Are you ready to have great fun at the 24th Coachella? Known as “the coolest music festival in the United States”, this grand event attracts countless music lovers and fashion enthusiasts every year, enjoying three days of music, fashion, excitement, and fun in the sun in California.

As one of the coolest and most popular music festivals in the United States (even all over the world!), this year’s Coachella Music Festival will be held from April 14 to 16 and from April 21 to 23 with a super luxurious cast of artists lining up, including Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, and other famous ones. It also draws crowds as well as the artists from all around the world such as K-pop stars Blackpink and Jackson Wang, as well as Sunset Rollercoaster – a well-known Taiwanese band, who is going to perform there for the very first time.

If you have already made up your mind of going to Coachella, you need to be fully prepared to ensure your trip and experience are unforgettable and enjoyable. Here, I wanna show you some tips for going to Coachella, which aim to help you prepare every aspect of your trip, from your initial ticket purchase to lounge on the lawn during the festival!!

First, these are some things we can do in the preparation stage:

Tickets Buying

As the Coachella will be held April 14-16 and April 21-23, which is pretty soon, the advance tickets have been on sale since January 13. It’s essential to purchase your tickets early, as they sell out quickly. In fact, the tickets for April 14-16 have already sold out on the official website of Coachella. Tickets are available in various types – ordinary, VIP, and camping tickets – with different prices. Ordinary tickets allow entry to the venue and parking lot, VIP tickets allow access to the venue, parking lot, and two VIP areas, while camping tickets permit setting up tents or parking vehicles in the nearby camping area. Choose the right ticket type based on your budget and preferences. You can purchase tickets on the official website or other platforms like StubHub. However, ensure you buy from authorized dealers to get genuine tickets.

What’s more, if you want more convenience and privileges, you might consider buying a VIP pass or pairing it with a hotel and camping package. This often costs more, and you also need to book it in advance – Book your tickets while planning your trip at home, so you don’t miss out!

Accommodation Booking

The 2023 Coachella will be held at Empire Polo Club in Indio, and there are plenty of accommodation options of different types and prices around. You can choose hotels, B&Bs, camping or RV accommodation according to your preferences and budget. You can select camping or RV accommodation if you enjoy a rich atmosphere, build a small world in the venue or nearby camping area. You can also choose hotels or B&Bs and find more suitable accommodation outside the venue or in surrounding cities if you want to enjoy more comfort and privacy. Regardless of your accommodation type, you’ll want to book as early as possible, as accommodation is tight and prices rise over time. Just a reference, according to Skyscanner, an English travel agency, the best time to book accommodation is a week in advance, as a massive money-saving 21% cheaper than the ordinary prices. The prices on the travel fare aggregator sites (like Expedia and are always cheaper than when you book online. However, you need to check carefully if these sites have reliable sources of information. 

When you have already packed up and are ready to go, here are some suggestions that may be useful during your trip:

Plan Your Transportation In Advance And Leave Enough Room For You To Adjust It

Coachella takes place in the desert area of southern California, approximately 174 miles away from Los Angeles, so you need to arrange in advance how to get to your destination. You can choose whether to drive, take a bus, train, or plane in different ways. If you opt to drive or take a bus, consider road conditions and parking issues, avoid peak hours and congested roads, and reserve parking spaces or purchase parking tickets ahead of time. If you choose to take the train or plane, you need to pay attention to their schedules and book the shuttle service from the airport or train station to the venue in advance. 

In addition, consider carpooling with other festival-goers, saving money, and reducing carbon emissions. Some competitions offer a VIP ticket draw for carpoolers.

Also, Remember to pack these necessities in your luggage to have an enjoyable time at Coachella!

Pack These Necessities

Sunscreen: As Coachella is held in the California desert, take care of your skin to avoid getting sunburned. Remember to wear plenty of sunscreens and keep a hat and sunglasses with you. Due to the long-standing time outdoors, sunscreen with SPF over 50 might be a better choice.

Water bottle: In the desert, you can easily become dehydrated, so you should always replenish your fluids. It’s a good idea to bring a reusable kettle so you can fill it for free at the festival’s water station, which is environmentally friendly and saves money. (Remember, the drinks sold in the venue can be quite expensive, so bringing a water bottle will save you money.)

Comfortable shoes: You’ll be walking, and probably dancing a lot at Coachella, so wear a comfortable pair of shoes, like sneakers or sandals. Avoid high heels or leather shoes as they can make your feet hurt or get dusty.

Earplugs: The music at the Coachella music festival will be very loud, especially near the stage. If you want to protect your hearing, it’s a good idea to pack a pair of earplugs so you can reduce the impact of noise while still enjoying your music.

Anti-theft bag. Coachella can be a crowded place, so take care of your valuables like cell phones, wallets, keys, etc. It’s a good idea to carry an anti-theft bag, such as a form-fitting fanny pack or a backpack with a lock, so you can keep thieves at bay.

Above are some tips that may be helpful to you from your early preparation to your joyous Coachella life. Ready to Rock Coachella? Enjoy the music from your favorite performers and bands, also have a great time with your friends! 

Published by HOLR Magazine.