It’s that time of the year again – festival season. Coachella is upon us and in a few short weeks, your Instagram feeds will be bombarded with celebs showing off their perfect festival looks, videos will surface of killer performances and memories will be made that last forever. If you are lucky enough to be heading to Coachella there are a few things you need to know on how to make your first festival experience one for the books.
Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about attending Coachella:
Coachella 2019 Details:
Date: April 12-14 and April 19-21
Location: Empire Polo Club in Indio, California
You already know that the Coachella lineup never disappoints, but this year, it goes above and beyond. The headliners for the music festival are Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande. Along with this star-studded lineup, Kid Cudi, Khalid, Billie Eilish, Kasey Musgraves, Diplo and many, many more will also be performing. There is a performance for everyone at this music festival.
Get the Coachella app:
The Coachella app will absolutely save your life and make this overwhelming experience a lot more manageable. Along with having all of the information about the lineup and stages, one of the best features of the app is that it allows you to flag the specific performances that you want to see and when those acts are about to happen, it will remind you to head to the next stage.
Rent a locker:
At the festival, you will have the opportunity to rent a locker. This is a great place to store any necessities that you don’t want to carry around all day but will need at night. For example, a light sweatshirt, any extra water bottles, a small blanket for when you want to sit, and even toiletry necessities like wipes or hand sanitizer.
Write all important information down on paper:
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You are in the desert, cell phone service is limited. If you think you are going to be able to just call an Uber when you are ready to leave you are wrong. When the day is over and you are ready to leave you are going to want to know how to get back to your hotel or campsite. Do yourself a favor and write everything down on a piece of paper. That includes your friend’s cellphone numbers, directions to your campsite or hotel and address, shuttle pick-up times. When your cellphone inevitably dies, this will be your saving grace.
Dress for success:
To the people not attending Coachella, it looks like an opportunity to wear your most creative and unique festival outfit. But really, when you are attending Coachella you have to remember to dress smart, not stylish. At the end of the day, you are surrounded by thousands of people and not one outfit will stand out from the rest.
There are a few things to keep in mind while preparing your wardrobe for Coachella:
1. You will be doing a lot of walking. Those super cute sandals will match great with your outfit, but you will be very mad at yourself when you have blisters day one. Be smart, pack sneakers, they can be stylish too.
2. You will be in the hot sun all day, so when planning your outfit, make sure your outfits are made up of fabrics that will absorb sweat and protect you from the sun.
3. Pack layers. This festival goes all day and night, it may be hot during the day but when temperates drop at night and performances are still going on, you are going to wish you had another layer. Even if it’s just a long-sleeve t-shirt, you will be thanking yourself.
While Coachella is definitely driven by alcohol and food, please keep in mind that you are in a desert. Water is probably the single most important thing you will need to remember during your fun festival weekend. If you want to last out in the hot desert sun all day and into the night, you must stay hydrated. You don’t want to be the person sick and dehydrated on the first day and have to miss out on the rest of the fun. Also – do not forget to wear sunscreen, this goes with the desert theme, it will be hot and the sun will be strong.
It is fairly obvious that Coachella will be one of the most chaotic experiences ever, so while it’s important to make a plan, also understand that you will most likely get separated from your friends at some point. In order to have a stress-free experience, establish a meet-up point with your friends and stick to it. Don’t forget that while Coachella is all about the music, it is also an art festival. Use the unique pieces of art as potential meet-up spots for you and your friends.
There are a lot of moving parts to Coachella and at times it can be extremely overwhelming and stressful. But, just remember that this is an experience! Things are going to happen that are out of your control, and some of your best memories will come out of you just having fun and stepping out of your comfort zone!