16 Expert Gamers Share What They Pack in Their LAN Party Bags

LAN parties might not be as popular as they were a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean LAN parties are a bad idea. Actually it’s still a really good idea.

In our opinion, it’s far more exciting to meet in person to play than it is to sit alone and play together online – and that it’s no longer necessary to meet to play doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it.

So get started now. Find a nice LAN party (or arrange one yourself), unplug your computer, pack your bags and go!

But don’t just bring your computer and obvious things like cables and headphones. You might also want to pack things that are a bit less obvious, but that will make your LAN party experience a lot better.

To help with your packing, we have asked 16 expert gamers what they pack in their LAN party bags.

Read on and find out whether you need to bring Christmas lights, pillows or beer!


The 16 Expert Gamers


Dave Sylvia

Dave Sylvia, RGB LAN


Quick overview of what Dave brings:

  • Office chair
  • Projector
  • Small speaker setup
  • Christmas lights or LED strips

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

a) First and foremost, If I have room in the car, I always bring an office chair. Sitting in those plastic foldout chairs that most LANs provide (mine included) is murder on the back after a few days.

b) Second, I like to bring my projector. Most of the time these days when I’m attending LANs, its to help them run tournaments or to promote my own event. So having a big screen to post the tournament brackets, or even just our logo is a big help. But even when I attend as a regular attendee, I still bring it along. It’s great for setting up local co-op games, like Duck Game or Overcooked, to play with your friends or anyone else that’s just passing by.

c) Third is some kind of small speaker setup. I know these are typically frowned upon by most event organizers, but I’ve found that as long as you ask before using it, and it doesn’t bother your neighbors, most events are ok with it. Typically I’ll set it up under the projector screen (wall) to privide sound for the games, but sometimes I’ll just use it to play music near our computers, you’d be surprised how much it changes the atmosphere of the event, especially if the LAN doesn’t have music going of it’s own.

I’ll give you one more, because based on your other questions, you’re looking for small stuff that would fit in a bag, so the chair probably doesn’t count. 😛

d) I also like to bring something to decorate the area where my friends and I are sitting, usually Christmas lights or LED strips. It helps personalize and give a sense of ownership to our little section of the LAN. It also makes it way easier to find your seat at a really large event.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

If you stick to the basics, you can typically fit everything in a decent sized backpack. As for me, I bring so much stuff nowadays that I usually end up bringing a small suitcase to fit everything.

My best pro-tip for packing is to breakdown your computer in reverse order of how your going to set it up, so if you disconnect the keyboard first, but that in the bag first, then your mouse, headset, etc. The last thing that you pack (which means it’ll be on top when you unpack) should be your power strip. This is always the first thing you plug in so it should be easy to get to when your setting up at the LAN!


Peter Laihinen

Peter Laihinen, Crowns


Quick overview of what Peter brings:

  • Sweatpants
  • Waterbottle
  • A big group of friends

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

Sweatpants, to me being comfortable is everything when gaming, to preform your best you dont wanna be worrying over something as trivial as your cloths getting in a weird tight spot somewhere.

A waterbottle, I would wanna say it’s self explainitory, but for the same reason above, when im looking to perform on a lan I make sure to drink alot of water to not get mushy in my brain 😀

A big group of friends, sounds a bit weird eh? “Do you bring that?” Yeah, I guees you do, i’ve seen alot of people doing lans on alone or on like 2 people, the best is to have a big group of people that can keep track of your stuff when you sleep and you keep track of thiers when they sleep, why risk having any of your precious gear stolen eh? Besides, the more friends you got, the more fun you will have 😀

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I usually go about packing all my cabels, clothes and hygine in a big backpack, making sure the cables are on top so I can setup with ease, the rest I place and tie into place on my chair, it’s super smooth rolling the chair in.

Not very unusual, but thats for a reason 😉


Man with box on his head

Peter Suciu, NYC Techwriters


Quick overview of what Peter brings:

  • Special keyboard for shooters
  • Wrist pad
  • Favorite drink
  • Cup/glass
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Power supply with surge protector

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

You can’t have a LAN party without the computer, et al. As for more unusual things I’ve seen people bring special keyboards designed for shooters. Other things would be a wrist pad if necessary but otherwise I would say it is favorite drink, a cup/glass and hand sanitizer!

One recommended item is a power supply with surge protector. You can’t count on enough outlets and you can’t count on clean power so a surge protector is ideal. If you have the room a battery backup too.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I mostly hosted parties back in the day, and I haven’t actually had a LAN event since 2008 or 2009, but even then there were specialized cases to carry a computer. I would say the right box/pack is crucial. A bag/pack with all the cables, headphones, etc. is ideal.

One suggestion is to have a check list while packing so you don’t forget anything and don’t leave anything behind.


Ray Dweck (Blitz5)

Ray Dweck (Blitz5)


Quick overview of what Ray brings:

  • Caffeine (Redbull)
  • Hand wipes
  • Hand warmers

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

To be honest, other then standard gaming equipment, normally my only must have is caffeine (Specifically Redbull if i’m going to be indulging in extended gaming time). I have seen other gamers bring hand wipes and hand warmers to to events. Wipes to keep the keyboards/controllers clean and hand warmers to… well no one likes playing games with cold hands.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I use a duffel bag for most equipment and carry my monitor without any packaging. The main area of the duffel bag fits most computers, keyboards and any other large items, while you can wrap wires, etc., and store them in the side pockets.

If I’m dreading packing and unpacking my desktop, I will try to leave as many wires as possible plugged in to the back of my computer and squeeze them in the duffel bag, to make the re-setup as fast as possible.


Joe Threezero

Joe Threezero, Game Over Thirty


Quick overview of what Joe brings:

  • Extra mouse pads
  • Spare hardware
  • Extra “xbox” type controllers

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

I almost always take extra mouse pads because you never know what kind of table or surface the person is going to provide. If they provide a table that won’t properly reflect optical laser, then you’ll be glad you had a mouse pad. (Some people take them anyway because they insist on them. I know a lot of gamers that won’t play without them.) I almost always also take spare hardware such as: 4 port network hub, cat-6 cables, standard power cords, and some extra “xbox” type controllers (that work on PC).

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

As of right now I pack everything, except the case and monitor, into a simple gym/duffle bag. All the odds and ends I listed above, including a keyboard and extra parts, will all fit inside a standard gym bag. I don’t organize anything except to wrap and tape the right cord together (so they don’t tangle). The actual computer tower and monitor are completely separate and I carry them one by one.


Man with box on his head

Jack Cola


Quick overview of what Jack brings:

  • Soft drink
  • Chips
  • Phone

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

Soft drink, chips & my phone. You need food, drink, and snap chat to record your win.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

Usually it would just be my laptop. Packing my main computer and taking my three monitors is just too difficult. Plus, I don’t want it damaged or my files lost!


Leonid Mamchenkov

Leonid Mamchenkov


Quick overview of what Leonid brings:

  • Beer

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

The only thing I always bring to LAN parties (and often in excessive quantities) is beer. 🙂 It just helps to melt the ice with any new players, and keep things friendly, and not too serious. It also guarantees that eventually the reaction time degerates to the point where we can stop playing and have face-to-face conversions, jokes, and such. Games are important, but the LAN party is an opportunity to have a real-life interaction, and beer helps with that a lot, I find.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I think this question was much more relevant 10-15-20 years ago, when computers were much bulkier. I remember dragging tower cases, CRT monitors and piles of cables around. These days, I play on the laptop, so any bag that fits it is good enough. No need for desktops and monitors also means that most of the cables are gone as well. WiFi means no Ethernet cables. Laptop means no separate keyboard, and much fewer power cables. No need for the RGB/HDMI, etc.

In Cyprus, where I live, there is not much public transportation, so everybody is moving around with the car. In the old days, we’d have to go with several cars to the LAN party, as all the equipment would easily fill a trunk of a car. Now, it’s just a few backpacks, leaving more space for beer and snacks. 🙂


Lemon Smith

Lemon Smith, Hey You Video Game


Quick overview of what Lemon brings:

  • Toiletry bag
  • Fresh pair of clothes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Snacks/drinks
  • Phone charger
  • Board game
  • Water bottle

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

All of the LAN Parties that I’ve attended have been at friend’s houses. These parties can go for a couple days to a week, and so I bring all the things that I’ll need on a day to day basis. I bring a toiletry bag, fresh pair of clothes, and a sleeping bag.

For the LAN Party I bring snacks/drinks that I would like to enjoy during the event. I also make sure to bring my phone charger. In the past, there are times when it’s nice to take a short break for video games and so I’ve brought a board game to play. Also – make sure to have a water bottle to keep hydrated

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

There’s a strap that you can get to help carry your desktop computer to the LAN party. It’s fairly cheap, and it makes carrying a heavy computer around MUCH easier. I’ve seen some people get backpacks that carry their desktop computer, but that’s a lot of weight to carry on your back. I prefer the strap.


Jonathan Huckabee

Jonathan Huckabee


Quick overview of what Jonathan brings:

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Pillow

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

Snacks (chips, nuts, dried fruit, crackers and cookies), water bottles and a pillow. A pillow is a must as most LAN Parties I attend go overnight through to weekend long gaming marathons. Having a pillow makes any surface into one where I can catch some quick Zzz’s.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I usually pack up a backpack that has multiple compartments to separate cables, headphones, keyboard, food and drinks.


Luna

Luna, GamersUnitedGG


Quick overview of what Luna brings:

  • Snacks
  • Nintendo64
  • Comfortable chair

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

I usually bring snacks, my Nintendo64 and a comfortable chair to sit in. The snacks are for everyone because the host is providing the venue, the N64 is because we usually end up playing Mario Kart or Mario Party and I love playing the originals and the chair is so that I can be comfortable after hours of gaming.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I use a bookbag. A book bag is a great way to carry systems, your laptop, cords or anything else that you would need. My tip would be to pack your items according to size first. This allows you to easily find an area for each item that you will be bringing with you.


Chris Trumble

Chris Trumble, CPU


Quick overview of what Chris brings:

  • Mouse pad
  • Chair
  • Games

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

Beyond those items, the top three things are:

1) Mouse pad. Depending on the venue, you may or may not have a smooth table surface that’s good for an optical gaming mouse, and fast, precise control is critical, especially in competitive games. Bringing your own mouse pad guarantees that you’ll have the control you need and are used to.

2) Chair. Some LAN party venues have fairly comfortable chairs available for attendees, but just as many if not more have metal folding chairs or hard plastic chairs that can be very uncomfortable over long periods of use. Remember, you’ll be sitting for the better part of 24, 48, or even 72 hours, so having a comfortable chair will make your LAN party experience much more enjoyable.

3) Games. It may seem obvious, but we’re all busy, and because a LAN party is recreation, sometimes people fail to spend as much prep and planning time on going to a LAN as they should. Then they arrive at the LAN without having downloaded and/or updated the games they intend to play over the weekend. Nobody wants to spend the first two or three hours of the LAN waiting for games and updates to load, so get all that stuff done before you pack your PC into your car!

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

When I built my current PC, I saved the box that the case came in, along with the Styrofoam packing supports that go over each end. When I go to a LAN party (assuming it’s within driving distance), I put my PC back in the case box once I have it cleaned up, have blown all the dust out, and have updated all my software and run malware scans. I put most of the other stuff (keyboard, mouse, cables, etc.) in a big duffel bag. To make everything easier to unpack and set up at the LAN, I always bundle cables and tie them up with twist-ties, rubber bands, or nylon/Velcro strips, so that when I get to the venue it’s easy to pull each item out quickly without having to deal with big cable snarls.

The one thing I don’t have that I’ve seen other folks use is a good monitor carrying bag or harness; I usually resort to wrapping mine in a blanket or something to avoid travel damage, but there’s definitely a more elegant solution to that problem.


Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson


Quick overview of what Nathan brings:

  • Chair
  • Sleeping gear
  • Open, friendly and excited attitude
  • LAN cable

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

Top is chair. Most events only offer basic folding chairs, which are very uncomfortable after just a short time. Great investment is in a comfortable gaming or office chair. Your butt and back will thank you!

Next Sleeping gear. Such as an air mattress, blanket, and pillow. A great weekend of gaming should be handled like a marathon: Plan ahead with sleeping gear, or sleeping arrangements. Bring a change of cloths and shower daily. This following a normal routine will give you an strong advantage over the other gamers. You will be rested, fresh, and have a faster reaction speed then the guy next to you that stayed up all night and smells. You will get much more enjoyment of your LAN.

Open, friendly, and excited attitude. Prepare before the event by psyched, introduce yourself to your LAN neighbors, and be excited and try a new game or contest. Having a strong positive head space ready is essential to what you will get out of any experience.

I know you said three, but the number ONE item our attendees don’t bring to a LANFest LAN Party is a LAN CABLE (Ethernet cable Cat6 25 foot) Almost all events require attendee’s bring their own. Remember making your own cable is a gamers right of passage.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

Us admins remember haling 50 pound CRT Tube monitors to our first LANs, modern gamers have it easy with great lightweight LCD’s. Invest in a strap or fabric case for the desktop box. Went all in a monster MOD Rig (self built box usally with a glass window and water cooling)? Plan ahead with a cart or small folding hand truck to get everything in the door. A good rolling gaming chair and be used to pile and roll in a pinch.

Only take the cables you always use, but if you have to bring more ‘just encase’ bring a extra bag that is left in the car unless needed.

Gaming Laptops are a great way to make LAN partying easy, other option is a smaller LAN box or case for your next build gaming PC. To play the even latest games computers no longer need Optical Drives, or big stacks of Hard Drives. Which with out can greatly reduce your computer’s weight and footprint.

Monitors need love and protection too, keep and use the original box or make your own to protect and transport your monitor.

Most savy attendees use a basic strap for their case such as: Geargrip Lite CPU Holder with their case wrapped in a protective blanket or bag.

Then a backpack or duffel, that can be easily warren. Bring just what you’ll need to save weight.


Gaston Brown

Gaston Brown, NeXuS LAN


Quick overview of what Gaston brings:

  • USB portable drive
  • Network cables
  • Lucky poncho liner

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

1. A large USB portable drive 500GB or above with patches, tools, game backups OS ISO’s, drivers, etc. on it in case someone needs it. – Help preserve bandwidth and saves time getting someone back to gaming.

2. An extra bag of network cables over 25ft with power strips and power cords along with a few DVI/HDMI cables – someone always forgets these and having the extras will save the day for someone.

3. I bring my lucky poncho liner in case I get cold. Can’t leave home without it!!!!

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

I have a Keyboard Quiver from Dustoff that I use for the kyb, mouse, headphones, mousepad and other smaller stuff. I have a Silverstone Sugo that I use for the CPU case and powerstrip and cables and I have a monitor strap for my LCD.

Tips – have a stand alone LAN bag that has powerstrips/cords/etc in it so you dont have to take that stuff off your home setup. Plus it makes it easier to grab and go if you get in a hurry. Use a trash bag to protect your monitor and you have something to use to clean up with as well at the LAN.


Ryan Berry

Ryan Berry, GamerCon


Quick overview of what Ryan brings:

  • Extra LAN cables
  • Software backups
  • XBox One Controller

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

1st thing I always makes sure to have: Extra LAN Cables, SOMEONE WILL ALWAYS FORGET THEIRS! Or One will go bad. ALWAYS have Backups, and this honestly goes for most cables, I have an overnight travel bag I turned into an emergency LAN bag. This even includes things like tools and PC Fans.

2nd, I always keep software backups on hand, a portable hard drive is key here. With Steams backup features even if someone loses an install or forgets to update before the event, you can transfer files a lot faster. This is probably more of an old school fear, but I also normally have a backup of my operating system, JUST IN CASE.

3rd, XBox One Controller, lots of games utilize them now and with Windows 10 it is easy to plug and play. It is also good in case someone has a party game or two. We often have Projectors at our events so some 4 player Castle Crashers or even something old school like Smash TV can and do happen.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

For my personal Rig I built my PC into a ThermalTake LAN Box. Super portable, I have some straps that can be used to strap a handle to my machine. However since I run LAN events for GamerCon, I also normally have a Notebook PC or 2 and a huge Server case I also lug around.

I have been attending LANs with my own personal equipment since 1998, so I have gotten pretty good at breaking all my machines down to move them. Again when it comes to just my gaming rig, I strap a handle onto it, grab my Back-up/Emergency LAN bag and toss the rest of my stuff into a 5.11 Rush 24.


Matt Conwell

Matt Conwell, PDXLAN


Quick overview of what Matt brings:

  • Ethernet cord
  • Power strip
  • Cooler with lunchables
  • Trinkets

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

Ethernet cord, Power strip, and sustenance! You’d be surprised at how many people forget power strips or ethernet cords. At PDXLAN we try to help for awhile, but generally our “extras” bin runs out and people are left to find one from a friend or buy one at Best Buy for a kidney. Also, bring something healthy to snack on – your body will thank you. For me I usually bring a cooler with 4-5 lunchables in it. Sure, its just crackers, meat, and cheese – but its so much better than greasy fast food.

For unusual items, I bring various trinkets to put on my computer. Sometimes its just my Light Sign or sometimes it is my stuffed Murloc or Balloonicorn just to show a little character.

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

The holy grail of a LAN attendee is “one trip” – as such I plan to get all of my stuff in one trip. My case is a smaller case (Case Labs Bullet-ITX) and I carry that in my right hand. My monitor goes in my trusty “GearGrip” monitor carrying case, which i put in my left hand. All of my peripherals (KB/Mouse/Mousepad/Headset/USB fan, Power cords, ethernet, etc) goes in the backpack with my wallet and kindle. Get to the “one trip” place and LAN’s become much easier.


Ridas Bušmanas, GameOn


Quick overview of what Ridas brings:

  • Gaming chair
  • Table tower
  • LED lights

What top 3 things do you always bring to a LAN party besides your computer, keyboard/mouse, cables and headphones?

3 things I always bring to lan parties:

  • Gaming Chair. There are few reasons why I bring my own gaming chair. Firstly, I like to sit comfortably. You know, the lans I visit, they usually last for 2-3 days and it is crucially important to have all this comfort during the event. Also, the tables are usually made from euro pallets and that makes those “tables” to be higher in height than any usual table. By around 20-25 cm. As we all know, the chairs that lan parties provide are more or less standard height as well and that makes those table to be too high, so if i bring my own chair, i can make any height I like the most.
  • Table Tower. I have attached a photo of it so you could see how it looks like visually. This tower is used to put more of your equipment that you bring with you. Some lans use simple tables that are 120x60cm of size and you might not need it, but if lan uses euro pallets, then you have much less space on your table, around 80x60cm. That makes it hard to have your PC, monitor, food and other stuff on your table, so you bring this tower, put it on the table and you will have much more space!
  • LED lights. Sometimes I bring some LED lights because it makes the playing area much more friendly!

How do you bring your stuff to a LAN party?

To bring all the equipment to the event I usually use my car and a backpack. A can is needed to get to the location + there is no other way I could bring my own gaming chair 🙂

As for the backpack, I have a very good one, where I can put everything I need, like gaming gear, food, some drinks, power extender, power bank, some clothes. I have a specific order to put all the stuff to my bag. It is easier to to take everything out when I arrive to the lan and this way I never loose anything because every single item has its own place 🙂



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