“It’s all fun and games until you’re chafed and dehydrated.”
I will be attending Coachella for the third year in a row and I must say, I am very much looking forward to spring in the desert. With that being said, spring in Coachella is not like spring anywhere else.
You’re talking to a local here, yikes I said local!! I relocated to the City of Festivals back in 2009 and I don’t think I’ve yet to acclimate to the weather.
I don’t know about you but I wish I would have had a real girls perspective going into my first year! Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at blogs and pictures of all the gorgeous outfits and these beautiful women posing and looking flawless.
It’s inspirational in so many ways!!
I am not 5’11 and a size negative.
I am 5’5 and a size 12, on a skinny day. (And I love me) just in case you had some opinions, I’m all good thanks.
If you’re like me, I want to share with you the real deal and hopefully prepare you for the experience you’re about to have.
I’m going to jump right into the festival because as a local I just go home when I’m done, I can’t comment on the hotels or camping part of it. Although I will say, ew to the camping part of it. (My opinion)
Let’s get going then;
Be prepared for some traffic as you get to the festival grounds.
There is a VIP parking lot which is the best option but requires VIP passes, so if you have general admission this is not your lot.
Then you’ve got the companion camping and car camping lots. (Not for me or you unless this is what you paid for)
The lake Eldorado lot is what you’re looking for and it is a big ass dirt lot that they water because the wind gets ridiculous and the floor is super hot!
I’m not totally sure about the drinking in the parking lot policy but we definitely drink up before heading in. Just be polite and respectful to parking lot attendants, they’re locals working the fest.
Easy enough right?
General Admission vs VIP
Ok so I ain’t no big baller but we did attempt the VIP experience.
My first year we did GA and the second year we did VIP.
General admission is just that general. There are no special sitting areas or designated restrooms. You walk about a mile to enter the fest, maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe I’m not, and then as a woman you stand in a line much longer than the men’s line to walk through a metal detector and have your bags searched.
Save the time and don’t take a bag?
No bitch, take a bag, backpack, whatever.
More on that in a minute.
So once you’re in you walk right to the Ferris wheel.
Stop and take a pic. Soak it all in.
You’re at Coachella.
Quick confession, I’ve yet to take a pic in front of the Ferris Wheel, this is the year!
Be prepared to wait in ridiculous restroom lines and don’t get discouraged by the wind. We’re all getting hit by the same sandy wind. Eat where you wanna eat and drink what you wanna drink. Remember to stay hydrated, it’s windy but it’s also hot as fuck.
We’re talking 3 digit heat with the wind. I know, wtf.
Of course, wear your sunscreen and if outfit appropriate wear a hat and your sunglasses.
You’ve been walking around all day, jumping from tent to tent, resting in random restroom lines while you wait to pee and the sun is finally going down! You made it through the first day!!
No, it’s not over, by any means.
This is where that bag comes in handy.
The fun is just beginning, it’s almost time for the headliner!!!
If you can, have an outfit change ready in that bag.
I know, I know, we’re regular girls here but I mean leggings and a cute hoodie, a cover-up or a sweater. Trust me, you’ll thank me because as hot as it was in the daytime, the cold can be just as extreme. Think about being in a jacuzzi and going from hot to cold.
The desert does not play at night.
Take a small blanket if you can, a beach blanket if possible. Not only will it potentially keep you warm but you can lay it out and sit on it while you eat.
Tables are limited and you’ll be lucky to sit anywhere other than the ground.
Food options are endless so enjoy!
VIP offers a more delectable variety of food but nothing so out there that you should pay $1000 plus for admission.
While the VIP offers a closer lot and a shorter walk to the entrance of the fest, again, not worth the money.
We went VIP thinking it meant front row accessibility…. not so.
While the lounging areas are much nicer the only difference in restrooms is that they are “air-conditioned” but they’re still for the most part port-a-potties. (You’ll get over it and accept the squat over the toilet position real quick)
(Oh yeah, you’ll be sore the rest of the weekend, accept it and acknowledge that you’re probably out of shape… I swore to be a few pounds lighter for next time but I like food.)
This is why we opted to save some pennies and go with GA for our third year.
A small list of what I do and take:
I wear converse or something along those lines. The polo grounds where the fest is held is all dirt, I don’t buy converse for the fest I wear ones I would care to never wear again. I’ve worn some Roxy slip ons for the last two years and I plan to wear them this year. Whatever you’re comfortable in just keep in mind, dirt, everywhere. ( especially on your way in)
I always take a pack of blister band-aids. Lesson learned the hard way.
Allergy relief medicine
They don’t allow you to take in water bottles but people use those camelbacks and they have water stations so if you buy a water bottle inside you can just keep refilling. My man is iffy about those so we probably spend more money on water than alcohol.
Whatever you decide to do stay hydrated.
Take a bandana or buy one there. If the wind is nasty you will thank me for this.
Last year the wind was horrible at night and I dropped my bandanna in the restroom, I didn’t buy another and ended up so sick afterward. I had what the doctors out here have dubbed “Coachella flu.” They gave me steroids and antibiotics to open up my lungs and kill whatever I inhaled.
↑Take this tidbit of advice seriously, if it’s the only thing you take from this post, I feel accomplished.
So what have you learned today?
♥ Be as cute and glamorous as you wanna be but remember to stay comfortable. You’ll be there all day and all night, for 3 days and 3 nights.
♥ Take some meds, allergy relief, again bc of the wind and Tylenol for a headache the sun could potentially give you. The festival is held on the polo grounds in Indio, so with that in mind be prepared if you suffer from allergies.
You’re adults take your meds and alcohol consumption responsibly.
♥ Blister band-aids
♥ Hat and sunglasses
♥ Backpack with a change of clothes or at least a sweater and a beach blanket.
Above all else have a fuckin amazing time and be a nice fuckin person.
We’re all there to enjoy our time, we all paid to be there. If your not in a VIP tent then relax and don’t be a douche. We’re all in this together.
Happy Coachella 2018!!
If any questions or comments I’m happy to answer and have a conversation!