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Surviving an Outdoor Music Festival

About 3 year(s) ago by Hotel

Music festivals have become a Spring and Summer staple throughout much of the country, especially right here in Southern California. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is taking over the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley this weekend, April 10-12th, as well as April 17-19th for their second weekend. With all-star talents like Drake, AC/DC, Jack White, and The Weeknd, there is something for everyone’s taste. The fun doesn’t stop there! The following weekend, April 24-26th, country music makes its way into the Coachella Valley with Stagecoach. Headlining that festival are Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton – just to name a few. The excitement of seeing these legendary artists and more is enough to lose your mind! Or, at least, everything you had in mind to stay sane all weekend. Not to worry! We have the list you need so you don’t spend your weekend dreaming of what could have been.


Our bodies are comprised of 70% water, so keep them hydrated! It’s easy to forget simple things like staying hydrated with all of the festivities going on around you, but this is easy and quite necessary for the Coachella Valley. If you have a Camel Bak, we suggest dusting it off. Temperatures sometimes soar above 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Spring! Another important factor is sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply and re-apply generously to beat the burn! You’ll thank us for these simple reminders later, trust us!


Shoes, shoes, shoes! Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are an absolute must! It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to make a fashion statement but your feet will appreciate proper footwear for the weekend. Comfortable shoes make all the difference. Who wants to be in pain all weekend? Not us! Another good idea is a fanny pack. We know, we know. “But the 90s are over”! Well, you’ll thank us for this one as well. Fanny packs can be worn under your shirt to help resistance against water, mud, or other liquids which may spill on you over your festival weekend. They can hold everything you need: cell phone, debit card, cash, photo ID, sunscreen, bandages, a portable cell-phone charger (and batteries), and even a water bottle.


Random items you may want to consider bringing: wet napkins or baby wipes, bathroom tissue, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, a water proof case or bag for electronics, and a disposable camera. We know you’ll want to capture every single moment of your festival but it’s important to stay in the moment and enjoy every second of it! Bringing a disposable camera is a great idea to save your phone’s battery (you may not have service anyway) and capture some cool “vintage” photos. Remember, be SAFE and have FUN!

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