April 7, 2010

Coachella Music Festival-What to bring!

by Shelly

 photo via halletecco blog

It has been three long years since I’ve gone to one of my favorite music events, the Coachella Valley Music Festival.  My first Coachella encounter started way back in 2001 when I was 25 *sniff sniff*. My how time flies! It’s an unbelievable experience that you can only understand once you have gone. There is something magical about seeing your favorite bands out in that beautiful desert with tens of thousands of other people. But of course there ARE downfalls….heat like you wouldn’t believe (I was there the year it was 109 degrees and the festival had NOT put up shade areas like they now have), long lines for bathrooms and beer (you MUST have beer..its so hot and its the ultimate refresher during the 4pm heat),  and some serious winds that sometimes end up very cold (like they did in 2002). So I’ve come up with a list of my essentials for the weekend that have gotten me through the heat, the cold, the wind, the lines..you name it. Here they are! Oh, and word to the wise…don’t wear super nice stuff! PLEASE! This is the place where it will get broken, ruined, lost, stolen or what have you. I know you want to look good, but be smart about your attire.

1.  First and foremost…you gotta have a hat! Seriously, I’m pretty white bread and now that I’m 33 its not so cool to let my shoulders and face fry beyond belief just to look cute. The wider the better, but if you can’t swing a big hat just wear one that will at least cover that nose.

American Eagle Zig Zag Fedora $19.50
So cute with a flowy sundress and sandals! This WILL keep that sun from scorching you.
J. Crew Summer Straw Hat $30.00

2.  Clothes that will keep you cool during the day! I’m kind of in love with the first dress. I might just have to go back to Forever 21 and get this (I was there yesterday). Perfect with that big hat and some cute metallic sandals!

Tribal Maxi Tube Dress-Forever 21 $14.50
The whole outfit actually works. I love the skirt because its got enough room to move in which is needed since at some point you’ll need to sit on the ground.
3.  What you need at night so you don’t freeze if it decides to turn cold on ya.
Belted Boyfriend Cardigan- Old Navy $25.99
4. SUN PROTECTION! I can’t stress this enough. I’ve gotten and seen really, really bad sunburns on people at the show. Not fun!

Chapstick with SPF 15- Drugstore.com $1.99
Any kind of body wipe will do, but since I’m a clean freak this is a must for me. Right around dusk I usually throw on some jeans (that I bring in my backpack) and I wipe myself clean with some wipes to get off all that sunscreen, sweat, and dirt.  By nighttime rolls around I smell good while other people in the crowd…..well they don’t.
No-Rinse Bathing Wipes-Drugstore.com $3.69
There you have it..the little things that make watching a massive concert in the desert a little more bearable enjoyable! Of course there are the a few I didn’t include like water and sunglasses, but since most of the people going are from LA, well do you really think they would forget those two things? Probably not. See ya in the desert! And here are some images from the last Coachella I went to in 2006…

 Crazy sculpture!
Yes, this guy is COVERED in glowsticks! Now if only I had taken a picture of the guy with the cork hat.
My good natured husband who lets me drag him along every year. He’s not really the big crowd, hot desert event sort of person. Unfortunately, this year he can’t go because he’s actually working a high tech geeky thing FOR the event that weekend. Yes, I’m going to be pulling a solo…no kid, no hubby…weekend!
I may not look like it, but I can tell you at this point I was hotter than Hades, my shoulders were just starting to burn and I realized that it was going to be a VERY VERY hot day!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea April 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Girl you are so brave to be not only be going, but going alone. I am such a wimp, the one year we went I was dying and so uncomfortable, I swore I would never go again. Music festivals in the desert and the River are 2 places I don't get along with. You are truly a hardcore music fan!


Jennifer April 8, 2010 at 4:44 am

You are always so full of great ideas!! Have a great time! It would really make me feel better if you had a buddy with you that day, and always cover your drink! And don't go to the bathroom alone!!!


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