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Art Fair Essentials | What to pack for a day at the art fair? 
A handy guide of what to pack for a day at the art fair.
Art Stuff 16 May 2023
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As Art Basel is fast approaching, and flocks of art world heavy hitters descend onto the small Suisse city, we have put together a handy guide of what to pack for a day at the art fair.

Location x Theme 
An art fair essentials quick poll via Forbes to an index of art world contacts recently revealed a pleasantly surprising diverse array of responses. From spare cigarettes, and a journal, to a pair of binoculars …

Firstly, packing for a day at an art fair will depend on several factors, including the weather, the general theme, and the location. So, pre-plan around these components and think smart!

Comfortable shoes
You will likely be doing a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support. Or if you are keen to show off those killer new heels, pack a pair of flats so you can make it home in one piece. Plasters may also be needed for painful pieds.

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Beauty x Healthcare Essentials
If the art fair is outdoors, you will want to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are someone who wears makeup, pack a mini kit of top-up essentials.  And, if you are likely to enjoy a glass of bubbles or 10 – pack some paracetamol for a painful head – ouch.

Water bottle + snacks
You will be on your feet for a long time, so staying hydrated and fuelled throughout the day is important, so bring a refillable water bottle and some healthy snacks (if the fair allows) to keep you going.

Business Cards x Journal
If you are someone who likes to hand out business cards, make sure you are well-stocked. And, if you are a traditional type, then pack your trusty journal and pen. If not, make sure you pack a portable charger – so you can make sure your phone is well boosted for note taking and pics.

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Tick List

  • Phone
  • Wallet – include ID and form of payment
  • Spare tote for all those freebies
  • Extra layer if cold
  • Spare shoes
  • Plasters
  • Paracetamol
  • Sun cream
  • Makeup touch-ups + mirror
  • Hair tye
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Journal + pen
  • Portable charger
  • Business cards
  • Portable charger
  • Finally, a great bag to fit all this in!

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