It’s almost that time of year again – festival season! Coachella is more popular than it’s ever been and I think this year will have even higher attendance than last year. Last year was my first time attending Coachella and I had the time of my life! The three days in sweltering Indio heat were a little unbearable at times, but I had a great experience nonetheless. I also learned some Coachella do’s and don’t’s the first time, so I’m here to share with you a couple tips for any festival newcomers out there.
DO – Wear sunscreen and reapply religiously
You’re going to be out in the sun for 10+ hours, completely exposed in the desert. There is little shade or cover so you definitely want to protect your skin. Make sure you also reapply every so often.
DON’T – Bring anything too expensive/valuable
A lot of things could go wrong at a festival – you could lose your belongings, damage them, or get pickpocketed. Make sure you don’t bring anything you’d be too upset about losing.
DO – Bring an empty water bottle
If you don’t want to pay for water bottles, Coachella has filling stations where you can fill up your bottle.
DON’T – Forget to hydrate and eat throughout the day
You definitely don’t want to miss the best festival experience of your life because you neglected your body and got heat stroke. Remember to hydrate continuously throughout the day, especially since you’ll be in the heat and probably sweating a lot!
Also don’t forget to eat! It’s easy to get caught up in all the fun – going from one set to another, but you gotta stop at some point to get some grub.
DO – Bring a small bag for your belongings
You’ll need a place to carry your wallet, phone, keys, sunscreen, water bottle, etc. so bring a bag. I’d recommend a small handsfree bag such as a backpack, so you can enjoy your festival experience. If you’re going super minimal, a fanny pack works too.
DON’T – Wear uncomfortable clothes and shoes
Sure, you want to look cute and all ~Coachella~ but you don’t want to keep adjusting clothing that may ride up or slide down constantly as you’re walking around or dancing. Just avoid this because it’ll make your day SO annoying.
My first year at Coachella, I made the mistake of wearing heeled booties with too much of an arch to it. My feet were in so much pain by the end of the day. I’d recommend flat shoes, and if you must wear booties with a heel on it, make sure the arch is pretty flat. Definitely do not wear heels or wedges unless you’re a masochist.
DO – Plan which artists you want to see
You’ll realize that you won’t be able to see every single artist you want, so your best bet is to make a plan. Download the Coachella app to see set times and also favorite the artists you want to see. It’ll create a little schedule for you and also send you reminders when the performances are about to start. You can also see what your Facebook friends want to see so you can coordinate with your buddies as well.
DON’T – Forget to set a meet-up point
You’ll inevitably get split up with your friends. Some people will leave to use the restroom, buy food and drinks, go see an artist you don’t want to see, etc. Don’t get separated and spend your whole day looking for them. The cell phone reception is horrible there so reaching them via phone is unlikely. Make sure you plan a spot where everyone can meet if you get split up.
Hope these tips helped! What are some of your Coachella do’s and don’t’s?