Trade Show Survival Kit

by Admin | December 17, 2017 | Tips and Tricks

You’ve spent months planning, preparing and organizing your exhibit, and now it’s time to shine. Even with the best planning, there will be unexpected last-minute issues, leaving you scrambling to find a solution. We recommend bringing an emergency trade show kit with helpful items to have on hand. These core items are a great place to start.


For setup and last-minute booth repairs, you’ll need these basic tools. Be sure to include any additional tools you might need specifically for your booth.
• Scissors
• Allen wrenches
• Utility knife
• Duct tape
• Packaging tape
• Electrical tape
• Flashlight
• Wood glue
• Hammer and nails
• Level
• Measuring tape
• Multi tool
• Pliers
• Screwdrivers (both Phillips and flathead)
• Velcro

Exhibit Parts and Pieces

With moving parts and breakable pieces, you’ll want to bring along some spare parts for your booth.

• Light bulbs
• Screws
• Double sided tape
• Touch-up paint
• Extra hinges
• Exhibit-specific connectors

Office Supplies

Pens and pencils have a way of disappearing – and you don’t want to be empty-handed when a potential client is waiting for you to take down their contact information.

• Extra business cards
• Paper clips
• Notepads
• Pens and pencils
• Markers
• Highlighters
• Calculators
• Tape
• Glue sticks
• Super glue
• Binder clips
• Rubber bands
• Handheld paper punch
• Stapler with extra staples
• Additional giveaways and promotional supplies
• Tacks or pushpins
• White out

Cleaning Supplies

Be prepared to handle spills, trash and dust and keep your booth spotless.

• Paper towels
• Cleaning wipes
• Adhesive remover
• Carpet stain remover
• Glass cleaner
• Multipurpose cleaner

Health and Hygiene

Be sure your staff stays healthy, so they can be the friendly, energetic representatives you need.

• Tissue
• Hand sanitizer
• Breath mints
• Eye drops
• Allergy and pain relief pills
• A small first aid kit including bandages, burn gel, disinfectant, cotton pads, etc.
• Throat lozenges
• Bottled water

Communication Essentials

Be sure you and your team know how to reach the show manager, security and key people on your team.

• Staff schedule with contact information
• List of back-up staff with contact information
• Contact lists for trade show organizers, floor coordinators, vendors and your sales team

Miscellaneous Items

• Flash drives
• Resealable plastic bags
• Small sewing kit
• Phone chargers
• Small digital camera
• Batteries
• Surge protectors

One of the benefits of an emergency trade show kit is that they’re reusable. Once you create a kit, you’ll only need to replace any items as needed after a show. For larger booths, you should have more than one kit available. Always make sure your staff knows the location of the emergency kit and is prepared to use it. Be sure to call us at VOXX if we can help you brainstorm additional items for your unique exhibit.


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