Professional development and training blog of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
October 11, 2013

What You Need to Pack for PRSA ICON

Editor’s note: This is the sixth post in a series of guest posts from the PRSA Philadelphia publicity committee leading up to the PRSA 2013 International Conference, October 26 – 29. Follow the Conference conversation by searching the hashtag #PRSAICON and following our PRSA National Events Twitter handle, @PRSAevents.

We’re just about two weeks out from the PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia. By now, you’ve looked over the program and made a note of which sessions you want to attend. You’ve had a taste of what some of the presenters will be sharing, and you’ve heard about some of the great things Philadelphia has to offer. (There’s more to come on that next week.)

Now, you’re probably wondering what to pack for your trip to the City of Brotherly Love, so here’s a helpful checklist of things to bring and do ahead of Conference so you get the most out of your experience.

Pack a camera!

Make sure you have a camera ready, because the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is giving Conference attendees the chance to win a Philadelphia getaway just by snapping a photo from their time in the city!

Starting October 26, you will be able to upload an image of Philadelphia to Visit Philly’s Facebook page, or you can simply tag a photo on Instagram or Twitter with #PRSAinPhilly while you’re in town. One lucky winner will receive a Philadelphia getaway prize pack ($1,500 value)! The winner will be announced on October 29 at Conference. Watch your email for more details in the coming days.

Bring Some Gently Used Accessories

Participate in the PRServing Philly Accessory Donation Drive by donating office-appropriate accessories, like handbags, jewelry, shoes, scarves and new hosiery. Just pack one or more of these items and bring your accessories to the Career Wardrobe donation drop-off, located at the entrance to the exhibit hall and next to the PRSA-Philly Hospitality booth.

Don’t Forget the Business Cards!

Make sure to grab some extra business cards to hand out during the networking events, like the Tweetup at the Field House and the Opening Night Gala.

Get the PRSA 13 IC App

Next week PRSA will be unveiling its 2013 International Conference app, which will allow you to plug into the latest updates about the Conference and networking events. . You also can check out the program information at, and find out about newly added sessions and Conference events.

Bring a Sweater!

Philly in October is beautiful, and we often see a range of weather conditions. The daytime temperatures run anywhere between the upper 50s and mid-70s, although we have had the occasional 80-degree day. The nights are getting chillier, so it’s best to bring a jacket, and it’s always good to have a blazer or sweater handy in the meeting rooms. Bring an umbrella too; if the forecast calls for rain, those showers can last most of the day.

Philly tends to be a fairly casual city, so jeans are acceptable at many restaurants and attractions, but if you’re planning for an upscale dining experience, business attire is appropriate.

Check Out Our Pinterest Boards

Check out the PRSA National Pinterest boards for conference information and ideas on what to do while you’re in Philly and where you might want to snap some great photos for the contest.

We can’t wait to see you all in Philadelphia!

Courtney L. Robinson, APR, the publicity chair for the 2013 PRSA International Host Committee, works in Executive Communications for AmeriHealth Caritas, and is an adjunct instructor at La Salle University.


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