Daphne’s Salute Survival Guide

Daphne DukesIt’s April, that means one thing – Salute Wargames Show!

This year several the Weagles members are going, some for the first time, as such it’s my duty as a reporter to give an insight in to how best survive the show if you’re going for the first time…

Sensible Shoes!

Heels are great, but not when you’re on your feet all day! Wear shoes that you’re happy to walk in for a good few hours, take it from me there is nothing worse than sore feet.

Set a Budget!

Salute has loads of retail stands, and I mean loads. It’s also really easy to spend a fortune and then spend another fortune. This is two tips in one, firstly set a budget and ideally take it in cash, lots of the stalls accept cards and it’s far too easy to get a bit spend happy if you’re just handing over plastic.

The second part of this tip is to not spend all your cash at once, if a stall has a large stock of something it’s ok to come back later and buy it then. You might see it cheaper at another stand after all.

Food & Drink!

Food and drink at ExCel is not cheap, there are also a few thousand people who at some point will all be looking for lunch or a cuppa at some point. The best way to avoid this is to take lunch with you, a packed lunch is the way forward, unless of course you want to pay £10 for a Subway and queue for 30 mins to get it….

16387062_1246030665443841_3007326592106247634_nMake a Shopping List!

This tip links back to setting a budget, it’s easy to make many (many, many) impulse purchases, as such plan what you really want to get, write a list and set a sensible budget cover the list with a bit of spare for those unexpected or impulse purchases.

Plan Your Day!

This tip is really a combination of all the others. Salute is a big event and it’s all too easy for 7hrs to go by without seeing even a fraction of what’s there. The full list of traders and games is available on the South London Warlords / Salute website, have a look through them and plan what you want to see and what stalls you want to visit.

It’s also worth while planning how to walk around the show, if you bounce back and forth between stall you’ll walk for miles, if you know what you want to see and where you want to visit you’ll see everything that you want to.

So, these are my top tips! If I’ve missed any let us know in the comments! Have a great day and keep an eye on my Twitter for pictures from the day.

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