The Coachella Festival Checklist

Paddle ball in the campgroungs

Paddle ball in the campgroungs

So you’re going to Coachella! You’re ready to have an awesome time, but now you have to figure out what the hell you’re going to take with you. Follow the checklist below and you’ll have no trouble packing your car up before the epic journey to the Coachella Campgrounds!


Let’s get our priorities straight and start with the most important items:

1. Your Coachella Passes
You don’t want to be the person that gets to the campgrounds only to figure out that you left your festival and camping passes at home. Don’t be that guy.

2. Alcohol
Alcohol is pretty pricey at festivals so if you want to start drinking at camp beforehand you’ll save yourself some cash to spend on merchandise later. Be sure to follow the alcohol limits and guidelines on the Coachella website but a large case of beer (36 pack) or a box of wine per person should do it.

3. Money
Make sure you have enough cash for your daily spending at the festival. During the day you’ll most likely be spending on food, alcohol, and merchandise after the show (water is free at the “hydration stations”). Keep in mind that a lot of the vendors only take cash. There are ATMs around, but who likes to pay fees? Bring cash and have a safe place to lock it so that you don’t need to carry it all at once.

4. Camping Gear
Make sure you go over all your camping gear before hitting the road. Some essentials would be…A tent, sleeping bag/blankets, a pillow, folding chairs, folding table (for drinking games, but it also helps to have something to eat on), and SHADE! It gets awfully hot during the day so the shade comes in handy.

5. Food
Like alcohol, you can purchase food at the festival grounds but it’s pricey. Bring a cooler with the basics to make sandwiches, cereal, or ramen and you’ll save yourself some cash. Don’t forget the chips and snacks! Just remember, you can’t bring glass containers, so make sure to bring the salsa in plastic!

6. Shower and Restroom Essentials
No one likes hanging out with a person that smells bad, so luckily the campgrounds have decent showers. USE THEM, at least once or twice over the weekend but be sure to bring a towel, flip flops, shampoo, and soap with you. There are also sinks to brush your teeth in near the showers, so bring your toothbrush and paste. And finally, the toilet situation…always have toilet paper(TP) with you. The porter potties sometimes have TP but that’s not always the case, a roll of TP will save you time finding a stall to use.

7. Your Coachella Outfits
Keep in mind that Coachella is in a desert, it will be extremely hot during the day and cooler in the evenings. You will get sweaty and dirty during the festival. Make sure to wear something you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Dress for warm weather. Shorts, crop tops and tank tops, swim-wear, sandals and sneakers will do the job, but make sure to being a light sweater for the cooler weather in the evenings.

8. Sunblock and Glasses
The Coachella Sun can be brutal during the day. Remember to bring plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself from horrible sunburns and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Lastly, be ready to have the time of your life, make new friends, take plenty of pictures, and enjoy some of the best live musical performances!


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