Arguably one of the biggest festivals in North America, Coachella boasts hundreds of musical acts over three days across two weekends in April. It’s an entire experience unto itself.
In this new series, I’ll take you through some things you first-timers will want to know about preparing for the big weekend! And even if you’re a festival veteran, you might pick up some new tips so read on.
Ah Coachella. I have had so many grand memories from past years at this spectacular festival. It’s always so fun and the phrase “The more the merrier” has never been more true. You make friends and you can’t help but feel that there is a community vibe flowing throughout the five distinct stages out in this hot desert land.
I’ve been through ALL kinds of weather at this Indio festival. Rain, heat, and let’s not forget about the sandstorms. You always have to be prepared for whatever mother nature is going to surprise you with…
So I’ve come up with some handy dandy packing suggestions and a wonderfully simple print-out that will help you remember all the things you need to stow away in your luggage. Click below for the FREE PDF that you can fill out yourself as we go through every subject. But remember, don’t check anything off your list until it is securely stored in your bag with no chance of it being taken out!
Let’s face it, Coachella isn’t just about flouncing around in the desert for a weekend listening to great music (although that is the most awesome part). Coachella has become a place to show your best free and boho fashion. So pack whatever you feel happy and comfortable wearing!
But let’s go with just basics for now and you can decide what works best for you:
- Outfit Day 1
- Outfit Day 2
- Outfit Day 3
- Travel Outfit
Make sure to list out specifically what will be in each outfit. It always helps to be really deliberate in what you write down.
A couple of suggestions:
- Bring a cover-up of some kind like a cardigan, flannel, or chambray shirt. It’s easy to tie around your waist for the day and will be perfect for nights when the wind gets a little bit chilly.
- Comfortable shoes. Self-explanatory. Sneakers or boots with good support for dancing the day and night away.
TOILETRIES & MAKEUP
The sun, wind and sand will do work on your face so don’t forget to come prepared!
- SUNBLOCK (!!!)
- Lotion (for Face and Body)
- Face Wash
- Contact solution
- Aloe vera
- Eyebrow Pencil
- Eyelash Curler
- Makeup Remover
- Makeup Brushes
- SUNBLOCK. If you don’t bring anything else, BRING SUNBLOCK. And in case you forget this, please bring Aloe Vera because sunburn is the worst.
In a world of smart phones, you’ll need a couple of things to make sure you’re always ready to take a picture of your favorite art structure or take a video of your favorite set.
- Phone Charger (Cord/Wall Adapter)
- Portable Charger (External Battery)
- Point & Shoot Camera
- Get a portable charger that has two ports so you can charge multiple devices at the same time. Make sure that the portable charger is fully loaded and ready to go before entering the festival. There are multiple charging stations available on the festival grounds, but don’t always depend on them because they take forever and are usually really crowded.
Don’t forget about all the things that don’t fall into the above categories.
- COACHELLA WRISTBAND (!!!)
- Keys (Car and/or House)
- Fanny Pack (or Purse)
- Lip Balm (preferably with SPF)
- Tissue Pack
- Cash / Wallet
- ID Card
- Gum – for when things get a little too close for comfort.
- Tissue Packs for sniffles and for use as toilet paper when they run out…and believe me. It happens!
- Hand Sanitizer and Wet Ones are useful for getting clean after using the plentiful Port-o-Potties
- Claritin (or any other anti-histamine) for any of those out there who are allergy-prone like myself. All that dirt, dust and wind will really do a number on your sinuses.
- Glasses for traveling when you are completely over wearing dried out contacts.
- Bandana or some kind of cloth to cover your mouth and nose. Sandstorms do happen and it’s the worst to be caught up in it without any kind of protection.
- An empty water bottle to bring in to the festival so you can fill up at the free water stations.
- Bandages are always useful for when something unexpected happens. Or when your shoes start rubbing the wrong way.
- And last, but not least, IF you got a locker, please do not forget to PRINT out your PayPal confirmation. Having a mobile version isn’t the same as they keep the hard copy (usually). If you bring a mobile version, you’re going to have to fill out a sheet with all the information from your confirmation…and that just makes the line extremely slow!
And that’s the end of the first part of this series! I hope it helps with all your festival packing needs.
Thanks for reading!