Coachella Address: Empire Polo Club - 81800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201
Your ticket is literally the most important thing of this weekend. DO NOT forget your ticket at home, I repeat, do not forget your ticket! Pack it in a secure location, I recommend your carry on bag (in case your checked-in luggage gets lost) and triple check it before you leave.
Also, don’t forget to register your wristband which requires downloading the Coachella App.
1: Create a Coachella account online or via the Coachella app if you don’t already have one (this is a separate account from the one you used to purchase tickets)
2: Log in to the Coachella app on your phone, which is the only place where you can activate your wristband.
3: The landing page will ask you to activate your wristband (you can skip this if you plan to sell your wristband). Make sure you have selected the correct weekend, enter your first and last name, and then enter the six character code located on the back of the plastic portion of the wristband and hit submit.
Do not underestimate the Indio sun! You are partying in the desert and the last thing you want to do is miss out on all the fun because strapped to an IV treating dehydration. Drink a whole bottle of water before you leave for the day and replenish often. Coachella sells bottles of water for $2 each but they also offer free water stations so no excuses here.
Sunburns/skin cancer ain't cute, do yourself a favor and load up on the SPF. If for some reason you need to get out of the heat, the Yuma tent offers air conditioning and seats for you to chill.
4: Dust Mask/Bandana
High winds and heavy dust are common in the Coachella Valley and as the weekend goes on the grass will dry up, meaning there won't be anything to trap the dust. People wear dust masks or bandanas over their mouth and nose to protect themselves walking between stage to stage. This is especially important if you’re going Weekend 2, it will be a lot dryer and all the grass will be dead by then.
5: Comfortable Shoes
I usually opt for boots because boots are comfy to me but if you can only stand in sneakers for 12 hours a day, do sneakers. You’ll be doing a lot of walking/standing so whatever you wear, make sure it’s comfortable for you.
Just a heads up: unless you’re camping there's about a 1-mile walk into the campgrounds - prepare for that. Bike trolleys are priced at $10 per person and will take you directly in the festival.
If you happen to be driving to the festival, Coachella offers different color-coded parking lots spread across the field. Make sure you remember which trail you go down! I thought all the parking lots were connected my first year and spent about 2 hours after the event trying to find our car - not fun. Also the lot you park in will determine how long your walk will be, try to find the closest lot to avoid a long walk!
7: Bring a Jacket
The weird thing about the desert is that it’s really hot during the day but super cold at night. Bring a light layer to shield yourself from the cold and dust when you’re leaving the festival.
I know Coachella says no cameras BUT as long as you don’t have a 3-foot lens, you can actually bring in a DSLR. For a complete list of banned items check out this list.
Pro Tip: Write down your contact information on a piece of paper and take a picture of it. If you lose your camera, someone can easily look through your pictures and return.
9: Meeting Spot
Cell service is spotty so having a designated meeting spot is crucial. “The Ferris wheel ticket booth at 2 pm”, “back left corner of the Mojave tent in 10 minutes” and the “entrance to the Heineken beer garden when the festival is over” are some example. I recommend time stamping everything in case you get lost.
10: Porta Potty essentials
As much as you say you’re going to avoid the porta potty you’ll most likely have to use it at some point during the festival. Bring extra tissues in case they run out and hand sanitizer to kill off any germs.
Packing List - To Palm Springs
Packing List - To Coachella Festival
I hope this guide helps was helpful and if you’re going Weekend 1 be sure to say hi! Follow me on Instagram @ericaluoo to get see the most recent snaps of my looks.