Last year, my entire world changed when I experienced the Young Living Convention for the first time. That sounds like the biggest cliche, I'm sure, but it was absolutely true. I wished that I had found a post like the one that I'm writing: all of the tips for Young Living Convention all in one place.
I did a lot of research and video watching before attending. It was my first time flying in 7 years, and I was incredibly nervous (that's an understatement). I was also going to be on almost the opposite coast from my family in a very high altitude (when I'm used to being at near-sea-level). Plus, I'm a preparer. So I hope that this guide will help you out as you prepare for the trip and experience of a lifetime!
I wrote an entire post chronicling the altitude and what I did to keep myself feeling great. Before I link to it, please note that there is truly no way of knowing how your body will react to the potentially-extreme changes in altitude (even if you have experienced it before, your body is organic and always changing). So the most important thing is to be prepared, stay hydrated, and drink your antioxidants. You want as much oxygen to get to your brain as possible. And you want to support your digestive system.
Ok, so when you are ready, go and read the post about altitude and what you can do to support your body during extreme altitude changes.
Daily Overview: What To Expect
The SLC Airport is not very big, but there are some places where you can grab a bite to eat if you are starving when you get off the plane. My biggest advice is to at least grab a bottle of coconut water to start hydrating in that way (see my post on altitude).
- Some hotels have shuttles running from the airport. If not, you can arrange with the Super Shuttle. Or you can use a Taxi or public transportation.
- Get a map of downtown SLC or the Yelp app.
- Get to your hotel/house and settle in. Unpack, rest for a moment, and then get some food for the next week.
- Everyone who attends must have a ticket.
- Shuttles will leave from Vivint. You can also self-transport with a rental car, but you need to have registered to do that.
- Farm ticket includes lunch. It is delicious, and I dream about the food that is served on the farm. I mean, salivating...
- Items to have: a hat, sunglasses, water (there are tons of water filling stations), blanket for your picnic lunch, mineral sunscreen, Lavaderm mist.
- Restrooms are Porta-Potties, so bring Hand Purifier and Thieves Spray
- There are many different places where you can stop and enjoy some purchases:
- NingXia/Snack Tent: Lavender Ice Cream, NingXia snow cones (with way more than 2 oz in each cup), other really yummy refreshments
- Discount Tent: discontinued products and apparel are available here. Often there is a huge tub of close-to-expiring Nitros for $1 each, so you can totally stock up.
- Product Tent: you can purchase just about every product from the catalog here. If you spend any of the promo amounts, you will receive the free promo items. My suggestion is to skip this so that you can wait until the new products are announced.
- Welcome Center: due to fire code, they only allow 25 people in at a time. It is a great building to visit, but you can see it all here from a recent trip. The line usually takes about 2 hours to get through.
- Apparel Tent: these are shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and other YL gear that is only available at the farm. So the items you see in this tent are not ones that you can get at Convention (and vice versa). It's a long wait (sometimes about an hour), but it can be worth it if you really want any of the items.
- Don't worry if you are scheduled to attend later in the week. All of the supplies and tents are restocked daily. They may run out in a particular day, but they have allotted items as needed.
What to expect:
With the exception of lunch at the assigned time, the rest of the day is totally on your schedule. There will be some events that are happening, but you can attend if you feel compelled. If not, then you can skip them. There will probably be jousting and/or something regarding the horses in the arena. They are fun and different experiences, and I would encourage you to attend. But you absolutely need to go walk across the street to the lavender fields and take a jump in them (start practicing now), go and help replant whichever crop is being featured, take a self-guided tour of the distillery, and visit the animals (especially the horses). I would also HIGHLY recommend taking your shoes off and standing in the grass. The frequencies of the land is amazing. You will feel that energy immediately.
There is always some sort of party beforehand, and they are always fun to attend. There is food that you can purchase, games or events you can buy tickets and participate, or souvenirs you can bring home. All or most of the proceeds benefit the YL Foundation! After the party (this year it is a tailgate theme), you can go to the stadium, find your seat with your team, and watch the opening ceremony. It's usually a pretty amazing spectacle with the heart of Young Living (and the Foundation) at the center. I mean, last year, Gary Young flew in from the rafters!
Now, I am not sure when they are going to announce the new products, but since Thursday marks the first break-out sessions, I wonder if the products will be announced at that Wednesday opening event. They may not, but I would recommend not missing it.
- Breakouts happen in the daytime.
- Life Science Publishing will be at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
- There will also be off-site vendors (look for the AromaShare event) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- You will have breaks for lunch, but you may not have enough time to wait in the lines. See the tips about food.
- Gold and Platinum Lunches are just for those who are invited.
- Business casual dress.
- The Expo is a great place to try all of the products. It's huge, so plan to give yourself lots of time for this.
- You can also purchase products and gear/apparel in a separate room. Wait until after the products are announced. You also will have the option of purchasing all of the new products released for a discounted price.
- Casual dress in evenings.
- We will be outside at a stadium for General Sessions in the evenings for Convention 2017.
- There will be tailgating (food trucks), jersey purchases, and probably other items available for purchase.
- Last year in the arena, there was a NingXia Bar in one of the concessions, though the lines were crazy long and they ran out of product early. There was also a setup for all of the Oola gear. I am not sure if those will be the same this year.
- Transportation is from chartered busses. Pick-up will be at the Vivint Arena. I am not sure about self-parking.
- Awards Gala (paid ticket required) is formal attire.
- Silver Soiree is just for those who are invited (those who qualified in the last year and who received a ticket) and their guests.
Treat Your Feet
After a day of walking, you will want to take care of your little feet and toes. Try these tips:
- "Get some Epsom salt once you're there and soak in Aroma Siez every night!"
- "We always put Thieves and OrthoSport on in the morning and again at night when we went to bed."
- "OrthoEase at bedtime and put socks on."
- "Cool Azul Pain Cream and Panaway will be traveling with me!"
- "I'm thinking of making a custom roller ball blend with OrthoEase as the base. So far, I am considering Dorado Azul, Peppermint, Aroma Siez, and Cypress."
- "I love PanAway mixed with Lemongrass and then added to OrthoEase."
- "Frozen water bottle and roll your feet back and forth while applying pressure to reduce swelling."
- In the book Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief, the author talks about the following:
- Foot exercises
- The geometry of footwear (why never to wear any kind of heel every)
- The size of the toe box
- Effortless footwear (flip-flops are super bad for your feet!)
- A lot of the same info can be found on her website, actually, if you just search for it. https://nutritiousmovement.com/blog/
- Bring an empty suitcase for everything you buy/receive. You can also ship it home. We found an off-site FedEx store that was open on Sunday, and we stopped there before leaving for the airplane during Silver Retreat.
- Roll clothes to save space.
- Pre-sort clothes into outfits (including bras/underwear) and put into plastic bags. This will compress and organize your clothes. You don't need to use packing cubes, but you can if you want (instead of the ziplock bags).
- Stuff shoes with folded sock balls. Rubber bands keep shoes together.
- Pick lightweight fabrics.
- You probably don't need to bring a backpack, since YL provides a bag of some sort at Registration.
- Pack as light as possible when heading out to Convention. You never know how much you will be bringing back.
- Pack every toiletry in an individual zipper bag. Bring extras. Try to get out extra air before closing the bottle/container. When some of the leak, use the extras for the return trip.
YL Convention Packing List (PDF download)
- Comfy shoes
- Sweater for evenings and cooler indoor areas
- There will be a huge amount of walking so be prepared & carry a back pack for sure.
- Check out the weather about a week before leaving so you can plan your clothing. SLC is in between the mountains, so it is a desert climate. That can be hot, but it can also be not.
- Business casual for breakout sessions.
- Be cognizant of your budget. Make sure that you are not overspending. It's easy to get overwhelmed with how much you can spend.
- If you don't want to worry about feeling left out of anything, plan to spend about $750 there. That would be all of the books, products, food, clothing, gear, accessories, etc. that you could want. Is that a lot? Yes. Can you do it for MUCH less? Yes! That is just the I-don't-care-how-much-I-spend-but-how-much-am-I-going-to-spend? amount.
- My biggest advice is to get cash and organize it by day as to how much you have to spend. If you can only pay with a card at certain places, then just put that cash aside to deposit and restock that amount.
Oils & Products
These are just some of the recommended oils/products to bring with you.
- Stress Away/Peace & Calming
- Brain Power
- NingXia Red and/or Nitro
- White Angelica
- Slique Bars (if you have to skip lunch)
- Lavender or Genesis Lotion (to help your skin... it's dry there!)
- LavaDerm Spray (for cooling down)
- Thieves Hand Purifier & Thieves Spray (because... public bathrooms)
- Inner Defense
- Enzymes (my suggestion: Essentialzymes-4 and Detoxzyme)
Food & Meals
- Bring snacks (it's a long time in between meals)
- Have a water bottle
- Nordstrom has a nice cafe for having lunch out.
- A great place to have lunch or dinner is at the Joseph Smith building on the top floor. The food is great & so are the views - a good place to relax away from the crowds.
- There are pop-up food places outside (food trucks) and in the Convention Center to get snacks/lunch. The lines for these get long and they aren not cheap options.
- I would find health store and take your food with you. I did that last year it made a huge cost saving difference.
- Options for Groceries: Harmons, Whole Foods...
Quick & Not-So-Dirty Tips
Around Salt Lake
- Trax: "Utilize the tram. It's fun! Grab a map and carry it in your handbag... It's called Trax, and it will get you around certain parts of Salt Lake for free!"
- Bike Taxi: "If you use the bike taxi be sure to ask the price before you get on... And regarding the bike taxi- if you really liked the price and the service, be sure to figure out how to contact them again and call for a ride! Also, prices at night or at least prices the last night went up last year."
Making the Most of the Experience
- Download the YL Convention app. It tells you the hours of what is going on, the events, locations, and changes.
- Don't be bashful about talking to strangers. Chat with others; everyone is so friendly!!
- Have a battery pack (recommended brand: Jackery) and/or phone charger.
- Go to the Farm no matter what!
- Take lots of business cards to trade. Or you can just become friends on Facebook immediately with your new crossline friends.
- Be present in the moment & take good notes.
- Print out the itinerary the day before you leave (so it is the most updated) and write in when your flights are and other events. You may get a printed copy there with registration, but that way you start by having it in one place when you leave.
- Remember you are competing with 30k people for the ladies room.
- Enjoy even the time that you stand in line. Use it to learn from the people around you!
- Look around and approach people that you know! Instead of just snapping a picture, ask if they will do a video shout-out to a member of your team who would love them (an encouraging word or something like that).
- Take advantage of evening events, even if you are dog-tired. You never know who you are going to meet!
- Take turn with your team in saving seats. Have a group text going.
- Ask questions from everyone: favorite product, favorite combo, favorite oil, how they use XYZ. especially do this with the YL staff.
- Go to the NingXia Red Bar. Get a crazy-awesome shot with some new essential oils that you never would have thought of using.
The Best Convention Ever!
- Cash gets you through the NingXia bar faster
- Write your name and phone number in your YL notebook and backpack (the ones they give you at registration) so if it's left anywhere someone can get it back to you.
- Don't stress about making all your classes.
- Download the Office Lens app or Genius Scan to take pictures of the slides and the convert to be centered and much clearer (even if the screen is at an angle). Unless you already know how to use the app, just take the pictures and then use the app to convert them after the presentation. Otherwise you will miss a lot.
- Bring your patience and emotional oils.
- If you ever can't make it to a presentation, there will be a note-sharing group to get the slides/notes that you missed.
- Make sure to check out the vendors at the area hotels.
- Follow the hashtags and post often for the people that can't attend.
- Be ready (when you come home) to pay it forward when you get home. Spread that oily love and info!
- If I bought a ticket from someone and they transferred their ticket to me can I alter the classes they chose? Yes.
- Can I bring my children? Yes. You often see mothers (and fathers) baby wearing or pushing strollers. Once children get older, there is a kids' camp as well.
So what tips did I miss?