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Creating Community Through Active Citizenship

To help you prepare for Alternatives…

One of the ways to make your Alternatives experience joyous and comfortable is to come prepared by being sure to bring what you will need with you. These things may seem like no-brainers but we’ve had many people over the years forget to bring things they really would have been happier having with them. So we’ve prepared a checklist:

  • Pack carefully (intentionally) – Remember the airlines are now charging for overweight bags, and most only allow one free checked bag weighing a maximum of 50 pounds. You can still carry one bag onto the plane in most cases.

  • Bring any medications that you take. Medications could prove difficult to replace it if you don’t bring them.

  • C-pap machine – Keep in mind the weight limits on luggage, but don’t leave your C-pap machine at home. Bring it if you use one at home.

  • Conference rooms can get cool so you might want to bring a sweater, fleece or wrap.

  • Don’t forget your toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, etc. Please leave your perfume and cologne at home – other attendees may have sensitivities to scents, and we want everyone to be comfortable.

  • Bring anything that makes you most comfortable such as your pillow, journal, reading/writing materials.

  • We usually have access to the hotel’s pool and fitness center, so bring a swimsuit and/or workout clothes if you wish to use them.


  • There will be a myriad of ways to be involved and engaged at the conference. We plan lots of options, but that doesn’t mean you have to go to everything. You don’t need to attend every workshop. This is a time for you to also relax and make connections.
  • Get enough rest, drink plenty of water and be sure to eat.