A magical place filled with beautiful humans, creative art, delicious food, and great music. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a three-day, two-weekend festival that takes place every year in Indio, California. 2017 was my first year going and will definitely not be my last. This year I chose to go to Weekend 2, which was a little more laid back than the first weekend. I plan to attend Weekend 1 next time so I can have a taste of both weekends. I have also heard Weekend 1 has a lot more going on parties and events wise. Getting all dressed up and ready was one of my favorite parts. Fashion has become important in the Coachella world. Who wouldn't want to show off their way of dressing creatively and freely?! I am so grateful I got to experience this festival that has been on my bucket list for years. Accommodation options range from camping to hotels to Airbnbs. I stayed at a hotel in La Quinta which was about 10 minutes away from the festival. It felt nice to return to air conditioning and a comfortable bed after each day. Be prepared to walk over 6 miles a day in 90-100 degree heat, but it's all so worth it. Being a first timer, I learned a couple things.
Close-toed shoes. You will be walking for hours through mostly dirt and the crowds at each concert are absolutely insane. Protect your feet!
Sunglasses. It is super sunny outside and you can also get creative with sunglasses! Sunglasses are the cherry on top to an outfit.
Jewelry (lots of it).
Bandana. The dust, especially at night, is brutal. You will be blowing out black boogers for a week if you don't cover your face.
Small backpack. It holds everything you need and it's more comfortable to carry than a purse.
Sunscreen. The sun is beating down on you all day, protect yourself from getting burned.
Hand sanitizer. Your hands will feel gross. If the bathroom lines are too long and you want clean hands before eating, sanitizer will come in handy. Thank me later.
Phone charger. They have phone charging stations if needed.
Water bottle. It is so important to stay hydrated. There are plenty of water refill stations throughout the venue. If the line is too long, go to the bathroom and fill it up from the sink.
Snacks. The food isn't cheap and when you're feeling hungry it's nice to be able to pull out a quick snack from your backpack, especially during a show. I brought a couple granola bars, apples, trail mix, and banana chips. Definitely helped me save a little money on food!
Thank you for the memories Coachella!