If you’re like me, a “be prepared at all costs” type person, force yourself to simplify. Pack the absolute necessities. Have a nice, mix-and-match wardrobe with a few accessories. Keep your writing portfolio simple. Organize it and your flight plans, your hotel confirmation, etc. in a binder so that all your paperwork is together. I’ve learned (okay, I’m learning!), that my entire writing career doesn’t hinge on the 4 days revolving around this one conference. So, just go and enjoy yourself.