So, you’re headed to Coachella for the time of your life and totally expecting some out-of-body experience. Given the stories we’ve heard from previous years, you may find yourself hovering above massive crowds of people who are drunk on music and perhaps other substances. You may even spot UFOs, extra-terrestrials (especially if you’ve been indulging in ‘other substances’), and celebs so elite they’re more difficult to spot than the extra-terrestrials.
Your personal Coachella experience can be something like flying in on your own private jet from Exclusive Charter Service, which we of course recommend, along with a list of what to bring and what NOT to bring, to ensure that it’s the music that makes your weekend an enjoyable experience.
Things to bring to Coachella
- Sunscreen. Clear blue skies and high temperatures also mean hot, sunny days. Since it’s an open air music festival, even dark skinned visitors can expect to get burned so make sure you carry sun-screen with a high SPF index. This must be without aerosol otherwise, it will be confiscated.
- For more protection you can carry a parasol (think English ladies with their dainty umbrellas) but no umbrellas. Umbrellas are banned.
- Do carry a pair of sunglasses. Actually, make that two pairs of sunglasses. You’re definitely going to break or lose at least one – if you’re lucky.
- A refillable water container is a good thing to carry. Dehydration is a common affliction at Coachella for unsuspecting visitors. Water sells fast and it’s expensive. It is much easier and cheaper to fill your own container from the many water stations throughout the site.
- Earplugs. At a music fest you say? Yes, we do! Incessant exposure to music at high decibels can damage your hearing permanently. You hear us?
- Comfortable shoes. Yes, we know that you absolutely must wear your mile high pumps but believe us, after an hour of trudging around the site, your feet will be begging you to let them live another day. Take our advice. Carry a pair of really comfortable walking (and dancing) shoes.
Other must carry items include your wristband (duh!), mobile phone charger, some cash, a hat, extra socks, band aids, insect repellent, shorts and a tee, and something for the massive headache you’ll sport after all the excesses.
Things NOT to bring to Coachella
We’re assuming you already know this is not a place you bring your mom for some quality time together. Other than that, you also don’t want to carry:
- Your good sunglasses. You’re going to be dancing, drinking, stumbling or all of the above. You will lose them.
- Flip flops. They don’t do anything for your style quotient and leave your toes naked and waiting to be stepped upon. Wear comfortable shoes.
- Glow sticks are banned as of 2016 so only carry them if you plan on sneaking them in.
- No totems or poles or signs to wave above your head. They are being confiscated and will not be returned.
- A large backpack. For one, you’ll have to stand in long queues to get checked. For another, you’ll have to lug it around with you all day as it won’t fit in the locker (assuming you’ve booked a locker for yourself). Wear a fanny pack. They’re smaller, lighter and don’t count as backpacks so you won’t have to wait in those long lines.
- No professional cameras. You can use your phones to take pictures and make videos.
- Leave your hover boards, scooters, skateboards at home. Bring comfortable shoes (We said it before).
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