While Coachella is a lot of fun, as well as a great way to hear your favorite musical artists, discover new bands, and take a zillion Instagram photos with your friends, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take precautions to make sure you get the most out of your time at Coachella.
Plus, follow the Zeel team on our Coachella journey on our Instagram Story!
What is Coachella?
Coachella is an enormously popular music festival held over two weekends every April in Indio, a desert town in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, CA. In 2016, nearly 200,000 music lovers, including numerous celebs, trekked to Coachella to enjoy a weekend of music, fun, and Instagram-ready moments. In 2017, attendees can expect hot weather, sand, a performance by Lady Gaga (subbing for the pregnant-with-twins Beyonce), embroidered hats (flower crowns are apparently out this year) and huge crowds of fellow music and festival fans.
Any advice for surviving Coachella?
Funny you should ask! Herein find the Zeel Survival Guide for Coachella. (We’re going to assume that you have your ticket and a place to stay already.)
- Keep your phone charged, and consider bringing a portable charger. Cellphone service has improved at Coachella over the past few years.
- This is non-negotiable – bring non-aerosol sunscreen to Coachella. That includes wearing (and bringing) a lip balm with a high SPF. But don’t bring a spray sunscreen – all aerosol products are banned at Coachella.
- It might rain! But you can’t bring an umbrella, because umbrellas are banned by Coachella. If rain is the forecast for Coachella, bring a lightweight poncho.
- Protect your hearing. Bring earplugs to Coachella – loud music can cause temporary hearing loss (and sometimes, permanent hearing loss)
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink water and bring a water bottle with you.
- Wear a hat if you can – it will help you avoid sunburn and overheating.
- Wear comfortable and preferably closed-toe shoes. You’ll be doing lots of walking, standing, and dancing, and Coachella is home to frequent gusts of blowing sand (which is especially unpleasant when it settles between your toes.)
- Bring layers, including a jacket, socks, hat, and gloves. Temperatures can drop significantly at night.
- While Coachella does have lockers, they may be sold out when you arrive. Bring a small backpack and expect to carry what you bring in.
- Bring a pair of sunglasses – as well as a backup pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses are easy to lose or misplace, and you don’t want to be at Coachella without them.
- Bring tissues and wet wipes. Great for if you get grimy, eat something messy, or have an unfortunately Porta-Potty encounter.
- Find moments for yourself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, between the crowds and the music. Take a moment to sit down, relax, and find a moment of Zen. (Maybe even give yourself a relaxing scalp massage?
Festival recovery advice
The day after Coachella might as well be a holiday – take the day to recover.
- Don’t travel, if you can help it.
- If you got too much sun despite your best efforts, stay out of the sun today. Nurture your skin with aloe.
- You might have had a sleepless few nights. Take the time to get a good night’s sleep.
- Eat light, fresh foods and drink a lot of water. Coconut water is a refreshing drink as well, full of electrolytes.
- You’re probably achy. Get a massage delivered to you from Zeel – you won’t even have to leave your home (or hotel room), as Zeel comes to you.
- Listen to our special Coachella recovery day soundtrack. Soothe yourself during your massage and ease back into reality with these tunes from top 2017 Coachella artists.
“But Beautiful” feat. Tony Bennett
“Beneath the Tree”
“You Are the Ocean”
“21 Moon Water”
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.