Come one, come all! It's that time of the year when geeks of all factions co-exist. That time when it's acceptable to dress up as a superhero, an anime character, a Disney princess, or a video game avatar even though it's not Halloween. That time when fans of all ages willingly wait in long lines, pose for awkward pictures, and eat bad convention center food. That's right, it's time for\u00a0San Diego Comic-Con.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOn July 20-23, San Diego Comic-Con will take Southern California\u00a0and crush its existence into a geekdom oblivion. As a SDCC regular, I decided to bring you\u00a0GeekFeed's first ever survival guide for your full\u00a0SDCC experience. Whether this is your first time or your 20th, this survival guide can serve as\u00a0your checklist to what you need to take, need to remember, must do, and must avoid.\r\n\r\nNote: This list\u00a0doesn't solely pertain to\u00a0SDCC. It can work for all the other upcoming entertainment conventions you plan to go to: Pax West (Sept. 1-4)\u00a0Long Beach Comic-Con (Sept. 2-3),\u00a0New York Comic Con\u00a0(Oct. 5-8), and more!\r\n\r\nBE SURE TO TAKE\r\n\r\n \tBackpack:\u00a0Take a backpack! Comic-Con is very well known for mountains of free stuff so you will need a place to put it all. Also, you will be tempted to buy things!\r\n \tMoney:\u00a0The place to buy collectibles, books, trades, comics and t-shirts is here! The convention floor is where everything will be accessible to you if you bring money. Otherwise, you will experience a whole lot of window shopping and regret. Side note: Cash is better, but dangerous because you'll want to spend it all in one place.\r\n \tWater:\u00a0Even more important than a backpack is water. It gets crowded, it's hot, and you walk a lot. Keeping yourself hydrated is very important. One water bottle will be enough since the convention center is full of water fountains where you can get free refills.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tComics:\u00a0Say what you will about how this event is "more about entertainment than anything else", but it began with comic books and there are chances to get the autograph of some of your favorite creators. If you do your research, you can figure out who is going to be there and where (Check\u00a0SDCC's webpage\u00a0for that information). This is the moment where you would take your comics to be autographed by creators. Don't make the same mistake I made my first year and get all your autographs on a lousy piece of paper. (This goes for whatever other merchandise you would\u00a0like to get signed.)\r\n \tSketch Book:\u00a0I can guarantee that most of your favorite comic book artists will be at Artist Alley. If you are one of the sorts of people who like artists' sketches then do not forget a sketch book. (Money will be handy here too.)\r\n \tComfortable Shoes:\u00a0I can not stress this enough -- You will walk a lot! Take comfortable shoes and if your costume does not require heels, then do not even consider\u00a0them. Seriously, after H2O, those rubber, orthopedic soles are the most important thing while there.\r\n \tToothpaste & Deodorant:\u00a0It's a crowded space that accumulates\u00a0a lot of body odor. Do the rest of the world a favor and take the necessary precautions so you do not add to the\u00a0odor stampede. (Spearmint gum is also welcomed.)\r\n \tSnacks:\u00a0I sometimes forget to eat, and at Comic-Con there are a lot of distractions which will, most likely, make me miss a meal. So take a snack, it will help you get through the day. If you can, try not to take junk food. Think of healthy snacks that won't burn you out.\r\n \tHat & Sunglasses:\u00a0If you plan on going to panels, it is likely you will be in line for quite some time. It is also likely that the line will be so long that it will reach the dreaded outside. Be prepared and take a hat and some sunglasses, just in case.\r\n\r\nREMEMBER\r\n\r\n \tFriends:\u00a0My first year at SDCC was pretty lonely, because I went by myself. If you want to enjoy this experience fully you need someone to "geek out" with. If you are going alone, remember that the people there are all comic book\/video game\/anime geeks like yourself. Don't be afraid to make new friends!\r\n \tAsk Questions:\u00a0Panels usually have a Q&A section where audience members can go up to the microphone to ask questions. Don't be shy. People in the industry are truly interested in your questions. If you are interested in heading to the mic, be sure to think your question through. You don't want to be the guy\/girl who confuses\u00a0Adam Hughes\u00a0for\u00a0Robert Kirkman. (This actually happened once.)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tDon't Be Shy This one goes in hand with the previous two. Don't be me at my first convention; talk to people, cosplayers, other people in line, and celebrities. While this isn't 100% factual for every person there, remember that this is an event people attend to celebrate all of those nerdy things they're passionate about. Of course, be prudent and don't hog the people in the industry, but feel free to chime in on conversations where you might create lasting memories.\r\n \tCharge Your Electronics:\u00a0Preferably do so the\u00a0night before. There's nothing worse than having to stop mid-shenanigans to look for an outlet and charge your iPhone. Plus, they will most likely be all used up by other attendees that didn't read this article. Also, if you have an external battery to charge your\u00a0electronics with, fully charge it the night before! Believe me, you're going to need them to play\u00a0Heads Up while waiting in multiple lines.\r\n\r\nMUST DO\r\n\r\n \tArrive Early!:\u00a0Throughout the whole experience you will be in lots of lines. The longest one will probably be to get the line to enter the convention. If you want to attend\u00a0the convention center to see... anything, then get there early. 9 am is too late!\r\n \tSleep:\u00a0Get a good night's rest so that you are ready for next day's shenanigans.\r\n \tTake Pictures:\u00a0There will be cosplayers all over!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tSideshow Collectibles:\u00a0One of the highlights of the convention is the Sideshow Collectibles booth. It is one of the largest and most breathtaking exhibits of collectibles you will ever see. Take pictures and hit\u00a0the exhibits before noon so you don't get clobbered by the thousands\u00a0of people trying to do the same.\r\n \tBuy Comics & Trades:\u00a0The convention is the perfect place to shop! Comic books that you need to complete your collection will probably be there, be sure to shop. Also, this is the best place to buy trades since they are usually 50% off.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCosplay:\u00a0This is the place where you won't get judged for your attire. If you're creative enough and want to show off your costume-creating abilities, this is where they'll be most appreciated. I made a lot of friends because I\u00a0gave cosplaying a chance.\r\n\r\nMUST AVOID\r\n\r\n \tCafeteria Food:\u00a0Do not eat the food, it is bad. Period. There are plenty of restaurants outside of the convention center.\r\n \tConvention Center Parking:\u00a0If you're driving to the convention, it might be cheaper to park off-site (like at the Old Town transit center) and take the trolley to the convention center.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tBooth Babes:\u00a0They are pretty to look at and take pictures with but remember: They are only doing their job, so don't even try. (You know what I mean)\r\n \tFanboys\/girls\u00a0I don't think that it's necessary for me to point this out, but, like on the internet, there are a lot of fans who love to hate. Try to avoid these people and focus on your fellow geeks.\r\n\r\nHope you guys liked and found this guide helpful. If you have any Con experience at all let us know if we missed anything to maybe update this for next year's convention season.\r\n\r\nSan Diego Comic-Con will be arriving in\u00a0Southern California from\u00a0July 20 to July 23.