The primary time I went to Coachella was in 2013. I will always remember seeing a few of my favourite bands just like the Postal Service and Phoenix. Or the adrenaline rush of working between Native Natives and Tegan & Sara and the stress of deciding if I ought to depart Wu-Tang Clan for Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers. I will always remember my first golden hour, watching the solar set behind the mountains, the lights on the palm bushes activate and the large roaming snail illuminate the grounds. Euphoric.
I will additionally always remember how this unbelievable weekend was virtually being ruined as a result of my finest good friend and I had been woefully unprepared for tenting within the desert. In the entire pleasure main as much as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Pageant in Indio, Calif., I uncared for to analysis what we must always pack. We had our tent and pillows, however no sleeping baggage. We had our bathe caddy, however no towels. We did not convey an EZ-Up (that one was deadly).
Fortunately, I recovered and have camped on the pageant yearly since (and have develop into a moderator of the Coachella subreddit). Alongside the way in which, I’ve picked up suggestions and methods from one of the best. With presale beginning Friday at 11 am PT., here is an unofficial information to surviving tenting at Coachella.
What are my tenting choices?
Camp in your automotive ($149 + charges). Automotive tenting spots are 10 by 30 ft and you’ll have as many individuals tenting in your spot as you may comfortably match. You want just one automotive camp cross per automotive and spots are good for your complete weekend. As soon as parked, your automotive stays in your spot for your complete weekend—there isn’t any driving out and in. You’ll be able to’t enter the spot with out a automotive so you need to both arrive along with your entire group or await individuals to point out up within the ready space previous safety.
It’s essential to have a traditional passenger automotive, truck or van. (No bikes, RVs, trailers, motor properties, buses or U-Haul vans allowed — see the total checklist of authorized and banned automobiles on the Coachella web site).
Sure, camper vans are allowed! These are a handy manner for individuals coming from out of city to camp with out flying with a ton of drugs. They arrive with a mattress, linens and a small kitchenette with a range and mini-fridge. Make sure that the corporate removes any butane (the pageant permits solely propane) and actual silverware (that has been confiscated by pageant safety earlier than).
Camp in a tent ($149 + charges). Tent-only tenting spots are a 10-by-15-feet grass space and you’ll have as many individuals as you may comfortably match. Every tent tenting spot comes with one in a single day parking spot to go away your automotive throughout the road.
Camp in a spot closest to the pageant, aka “most well-liked tenting” ($375 + charges). The primary 15 to twenty rows of the coveted Lot 8 are reserved for most well-liked tenting, placing you closest to the doorway of the pageant. This feature provides you the liberty to reach everytime you’d like throughout the day and be assured a spot in direction of the entrance of pageant, which might save your ft by the tip of the weekend.
There are different glamping choices (Lake Eldorado, Safari), however these are a lot pricier and infrequently embrace pageant tickets. They do not observe the identical standards because the GA tenting areas, so I’ve restricted this text to these.
However what’s the distinction between automotive and tent tenting?
The one precise distinction we have discovered is that automotive tenting provides you entry to your automotive simply, whereas tent tenting doesn’t. You do camp individually, however everyone seems to be in the identical predominant lot. Tent campers have entry to the whole lot automotive campers do, and you’ll nonetheless hand around in the automotive tenting heaps.
How many individuals can comfortably slot in a automotive camp space?
Two individuals with a mid-size automotive and a tent are my private most. I’ve tried it with three individuals and it was… cramped.
Do I want a tenting cross to entry the campgrounds?
nope. A pageant wristband is the one factor required to be within the campgrounds.
Is a tent required?
No. You’ll be able to sleep in your automotive, outdoors beneath a cover, a hammock, or on the bottom behind your automotive. What you do in/along with your house is totally as much as you.
What’s the safety course of like?
First, ensure that everybody in your automotive has a wristband, and your tenting cross is on show in your windshield. If you arrive on web site, you will be directed into considered one of about 20 traces. If you get to the entrance, safety guards will ask you to step out of your automotive. They’re going to test your whole stuff. The traces are hardly ever constant — your line could have safety opening suitcases, tent baggage and coolers or they’re going to open your glove field and usher you onward.
Professional tip: I like to supply the safety guards water, soda or snack. They’re usually overworked, understaffed and underpaid. Kindness goes a good distance, particularly given how arduous they might make the start of your day.
What tenting facilities can be found?
The Common Retailer: A big retailer in the course of the grounds, promoting on a regular basis gadgets you’ll have forgotten—toiletries, tenting gear and bedding, snacks, ice and even a microwave.
To silent disk: The place the social gathering individuals go on the finish of the evening.
Actions Tent: The place the early birds flock to for daytime actions like dodgeball and yoga.
Charging stations and an web cafe: For these busy bees.
Wants: Meals distributors, Port-o-potties, bathe trailers.
To shuttle: It takes you to Ralph’s, the closest grocery retailer.
What ought to I convey?
A straight-legged EZ-Up. This is not a suggestion. It is a necessity. You’ll completely remorse it for the remainder of your life if you do not get an EZ-Up. I additionally use a cover wall (only one) for somewhat privateness and to maintain the solar out.
Plastic stakes (and a mallet) to stake down your EZ-Up. Steel stakes will likely be 100% confiscated by safety.
Frozen water bottles. Use them in your cooler in lieu of ice packs. They’re going to maintain your meals and drinks chilly, and once they soften, you will have chilly water. (Some individuals swear by dry ice. I’ve by no means been in a position to determine it out.) Additionally they promote baggage of ice across the campgrounds, both on the common retailer, or by means of pickup vans driving across the web site.
A meals cooler and a beverage cooler. You may doubtless be opening the beverage one way over the meals one, so this could assist make your ice last more in no less than considered one of them.
Something that makes your camp really feel like house. Convey rugs, tapestries and inflatable furnishings. I take advantage of a ton of each photo voltaic and battery-powered string lights. Fancy lights make your camp fairly whereas additionally serving to you discover your campsite at midnight.
Much more lights. Headlamps. Lanterns. Flashlights.
A multi-tool. I additionally like zip ties, skinny rope and duct tape to safe issues and to have available in case of emergencies. Our camp bathe broke in a wind storm final yr and we duct taped it to all hell and it survived the weekend.
A tenting bathe. However should you do not convey one, attempt to bathe as early as humanly attainable. Wherever round 7 am is good. As soon as it hits 9 am, you will be ready some time out within the warmth.
Ear plugs and a watch masks. These are essential. I simply added the attention masks final yr and holy shirtballs, that was a recreation changer for sleeping in past the dreaded time when your tent turns into a sauna.
A full tank of gasoline should you’re automotive tenting. Fill your automotive up simply earlier than getting in line to enter. You do not know how lengthy you will be in line for safety. So as to add: I will usually sit in my automotive within the morning and do my make-up within the air-con (or simply to chill off, let’s be actual.) Don’t maintain your keys within the ignition just for too lengthy. It’s extremely unhappy if you’re able to go house Monday morning and your automotive will not begin. And produce jumper cables! Although should you overlook, AAA is on-site.
What’s among the best components of tenting at Coachella?
Day Zero, or the Thursday earlier than the pageant. It is a complete temper. The grounds are electrical and power is at an all-time excessive as everybody mills round. I like attending to the campgrounds as early as attainable to soak up all of it. Some key issues to do that day are:
A classic merch sale occurs round sundown close to the Silent Disco, the place merch from earlier years is bought at an enormous low cost.
Sundown on the hill in Lot 4. Tons of of campers collect on this beloved landmark to look at our first sundown over the desert.
This story initially appeared within the Los Angeles Occasions.