Welcome to Coachella, the yearly migration of 250,000 concertgoers over two weekends to the Coachella Valley in California. While this festival brings together unprecedented musical acts, larger-than-life art installations and down-home camping experiences, it is important for attendees to acknowledge the mundane details. Here are some tips to ensure that Coachella weekend remains on the fairgrounds and not in the medical tent.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Coachella Valley is a desert and adding alcohol to any dry environment could be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, Coachella provides water filling stations, so plan to bring an empty bottle to carry around throughout the weekend. Attach it to your belt or backpack to keep your hands available to jam out at all times to reach expert festival attendee status.
Again, 125,000 people are wandering around the fairgrounds each weekend so shortages of essential items such as toilet paper or hand sanitizer are likely. Make sure to always carry a spare roll and bottle to avoid any precarious situations. Along those lines, keep a headlamp or flashlight with you for easy access to something that will help guide the way at night.
If you don’t want to miss your favorite act, prepare to get there early and activate your wristband before opening day. Traffic and long entrance lines are a notorious side effect of any great festival. This also applies to art installations. As the Coachella ball gets rolling, more people will try to experience these wonders of the modern world, so if you want in on the action get there as early as possible.
Never Miss a Rendezvous
Cell service gets spotty at Coachella. If a meeting time and place is arranged, don’t let the group down and arrive on time to avoid any concern. One great piece of advice from veteran Coachella attendees is to pick a specific place to meet up. Speaker stacks are a good choice since they’re numbered for maximum specificity. For example: Meet at the Main Stage, Speaker #B11. This ensures less time is spent herding friends and more time is spent experiencing everything Coachella has to offer.
Label Your Valuables
It’s safe to say that it’s smart to limit personal belongings while at a huge festival such as Coachella, but a cell phone or wallet is necessary. Make sure to make a note of your contact information and take a picture of it. Change that photo to the lock screen on your phone so if it happens to get lost, it can easily be returned.
While it’s impossible to know everything before an epic experience such as Coachella, these pieces of advice will be advantageous to the new concertgoer. A great rule of thumb is that while this is a high-profile event, it is also out in the elements so plan accordingly. Planning that is done before and during the event will ensure that your Coachella experience is the best of all time.
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Coachella Survival Guide