Your Coachella Survival Guide

Your Coachella Survival Guide

So you’ve got your wristband, you figured out your travel situation and you’re stoked for Coachella.

If you’ve never been before, there are some things you should know. What you should bring and what you shouldn’t bring. What’s in the area. What the camping schedule is like.

If arriving by bus or train, the nearest bus and train station is about three miles from Coachella. You can bring as much food as you want with you (no glass containers) as well as drinks. Even a certain amount of alcohol will be allowed if you’re planning on camping at Coachella. They say one case of beer per person is about as much as you should bring.

There are lots of restaurants within walking distance of the Coachella Festival site along Hwy. 111. Still, it’s never a bad idea to budget and bring lots of your own food so you don’t get stuck having to spend more at a nearby fast food joint or, even worse, on grounds. The weekend is already so frickin’ expensive.

If camping there, of course several changes of clothes, enough blankets, and sleeping bags are good enough. Weather can fluctuate from extremely hot during the day to chilly at night.

For the fair skinned ones, sunscreen will be a must. Preparing for the chance of rain should isn’t a bad idea (umbrella, rain jacket, boots, those plastic poncho deals). Comfortable shoes will be key here – there’s a lot of walking around and standing each day.

Free showers will be available, so some shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, maybe some soap should keep the funk to a minimum. Deodorant too. It’ll get sweaty.

Use common sense. You’re going away for three days with 75,000 people. Luckily, Coachella is pretty cool about bringing your own food and drinks. Discretion advised.

Pete Richards
Pete Richards

If Star Wars and Van Damme had a baby, it would be me.