I’ve mentioned this in a few posts and can’t shut up about this on social media, but I’m headed to Coachella for the first time this year! To say I’m excited is an understatement. This is my first major music festival ever, and I had to do my homework to make sure I was prepping accordingly.
I’m loving this backpack and mini crossbody bag that Sakroots sent to me for the festival. I’m still trying to decide whether I want to pack light and just carry my essentials (phone, keys, wallet) in the crossbody bag or haul a few more pieces in the backpack. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions on what to pack for any music festival.
1. An Extra Pair of Shoes
Buying a new pair of shoes for a festival seems like an idea, until you’re standing and dancing for 12 hours straight. I’m planning on bringing an extra pair of super broken in sandals/booties just in case the new pairs of shoes I bring along don’t quite agree with me.
2. CLEANSING WIPES
Let’s face it: Coachella is in the middle of a desert. You’re going to need a little refresh during the day, so I’m planning on packing a few cleansing towelettes with me. I highly recommend picking up a pair of oil-free wipes to avoid clogging your pores. I love these these wipes from Neutrogena!
3. SPORT SUNSCREEN
Okay, so I have to admit that I’ve never had a sunburn in my life since my skin is so dark. I am terrible at remembering to put on sunscreen and I’m very aware that even though I never burn, the sun still has pretty damaging effects. I’m planning on bringing a huge bottle of sunscreen and setting myself a few reminders to keep re-applying it.
4. MINI FIRST AID KIT
We’re staying in a hotel that’s 20 minutes away from the festival, so we’re really not in a position to head back during the festival for any necessities. That being said, a mini first aid kit is necessary. I’m packing a little but of ibprofen, allergy medicine (trust me, I’m actually allergic to every single type of pollen) and a few band-aids just in case my cute new shoes give me a not so cute blister.
5. LIGHT LAYERS
I’m going to be honest here: the desert climate really puzzles me. Even though it gets super hot during the day, it does get pretty chilly at night. I’m planning on packing a few light layers (kimonos, light jackets) to keep me warm once the sun sets.
6. A HAT
I don’t know about you, but I always think of floppy hats when I think of Coachella. Not only are hats trendy, but it’s also another way for you to shield yourself from the sun. I don’t wear hats that often, so I’m super excited to rock them at festivals this year.
7. PHONE CHARGER
You’re going to be out for 10+ hours a day, so it’s pretty crucial to pack a phone charger. Because let’s face it, Snapchat is going to suck your battery dry. Coachella has full on charging stations, so I plan on bringing my full charger. If you’re headed to a festival that doesn’t have charging stations/limited outlets, try bringing a travel phone charger.
Do you have any tips on what to pack for a music festival? Share them in the comments below!