Growing up in the heart of Coachella Valley, I’ve seen it all – the scorching heat, the diverse crowd, and, of course, the iconic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. With over a decade of festival experience, I’ve picked up a thing or two about making the most of your Coachella adventure. Here are 10 common mistakes I’ve witnessed festivalgoers make.
Avoid Rideshares: Seek Alternatives
In the Coachella Valley, rideshares during festival weekends can be a nightmare. The rideshare entrance often turns into a traffic gridlock. Returning to your accommodations is equally daunting due to spotty cell service and surge pricing. Consider purchasing a shuttle pass for a more efficient and cost-effective transportation option.
Plan Your Meet-Up Spot
Coachella’s vast grounds and unreliable cell service can lead to group separation. Pick a memorable landmark, whether the striking art installations or the ever-visible Ferris wheel, as your go-to meeting point. Pack charging cords or portable chargers to keep your phones juiced up throughout the weekend.
Dress for Day and Night
Contrary to popular belief, desert nights can be chilly. Be prepared with a jacket or hoodie, either stored in a rented locker on-site or in your bag. Opt for comfortable, chafe-free clothing, and consider changing into warmer attire when the evening chill sets in.
Protect Your Belongings
Coachella has excellent stories and occasionally lost phones or stolen accessories. Safeguard your belongings in a secure place like a fanny pack. Keep expensive items at home and position your phone to easily monitor it.
Experience More Than Music
While music is a significant part of Coachella, keep it from overshadowing the festival’s other incredible experiences. Explore the mesmerizing art installations, spin the Ferris wheel, and check out brand events that often include food tastings and styling booths.
No Need to Fight for the Front Row
While being up close for some performances is thrilling, the front row isn’t the only place to have fun. Reserve your energy by avoiding the hours-long wait for headliner shows. Opt for the middle or back of the crowd, where there’s more space to dance, friendly fellow festivalgoers, and a great view.
Bring a Reusable Water Bottle
Don’t break the bank on overpriced water; Coachella offers water-bottle-refill stations. Save time and money with your reusable bottle, which typically outlasts the small disposable ones.
Prioritize Comfort in Your Coachella Outfits
Don’t let discomfort overshadow your Coachella experience. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that won’t lead to chafing. If you aim for Instagram-worthy outfits, keep cozy clothes on hand for quick changes. Trust me; outfit mishaps are best avoided.
Explore Small Artists
Dive into the lineup and discover smaller, less-known artists. You might stumble upon your new favorites. Remember, many big stars, including this year’s headliner BLACKPINK, started their Coachella journey in the smaller-font section of the lineup.
In the end, Coachella is not just a music festival; it’s a vibrant blend of experiences. Please make the most of it by following these tips and embracing the unique Coachella spirit. Your unforgettable adventure awaits!
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