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How to survive Coachella

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The crowd at Coachella enjoying a performance. Wikimedia Commons

Coachella is one of the year’s biggest and most hyped music festivals. Lights dim, cheers start and you see the long-awaited singers take the stage. But while there’s a lot of anticipation, there’s also lot of waiting in the hot, scorching sun of Indio, California.

The 2024 lineup includes Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat, a No Doubt reunion, Ice Spice, Blur, Peso Pluma, J Balvin and Tyler, the Creator, so the last thing you should worry about is how to enjoy it. Below is a survival guide to Coachella which takes place during the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21.

Firstly, a handheld water spray fan, which can be found on Amazon, Walmart or any other reseller store, is necessary. The fan is an essential yet often overlooked Coachella item, as the heat can get to you if you’re under the sun all day. Usually, if it has liquid in it beforehand, it will be confiscated, but if the bottle is empty, it should be able to get through security. A water spray bottle will cool you down and keep you from getting sunsick.

Next, a comfortable outfit is a must. Seeing all the influencers during Coachella season might tempt you to wear a flashy, trendy outfit, but there are better ideas than focusing on fashion over functionality. Of course, fashion is a big part of the Coachella hype; it is a music festival, after all. However, Coachella has fluctuating temperatures. During the day, it’s very hot, and at night, it’s frigid. So how should you plan for this? Wearing a light layer you can easily take off when the temperature gets too high is an easy solution.

In addition, sunscreen is an absolute must-have. UV rays are often disregarded amid all the amazing performances, but in the desert, it’s especially important to protect yourself from skin damage. Buy a small sunscreen you can apply every couple of hours to make sure the post-Coachella experience won’t be filled with third-degree burns.

Lastly, all these efforts to make Coachella a better experience would be wasted if you passed out from dehydration on the first day. Water is essential to keeping you happy and able to enjoy everything Coachella has to offer, so find an empty plastic bottle to take with you and refill throughout the day. Although finding a plastic water bottle is easy enough, you should still be prepared for lukewarm water within a few hours.

Coachella is meant to be enjoyed, so make sure you follow these tips to avoid spending the entire time miserable and exhausted. Ultimately, it’s all about you, so whatever makes you comfortable is all that matters. You shouldn’t have to worry about passing out from the hot desert sun at Coachella. Instead, focus on having enough fun and taking photos to capture memories. We hope that you find these tips helpful and are able to use them this year.

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