10 Essentials You Need to Pack for FAST 2022

The FlightBridgeED Air & Surface Transport Symposium 2022 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Planet Hollywood

The time is finally here. Your trip to FAST 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada is just around the corner. You finally have the opportunity to explore new ideas, make new connections, and learn from the most influential leaders in critical care medicine. As you pack your bags and prepare to head off to the desert, you might be wondering what you’ll actually need to pack for the conference. The good news is, you don’t need a lot to attend a conference, but there are a few things you’ll want to pack to ensure that you have the best conference experience possible.

So, here’s our list of the top 10 essentials you need to pack for FAST 2022.

1. A copy of your conference ticket(s) confirmation

When it comes to in-person events, FlightBridgeED tries to make your experience as easy as possible. When you arrive, all you need to do is pick up your badge and head on in! Having said that, we all know how technology works (or does not work) from time to time. Ensure your experience by printing out a copy of your ticket confirmation (or at least make sure it's available to view on your phone via email).


2. We highly recommend comfortable business casual clothing

It’s important to dress professionally for work, but you don’t need to wear a 3-piece business suit to FAST22. Remember, this is a professional event and making connections with other professionals is part of what makes this conference so important for you and for our industry. It's possible that your future employer will be in attendance, or the opportunity to network with representatives from our sponsors and exhibitors, and other professionals from around the globe. Also, know that this is a recommendation and NOT a requirement, but as the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.


3. A lightweight jacket

Of all our recommendations you might think this one is a bit strange - the conference is in the DESERT. During the day it's definitely hot in May, but temperatures in the evening can be in the 40's, or 50's. If that's your favorite temperature range then disregard this suggestion, but if that's a bit breezy for you, then don't forget to grab a lightweight jacket. We want you to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer in the evenings and we want you to be comfortable while you're doing it.


4. Hotel reservations

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is a very popular resort and it often sells out. Las Vegas, in general, has been a very popular destination lately what with the Super Bowl, and the mask mandate being recently revoked. You’ll need to make hotel reservations well in advance at Planet Hollywood. This way, you know for sure you’ll have a room for the conference, and you won’t have to worry about being late for any of the presentations.

You can get the BEST RATES for your stay by using our Hotel Reservation portal.


5. Toiletries

Those teeth won't brush themselves! To be honest, this one seems pretty obvious, but I can assure you they have been left before. If you've ever tossed your suitcase on the bed in your hotel to grab your toiletries so you can shower and refresh from your travels only to discover that you left those necessities sitting on the kitchen table then you understand this pain. (Although it certainly seems like this guy is speaking from first-hand experience, I assure you that... you might be right.) In any case, make sure you bring toiletries.


6. A pen and paper for taking notes

One of the things I love most about FAST conferences is that some of the greatest minds in critical care medicine are gathered together in one place. I will say that most of the incredible insights, techniques, treatments, and research they are discussing are available to learn without them. The only problem with learning it without them is it will take you about 50 years to even discover where to start in any given subject. This conference brings together industry leaders from all around in so many disciplines. Their knowledge is worth your time. Take some notes and evolve your practice when you get back home.


7. Spending money

We love our community and we want your experience at FAST to be nothing less than the best. With the help of our sponsors, we have your snacks, (non-alcoholic) beverages, and lunch taken care of, but this is VEGAS! You never know when you might want to treat yourself, splurge on a nice dinner, catch a show, or purchase a gift for a friend. Not interested in any of that? That's ok, too! The FAST conference is always the perfect mix of education, inspiration, and entertainment all by itself.


8. Your cell phone

Much like your toiletries, I am not sure we really need to cover this one, but again, based on someone else's bad experience without their cell phone we felt it necessary to throw this one in here. We would also like to shamelessly ask that you remember to plaster pics and videos of the spectacular time you are having all over your social media feed with the hashtags #FAST so that your friends, co-workers, and family are jealous that they aren't attending.


9. A friend

Speaking of friends, co-workers, and family, one of the best ways to experience the FAST Symposium is together with someone you enjoy hanging out with. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is how much we missed each other. With "Zoom fatigue" added to the ICD-10 codes this year (I totally made that up... but it should be added) we all need a moment to regather, take a (virus-free, unmasked) breath, and remember that we aren't in this alone. Healthcare is changing... critical care is evolving and we are living a new normal as providers. This new normal is fraught with high stakes and high stress. Now, more than ever, we need to support each other as we take care of the sick and injured in our communities.


10. Anticipation for your FAST 2022 “a-ha!” moments

Be aware that not everything is going to be new to you at FAST22. As you listen to the speakers and participate in each session, you’ll probably find that some of what is being taught is stuff you are familiar with in varying degrees of mastery. At multiple points during the conference, we know you’re going to have “a-ha!” moments. It might be a shift in your perception, a better path to a better outcome for your patients, solidifying a concept that has eluded you, or maybe even the answer to one of your questions that unlocks new potential in your career. So bring your questions, and your expectations with you to FAST22!


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