Going to Coachella? Here are our top 10 tips to fully enjoy your experience

Coachella is one of the biggest festivals of the year, but it can be overwhelming. Here are the best tips for surviving.

Emily Treadgold

Coachella kicks off festival season every year. The three-day event takes place in the desert of Coachella, California and it's always one of the biggest forecasters of festival trends and for who will be in every lineup the rest of the year.


1. Way out your options in the lineup: There are a ton of conflicts this year, and there's no way you can see them all. The major decision is, do you want to get a good view or stand in the back and maybe not see the act at all? The best way to decide is to think about who is touring later and if you can catch the artist at a better time with fewer people. If you want to get a good view, show up at least 30 minutes before. 


2. Don't stay in Palm Springs: While everyone probably has their stay booked already, the cost of staying in a nice place in Palm Springs is utterly ridiculous. Look at towns south of Coachella for better deals. During this time of year, one night at a Travelodge can cost over $500, so really weigh out how much money you're okay with spending to be somewhere trendy. Please don't stay in some stranger's backyard who says you can "camp" there on Airbnb.


3. Rent a locker: Get a locker, so you don't have to lug around all of your festival must-haves the entire time. It can get pretty cold at night, so you'll want a jacket and maybe a blanket to lie on. Having a locker means you won't have to haul all of that around. They also have a changing area where you can change out your outfits.

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4. If you want to drink be ready to spend a ton of money and time: Unlike a lot of festivals, you can only drink in designated areas at Coachella. You can't bring a beer to watch the show. The best thing to do is make friends with someone in the camping area so you can go back and forth. 


5. It will be dusty: That California weather is absolutely perfect until the dust hits. Bring a bandana to tie around your face if it starts to pick up. Get some clear glasses while you're at it. 


6. Use the app: Download the app and get your schedule ready, also screengrab your schedule and make it your lock-screen on your phone so you can save battery. If you've never been before, take some time when you get there to familiarize yourself with the grounds. Get the car parking app too if you're parking.

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7. Be prepared: Okay, not to sound like a parent, but bring sunscreen and drink lots of water and take care of yourself. The worst way to spend a festival is passed out and sunburned. A few great things to have on hand: Sunscreen, wet naps, hand sanitizer. 


8. Go during the day: The bottom of the lineup is not to be slept on, those artists are going to be headlining shows in no time, and you want to say you saw them first when they were at the bottom. If someone tells you "nobody goes to the day shows" slap them across the face because you should.


9. When it comes to style, wear ankle boots or tennis shoes: Let me paint a picture: you're barefoot on the grass with strangers heel digging into it as you stand in the crowd waiting for Beyonce. 


10. Do you: Most importantly, if you're with a group don't feel the need to do what everyone else is doing. Have your own experience, go to what you want to see. Make sure you have a meetup plan for after.