Pre-Party Planning: Camp Coachella

On the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20, Indio Valley will be the host of the 15th Annual Coachella Music & Arts Festival. With the rise of popularity of attending these festivals, multiple weekends and quick sell outs are becoming a normal thing in today’s society. But if you happen to be one of the lucky ones to score a Coachella ticket with a Car Camping pass, you’re in for a great weekend! But how do you prepare?

Car camping is one of the great features Coachella has to offer. You get a 10×30 space for your car and anything else that you want.  If rolling deep with your friends, make sure to meet up BEFORE you drive into festival grounds. I suggest the local market is a great place to meet up with your friends before going in. Once you’re in, you will be told where to park using Coachella’s parking system. If you’re all ready you can use the collective space in anyway that you please. Veterans of Coachella stick out like a sore thumb. You will see many efficient and creative ways that veterans utilize their space. Feel free to use this as planning for the next year! 


The morning at Coachella is an event in itself. You wake up in a community of festival goers doing yoga, arts and crafts, walking around, mingling with others, the smell of breakfast burritos and yes… long lines for the showers. But the worst is the blistering sun! Make sure to bring cash to buy ice, have sunblock on hand, and have a tarp or two for shade. Staying in your tent will only be hotter. Some people on the campgrounds will place a tarp to shade the tent as well.

But with all the exciting activities going on around you, it’s very easy to forget security and your basic survival needs. Be sure to bring a combination padlock to secure your tent and your belongings. Always drink water! Once you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.  And don’t forget to eat! It may sound like a given, but it does happen. Even though Coachella happens in April in the desert, be prepared for any weather (cold, warm, windy, & rain).

Most importantly, go into Coachella with an open mind. You will be exposed to all sorts of people from all over the world. You will see art that makes no sense but looks so beautiful. You will listen to music that you have never heard before. If you have time to kill, listen to a new band! And you will see a very euphoric environment that is unique to this festival. But most importantly… you paid top dollar to go to this festival.. make sure to enjoy it in person, and not behind a phone screen!



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