Your 9 must-have merchandise conference essentials for 2022

Essential Conference Merchandise

Whether you're planning a conference or attending one, we've got all the essentials you need to get you through the day and promote your brand. 

In-person conferences are back! And we couldn’t be more excited. It may be the first time potential leads are introduced to your brand, and we know just how important first impressions are. 

With that in mind, here are 9 of our must-have favourite conference essentials that we couldn’t go without!

Our favourite conference essentials...

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1) Lanyards

A great way to set you apart from the crowd, branded lanyards are the OG of conference merchandise. They’re useful (having your important details right there at the end of a clip), as well as eye-catching. Our favourite lanyards for conferences are these flat recycled PET lanyards, which are supplied with a trigger clip as standard. They can be Pantone-matched to truly capture your brand design. These lanyards in particular are produced from recycled drinks bottles, making them eco-friendly, which is always a bonus.

Conference Essentials Handy Can Kit2) Conference essentials tin 

This quirky little tin is great for adding that sense of spontaneity and fun to your conference day out. It’s packed full of every essential you’ll need to survive any conference. In it, there’s a pack of tissues, a pocket-size hand sanitiser, mints, screen cleaner and a microfibre cloth. Everything you need for a productive conference day out. Plus, they always get a little chuckle. 

Eco Range - Eco Kraft Cube - The Jelly Bean Factory - 50g3) Jelly beans 

We’ve all been there. Tired from a successful morning networking, in need of a sugary treat. This 50g cube of jelly beans is just the ticket to perk yourself back up. That’s why these make a great hook for getting people to gather at your stand. With the possibility of branding with a full-colour label, you can really make these ‘pop’ on your display.

Bamboo Personalised Name Badges4) Bamboo name badges

A name badge is a must when it comes to attending conferences. When meeting new people, it’s always handy to have your name front and centre. These UK-manufactured Moso bamboo name badges can be printed in full colour and finished with a lovely caramel glow. 


BE O bottle5) BE O bottle

Networking can be thirsty work! Make your next beverage as eco-friendly as possible with the BE O bottle. Made in the EU, the BE O bottle is a water bottle made of sugarcane, an amazing alternative to traditional plastic. It’s fully recyclable, and each bottle has an 80-gram CO2e positive impact on our planet. Plus, their unique design is sure to get heads turning. 

Impact-aware RPET A4 portfolio with zipper6) Impact-aware RPET A4 portfolio with zipper

Conferences are full of great note-taking opportunities. Whether it be an impromptu meeting at a stand or an intriguing guest speaker, you’ll never know when you’ll need to jot something down. This zipped Impact-aware A4 portfolio is made from recycled fabrics, with 2% of the proceeds of each Impact product sold donated to With plenty of space for A4 notes or brochures (or, even your conference checklist) too, this really is the Indiana Jones of conference essentials. Find out more about the Impact-aware collection. 

Business Cards - Standard7) Business cards 

Never miss out on a lead again! With the flurry of people you’ll meet at a conference, even the most organised will struggle to keep track of every new contact. That’s why business cards are great for some quick-thinking relationship-building. Also check out these amazing seeded paper business cards that when planted, actually grow! 

grey tote bag8) Tote bag 

Light, spacious and with an excellent branding area, tote bags are an absolute necessity at any conference. You’ll be able to store everything you need, as well as any extras or freebies you pick up on the day. We love this recycled cotton tote that’s made from 70% recycled cotton. 

bamboo powerbank9) Powerbank 

There’s nothing like that panic when you’re out and your phone dies. This 4000 mAh bamboo power bank will keep your phone charged throughout the day, so you can concentrate on revitalising your network instead.

For more tech solutions perfect for attending conferences, check out our recent post all about our favourite tech products - we think you’ll love the Mr Bio charging cable.

Merchandise conference essentials for 2022!

Are you ready for your next conference? If you loved our suggestions above, or want to explore more of our must-have conference essentials, then you can download our free brochure with more exciting suggestions!

Or, our team will be happy to chat through more options or ideas you may have.