I’m back from what was one of THE most amazing times I’ve ever had! Coachella 2015 was so much fun! If you’re as crazy about music as I am, then this festival is a must do! I’m not going to bore you with too many details in this post because there are tons of other blogs that will be doing recaps of the weekend. I’m also not going to go through each and every outfit I wore from Day 1 to Day 3. What I will do, is give you a couple of pointers I picked up in case you’re planning to go next year. In my opinion, it’s never too soon to start thinking about what to pack for Coachella. I have to be honest, I didn’t have to do too much planning thanks to my bestie. She gave me the cutest Coachella 2015 survival kit for my birthday in February! She did a great job too because I was able to put each item to use. If you’re not lucky enough to have someone give you a survival kit as a gift, then here are some of the things I had in mine, along with other tips I learned during the weekend:
- Bring a PLASTIC water bottle – Water is $3 a pop which can really add up. Remember that you’ll be standing in 90 degree heat from sun up to sun down. You can fill up your bottle for free. Also, make sure it’s plastic. They won’t allow you in with glass.
- Bring a big scarf that you don’t mind getting dirty – Blankets are not allowed on the grounds, so unless you’re okay with sitting on the grass, bring a big scarf that you can sit on.
- Bloggers, don’t even think about bringing that big camera – You’re not allowed on the grounds with it unless you have media access.
- Wear comfortable shoes – This is probably the most important tip I can give you. I can’t stress enough just HOW important it really is. Although it might seem like a given, there were still girls wearing wedges and other ridiculous shoes. You’re going to be walking around ALL day in the hot sun…comfort is a MUST! What I saw a lot of that seemed to work well were: Flip Flops, Birkenstocks, Gladiators, Sneakers and Toms. If you feel your outfit just isn’t complete without the crazy shoes then there are lockers available to rent, but be sure to bring a comfy pair.
- Bring dancer’s toe tape or band aids – As a former dancer, I can tell you that toe tape and/or band aids are essential when you’re wearing shoes for long periods of time. It can be very hard on your feet. Unless you’re wearing Flip Flops, pretty much any shoe will begin to rub up against your big toes, pinky toes and the sides of your feet. It can cause painful blisters. By wrapping or covering your feet with toe tape or band aids, you can prevent that from happening. There’s nothing worse than coming home and not being able to put on regular shoes.
- Think carefully about staying for the full performance on the final night – If you do stay, don’t go up to the front of the lawn where the stage is. You will NEVER get out! LOL! After the final performance, Coachella is over and everyone (about 100,000 people or more) starts to head for the shuttles to get out of there. It takes forever to get through that line and on a shuttle.
- Bring feminine wipes, Kleenex tissues and hand sanitizer – For obvious reasons. The bathrooms are gross and there’s not always tissue in them.
- Bring sunscreen – It’s SO hot out there! I actually got a little sunburned on my shoulders because I didn’t wear sunscreen.
- Be patient – As a fast walker, I found myself getting irritated when slow walkers would get in front of me. Not everyone walks at the same pace as you so be patient.
- Plan ahead – If you flew into LAX and plan to take an early flight on Monday, then make sure you allow yourself time to get back to the shuttle to get to your hotel for your things. The drive from Indio to LAX airport is about 2 hours.
My outfit for the final day was a super cute jumpsuit I got from Free People. If you’re looking for the perfect outfit or shoes to wear to Coachella, Free People pretty much wrote the book on chic, Bohemian style! Check out some of their other romper styles HERE.
Here’s my look:
*Photos taken by Richard Glass
I hope you find my tips helpful! I plan to go again next year and I CAN’T wait!
Did any of you go to Coachella 2015? What was your experience like?
Until next time…