Coachella survival guide

If you know anything about Coachella, you know it’s about more than just the music. It’s beyond headliners The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem. It’s also about celebrity and fashion. This music festival has morphed into an event to see and be seen at.

Before you head to Coachella, however, you need to have a game plan. Whether you’ve been before, or you’re a Coachella virgin, here are some tips on what to wear and what to bring to help you get the most out of the festival:

• Make travel plans in advance. Even with car rental costs (some places are offering Coachella discounts), it’s less expensive to fly into LAX than Palm Springs. Or, you can skip the car rental and take a shuttle right from LAX to the festival. Shuttles are also available from nearby hotels. If you drive, you’ll have to deal with the traffic and parking. Of course, there’s always Lyft or Uber.
• Note: Lockers WILL sell out, so it’s best to reserve yours online or keep an eye on your valuables. Better yet, don’t bring anything you don’t want to part with, such as designer sunglasses.

• Ladies, you won’t want to forget your accessories. A straw hat and sunglasses are a must.

• You’ll need a belt bag to cram in everything listed below (except the camping gear, that is), including your festival tickets and ID.
• Pack cool clothes for daytime, long sleeves and pants for nighttime. Bring at least two pair of shoes.

• Sunscreen is a must as you will spending all day in the California desert sun. We love Everyday Sunscreen by Supergoop
• Don’t forget the bug spray, adhesive bandages, toothbrush and toothpaste, and flashlight. Throw in a few zip-lock plastic bags for good measure.

• We also highly recommend the Sip Sip Hooray Hangover Kit. It can be a lifesaver. Each kit includes pain relievers, electrolyte tablets, hair ties, eye masks, ear plugs and minty breath drops.
• Be sure to bring cash. Many vendors are starting to accept credit cards, but you don’t want to be forced to stand in an unbelievably long ATM line.

• Pack a few protein bars. You’ll be less likely to snack on junk food, and more likely to have the energy you’ll need for this marathon music fest. Morning Recovery is also great to keep on hand; it’s detoxifying and will help you be ready to go each morning.

Once you’re there, grab a festival guide so you won’t miss out on a minute of the excitement. And one more thing: Have fun!

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