Furry Takeover Survival Guide

A furry poking their head out of a retro camper

Things you'll need

  • Clothes (comfy clothes, warm clothes [in case it's chilly], jacket, etc)
  • Toiletries (body wash, shampoo, deodorant, etc)
  • Walkie-Talkies (there is very little to no cell service, there is WIFI at the resort and some of the cabins).
  • Outdoor Gear
    • Bug spray
    • Sun-screen
  • Swimsuit (there are two pools and a lazy river at the resort)
  • BYO Nerf Gun (for a Nerf-war activity)
    • Bring enough Nerf Bullets
    • Bring Nerf gun (Please bring your extra guns just in case others do not have one)
  • Car supplies (for cleaning/maintenance)
  • Snacks - Lots of Protein!

First time at FTO?

From the moment you show up, you might feel a little overloaded. Relax!

Make sure to check in with the staff and get yourself situated wherever you are staying for the con. Then, be sure to check out the schedule so you can see where to join the fun! You should always follow the two golden rules to surviving and having fun at a convention:

  • The “6-2-1” Rule: Get six good hours of sleep each night, eat two good meals each day, and take one good shower each morning.
  • Drink lots of water!

The most important thing, though, is to have fun! Go out of your way to talk to others. Attend events you hadn't planned on attending. Patronize the artists set up in the Dealer's Den.

Fursuiter Etiquette

A group of people in partial fursuit

There's no need to feel uncomfortable around all the big costume animal characters, known as fursuiters, who will be wandering around the convention. Feel free to go up to them and say “Hi”, and be sure to share fursuit pictures on social media.

Treat the Staff Well

Meet and greet with the con mascot

Furry Takeover is an all-volunteer effort. No staff member, from the CEO down, earns any income from the convention and in fact, many spend their own money to be there working during the weekend. Be nice to them, and they will return the favor! Have a sense of humor during the weekend!

Stay Healthy/Safe

A group of friends relaxing at a picnic table

We can't stress enough the importance of getting enough sleep, eating good meals, and drinking lots of water. Failure to do these things will weaken your immune system, leaving you susceptible to illnesses. You don't want to feel bad while at a convention, so remember to take care of yourself!