8 Tips to Survive Coachella

Because I’m still not over this past weekend, I am continuing my Coachella series with yet another blogpost! To be frank, I’m actually quite surprised I made it out of there in one piece. Obviously, I did something right. And as you may or may not know, this year’s Coachella was my very first, true music festival experience. So, I’d love to share some tips and tricks I discovered during my weekend there. Here are 8 Tips to Survive Coachella from a first-time festival goer!

1. Stay Hydrated

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One of my major tips to survive Coachella is to drink water! Whether you’re in the sun, dancing at your faves’ sets, frolicking around the grounds (or all of the above), it’s so incredibly important to stay hydrated. The California desert does not play, and if you start feeling light-headed or ill, you’re probably in need of some liquids. And for those of you who love an adult beverage or two, make sure you’re matching it with good ol’ water as alcohol is extremely dehydrating. Pro-tip: bring a reusable bottle to refill at water stations throughout the grounds or even consider investing in a CamelBak!

Watermelon is also a great way to keep hydrated. Just make sure you have wet wipes because it will get sticky!

2. Slather on the Sunscreen

Keep your skin safe by applying sunscreen at the beginning of the day, and throughout as well. Sunburns are a big killjoy, and most likely will not go with your second and third day outfits. I like the Neutrogena sunscreen stick because it is easy to use and extremely portable.

3. Pack Light & Right

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When packing your day bag, it’s important to remember that you’re going to be carrying everything the whole time. So, make sure you have the essentials. In order to survive Coachella, you NEED sunglasses, a reusable water bottle, wet-wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and bandaids. I brought a paper fan and hat, too. It’s also not a bad idea to bring a bandana or scarf for when those infamous dust storms hit. The last thing you want to be doing is inhaling a bunch of dirt, ew.

4. Bring a Portable Phone Charger

Not that you should be on your phone too much anyways, you’re at a festival after all! We’re all pretty guilty of forgetting to be in the moment! That being said, having a charged phone is a good idea when you’re needing to meet up with your friends or updating your Snapchat story. Carry around a small charger or at least your USB cord – there’s plenty of charging stations at Coachella! Another pro-tip: turn your phone on airplane mode when you need it to charge extra fast.

5. Eat for Energy

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No one likes a grumpy Gus and being hangry is an actual thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten snappy just because I was needing to eat. Pack some granola bars, but don’t get stingy when it comes to food. I’m the type to rather spend money on food than material goods. After all, that souvenir isn’t what’s going to keep you dancing until dark.

6. Choose Your Crew

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I can’t stress enough the importance of good company. It’s understandable that not everyone in your party will have the same tastes in music, but when you are all open-minded and willing to check out new artists, it can be magical. Alyzza (pictured) and I dragged the other two to see Halsey, and little did they know that she’d bring out the one and only Brendon Urie! Diana was on the verge of tears. One of the best memories from Coachella is seeing Diana’s reaction to Brendon and Halsey singing Panic! at the Disco.

7. Plan Your Schedule Wisely

There is bound to be overlap when so many great artists are playing at Coachella. If you plan beforehand who you want to see, it will save a lot of walking between stages. Just make sure you allow yourself some time to get a good spot!

8. Have Fun!

It goes without saying that anything can happen at Coachella. Follow these tips to survive Coachella and you’ll be fine! It’s great to be prepared so you can anticipate anything that tries to ruin the good vibes of the festival. Coachella is an amazing opportunity to listen to great music, meet people from around the world, and dance your heart out. You’ve spent all this money, you better enjoy yourself. Just be smart about it!

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Happy Festival Season, everyone!

Coachella Car Camping

In this post, I will be sharing my Coachella car camping experience – sparing no gritty detail.

Let me be the first to say that you are not getting the full Coachella experience unless you brave it out and camp. I know, I know – for all us princesses, the idea of portable toilets is enough to deter away from camping. However, hear me out when I say that it’s actually not that bad… Except at night/the end of the day. BUT THERE ARE FLUSHABLE TOILETS INSIDE THE FESTIVAL! Make the most of those, everyone who camped did.

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Coachella Car Camping

As I mentioned in my last post, the first night was the hardest due to the strong winds causing lots of noise. I recommend bringing earplugs if you camp, and in general especially if you find you’re a light sleeper when you travel. I have been doing this for years, and it has helped a lot.

The Coachella valley is notorious for its sandstorms, so expect the noise and the dust. Each day, we noticed a thin layer of dirt on our things. Bring a tarp if its a big deal to you. We kept our important possessions in the car and tent for this reason.

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As a group of 4 girls, one could say that we definitely took it up a notch when it came to our campsite. Aside from the essentials, such as the tent, canopy, sleeping bags, etc., we brought tapestries and circle chairs to achieve that bohemian feel. My favorite addition were these round towels we put on the ground outside our tent. They were perfect!

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The nights got progressively better from the first night and as we got acclimated to Coachella car camping.

By trial and error, we found that the free showers were way better than the “luxury” ones (in which you paid $10 a shower). It’s a good idea to invest in a headlamp for those night-time bathroom breaks. And you definitely need all the tapestries, towels, and tarps you can get for that coveted shade. It starts warming up as soon as the sun rises. Don’t underestimate that!

It also isn’t a bad idea to bring your own toilet paper and flushable wipes to the port-a-potties.

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What to bring:

  • Tent
  • Canopy
  • Stakes
  • Tapestries
  • Battery-powered lights (anything really)
  • Sleeping bags + pillows + blankets
  • Chairs
  • Table
  • Towels
  • Food + water + drinks (must be in cans)
  • Coolers + ice
  • Duct tape/zip ties/scissors
  • Flushable wipes + toilet paper
  • Headlamp and flashlights

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For those camping for Weekend 2, Happy Coachella! I’m still in post-Coachella car camping recovery mode.