For anyone who dares to camp at coachella like I did, kuddos to you. Camping in my opinion is part of the experience. Maybe not one I would want to experience twice, but glad I did at least once. One thing I can say is preparation is key to a good time. Failure to do so can single handedly ruin your entire festival experience.
Here are 5 survival tips no one tells you about
– The Wind Can Ruin Everything –
The campsite is one giant open area and BFFs with the wind. Campsites will be DESTROYED if not set up and monitored correctly. End of day one, people were sleeping on grass or in their cars after the wind destroyed their campsites. Here’s how to avoid being those people.
- Take any tarp or easy tents down before heading into the festival. Once the wind picks up it ill swoop underneath any tarps and rip it off. It’s extra labor but so worth it.
- Stake everything down and then again. If you think you’re good on stakes, think again. This is especially important if you forget to take your tarp down. A well staked tent means it can withstand the pressure of the wind hitting it.
– It’s always sunny in California –
Sure Cali weather is cool near an ocean, but guess what? You’re not near an ocean which means it’s blazing sun rays and HOT! Here’s how to keep yourself cool.
- Bring cool towels. It will keep you cool for hours.
- Bring bed sheets to create walls on your EZ tent. Ok so some fancy tents come with the extra tarp down the sides, but when you’re ballin on a budget like me, then spare sheets from my moms closet was my only choice.
– The shower battle –
Coachella tries to sell everyone on the VIP showers for shorter lines. However, if everyone believes it and invests in the upgrade then guess what? Those lines are now a long wait. Here are the best times to shower.
- If you don’t care about the last act at the festival, shower before going to bed
- Shower before 8 am. You may think that is too early, but I promise you, once the sun comes out you will be roasting inside your tent. Waking up will not be a problem when you are 100 degress. Best advice, get up and get to the shower. Feel free to take a nap after while everyone else waits in line.
– Ice (money) breaker –
Bags of ice are expensive. $10 expensive. Trucks drive around the campsite for convenience but you most likely have to flag them down. Here’s how to make your ice last:
- Bring a yeti cooler. Well worth the investment, especially if you plan on camping ever again in your life.
- This is a no-brainer, but you would be surprised. Keep your ice chest in the shade. I can’t tell you how many people don’t do that.
– Let there be nightlight –
Thankfully we have the suns light for the better half of the day, but what about at night? Trying to maneuver through your campsite at night can be challenging. Consider buying this item.
- Buy a headlamp from Wal-Mart for less than $10. You get light and two free hands. Rather than trying to prop your phone up somewhere while you dig through your bag at night, or fight over the lantern, just place the headlamp around your head and viola!
– P.S. Don’t forget these Camping Essentials –
- Blow up mattress
- Fitted sheet and sheet
- Sleeping Tent & Easy Up Tent
- Full Length Mirror
- Alcohol and mixers
- Sun block
- Bug spray (there will be flies everywhere unless people throw their trash away)
- Towels (one for each day)
- Toiletries (i.e. loofa, makeup remover, dry shampoo)
- Grill to cook (big money saver)
- Eating utensils and paper products
- Work out clothes if you want to participate in main village yoga
- Warm clothes for at night
- Shoes you can get dirty
- BANDANAS!! (Unless you want to inhale dirt for 3 days)
Have any camping survival tips? Share in the comment below!