GA Prep Checklists

On Virtual GA

Update May 15th, 2020:

Hey! We're all virtual! No need to pack, but please fill out your forms and send them in on time. Make sure you bring yourself, good intentions, your fidget toys, doodle pages, plenty of snacks.

Before Your Arrival

Did You Submit Your Forms?

Make sure you’ve submitted your Youth Caucus Participant Covenant, Parent Permission Form (if you're under 18) and Sponsor Responsibilities Agreement (PDF or Online).

If your forms are not submitted, you will be unable to pick up your name badge when you arrive at General Assembly until completed forms are provided. Without your name badge, you are unable to attend GA events. Have questions about your forms? Contact or call 617-948-4350.

Have You Made Agreements with Your Youth/Sponsor?

Have you made agreements with your youth/sponsor about what events you’ll attend, how you’ll keep in touch, or what the boundaries are around where in the city you can go? If not, check out the SAMPLE Agreement for Youth/Parents/Sponsors for some suggested agreements you might come to. Do this before you travel!

Are you Connected with us?

Find us on social, text us, get updates. Every way you'd want to connect with us is available on our Contact Us page.

Have you downloaded the GA Mobile App? Plan your schedule, see what exhibits will be available and get connected to other attendees.


Bring the Following with You to General Assembly

  • Enough clothes for each day of your trip, plus an extra day’s worth. Don’t get caught without enough if you get stuck in the rain or drop your smoothie.

  • Things, ideas, practices for taking care of yourself, your friends and your community

  • Toiletries

  • Reusable water bottle &/or coffee mug

  • Day pack to carry all the fun stuff you’ll get at GA

  • UU t-shirts, jewelry, etc.

  • A notebook and pen

  • Sweater, sweatshirt or wrap for cold, air-conditioned meeting rooms

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Money for food

  • Money for tips for housekeeping in your hotel/lodging (usually $3-5/person/day)

  • Medication, only enough for yourself for the week

These Items Are Good to Bring with You If You Have Them

  • A conversation starter

  • Something that feels/smells/tastes/looks/reminds you of home

  • Stuff to share

  • Side With Love shirt (will be available for purchase in the Exhibit Hall)

  • Camera or smartphone

  • Cell phone for keeping in touch with sponsors/youth

  • Money for the Exhibit Hall

  • Small musical instruments for spontaneous jam sessions (put a luggage tag with your name and contact info on the case)

  • Board or card games (write your name on games you bring) for our super fun game night

  • Something fancy or fun to wear for the GA dance