How to Survive a Trip to Coachella

Coachella is one of the most well-known music festivals in the world. It takes place in Indio, California and draws in 200,000 people each year. It began in the early 90s with a concert by Pearl Jam who was boycotting Ticketmaster locations and now covers two consecutive three day weekends in April.

Coachella features huge music acts from rock to hip hop to electronica and often pulls in huge celebrities as well as festival goers. Attendees can choose to camp on the grounds for the weekend to get the full experience.

The festival takes place in the desert and can get exceptionally hot and features over 100 artists and sculptures and art installations as well. It can be challenging sifting through who to see, what to do and how to take care of yourself during the festival. Here are some tips for how to survive a trip to Coachella and how to make the most of your couple hundred dollar ticket.

Camp on-site.

The festival starts in the early hours of the day and goes late into the evening, staying on site is a key component to alleviating the stress that can come from finding transportation to or from the event. Make sure to make peace with the fact that you are probably going to be dirty and won’t get a ton of sleep during the festival. But it will definitely be worth it.

Drink a TON of water.

It gets very hot during the day and you will probably be dancing a lot and maybe drinking a little alcohol which also dehydrates you. It is easy to forget this basic human need but it is absolutely necessary. Don’t be the first time Coachella goer that has to take an emergency trip to the medic tent or even worse, hospital, because you decided you were super human and didn’t need water like the rest of humanity.

Wear sunscreen.

You may think you are immune to sunburn, but the desert sun is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Where your sunscreen!

Be comfortable.

Plan clothing that works for the heat and sun. It gets a bit chillier at night but still warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt. Pack comfortable shoes that you can dance all day and night in. Also, don’t wear anything you really care about. Breaks are typically had by sitting in the grass or dirt, so shorts get dirty and things are always spilled during epic dance sessions.

Eat well.

Finally, as important as water is food. Make sure to eat enough protein to give you energy to last through the whole day. Skip the empty caloried churros and go for the bugers and burritos packed with meat and veggies. You can even bring vitamin rich snacks for power boosts during your breaks throughout the day.

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