· Business cards.
Already packed them? Add extra. Don't have any? Get them made, on rush, even if it's just a simple calling card with your name and contact info. As modern and freewheeling as Art Basel seems, even engaging in a little small talk will likely lead to the traditional request for a business card. After all, gallerists and artists are in town to socialize and make new contacts, no matter the industry.
· A taxi phone number and cash on hand.
Sadly the Uber car booking app hasn't yet entered Miami (sign a petition to help it along!), so it's regular taxis or town cars you'll need to go between the art fairs in Miami Beach and Wynwood, the parties, the hotels, the shopping, the dining out and the airport.
Because Art Basel is a week of running around to different venues, it's often very difficult to find a non-occupied cab in peak art districts, at peak hours. Program (305) 532-5555 into your phone for Central Cab, which is a large fleet with wait times averaging 15-45 minutes (fast for Miami!).
It's not super conducive to rent a car just for Art Basel, what with limited street parking and the cost and frustration of valeting at parties where everyone and their mamas are also tossing their keys. We'd only consider renting if your plans involve field trips away from Art Basel or if you're flying into/out of a further airport like West Palm Beach.
· Stylish sunglasses.
Nope, not just wayfarers or aviators; we're talking frames you'd only describe as "architectural." This goes for girls and guys. Sometimes a great pair of glasses and the right attitude is all it takes to enter a party without an RSVP.
2013 will be our third year at Art Basel. See you there!