Coachella Survival Guide | Pro Tips to Prepare for Coachella

Make your way around the festival grounds like a pro when Coachella sets up camp in Palm Springs

The annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival is one of the world’s premier music festivals, attracting crowds far and wide for a weekend of culture in the desert. Taking place over two weekends in April (April 14-16 and 21-23, 2017), the festival showcases a variety of musical genres, renowned art exhibits and culinary talents.

Coachella Survival Guide

Here are some tips to prepare for and survive the Coachella experience.

Find your concert pad

If you’re traveling with family or friends, keep the group together by staying in a nearby rental home. With multiple bedrooms, shared living space, a fully-equipped kitchen and private pools, hot tubs and patios, you can spread out and keep the fun going in between your favorite sets. Check out homes available the first weekend and the second weekend.

Get to know the Coachella lineup

Right now, you can check out which bands and musicians are playing on which dates on the Coachella website. A couple days before the festival begins, set times will be posted so you can customize your own Coachella itinerary.

How to Navigate Coachella

Pick your mode of transportation

The venue opens at 11:00 a.m. each day. Prepare to arrive at the festival grounds early so you don’t miss any of your favorite acts. If you’re driving in, be prepared for traffic delays, or opt for a shuttle instead. If you’re staying nearby, consider taking the greener route and rent a bike for the weekend.

Know what you can bring.

To avoid running into any issues, check out the festival’s list of what you can and can’t bring with you into the venue. It has specifics on cameras, water bottles and other popular items. If you want to reserve a locker on-site to use during the festival, do so early. The lockers typically sell out online prior to the festival.

How to Prepare for Coachella

Come ready to eat

Coachella houses over 100 vendors serving everything from wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted burgers to authentic street tacos and Thai dishes. The festival offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, so there’s plenty to choose from no matter your taste or diet. When you’re thirsty, head to the Craft Beer Barn for microbrews and specialty cocktails.

Start preparing for your Coachella experience now.