10 Essentials For Anyone Going To Coachella 2023

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2023 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 3
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Jai Wolf performs at the Sahara tent during the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2023 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)
If you plan on attending Coachella 2023, this is a list of all the essential items that you need to be sure to pack.

The first weekend of Coachella 2023 may be over, but there is still one more amazing weekend left. From Friday, April 21st to Sunday, April 23rd, festival-goers can still look forward to another exciting music, art, and culture weekend. The annual music and arts festival in Indio, California features a diverse lineup of artists across multiple genres.

Bad Bunny, Blackpink, and Frank Ocean headlined this year's festival. If you plan to attend weekend two of Coachella, packing the right gear will help guarantee a safe and comfortable experience. From sun protection to comfortable sleep arrangements, here are ten essentials you shouldn't leave home without. 

10. High SPF Sunscreen

The hot and arid climate of the California desert means that festival-goers are exposed to intense sunlight, which can lead to painful sunburns and skin damage. That's why it's crucial to pack sunscreen with a high SPF rating and reapply it regularly throughout the day. In addition to sunscreen, attendees should also wear protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts to shield themselves from the sun's harmful rays.

9. An Easy to Assemble Tent

After a long day of music, art, and partying at Coachella 2023, having a comfortable and private resting place is essential to recharge for the next day. Pack a warm sleeping bag and a comfortable pad to ensure a good night's rest. While hotels and other accommodations are available in the area, camping is a popular option for festival-goers who want to be closer to the action and save money. Coachella has car and tent camping sites adjacent to the festival grounds.

8. Phone Strap and Portable Charger

In today's digital age, phones have become an indispensable part of our lives, even more so when attending. From capturing memories to staying up to date with potential line-up changes, having a fully charged phone is crucial for a smooth and fun experience. That's why it's essential to pack a phone strap to prevent it from getting lost or stolen. Moreover, with so many photo-worthy moments, a portable charger can be a lifesaver, especially since there are limited charging stations on the festival grounds. 

7. A Water Bottle Carrier

Staying hydrated is paramount when attending any festival this summer. It's so important to drink plenty of water to avoid the risk of dehydration. While water is available for purchase at the festival grounds, having a water bottle carrier keeps your hands free for dancing, enjoying your favorite drinks, and much more. Additionally, bringing a reusable water bottle helps you save money and reduces the amount of plastic waste generated at the festival. Coachella has water bottle-filling stations on the festival grounds.

6. Clipon Hand Sanitizer

Hand hygiene is still a top priority in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's especially the case when attending a huge music festival like Coachella 2023. With thousands of people around you, picking up germs is easy, which can quickly ruin your experience. Packing hand sanitizer in your bag and using it frequently is essential. Clip-on hand sanitizers are a great option as they are easy to carry and can be attached to your bag, keychain, or clothing for quick access. 

5. Money, Bank Card, and Photo ID

When attending the festival, it's vital to have a secure and accessible form of payment, such as cash or a bank card. This year, Coachella went cashless -- a trend that began during the pandemic. Bringing a bank card, or more preferably, a credit card, guarantees you can access your funds throughout the festival. Additionally, the festival requires attendees to present a government-issued ID to obtain a wristband to purchase drinks. Be sure to have your identification with you at all times. Also, security becomes more stringent each year, and having proper identification is essential to avoid any issues or delays when entering the festival grounds. 

4. Fun Sunglasses

In addition to looking stylish, sunglasses are fundamental for protecting your eyes from the harsh desert sun and dust. The winds can pick up at night, creating a sandstorm effect that can be uncomfortable and irritating to the eyes. Clear or colored lenses can keep the dust out while also making a fabulous fashion statement at Coachella. Opt for sunglasses that won't slip off during your dance moves. And remember to pack a few different looks to match your outfits.

3. The Perfect Bag

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: A Louis Vuitton mini backpack at the Revovle Festival during day 3 of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 16, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christian Vierig/GC Images)

It's critical to consider the security of your belongings while at the festival. A crossbody purse or backpack with zipper closures and secure compartments can help prevent theft and keep your valuables safe. Durable materials, like leather or waterproof nylon, are perfect to protect your belongings from weather conditions. Per Coachella's website, they only allowed medium-sized backpacks that are no bigger than 18"x13"x8.5" when packed. This year, they'll fit your backpack into a box to ensure that it's of size, similar to how carry-on luggage is measured at airports.

2. Earplugs and an Eye Mask

INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Festivalgoers are seen during the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2023 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)

Along with earplugs, an eye mask is a must-have for the festival. Getting a good night's sleep can be difficult with all the excitement and activities. And with the sun rising early in the desert, you might wake up earlier than you'd like. An eye mask can block out light and create a better sleeping environment. It can also come in handy for mid-day naps or resting in between sets. Packing earplugs for when you want to tune out and sleep is great since the festival can be noisy and chaotic, even during nighttime. 

1. Your Ticket

And finally, don't forget to pack your ticket for Coachella 2023. You could try sweet-talking your way into the festival with your charming personality, but your dazzling smile probably won't sway the security guards. So, do yourself a favor and put that ticket at the very top of your packing list.


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