Happy Sunday loves! The first weekend of Coachella is just 2 weeks away, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share my top tips & tricks for surviving the festival. If it’s your first time (YAY), I highly recommend following all of these because if you don’t you’re going to wish you had! If you’re an experienced Coachella goer, you already know how important each of these tips are. From my experience, these are the things I wish someone had told me before I went to Coachella for the first time.
This is the most important tip I can give anyone going to Coachella (or any festival for that matter)! It’s so easy to forget to drink water, or not want to wait in the lines in between sets, but you have to do it. Too many people get sick or pass out at festivals & it’s most likely because they haven’t been drinking water. The desert is hot & dry so you need to stay hydrated. It’s worth it – to me – to miss the first or last 10 minutes of a set to fill up your water. Trust me, your body will thank you later!
If you haven’t heard already or learned from personal experience, Coachella is a thief’s playground. Every year there are so many phones, wallets, & purses stolen – among other things. Not to sound like a total mom, but keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Don’t leave your phone or purse with a friend because you will be even more upset if it gets stolen from them as opposed to from yourself. If you’re bringing a backpack, I highly recommend getting a backpack lock! Thieves are so sneaky & fast; it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re walking through a crowd, put your backpack or purse on the front of your body!
In addition to being hot & dry, the desert is also very dusty & windy. There will be times when you look across the field & you can see a layer of dust in the air. Having a bandana to put across your nose & mouth will save your lungs. As gross as this is about to sound, it will also prevent you from getting black boogers at the end of the night. Trust me, those are not a pretty sight! I highly recommend bringing a bandana to wear when you’re walking from stage to stage, or when the festival is over & everyone is walking to the parking/Uber lots at the same time.
We all know that Coachella is a place to take pictures & share with your Instagram followers. BUT, taking pictures shouldn’t be the only thing that you do. Get to the festival early enough to take some pictures in the good lighting & then put your phone away & enjoy the festival. Everything you do doesn’t need to be put on your story. Live in the moment because every year the festival is different & what happens this year (art structures, special guests, etc) will probably never happen again! Obviously you should take videos of your favorite artists, but the best memories you’ll make won’t be caught on camera.
This is probably my second most important tip! If you aren’t comfortable, you are not going to have fun. This goes for clothes, shoes, the group you go to the festival with…literally everything. I know that shoes can make or break an outfit, but you are going to walk 35+ miles over the weekend. You’re not going to want to walk all day everyday in anything that has a heal on it. Your feet will die & you will regret it. I wore booties with a 1/2 inch heel the first day & had to switch to Converse because my feet couldn’t handle it. If there is something about your outfit you don’t 1000% love, change it because it will be on your mind the whole time. One day I wore a top that kept falling down & I was so afraid my boobs were going to show that I ended up taking it off & wrapping a scarf around myself as a top. If something doesn’t fit you perfectly, change it – even if it’s the cutest part of your outfit.
This goes hand-in-hand with being comfortable because planning your outfits is so important. Is it going to rain one day? Maybe, so bring a backup outfit. Is it going to be cold at night? Yes, bring a sweater or jacket. Are these shoes going to be comfy? Probably not, so bring another pair. Try everything on before you wear it & wear it around your house for at least 30 minutes so you know how it moves with your body. Something might rub you the wrong way & it’s better to find out now rather than at the festival. Bring back up options because the weather may change unexpectedly, or you might change your mind about an outfit after experiencing the festival the first day. Plan, plan, plan!
Nothing is worse than running into an old friend & then turning around to find out that your group is no where to be seen. Stay together! If someone has to go to the bathroom, go with them. Use the buddy system & make sure someone always knows where you are! Coachella is huge & it is so easy to get lost. Cell phone service is unreliable so it’s not always easy to just call your friends to find them. Set a meeting place & be sure everyone is accounted for before moving to the next stage. You don’t want to spend an hour (or longer) alone because you can’t find your group!
HAVE FUN, DUH! You’re at Coachella & everything is amazing. Is the Uber line too long? Who cares, you’re at Coachella. Is it too hot? Who cares, drink some water. Did you miss the first 10 minutes of your favorite performer? Who cares, you can see the rest of it. Don’t let little things get to you & ruin your experience. Nothing is going to go perfectly, so don’t expect it to. Not trying to be a mom again, but there are so many people who don’t get to go to Coachella. Don’t take this experience for granted!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you & I hope you remember these tips! Have so much fun at Coachella & make sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss my next post! If you still need last minute outfit inspiration, check out my Coachella Style Guide!