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.
Camping is all about the great outdoors; getting out and seeing all of mother nature’s beauty.
CAR camping at Coachella on the other hand is a raucous activity filled with debauchery and waking up to the sun baking you alive at the crack of dawn. Very different.
Quick little anecdote about my first Coachella Car Camping experience:
We arrived late on Thursday night (campgrounds open at 9am on Thursday). My group made it in around 11pm and of course we were super far from the actual festival entrance. We set up our tent and pegged everything down by around 3am. Exhausted, we flopped into our sleeping bags and slept, too tired to even be excited that we were finally at Coachella.
By 7am, the sun was already high up in the sky, but that was not what woke us up. We woke up to our neighbors singing ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King at the top of their lungs….AT 7AM. LIKE WHAT?! (Granted they were singing it because one guy found his phone and felt like it was a similar feeling to finding out Simba was alive.)
So that’s car camping in a nutshell.
No, but really. Car camping is THE Coachella experience. It’s all about community and getting to know your neighbors; helping each other out if need be and sharing a beer while discussing life adventures. It’s definitely something I recommend doing, at least once!
While I will not be camping this year, I have quite a bit of experience in this area. Though the only thing I still can’t figure out is how to get a giant caravan in before somebody cuts you off in line…
Oh well, here we go! Everything (almost) that you will need for your awesome car camping adventure!
- Canopy (multiple)
- Flat Sheets (to clip to your canopy to block the sun)
- Large Binder Clips
- Camping Chair
- Sleeping Bag
- Fold Up Table
- Paper Towels
- Garbage Bags
- Paper Plates
- Plastic Utensils
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Plastic Cups
- Hamburgers / Hot Dogs
- Hamburger Buns / Hot Dog Buns
- Anything really…
- First Aid Kit
- Bug Spray
- Battery Powered Fans
- Playing Cards (or Cards Against Humanity if you’re feeling feisty)
- Ear Plugs
- Towel & Flip Flops (for those trailer showers)
- Wet Ones
And that’s the basics! Feel free to add anything that you believe would make your stay in the heat a little better.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!