebration – our last global one for three years – and it is truly a gift from corporate to us!