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I’m not sure if I’m writing this article to make sure you survive, or to keep myself focused on surviving Coachella.
(If I haven’t updated Away We Stray by May…..you know it didn’t work)
I’m pretty excited to cover THE BIGGEST festival that the U.S.A. has to offer. I mean, where else are you going to find over 125,000 of your closest best friends jamming out to all sorts of music? ….except maybe TomorrowLand, that is.
Coachella is infamous. But there are certainly some must-know tips on how to survive the weekend unscathed. It’s going to be fun, sure, but for any Coachella newbie, here is your Coachella Survival Guide.
Note: Let’s meet up if you are headed to Weekend 1!
Just in: Your Coachella Survival Guide
Rule #1: No Dying
All kidding aside, here are some survival tips to help you have a wonderful weekend:
1. Scope out a Meeting Point early
Make sure you know where you are going to meet your friends before you’re under the influence. You don’t want to be frustrated while texting your bestie “wait, which speaker system????”.
It’s always a good choice to find a spot near the Ferris wheel! You or your drunk pals can’t miss that, day or night.
(As i said, It’s pretty hard to miss!)
2. Bring a Cute purse/Backpack
Yeah, it could be upwards of 90 degrees during the heat of the day, but Coachella is also in the desert. It gets quite chilly at night. That cute little outfit that you heavily researched and put together? I promise you are going to freeze your toosh off in the windy dark. So pack a sweater and stuff it into a cute bag. Here are some great options:
an extra cute fringy number:
or a customizable backpack:
3. SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN, SUNHAT, SON!!
Did I mention it’s going to be around 90 degrees? Yeah, I’m not your mom and I don’t need to lecture you, but there is pretty-much NO shade available while you are listening to music. As in NONE. Make sure you have a back-up pair of shades in your bag in case yours breaks. Wear a fair amount of sunscreen. and get yourself a cute hat to shade your face from the sun.
Also, a good flower crown never hurt nobody:
4 There will be dust!
(dust, or smoke, or both?)
Like, a lot of dust. You might get sick if you don’t have something to cover your mouth and nose in a dust storm.
Pack a handkerchief or a bandanna to protect yourself.
(Thank me later)
5 Bring something to sit on!
If you are wearing white, you will definitely want to heed this warning.
During the sandstorm, the ground will be extra crunchy, so you will want something to protect your bum from the impending stain on your britches.
6 DRINK WATER
Call me a nerd, or whatever, but you will be regretting this decision eternally when saturday comes around and you are too hungover to enjoy the pool parties, or even get to the festival in time to see the early DJ’s.
You can even bring a camelback and kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Backpack for your sweater? Check. Water? Yep, its in there too!
Drink more water.
Drink MORE water.
Here’s a link to a super-cute waterbackpack:
And the countdown continues, folks!
Only 19 more days left until Coachella!
In case you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m pretty excited.
See y’all there.
Sounds like such a fun experience! Thank you for sharing your tips, you’re a trooper for lasting the whole day! I always tap out after a few hours at a festival haha 😉
shoot, it was actually 3 dAYS!
I am not into Coachella but might just visit once for the fashion!
the fashion there was a sight for sore eyes for sure. i loved every minute
Is it super crowded there? I am not much into Coachella, but would like to go once for the experience.
it turns out they let in an additional 50,000 attendees this year
An absolutely great guide for any newbie to Coachella. Still have to make my way there one year!
I haven’t heard of this festival but I do live in the UK. I think my daughter would probably love it as she goes to Glastonbury etc (is this the same thing???) Though I think they have to deal with mud rather than dust!!
I actually haven’t heard of Glastonbury. Coachella is awesome though- There are secret stages and undisclosed artists. It’s the next best thing since sliced bread
ah I’m jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to Coachella but haven’t gone.! I’m also the nerd who drinks a lot of water – you have to stay hydrated!
Thats not nerdy, that’s just plain smart 🙂
Coachella is like the ultimate music festival and I hope I get to attend it before I turn 40 so I wouldn’t be too old to hang out with its crowd. Nice tips you got here and enjoy your Coachella adventure.
why is 40 your cut off? I met a couple in their late 50’s at Stagecoach a few years ago. We were tipping back wine together like old friends.
Great tips. I love festivals and Coachella is definitely one I’d like to go to.
Which ones have you been to?
This post is rrally useful with some excellent tips. Packing everything in the back pack is a great idea as you can then be hands free too.
Backpack or side-saddle it up chica 😉
Love this! I always forget to bring something comfortable to sit on! And I also forget to plan for the dust. Sun I can plan for, but dust always gets me!
I always forget to bring something comfortable to sit on! These are such great reminders. Especially the dust- I can plan for the sun, but the dust always gets me!
Thanks Chloe 🙂
I wish Coachella happened here in Canada. It looks like such a fun festival to be involved in. Will forward this to my friends in the UK. They are all so pumped about it. Thanks so much!
Don’t you have Shambahala though?
Great tips! I write a lot about music festivals too. I totally agree with all your comments!
Do you? I can’t wait to check it out then!!!
I hadn’t even heard of this before, but it looks really fun. I don’t think I would have remembered to bring something to cover my mouth against dust and smoke though. (I don’t usually worry about that at festivals!)