It’s officially March, which means Coachella is NEXT MONTH! So, today I’ll be sharing an installment of critical do’s and don’ts. I’ve found these tips to be some of the most helpful in my Coachella preparation, and I wish I’d known a lot of this before I went the first time.
- Carpool. Not only is it cheaper for everyone and better for the environment, but you can win things too! Get four or more people together, decorate your car and have “Carpoolchella” visible (or take the boring route and print this and put it on your dash) to make yourselves fair game for the secret spotters. You could win anything from Ferris wheel vouchers and merchandise to VIP passes for life. Click here for more info on Carpoolchella.
- Study the lineup when it comes out. Make sure you know who you want to see most, what stage they are on, what time, etc. Be okay with splitting up from your group if you have differences of opinion on who to see. You’re going to have a bad time if you miss someone you were really looking forward to because the rest of your group wants to see someone else. Girls, check out this post from The Festival Lawyer for tips on staying safe in situations like this.
- Bring a first aid kit. My best friend made the most badass first aid kit last year, and it came in handy so many times. Said neighbor from my first post somehow ended up with poison ivy on the first night, and that was pretty much the only thing we weren’t prepared for. Be prepared for anything health-wise that you can think of that you can reasonably fit in a shoebox.
- Overpack. I overpacked so hard the first time I went, in both the clothes and food departments. We ate more than half the food we brought, but I probably wore about 10% of the articles of clothing that I filled my friend’s car with. Yes, we all want to be ‘festival chic’ or whatever, but my recommendation to you is to look at an article of clothing, ask yourself if you’re going to want to wear that when it’s hot as all hell and twice the humidity of what you’re used to. The answer is probably going to be no. I’ll address some ideas of what to bring (well, for girls at least) in my next post.
- Put off buying your merchandise. Things will be selling out by the end of the first day. My advice is to go in early on the first day and purchase everything you’re going to want as far as t-shirts, hoodies, hats, etc, go back to your campsite and store it, then head in for the music. Factor this in when you’re packing too. I’ve pretty much concluded that I will purchase a hoodie every year and can factor that out of my suitcase.
- Be an asshole. You would think this goes without saying, but it really doesn’t anymore. Be respectful of people; don’t push or shove, watch your elbows, don’t walk backward, all that kind of stuff… think about how much time, effort, and money went into planning your Coachella trip and how much you want to enjoy it, and then remember that this is the case for basically everyone there. Don’t be that person that ruins it for someone else. And yes, bringing your iPad to film CAN make you that person. No, an iPad Mini is no better. Just don’t.
Quick shout out to painintheenglish.com for helping me figure out how to title this post… Although I’m still not completely sure if I’m correct. Ha! Anyway, I hope these tips are helpful, especially if you are going for the first time! Feel free to share your best tips in the comments, and keep following me for more to come. Festival season is just beginning. 🙂