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What to Pack for Coachella – The Coachella Packing List

What to Pack for Coachella – The Coachella Packing List

Each year for the Coachella Valley Music festival, thousands upon thousands of people descent upon the Coachella valley to drink, eat, and be merry while rocking out to artists performing on five different stages. This year, due to overwhelming popular demand, Coachella expanded to two consecutive weekend festivals. This means that the event is catering to 200,000 people who are dealing with extreme heat, exhaustion, and dehydration.

In order to have a successful Coachella experience, make sure that the following items make it on your packing list:

elastic hair ties (especially covered with cloth as to not tear your hair)

bobby pins

battery-operated fan

spray mister

hand sanitizer or sanitary wipes

tissues and napkins

band-aids, sunburn relief gel, and triple antibiotic cream

closed-toed shoes and socks

clothing that is light, breathable, and can dry quickly

a hat to cover your face

a water bottle that can easily clip to your person

a fanny pack (only at a music festival can they still look cool), or a small back pack

rent a locker to store your things

bring along a jacket and leggings or sweatpants in case the weather turns cold

high SPF sunscreen

something that glows or sets you apart from the crowd in case your group can’t find you

handkerchief to avoid the dust


eye mask

hand lotion, especially if you are not used to the dry climate

any prescription medications you may need, especially if you tend to have asthma, allergies, or anything that heat, dust, and dryness may exacerbate

blow-up mattress and battery-powered blower

Lastly, some other tips include:

Find the water station that is the least popular – you will be able to refill more quickly

Use the bathroom and refill water right before popular sets are about to end to avoid the crowds

When moving through the crowd, be nice, don’t push, and have patience. Generally, the way you treat others is the way you will be treated at Coachella

Rent a locker

Spend some time in the interactive, air-conditioned, tents

Take lots of pictures and videos

Ride the Ferris wheel in order to get the best view possible of the entire festival

When the final set finishes, wait out the crowd in order to avoid getting pushed and pulled during the exit process

Do not rely on cell phones to meet up. They will not work in crowded areas. Come up with set meeting times and places to find your friends.

Lastly, have fun and make some amazing memories!