I'm planning on just strapping on my 300 & 500 and a small messenger bag and humping it if I go in on Sat.
I've done it that way too - just don't like bumping them through crowds. I'll see what hey have to say on Friday and then decide what I'm bringing to the show.
Its the guys who've never had authority before that you have to look out for - give them a little and they think they're guarding the President. Just remember to smile - be friendly and just do as you are told. No need to be confrontational - remember who you are dealing with. Most are great folks who try to be helpful... but there's always one in the crowd. Hope you don't find him or her!
Oh and Marc... it may be best to go ahead and shave that beard off and wear your dress turbin both days! They'll leave you alone for sure.