In 200 odd days, another PAX Australia is going to dawn upon us, and seeing as the event is going to be bigger than last year's, we're going to have a buttload of new PAX attendees. I just thought it might be fun/useful to compile a list of tips which may apply to everyone, and may not be covered on the FAQ. In saying that, please do visit the FAQ stickied at the top of the "PAX Australia" threads for some information coming from the guys who run the damn thing, or are at least experienced enough to know what they are talking about.
In saying that, I have I few tips which I personally found to be lifesavers last year:1. Bring bottles of water from home.
Alright, water is a thing that we need in order to... well, live, so it's pretty important to have some of the stuff available to you. Now, as with any convention where you have a large amount of people, the prices for basic commodities such as water get jacked up a little bit, so unless you're willing to down around about $20 for three bottles of water, just bring a few bottles yourself, and save yourself some money for merch on the floor.2. Wear comfortable shoes.
There isn't going to be many places to sit and rest - that's pretty much guaranteed. I'm sure that there will be a few places, but they will always be occupied by one of the many thousands of people in the same venue as you. Also, there's lines. Lots and lots of lines to stand in. So just make sure than when you leave in the morning, you put on your magical cloud insulated hover shoes to walk around in for the day, or you're going to have a day of painful feet.3. If you really want to see something, line up early!
Just in case I forgot to mention it, there's probably going to be a lot of people at PAX, and if you have a panel that you really want to see, then line up in advance for it. I'm not talking 10-15 minutes early here - I'm talking maybe an hour or so early. You're going to a place where there's probably people who want to see what you want to see, so it's better to get to line early, or risk being disappointed by a sad whiteboard proclaiming the end of the line without you in it.4. At the start of the day, bring a relatively roomy bag.
You're going to buy stuff. It doesn't matter what you say, or how "tight" your budget is - you're going to buy stuff, and you do not need to be constantly holding said items in your hand for the whole day. At the beginning of the day, you'll have a relatively empty backpack of some sort, which will progressively get fuller as you spot the next piece of merch to buy. Trust me, this will be the best decision you've made all day. I made the mistake of bringing a bag packed with stuff on the first day, so I ended up asking the Popcultcha booth for an extra box (which they gladly gave me) to lug stuff around in. It was not comfortable. Do not make that mistake.5. In terms of swag/freebies, take stuff that you want, and don't just take it because it's free.
Remeber when I said that your bag was gonna get full? Well, make sure it isn't full of crap that you don't want, all because it was free. Believe it or not, you are allowed to politely refuse any swag or freebies offered to you on the show floor. If you insist of being a swag-hunter, then make sure you have an extra large bag, but generally, take stuff that you want, or stuff that you're interested in, and don't fill your bag with those K-On! plushies that were being offered to you when you have no idea what K-On! is.6. If possible, go with a group! It's more fun that way!
At last year's PAX Aus, I made the trip by myself, and although I had loads of fun, it's safe to say that it would have been more fun with a group. Gather a group of friends together, or, ask around on the forums for some people you can meet up with! You'll be surrounded by like-minded people, so if you do make the trek alone, then talking to people and just interacting in general will make PAX a better experience for you. Although I admit that I was the creeper who would stand alone with a camera in large crowds last year. Just go with a group, whether it's one you organised with friends, or a random group of PAX'ers in the same boat as you.
Alright, that's all I've got so far. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to post them and I'll edit them into the main post! If you have any questions, please got to the aforementioned FAQ stickied at the top of the "PAX Australia" section of the forums.