EMS Tips

10 Tips for EMS World Expo #EMSWorldExpo

EMS World Expo LogoI am leaving for EMS World Expo in Las Vegas in less than two weeks. The event is approaching fast. I have been to EMS World Expo (formerly EMS Expo) in Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, and Las Vegas. These travel tips have served me well over the years.

1. Before you leave install the TripIt smartphone app to organize all of your travel reservations.

2. Limit your luggage to a carry-on roller bag to avoid a checked bag fee (or fly Southwest where bags fly free). If you need to check a bag make sure to have some essential items in your carry-on (wallet, medications, phone charger, and phone)

3. Consider a cab from the airport to the strip. Hotels are close to the airport and cab fare is pretty reasonable, maybe double what you pay for a shared ride shuttle. The shuttles leave frequently but make lots of stops.

4. Remember these important travel items – sunscreen, comfortable shoes for strolling on the strip or cruising the showroom floor, and an extra phone battery.

5. Deter thieves by using the in-room safe for your laptop, jewelry and other valuables. Leave your belongings in your room well-organized and cleanly. You can also decline housekeeping to keep your room from being accessed and left open during cleaning. Don’t leave bags or belongings unattended in the exhibit hall or classrooms.

6. Stay AWAKE and ORIENTED when you are out having fun for two reasons – first most of us spend enough time caring for patients that have too much to drink, we don’t need to do it while away from home and second you want to be in control of your destiny.

7. There is FUN and SAFETY in numbers. Start connecting with other EMS World Expo attendees on social networks to plan social activities and events. Hone your leadership skills and organize an activity or meet-up.

8. Exercise your mind and your body. Get up early and go for a run or walk on the strip. Use your hotel’s work-out room and pool. I love running on the strip as the sun is rising.

9. Stay nourished and hydrated. I always bring a water bottle and snacks to keep me going during longs days at the conference and to avoid spending $8 on a bottle of water and a bag of chips.

10. Prepare your “who I am/what I do” speech, but more importantly think of the questions you want to ask the people you will meet from other EMS agencies.

BONUS Tip: the most important item you can bring to EMS World Expo is an open mind. Ready yourself to learn about new and different patient assessment, care, and transport techniques. Prepare to learn something in every session you attend, from every vendor you speak to, and from every conversation you have with other EMS professionals.

Have you been to EMS World Expo? Share your top tips in the comments area.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.