How To Survive Coachella
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After a 2 year hiatus one of the largest music festivals, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, returns this weekend! Getting a wristband to Coachella is like getting the golden ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory so congrats if you're going!
With this in mind, I thought it would be fitting to share my daypack tips on how to survive, look fabulous and have the best possible experience! This is a basic survival guide for the not-so-basic!
Stay Hydrated and Cool
The average temperature in Indio, CA during April is a high of 30° C but can sometimes soar to 40° C! You could be at risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion if you don't take precautions. Here's what I recommend bringing with you:
Water bottle and/or hydration pack (No metal or glass)
Fill up your water bottle and/or hydration pack as soon as you get through security. The lines for free water can get very long and you don't want to get stuck in line while your favourite artist is performing.
Drink more water than you think! In a moderate climate, it's recommended that you drink at least eight 8-ounces of water or fluid per day so if you're planning on dancing the day away at Coachella, you'll need to up your fluids even more.
Know the signs of dehydration. If you (or anyone around you) starts experiencing nausea, headaches and dizziness it's probably dehydration. Get water ASAP!
Sunscreen (Pump or cream only. No aerosols.)
People with dark skin CAN get a sunburn. Our melanin protects us against some UV rays but not all. While we don't necessarily need to stress about applying sunscreen every 2 hours, skin cancer and wrinkles aren't cute so it isn't optional – don't forget it!
Did I mention how high temperatures can soar? You will sweat and sweat isn't the most fabulous look, especially when you've just slayed your makeup, so I recommend bringing a bladeless fan. Trust me - you'll be the envy of fellow festival goers while you're in the Sahara Tent waiting for the next artist to perform!
You can also avoid sweat by dressing comfortably. The more breathable fabrics you wear, the better! It does get cooler as the sun sets so bring a wrap to wear as a cover up in the night. A wrap can also be used for an impromptu sitting spot!
Make sure to bring a bandanna, scarf or surgical mask with you to the festival. The dust from the Polo grounds is not something you want to inhale! You'll also likely avoid catching COVID.
Fuel up as much as you can before heading to the festival grounds. When it's time to eat at Coachella, head on over to Indio Central Market where you'll find 15+ of the most celebrated restaurants from LA to NYC under one large, shaded (yes, shaded!) tent. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are all available!
If you're planning on sharing your Coachella experience on the 'gram or TikTok bring a power bank with you to stay charged up. Coachella has charging stations, but the lines to use them are even longer than the lines for water! Better yet, save battery power by pausing and living in the moment!
On a final note, a lot of hard work and planning has gone into this event so take full advantage of what Coachella has to offer! I hope that my basic survival tips helps you to pack and have a safe and wonderful time!
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