Hacker Summer Camp — a HowTo, by Wendy Knox Everette

This mostly comes from a series of emails that I’ve sent to a friend who will be going to BSides Las Vegas and Def Con for the first time. I’ve seen the “you must bring a burner phone!” vs. “If you need a burner phone for Def Con don’t come!” discussions on Twitter, which are not really all that helpful to folks who have never attended and may be feeling worried about sort of preparation they should be doing for their trip. What tips do you have for someone heading to their first security conference?