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BrettShipes
03-31-2008, 12:13 AM
Glad to know that after almost 5 years, this is still the go-to thread for this topic! The camping experience may have changed since this was started, but the essentials stay the same.

I may not be a huge talker on these boards, but I'm no Coachella noob, so I present to you my (Un)Official Ultimate Coachella Camper's Survival Kit!!!!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/cafin8edpenguin/PhotoshopFile.jpg

Coppertone Sport Continuous spray 50spf - for all but your face, it's also refreshingly cool! Doesn't have to be Coppertone, you can get the really fancy Neutrogena stuff but it's more expensive, but DEFINITELY the spray stuff!

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch with helioplex - for your facial area, ears, neck and shoulders included. (Don't skimp on this one, it's oil free and the best stuff out there in my ghostly white skinned opinion)

Sunglasses - to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and brightness from the hot desert sun.

Bucket hat - better than a cap, it's light and 360 degree shade around your head.

Cortizone 10 - trust me on this one...

Benadryl - I myself am allergic to SOMETHING at Coachella and my hands always break out in hives for some reason, Benadryl fixes that right up and is good to keep with you just in case.

Advil - or your pain reliever of choice, lots of walking around in the heat = foot aches and/or headaches.

Band-Aids - Blisters, cuts, etc. The fabric ones are the best because they stay on if you sweat.

Nail clippers - not just for nails, has many uses, make sure it has that little pokey thing too.

Toilet Paper - you'll thank me, if you want you can bring seat covers too.

Flashlight(s)/Lantern(s) - to light up camp and allow you to see things. Just as useful in the fest as the campground, a mini-mag is your best friend, keep it with you at all times after sunset.

Purell - Germs, people!

Wet Ones - quick "shower" if you don't want to get up early or stand in the shower line.

"Don't forget to bring a towel!" - Seriously, for excess sweat and general cleanliness. Also a smaller towel is GREAT for soaking in water and putting around the back of your neck. It feels good!

Looks like Towelie already remembered the next item on this list so I'll skip it.

Cash - for spending on food/merch/whatever else isn't free.

Water bottles + big 'ole jugs - DUH! We're ganna be in the DESERT people! Can't have enough of this stuff.

Red Bull - or your energy drink of choice because good luck finding decent coffee. EDIT: there is in fact good coffee, but it's a bit pricey.

SNACKS! - cheaper than buying food there, only bring NON-PERISHABLES!

A digital watch - if you don't have one and your phone dies, you don't want to miss any set times! (Also bring your cell phone charger.)

A good attitude - for yourself and the sanity of those around you.

Last but CERTAINLY not least - YOUR F'n TICKETS! ... and/or wristbands :winkiss... DON'T FORGET THEM!

Note I didn't put "tent" or "sleeping bag" or "air mattress" or "canopy"... those are givens... and "acid, shrooms and booze" and the like aren't really "survival" kit material, those are just fun ad-ons if you wish. Not that I condone such action >_> ...

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT COOKING:

This is taken straight from the source:


The use of a outdoor cooking appliance is only permitted in the Car Camping and RV Camping areas. Cooking in the Tent Camping area is not permitted. The following are the requirements for the use of a outdoor cooking appliance:

1. All cooking appliances shall bear a certification or listing from a nationally recognized testing or certification organization.
2. Cooking appliances that only utilize propane as the fuel source shall be permitted. No wood, charcoal, flammable/combustible liquid cooking appliances permitted.
3. One cooking appliance per camp site shall be permitted.
4. Maximum amount of propane per campsite shall not exceed 20 pounds or 48 pounds of water capacity.
5. A minimum of 3 feet of clearance shall be maintained at all times while the cooking appliance is in use. No combustible material shall be within 3 feet of the cooking appliance.
6. Cooking appliances shall only be used during the hours of 7:00 am to 2:00 am PST.
7. Cooking appliances, when in use, shall not be left unattended.

Rules & Safety Tips shall be posted at each camping site and included as a handout to all campers.

--Being prepared = more fun.
--BrettShipes

BeHereNOW
03-31-2008, 12:30 AM
i'm not used to carry even 1/3 of these...

maybe i should....

gmoneyak
03-31-2008, 01:06 AM
That's pretty close to an exact copy of what I brought last year as well, minus the ant-itch creme and the TP. The wetnaps and the small towel were really fuckin' handy last year.

Suffacated
03-31-2008, 01:48 AM
Nicely done.

sbessiso
03-31-2008, 06:45 AM
this makes me nervous, like a homework assignment that I keep ignoring

BrettShipes
03-31-2008, 08:41 AM
this makes me nervous, like a homework assignment that I keep ignoring

Funny story, while compiling this list I should have been doing homework... go figure

JClemy
03-31-2008, 08:44 AM
Thats pretty good dude. I don't know what you needed the anti itch for but I don't want you to answer. No kidding about being allergic to something. I spent the entire first day sneezing last year.

blakely
03-31-2008, 11:21 AM
so i need about $20,000 in unmarked bills?

BrettShipes
03-31-2008, 04:56 PM
$30,000 if you want Gatorade instead of water.

M Sparks
03-31-2008, 05:19 PM
I'm gonna look into those sunscreens. I rarely use it even though I'm pale as hell...I just stay out of the sun alltogether. I wind up going and grabbing something cheap right before a vacation or Coachella.

Also, good idea about a watch! And I gotta remember to put my SIM in my old phone and bring that instead of my Smartphone. Don't want to lose it, plus my old one will run for 2 or 3 days straight if you don't use it much. And the Smartphone is harder to see in the sun.

Bud Luster
03-31-2008, 05:43 PM
This is THE sunscreen right here. There is a reason that its $30 for a 4 oz bottle. It is the pro shit.

http://www.divasinthedirt.com/fenixsunscreen400.jpg

http://www.puravidadayspa.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/media/Fenix%20Sunscreen/sunscreen.jpg

BrettShipes
03-31-2008, 06:08 PM
This is THE sunscreen right here. There is a reason that its $30 for a 4 oz bottle. It is the pro shit.

http://www.divasinthedirt.com/fenixsunscreen400.jpg

Good thing I have that huge stack of $100s

karecares
03-31-2008, 07:10 PM
I"m packing as i'm typing and the other day i scored a find, i went to the camping store to get a fan and some other odds and ends and got a couple of packets of gatorade mix, that way water will still be enough :)

JClemy
03-31-2008, 07:12 PM
I always forget to put on sunscreen. Still never get a burn. Which is sweet.

cooperb1
03-31-2008, 07:41 PM
add goldbond to

trancehiphop
04-01-2008, 01:49 AM
yeah, I suck at reading, my bad. I would also have to go with a good bug spray for late at night as well as a cool light to hang in your tent so you can chill and play dominoes or cards before heading off to bed? I have never been but just thinking of some good things to have if I were to camp. Hehehe

dontfeedthebird
04-01-2008, 01:53 AM
um, they didn't forget. did you read the original post?

NessaRai
04-01-2008, 01:58 PM
What about lanterns? are they allowed?

KindigerJ
04-01-2008, 02:12 PM
Visine is a definite must for a plethora of reasons:

1) Probably the most obvious. It takes the "red" out. Then again, you could not give a shit and hide behind your sunglasses all day.

2) The harsh desert heart seriously dries out your pretty peepers. Trust me, I tore my cornea on the first day even before I got in the festival when trying to remove a contact.

3) If anyone crosses you, add it to their water and give them diarrhea for the next several hours. *I jest, I jest*

elChurro
04-01-2008, 02:26 PM
http://www.ripnroll.com/images/trojansamplerlrg.jpg

KindigerJ
04-01-2008, 02:36 PM
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l66/KindigerJ/200.jpg

amyzzz
04-01-2008, 04:36 PM
This is THE sunscreen right here. There is a reason that its $30 for a 4 oz bottle. It is the pro shit.

http://www.divasinthedirt.com/fenixsunscreen400.jpg

http://www.puravidadayspa.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/media/Fenix%20Sunscreen/sunscreen.jpg
I don't get it. Do you not have to reapply it? because that's some serious cash to spend for such a little amount. And it's "fragrance-free?" If I'm shelling out $30 for sunscreen, it better smell amazing and have shimmery gold sprinkles in it or something (I had this Lancome sunscreen back in the early 90's that was like that--it smelled soooo nice).

digitaldragon03
04-01-2008, 04:43 PM
This is THE sunscreen right here. There is a reason that its $30 for a 4 oz bottle. It is the pro shit.

http://www.divasinthedirt.com/fenixsunscreen400.jpg

http://www.puravidadayspa.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/media/Fenix%20Sunscreen/sunscreen.jpg
It better give the people around me skin cancer for $30.

M Sparks
04-01-2008, 04:57 PM
3) If anyone crosses you, add it to their water and give them diarrhea for the next several hours. *I jest, I jest*

Or, you know, put them in a coma. (http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/visine.asp)

frozen pilgrim
04-01-2008, 05:17 PM
one add to the list:

battery powered area LEDs. you know, the kind you get at the checkout of a hardware or camping store. whatever the canadian tire equivalent in the states is.

anyways, one per person. invaluable for late night bathroom trips (no lights inside the port a potties), finding your shit, reading, writing, planning in your tent, and packing up in the dark sunday/monday (which is the way to go- trust me. if you tear down and pack up in the morning /midday sun, you'll regret it for days, my friend).
yeah. like two bucks apiece. we also used a pair of them to light our hitchhiking sign "LA-ISH".
we got picked up before we even made it off empire polo property

ultraslow
04-01-2008, 05:30 PM
I would also have to go with a good bug spray for late at night

I don’t think you’ll need it. As far as I know, there’s not much of a bug problem at the polo grounds.

cansei de ser sexme
04-01-2008, 05:38 PM
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/mp3/7d34/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/mysoldius.jpg

Bud Luster
04-01-2008, 08:35 PM
I don't get it. Do you not have to reapply it? because that's some serious cash to spend for such a little amount. And it's "fragrance-free?" If I'm shelling out $30 for sunscreen, it better smell amazing and have shimmery gold sprinkles in it or something (I had this Lancome sunscreen back in the early 90's that was like that--it smelled soooo nice).

At Coachella I put it on once in the morning after I shower, and then again before I go into the fest. No burn at Coachella and I fucking BURN. Yeah, its fragrance free for a reason. It was originally created by a guy (well 2 guys really) - whos wife has severe allergies/sensitivity to sunlight due to having Lupus. It's mostly sold at salons and dermatological offices. It wont run into / burn your eyes when you sweat. The Tampa Bay Bucaneers use it exclusively. I dont expect anyone to actually go out and buy it when the other stuff is so much cheaper. I got a sample of Fenix once and I wont go back to the other stuff. I do like Ocean Potion though if I cant Fenix:

http://www.ocessentials.com/images/antiagingsunbolckspf15PP.gif

feather
04-01-2008, 08:43 PM
your collage is nicely done

JClemy
04-01-2008, 08:48 PM
one add to the list:

battery powered area LEDs. you know, the kind you get at the checkout of a hardware or camping store. whatever the canadian tire equivalent in the states is.

anyways, one per person. invaluable for late night bathroom trips (no lights inside the port a potties), finding your shit, reading, writing, planning in your tent, and packing up in the dark sunday/monday (which is the way to go- trust me. if you tear down and pack up in the morning /midday sun, you'll regret it for days, my friend).
yeah. like two bucks apiece. we also used a pair of them to light our hitchhiking sign "LA-ISH".
we got picked up before we even made it off empire polo property

You can probably get the lights from REI in the states.

That sunscreen sounds pretty epic. My girlfriend burns like a a vampire in the sun. I'll have to let her know about it. Thanks. I'm assuming it doesn't have PABA in it if it was made for someone with bad allergies but I have to ask. If you have a PABA allergy you understand why I ask.

Geno_g
04-01-2008, 08:56 PM
Brett did his homework, last year I made a list of what I forgot/improve on.... close to your list... that wash cloth is so true, when you grab your $2 a bottle water I would dip mine in and put it on the neck.

carolinesgood
04-01-2008, 09:28 PM
freeze large bottles of h2o - doubles usage as ice then to drink - add crystal light or koolaid -- yummy

BrettShipes
04-01-2008, 10:33 PM
your collage is nicely done

Thanks, Photoshop is wonderful


Brett did his homework, last year I made a list of what I forgot/improve on.... close to your list... that wash cloth is so true, when you grab your $2 a bottle water I would dip mine in and put it on the neck.

I'm also bringing a little bag this year to collect my 10for1 free water. I must have gotten 10 free bottles last year. I stashed all the empties in my locker which happened to be conveniently located next to the recycle stand.

Unicornsrcool
04-01-2008, 11:40 PM
last year i worked at one of the ice cream stands with my boyfriend and we had people asking for water bottles all damn day.

blakely
04-02-2008, 12:29 PM
i got a case of water last year. i asked one of the workers for a trash bag and they gave it to me. i then wandered the main stage area for about a half an hour and BAM! a hundred empty bottles. they didnt even bother counting them.

hulings
04-02-2008, 01:20 PM
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/mp3/7d34/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/mysoldius.jpg




Am I the only one who foresees a problem leaving your ipod IN THE DESERT SUN???

cansei de ser sexme
04-02-2008, 06:24 PM
Am I the only one who foresees a problem leaving your ipod IN THE DESERT SUN???

thats why there is a cord. that way you can leave your ipod in your fucking icebox if you want to, and still get solar power. And if you read the page it is also for phones. pretty nifty.

M Sparks
04-02-2008, 06:34 PM
I bought both of those sunscreens today. Well, actually, I bought Target brand on the spray Coppertone...couple bucks cheaper.

MisEsstaa
04-03-2008, 08:28 AM
awesome job, you pretty much covered everything. the wet wipes were the best. I also took tissue and seat covers b/c the potties get pretty bad. And I'm definitely taking my handkerchief again...I would take it to some of the vendors and asked them to soak it in the ice buckets then put it around my neck :thu

petty
04-03-2008, 11:37 AM
Whoa..I'm still trying to decide on a tent. Better pay catch up the weekend.


I"m packing as i'm typing and the other day i scored a find, i went to the camping store to get a fan and some other odds and ends and got a couple of packets of gatorade mix, that way water will still be enough :)

hulings
04-03-2008, 12:54 PM
thats why there is a cord. that way you can leave your ipod in your fucking icebox if you want to, and still get solar power. And if you read the page it is also for phones. pretty nifty.

Then leave it in the fucking icebox. I personally don't put my electronics in the desert sun or in ice boxes.

Lindi Loo
04-03-2008, 01:42 PM
Awesome dude. Thanks for posting that. I've already spent $70 on random camp shit! But, I wanna be comfy. :D

nephilima
04-04-2008, 10:33 AM
You can pick up the lights at harbor freight, Big Lots, Target, Sportsmart or any camping store in the US and quite a few are solar powered.

stuporfly
04-05-2008, 06:53 AM
I'm not camping, but I did get some good ideas for stuff I'll need anyway. I'm off to Target - Thanks for compiling the information!

slurpee
04-06-2008, 01:50 AM
Don't forget to bring a positive attitude.

Coachella is all about having a good time. So don't forget to enjoy your self.

eNVyartist
04-06-2008, 01:38 PM
As a desert dweller and burner, I can VERY HIGHLY recommend some further survival tips by checking out alternative energy zone's page. There is everything on there from dealing with the heat, to LED/fun night lights, and storage of necesseties. It's almost like a second handbook to the Burning Man survival guide that is a required read when you buy your tickets. http://www.ae-zone.org




one add to the list:

battery powered area LEDs. you know, the kind you get at the checkout of a hardware or camping store. whatever the canadian tire equivalent in the states is.

Anyways, one per person. invaluable for late night bathroom trips (no lights inside the port a potties), finding your shit, reading, writing, planning in your tent, and packing up in the dark sunday/monday (which is the way to go- trust me. if you tear down and pack up in the morning /midday sun, you'll regret it for days, my friend).
yeah. like two bucks apiece. we also used a pair of them to light our hitchhiking sign "LA-ISH".
we got picked up before we even made it off empire polo property

patsfan5454
04-06-2008, 03:29 PM
IF your camping bring some chairs to sit in and some small lights to keep your area well lit and it makes it easier to find at night, like the kind you just stick in the ground

nbvwes
04-06-2008, 06:11 PM
oh, damn... i'm glad you made this thread... i already had a list but yours reminded me of the one thing i forgot: Toliet Paper!

i may have had a shitty weekend without it (no pun intended)



(is the towelie so we don't forget to bring a towel, or for getting high and forgetting to bring the weed?)

BeeII
04-07-2008, 10:16 AM
http://www.ripnroll.com/images/trojansamplerlrg.jpg

werd

WattsUp
04-07-2008, 10:57 AM
Do people HONESTLY get laid at coachella?

I think it would suck to have my tent smell like sweat, armpit and pussy all weekend.

BrettShipes
04-07-2008, 06:34 PM
(is the towelie so we don't forget to bring a towel, or for getting high and forgetting to bring the weed?)

Both, read the descriptions.

tiffdud41
04-08-2008, 01:13 PM
For those of you who want to get sleep, I suggest earplugs. They're super cheap and work really well. Used 'em last year and slept in on my comfy air mattress til at least 9am each day--I had battery opperated fans in the tent with me blowing in my face, so the heat wasn't completely horrible.

davrone
04-13-2008, 07:37 PM
This is just what a noob like me needed! Thanks man!

Encaitare
04-14-2008, 12:00 AM
Do people HONESTLY get laid at coachella?

Yes.

nbvwes
04-14-2008, 06:23 AM
Do people HONESTLY get laid at coachella?

I think it would suck to have my tent smell like sweat, armpit and pussy all weekend.

duh, wouldn't it already smell like that anyway after 3-days & 100 degree heat?? you might as well get some sex out of it...

BeHereNOW
04-18-2008, 02:11 PM
Am I the only one who foresees a problem leaving your ipod IN THE DESERT SUN???


that ipod seems like from 1987.... weird

Daft Fro
04-18-2008, 02:26 PM
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/mp3/7d34/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/mysoldius.jpg

I'd totally get that, if it only had usb outlet to charge said items as well.

BrettShipes
04-22-2008, 11:19 PM
Bump for last minute shoppers.

billyboyblue
04-23-2008, 01:46 AM
DEFINITELY bring a battery operated fan. Once the sun rises in the morning your tent instantly turns into a sauna!
We were able to sleep quite well with a fan last year :thu

energy
01-29-2009, 02:40 PM
This is THE sunscreen right here. There is a reason that its $30 for a 4 oz bottle. It is the pro shit.

http://www.divasinthedirt.com/fenixsunscreen400.jpg

http://www.puravidadayspa.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/media/Fenix%20Sunscreen/sunscreen.jpg

Ummm I use this too AND it is by far the best sunscreen!!!!

Shooters08
01-29-2009, 03:15 PM
I bought these disposable toilet seat covers at Target for a dollar. I don't trust the ones in the portable toilets. The girls used most of them but when I needed them they came in handy.

BrettShipes
03-13-2009, 04:42 PM
Bump.

A little more than a month left. Time to start shopping, people.

zajaa
03-13-2009, 04:45 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/cafin8edpenguin/PhotoshopFile.jpg


did u use the magic wand for this or lasso? looks like it would take a while if the latter

BrettShipes
03-13-2009, 04:46 PM
did u use the magic wand for this or lasso? looks like it would take a while if the latter

Wand for sure. I found nice plain-background images so it made it pretty easy. The time consuming part was making it all fit.

Stickjohn
03-13-2009, 07:28 PM
Show us your Sasquatch version.

Please.

roadrunner
03-16-2009, 01:08 AM
LSD is a hell of a drug

sfx monger
03-16-2009, 01:52 AM
Bring some kind of unique tapestry or flag, and either hang it up high, or ask one of the people at the end of your row to put it up. It'll make finding the row your tent is on a lot easier...trust me...people waste so much time looking for their tent

scoop49er
03-16-2009, 07:12 AM
for people who get blisters easy like my self on your toes, at target they have specific toe gauze that helps out sooo much. in 07 i had horrible lsters on my little toe. in 08 i got the gauze and not one problem... just a tip.. :) i think they call them korn covers or something like that... it works well for the toes

SDPartyBoyPaco
03-16-2009, 09:51 AM
Guys, for reals, I spoke with my doctor about what to bring to this hotass fest and he said water is def good but gatorade is much better because it has salt....I guess when we sweat we decrease our salt count thats in our system which is why gaotrade is better...what do you think? true?

frozen pilgrim
03-16-2009, 09:54 AM
I still refuse to believe you're a real person.

chiapet
03-16-2009, 10:00 AM
Guys, for reals, I spoke with my doctor about what to bring to this hotass fest and he said water is def good but gatorade is much better because it has salt....I guess when we sweat we decrease our salt count thats in our system which is why gaotrade is better...what do you think? true?

Gatorade is way too sweet for me, so I have one for every 4th or 5th water I drink. You don't need *that* much to replenish potassium and sodium counts.

SDPartyBoyPaco
03-16-2009, 10:02 AM
Gatorade is way too sweet for me, so I have one for every 4th or 5th water I drink. You don't need *that* much to replenish potassium and sodium counts.

True that....thanks

BrettShipes
04-13-2009, 09:38 AM
Some people might appreciate this BUMP.

AlexBlewHimB4U
04-13-2009, 01:58 PM
This is the most helpful thread ever produced on this board :)

Havocquarm
04-13-2009, 02:00 PM
But gatorade has electrolytes....

SEEDYMIG420
04-13-2009, 08:51 PM
http://www.ripnroll.com/images/trojansamplerlrg.jpg

I went to COSTCO and am all stocked up.

NotQuiteNixon
04-13-2009, 09:28 PM
I went to COSTCO and am all stocked up.

bulk condoms? dont you think thats a bit pretentious?

mcskye
04-13-2009, 09:37 PM
Duct tape (fixes most structural tenting problems and great if you have a blister).

Also, ear plugs if no one has metioned that...

BrettShipes
04-13-2009, 09:38 PM
bulk condoms? dont you think thats a bit pretentious?

Probably the supply for the gay orgy tent.

seandlr
04-13-2009, 10:20 PM
i dont know if its been said, but extra pairs of socks are a must

SEEDYMIG420
04-14-2009, 12:06 AM
bulk condoms? dont you think thats a bit pretentious?

Can never get enough of that muff!!!!!

MantisMel
04-14-2009, 12:13 AM
bulk condoms? dont you think thats a bit pretentious?

I think this would be a better adjective... :thu

ostentatious |ˌästənˈtā sh əs|:
characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice : condoms that people buy and display ostentatiously but never actually use them.

im_a_starfish
04-14-2009, 12:16 AM
that list made me feel unprepared

justinaqui
04-14-2009, 08:27 AM
I went to COSTCO and am all stocked up.

Anti-family pack?

lickety_spit
04-14-2009, 09:15 AM
Good thing I have that huge stack of $100s

or a $100 bill atop a stack of ones

bobert
04-14-2009, 09:57 AM
This is a thoughtful, well constructed, humorous thread. That's not how we do things around here. Dumb it down, make it more annoying, add some complaints and get back to us.

BrettShipes
04-14-2009, 10:55 AM
This is a thoughtful, well constructed, humorous thread. That's not how we do things around here. Dumb it down, make it more annoying, add some complaints and get back to us.

Translated to Bobert-ese

"Bring a bunch of shit. Or don't. It's up to you."

lowfront
04-14-2009, 11:10 AM
make sure you have snacks

nothing like a good snack when you get back and crash

jonas01radio
04-14-2009, 04:24 PM
thanks OP, loved the thread/photoshop!

McAwesome
04-15-2009, 02:32 PM
******* Ladies Especially- I know it has been said, but remember to bring tp or a pack of travel tissues into the campground and fest with you! I would say 3/4 of the time I went to the porta potties they were out of tp and seat covers

mcskye
04-15-2009, 11:10 PM
Goldbond - because no one likes chaffing

coldstart
04-15-2009, 11:14 PM
"Don't forget to bring a towel!"

honefone
04-15-2009, 11:37 PM
Remember ear plugs, you fuckers

Felixxxia
04-25-2009, 11:42 AM
Brett, this thread has been a lifesaver for me.

I printed out your list and gathered all the stuff..packed my bag and traveled from Costa Rics to Indio CA..not knowing what the hell to expect, but reassured that I had followed your advice.

The spray sunscreen is amazing. After years and years of searching for a sunscreen that doesnt feel all oily and gross on my super sensitive skin...you have led me to The Sunscreen. I actually loved how refreshing it was to reapply it. I was spraying away happily every three hours, and came back home without burned skin. :)

Every single item on the list saved my ass as well, specially those wet wipes.

Thank you for the great advice, this is a great thread for Coachella newbies.

BrettShipes
04-26-2009, 11:03 PM
Brett, this thread has been a lifesaver for me.

I printed out your list and gathered all the stuff..packed my bag and traveled from Costa Rics to Indio CA..not knowing what the hell to expect, but reassured that I had followed your advice.

The spray sunscreen is amazing. After years and years of searching for a sunscreen that doesnt feel all oily and gross on my super sensitive skin...you have led me to The Sunscreen. I actually loved how refreshing it was to reapply it. I was spraying away happily every three hours, and came back home without burned skin. :)

Every single item on the list saved my ass as well, specially those wet wipes.

Thank you for the great advice, this is a great thread for Coachella newbies.

My pleasure. I'm glad I could help out.

No shit about the sunscreen, it's like I know what I'm talking about. 5 Coachellas and not one bit of sunburn on my ghostly white skin.

PhishCake
07-09-2009, 11:22 AM
Total noob here w/a few ??? about the grounds and policies.

First off, I'm here because of the rumored Phish fest this Halloween. I'll be coming from Vermont , and probly be going alone.


Do they really search your shit "thoroughly"?
Can I bring/smuggle in some hard liquor?
Are we really not allowed to grill/cook our own food? For 3 days??
Will I be allowed a cooler w/beer . soda , water?


I'm curious as to how this goes down. At previous Phish fests the concert tik includes camping. I hope this is the case. And they didn't care about beer, liquor, grilling (just no open fires) and it was pretty much a free for all. R.V.'s were allowed. Lots of vending. It was always a huge multi day party with very little restrictions. I hope the Phish management negotiates some leeway in Coachella's policies.

Any help is appreciated. Thanx in advance.

djandrews25
07-09-2009, 12:31 PM
They check really good. We snuck in clear alcohol in waterbottles that were in a cooler full of waterbottles. no cooking grilling. no beer. You can sneak anything in if you are crafty enough.

PhishCake
07-09-2009, 02:02 PM
I forgot that trick. I took a cruise to Mexico a few years back and of course we took plenty of "water" bottles. Grey Goose .

funny story. My gf is lactose sensative, so she eats her cereal with....yup WATER. (I know, gross) And then she called ME an asshole when she poured herself a bowl of breakfast vodka!!!

djandrews25
07-09-2009, 03:22 PM
Lol i dont know how many people came to my cooler for a drink of water that weekend.

whencurlsattacks
11-03-2009, 02:55 PM
My friends and I decided we are going to camp for the first time at Coachella next year....and we have no idea what to expect or bring! This has been awesome!

MantisMel
11-03-2009, 03:38 PM
My friends and I decided we are going to camp for the first time at Coachella next year....and we have no idea what to expect or bring! This has been awesome!

Well, It took me about two years to figure it out and I still haven't perfected the art of camping at Coachella. I usually make a list of things that I know I will need. Tent, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, and possibly cushioned floor mat to soften the ground you will be sleeping on.

Then its also important to consider the things you don't necessarily think of due to pent up excitement for the weekend--like aspirin, chap stick, sunblock, toiletries and a towel.

If you are planning to camp on sight I've learned to also BRING SHADE!!! An EZ UP canopy. It does get hot and there will be no trees to hangout under. There are cell phone recharging stations and a mini mart to buy cigs, snacks, toiletries and things of that nature but its wise to bring all that yourself. Also bring plenty of cash with you cuz as much as we all like paying a sevice charge at the ATM it still a good idea to go to the bank before hand.

Don't bring anything valuable!!! i.e. a laptop, your super awesome expensive camera you just bought for Coachella, the diamond tennis bracelet that your grandmother has had since 1664 and what not.

DO bring plenty of snacks and easy to make things that don't involve cooking cuz there is nowhere to cook. WATER!!! WATER!!! WATER!!!! OH! AND BOOZE [which you have to sneak in yourself via camp'ou'flage]!!!

Usually if you plan on joining a camping group for Coachella here on the boards, it's best to wait till the line up is announced to see who you want to camp with. The organizing usually starts then. If you want to do it with just your friends that's cool too! I promise, no matter where you camp you will make new friends.)

Lastly, PLEASE bring a smile, hot chicks and good times! Have fun and enjoy your first Coachella! :winkiss

Aurgasm
11-03-2009, 06:54 PM
Lastly, PLEASE bring a smile, hot chicks and good times! Have fun and enjoy your first Coachella! :winkiss

espescially these.

I bring a back up source of money, a well stocked toiletry kit and plenty a few towels/blankets. Make sure you wear comfy shoes and a good supply of socks

phonographer
11-03-2009, 07:03 PM
o_O good pieces of information. My friends and I are also planning on camping next year as well! I'll have to come back to this later on, just in case the "pent up excitement for the weekend" take ahold of me when the time comes.

Suffacated
11-03-2009, 07:09 PM
Usually if you plan on joining a camping group for Coachella here on the boards, it's best to wait till the line up is announced to see who you want to camp with. The organizing usually starts then. If you want to do it with just your friends that's cool too! I promise, no matter where you camp you will make new friends.)

Lastly, PLEASE bring a smile, hot chicks and good times! Have fun and enjoy your first Coachella!

So true...

gaypalmsprings
11-03-2009, 07:45 PM
http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2008/9/11/128656480770217224.jpg

MantisMel
11-03-2009, 10:40 PM
I guess it's worth it to try it. But this year I think Im opting for a place with a swimming pool and biking distance from the place.

Wheres the beef?
11-05-2009, 10:54 PM
I guess it's worth it to try it. But this year I think Im opting for a place with a swimming pool and biking distance from the place.

Whhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.

LiKeBuTtAh !
11-10-2009, 09:57 AM
Shade: Kelty's Shadehouse or Sunshade work most excellently
Handiwipes: loaded with alcohol to get your lit-on-the dl :/ ...or for your butt

soleilvie
01-22-2010, 01:55 PM
Any ideas for food? I want to avoid bringing ice since it will melt quickly and become a hassle. I also want to limit the amount of food I buy at the festival. I realize I won't be able to take food inside but any ideas of what to keep at the campgrounds?

OnlyNonStranger
01-22-2010, 02:09 PM
I guess it's worth it to try it. But this year I think Im opting for a place with a swimming pool and biking distance from the place.

That bikeride on the way back to your hotel is going to be a biiiiiitch.

M Sparks
01-22-2010, 02:13 PM
You kind of have to bring ice, you're going to want to have cold drinks. But yeah, I don't like to depend on ice to keep food from spoiling.

We brought shelf stable Peanut Butter and Bagels...gives you a protein & carb load at the same time, plus it somewhat resembles breakfast AND lunch. And it's filling. We would wait as long as possible in the morning to eat...maybe have this around 10:30 or 11. We wouldn't get hungry until 3 or 4...we'd have a good early dinner and that would usually hold us until the end of the day with maybe a shared snack in the evening. We'd usually sneak in a couple granola bars each day too.

Yes, it got boring, but it was cheap, and we only had to buy one meal a day. If this doesn't appeal to you, figure out something else, just keep it simple. Also, even if you are pretty health conscious, don't worry about whether you are getting a perfectly balanced diet. It's 4 days, just concentrate on giving your body enough energy. I think I got something on Saturday that came with a little salad so I could get some greens, but otherwise I didn't worry. Some people try to pack up a ton of complicated food.

littlewolf
01-22-2010, 03:01 PM
Some people try to pack up a ton of complicated food.

Good reminder. When I go camping I am the QUEEN of overpacking my cooler full of crap I never touch and I swear I'm going to try not to do it at Coachella. Must.Limit.Food.

vogina
01-22-2010, 03:51 PM
You kind of have to bring ice, you're going to want to have cold drinks. But yeah, I don't like to depend on ice to keep food from spoiling.

We brought shelf stable Peanut Butter and Bagels...gives you a protein & carb load at the same time, plus it somewhat resembles breakfast AND lunch. And it's filling. We would wait as long as possible in the morning to eat...maybe have this around 10:30 or 11. We wouldn't get hungry until 3 or 4...we'd have a good early dinner and that would usually hold us until the end of the day with maybe a shared snack in the evening. We'd usually sneak in a couple granola bars each day too.

Yes, it got boring, but it was cheap, and we only had to buy one meal a day. If this doesn't appeal to you, figure out something else, just keep it simple. Also, even if you are pretty health conscious, don't worry about whether you are getting a perfectly balanced diet. It's 4 days, just concentrate on giving your body enough energy. I think I got something on Saturday that came with a little salad so I could get some greens, but otherwise I didn't worry. Some people try to pack up a ton of complicated food.

Sound well thought out and something I would do. BUT, with the introduction of a propane stove/grill to the equation, AND ins/outs the campgrounds will smell like a bbq paradise! You can either hope your neighbor did what some others mentioned and brought way to much food and wish to share it OR you'll be standing around with a peanut butter bagel while I am cooking up breakfast burritos, hot dogs, and bacon burgers. All of which coincide with each other!!

1) instant egg carton 2) bacon 3) hot dog 4) burger paddy 5) cheese (keep frozen)
1) hot dog bun 2) burger bun 3) tortilla (no need to keep cool)

BAM! Deliciousness all day long!! Simple & easy.

littlewolf
01-22-2010, 03:56 PM
vogina, can I come visit you for breakfast? Pretty please?

vogina
01-22-2010, 04:03 PM
vogina, can I come visit you for breakfast? Pretty please?

i will probably barter with you for something.. but ya for sure.

http://supersidewink.com/masterblaster.jpg

koliebo
01-22-2010, 04:03 PM
sorry folks at this point there is no promise of any cooking. please keep up with the changes.

So it looks like propane stoves may not be allowed after all.

M Sparks
01-22-2010, 04:15 PM
I could have sworn the FAQ said "no open flames", but now I can't find it...

littlewolf
01-22-2010, 04:27 PM
i will probably barter with you for something.. but ya for sure.

http://supersidewink.com/masterblaster.jpg

I may have just gotten in over my head.

lowfront
01-22-2010, 04:52 PM
I have never brought ice or a cooler in and got along just fine....

vogina
01-22-2010, 04:57 PM
So it looks like propane stoves may not be allowed after all.

Where did you quote that from?

koliebo
01-22-2010, 05:27 PM
http://coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1525042#post1525042

vogina
01-22-2010, 05:34 PM
http://coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1525042#post1525042

thanks i found it, but good looking out. i'm anxious on this... if golden voice gave the leap of faith to it's guest to drive cars into camp grounds & RV's.. with the extra amount of space they are giving us, I hope they take that extra leap of faith and give us the cooking privilege.

c0olerthanu
01-23-2010, 11:55 PM
So we are allowed to bring water/food into the campsite, but not into the actual festival site? Sorry, I'm a coachella noob, this year will be my first.

BrettShipes
01-23-2010, 11:58 PM
The only thing we know for certain is that we don't know what the rule is for water in the fest. There are people who have no problem taking in several huge jugs while some people have their one sealed bottle confiscated. It all depends on the security person.

Last year there was a fancy refill program for empty bottles, but they try new things all the time. Keep updated with the FAQs and such as they get updated sometimes.

c0olerthanu
01-24-2010, 12:03 AM
The only thing we know for certain is that we don't know what the rule is for water in the fest. There are people who have no problem taking in several huge jugs while some people have their one sealed bottle confiscated. It all depends on the security person.

Last year there was a fancy refill program for empty bottles, but they try new things all the time. Keep updated with the FAQs and such as they get updated sometimes.

thank you!

koliebo
01-24-2010, 12:42 PM
The water info is actually kind of hidden away on the "sustainability" page, here's a link:

http://coachella.com/event/sustain#Wat

im_a_starfish
01-24-2010, 01:10 PM
i remember really trying to prepare last year, but i didnt really end up needing much.
chapstick and bath wipes really helped. sand and dirt + a lot of sunblock = grosssssss

marfawkah02
01-27-2010, 10:56 AM
H20. JUICE. FRUITS (APPLES, ORANGES, GRAPES, BANANAS) ICE. BASIC SANDWICH INGREDIANTS. SUNBLOCK. CLEAR EYES. FAN. SUNGLASSES. CLIFF BARS. ALK. HERB & DOE.

eskamo951
03-10-2010, 04:46 PM
:bump

CrimesceneCookie
03-22-2010, 02:49 PM
http://www.hendersonriverlanding.com/Speed_Bump.jpg

swanswan
03-23-2010, 03:52 PM
don't forget the amber lamps

TheClares
03-23-2010, 04:47 PM
Last but CERTAINLY not least - YOUR F'n TICKETS! DON'T FORGET to buy THEM!



FIXED, and this should probably now rate as the number one item considering the board is now jacked up with threads looking for them.

abijo
03-31-2010, 12:56 PM
I always forget to put on sunscreen. Still never get a burn. Which is sweet.

sweet yes

until you get melanoma


im mixed race and i get sunburn on my face when its warm and cloudy

uv does damage even when its cold

AlexBlewHimB4U
03-31-2010, 01:44 PM
I love love love this list. It saved my life last year. Thanks for the thread bump so I could find it again.

courtchella
03-31-2010, 08:13 PM
Thanks so much for posting this! This will be my first year at Coachella, and I really have no idea what to expect, but I feel like I will be a lot more prepared now. I would have never thought of some of these things, like toilet paper or Benadryl.

Inthecolumbiagorge
04-01-2010, 09:43 AM
Total noob here w/a few ??? about the grounds and policies.

First off, I'm here because of the rumored Phish fest this Halloween. I'll be coming from Vermont , and probly be going alone.


Do they really search your shit "thoroughly"?
Can I bring/smuggle in some hard liquor?
Are we really not allowed to grill/cook our own food? For 3 days??
Will I be allowed a cooler w/beer . soda , water?


I'm curious as to how this goes down. At previous Phish fests the concert tik includes camping. I hope this is the case. And they didn't care about beer, liquor, grilling (just no open fires) and it was pretty much a free for all. R.V.'s were allowed. Lots of vending. It was always a huge multi day party with very little restrictions. I hope the Phish management negotiates some leeway in Coachella's policies.

Any help is appreciated. Thanx in advance.

You can grill at Coachella....propane only though....no charcoal......one cooking appliance per campspot

BrettShipes
04-01-2010, 02:07 PM
Regarding cooking, here's the full deal from the camping page:

I'll also add this to the first post.


The use of a outdoor cooking appliance is only permitted in the Car Camping and RV Camping areas. Cooking in the Tent Camping area is not permitted. The following are the requirements for the use of a outdoor cooking appliance:

1. All cooking appliances shall bear a certification or listing from a nationally recognized testing or certification organization. 2. Cooking appliances that only utilize propane as the fuel source shall be permitted. No wood, charcoal, flammable/combustible liquid cooking appliances permitted.
3. One cooking appliance per camp site shall be permitted.
4. Maximum amount of propane per campsite shall not exceed 20 pounds or 48 pounds of water capacity.
5. A minimum of 3 feet of clearance shall be maintained at all times while the cooking appliance is in use. No combustible material shall be within 3 feet of the cooking appliance.
6. Cooking appliances shall only be used during the hours of 7:00 am to 2:00 am PST.
7. Cooking appliances, when in use, shall not be left unattended.

Rules & Safety Tips shall be posted at each camping site and included as a handout to all campers.

eskamo951
04-05-2010, 12:08 PM
:bump
Used this last week to remind me of what to buy when shopping.

muzikrazed
04-05-2010, 01:57 PM
one year i found these sunscreen "wipes" that just feel amazing and come up to SPF 50 I think. nice and light to carry all day too.

don't forget your toothbrush and toothpaste!

BrettShipes
04-06-2010, 11:31 AM
I'm doing my shopping tomorrow. See y'all in 9 DAYS.

AverageJoe
04-07-2010, 10:44 AM
http://www.4kits.co.uk/images/festival_survival_kit.jpg

I don't like shopping that much so last year I did all my shopping for my festival essentials all in 1 place - bought a festival kit from http://www.4kits.co.uk - it had everything I need for a festival camping weekend. They do air mail & it's all pretty well priced & quick.

J

Rosemont17
04-07-2010, 11:05 AM
for some who easily get blisters on the bottom of your feet or corns, target has some good covers for this so it miminizes the blister effect from all the walking....

TomServo
04-07-2010, 07:18 PM
SUNSCREEN ALERT!

For those of you slackers who haven't done your shopping yet, Costco has the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (70spf) for a great price - two 3 oz. bottles and a 1 oz. travel size bottle... all for $14.99. That's as cheap as I've seen this stuff anywhere, and the folks here swear by this stuff.

anevaude
04-07-2010, 07:49 PM
SUNSCREEN ALERT!

For those of you slackers who haven't done your shopping yet, Costco has the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (70spf) for a great price - two 3 oz. bottles and a 1 oz. travel size bottle... all for $14.99. That's as cheap as I've seen this stuff anywhere, and the folks here swear by this stuff.

Thanks for the sweet tip!

BrettShipes
04-11-2010, 08:40 AM
I'm just about ready, how 'bout you guys?

krisskross
04-11-2010, 09:18 AM
yep. i have purchased most of these things yesterday as well as some new clothes :) this is a great list, and gave me a good idea of what to anticipate! Thanks!

eskamo951
04-14-2010, 12:43 PM
Hope you're all packed!
:bump

SuzymissQ
04-14-2010, 12:49 PM
the 99 cent store is amazing for everything. I bought everything on the list and then some for 50 bucks.

natureboy
04-14-2010, 01:29 PM
99 cent store is the best!

gonna do one last stop at bed bath & beyond. they always have something random.

COACHELLAAAAAAA!!!!!

natureboy
01-19-2011, 05:37 PM
Bump for the new kids.

mattinvail
01-20-2011, 01:03 PM
a few things never mentioned, especially with car camping now. a power inverter to run electronics off you car's cig lighter. and with that said, jumper cables, saw at least 20 cars with the hood up on monday morning (including mine), but it was super easy to borrow some. rope, tent stakes, and tarp-fuck the tent, no breeze. you can string up any type of structure you want and tie it off to whatever. make friends with the neighbors and see how many sites you can string togeather. got 6 last year, shooting for 12 this.

Stickjohn
01-23-2011, 11:21 AM
:bump

thewoodenman
01-23-2011, 01:02 PM
a few things never mentioned, especially with car camping now. a power inverter to run electronics off you car's cig lighter. and with that said, jumper cables, saw at least 20 cars with the hood up on monday morning (including mine), but it was super easy to borrow some. rope, tent stakes, and tarp-fuck the tent, no breeze. you can string up any type of structure you want and tie it off to whatever. make friends with the neighbors and see how many sites you can string togeather. got 6 last year, shooting for 12 this.

this is a good idea, would you happen to have a pic of this?

Mr.Trent
01-24-2011, 08:11 AM
:bumpthere's lots of noobs asking for camping tips in every thread, so

kidsinafricalovekanye
01-27-2011, 08:51 PM
noobs like your mom

Bus McRider
01-28-2011, 09:47 AM
noobs like your mom

nice first post!

Fakesnakesablaze
01-28-2011, 04:48 PM
Why do you recommend the spray sun screens? I've always found them to be messy and less reliable than the stuff you can actually spread.

Inthecolumbiagorge
01-28-2011, 05:01 PM
99 cent store is the best!

gonna do one last stop at bed bath & beyond. they always have something random.

COACHELLAAAAAAA!!!!!

Absolutely the BEST spot for glow sticks! We found stuff there we never saw before. Watch for us glowing:-)

Inthecolumbiagorge
01-28-2011, 05:37 PM
We bring half the house for Coachella, it is a major vacation for us and we plan it all year long. Last year we brought a full size BBQ with a side burner and cooked for everyone around us!

Water...as much water as you can bring depending on whether you are car camping or tent camping. Last year the showers were closed from noon till 8:00PM and that is the hottest part of the day. We had some hand held fans that sprayed a fine mist but this year we have a couple of battery operated fans. Water guns, spray bottles, any way to cool down in the heat you may not be used to in April if you aren't from the Southern part of the country. Slip and slides are popular at Coachella:-)

Shade - canopy, tarp, anything that you can sit under. A 10x10 canopy with hippie tapestries works perfect!

If you bring a cooler dry ice will extend your ice quite a bit and ice is expensive in the camping area. Warm beer is not that refreshing when it is 90 out though so ice is a must in my book. I had a couple of cold beers that had been embedded in the dry ice cooler until Sunday morning that were nice and frosty and much appreciated:-)

If you are going to cook, breakfast is the most reasonable to fix and it can be a brunch to take care of breakfast and lunch. I know it sounds crazy but there is a product called "Batter Blaster" that is organic pancakes in an aerosol can that is really good and what could be easier than pancakes sprayed into the pan? We bring strawberries and whip cream, also in an aerosol can and that is one easy good breakfast. This obviously only works in car camping where you can have a propane stove, grill or whatever.

Solar lights - there are lots available out there now and they provide a nice mellow light for when you get back to the camp site after the nights music.

Comfortable shoes - don't wear a pair of flip flops if you haven't worn any since last summer and make sure what ever shoes you bring are comfortable and not brand new. Everything is a ways to walk no matter where you camp and there is lots to see. You will enjoy yourself WAY more if your feet don't hurt! If you have room and a bike rack, (with a chain and lock) a bike is not a bad idea.

I need at least some sleep so I have to have a sound machine. Mine works on batteries if necessary and I slept like a baby each night we were there. Other people we camped with laughed at me until they slept in one of the beds in our tent and could not believe how easy it was to sleep with all the commotion around us.

Most important - A good attitude!! Seriously, Coachella is a blast as long as you are patient and realize that it is a big event and there are bound to be snafus. Just relax, enjoy the music, meet some wonderful people and your Coachella experience will be one to remember forever! You can pack big or light and still have a great time! Even if you forget something chances are one of your neighbors remembered and there are no strangers at Coachella. We might all be strange, but not strangers:-)

Jankypirate
01-28-2011, 06:16 PM
A sound machine? Like one of those ones that play soothing ambient sounds like waves? I find it hard to believe that would help

Inthecolumbiagorge
01-28-2011, 06:59 PM
A sound machine? Like one of those ones that play soothing ambient sounds like waves? I find it hard to believe that would help

Believe it or not, on high volume in a tent it works like a charm. Waves are not as good as waterfall, rain, or white noise, but all of these drown out the noises around you. I would not say it if it weren't true and I really don't have any reason to mislead you. For some people the noise from the sound machine is disruptive for a night or two when you first start using it, but if you use it at all it is a normal sound to sleep to. I am a very light sleeper and seriously would not be able to sleep except in brief naps at Coachella without it.

Fourthisto
01-28-2011, 07:28 PM
I need at least some sleep so I have to have a sound machine. Mine works on batteries if necessary and I slept like a baby each night we were there. Other people we camped with laughed at me until they slept in one of the beds in our tent and could not believe how easy it was to sleep with all the commotion around us.Great advice and tips all around, but let me ask where you got your battery operated "sound machine" ? My girlfriend needs one to sleep well, not just because of the background party atmosphere but my rampant snore might have something to do with it... She usually uses white noise via a computer, but a battery powered noise supply might be even better! :)

Inthecolumbiagorge
01-28-2011, 07:51 PM
Great advice and tips all around, but let me ask where you got your battery operated "sound machine" ? My girlfriend needs one to sleep well, not just because of the background party atmosphere but my rampant snore might have something to do with it... She usually uses white noise via a computer, but a battery powered noise supply might be even better! :)

Walmart had them as of last week. Mine works by regular power or batteries.

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/03/12/62/01/0003126201267_500X500.jpg

This is the one I have. Walmart online says it is instock and it is $17.00 with $.97 shipping.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/HoMedics-Sound-Spa-Machine-with-Timer/2686012?sourceid=1500000000000007346330&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=2686012
It has ocean, summer night, rain, rain forest, waterfall, and heartbeat which is really sort of creepy but meant for newborns...a sound they are used to:-) The only complaint I have with this one is the ocean wave sound has seagulls, not just the occasional seagull which I would not mind, but it is looped with the waves so every 5 seconds another seagull.... just wakes me up and I keep focusing on it so it is not soothing for me. If you have a smart phone there are many different apps for this and there are some REALLY good ocean sounds that are supposed to be live ocean sounds somewhere or another. They are like being on the beach and no seagulls:-) This works when your phone is plugged in to a power source better though and uses battery life if not plugged in. I am a really light sleeper and mine really makes a big difference. When I travel I can't sleep at all but if I have the silly sound machine no problem.

Sonybonez
01-28-2011, 07:52 PM
A sound machine? Like one of those ones that play soothing ambient sounds like waves? I find it hard to believe that would help

I took a whole bottle of ear plugs last year and just started passing them out at night. A lot cheaper than buying an Ambient Sound Machine :)

AffliKtion
01-28-2011, 07:54 PM
Believe it or not, on high volume in a tent it works like a charm. Waves are not as good as waterfall, rain, or white noise, but all of these drown out the noises around you. I would not say it if it weren't true and I really don't have any reason to mislead you. For some people the noise from the sound machine is disruptive for a night or two when you first start using it, but if you use it at all it is a normal sound to sleep to. I am a very light sleeper and seriously would not be able to sleep except in brief naps at Coachella without it.

I'm glad I find commotion from other people talking and having fun soothing. I can sleep anywhere. Except for annoying high pitched girl laughs that scrape paint off cars.

LickTheLizzard
01-28-2011, 07:59 PM
ear plugs did the trick for me last year.

Inthecolumbiagorge
01-28-2011, 08:03 PM
I took a whole bottle of ear plugs last year and just started passing them out at night. A lot cheaper than buying an Ambient Sound Machine :)

Except I have had the sound machine for more than 5 years, used almost every day = Lots of earplugs:-)

Fourthisto
01-28-2011, 08:20 PM
http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/03/12/62/01/0003126201267_500X500.jpg

This is the one I have. Walmart online says it is instock and it is $17.00 with $.97 shipping. Thanks! :cool:


I took a whole bottle of ear plugs last year and just started passing them out at night. A lot cheaper than buying an Ambient Sound Machine :)Yeah, but earplugs after a while get to be a bit annoying, don't you think? I guess you can get used to them but that constant pressure on the inner ear walls can be uncomfortable. But if it works for ya, then yeah. :)

Kiarash212
01-28-2011, 08:31 PM
Great list! Thank you! :)
First time camping...going to be interesting.

Inthecolumbiagorge
01-29-2011, 06:40 AM
I'm glad I find commotion from other people talking and having fun soothing. I can sleep anywhere. Except for annoying high pitched girl laughs that scrape paint off cars.

You are so lucky! My daughter who is now 20 did not sleep through the night until she was almost 3. That means that mom didn't either and it just set in so deep for some reason that I still don't sleep without listening for.... something! I have been on baby watch for 20 years now and without the sound machine every little noise wakes me up. Hope nothing seriously bad ever happens at night because I would never hear it now with the sound machine on warp volume.

You really are lucky:-)

pinkladyam
03-02-2011, 11:01 PM
Bump...Bump! Bump!

natureboy
03-24-2011, 08:10 PM
Bump...Bump! Bump!

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neis218
03-24-2011, 08:19 PM
Bump..bump or hump..hump

irenex
03-29-2011, 05:38 AM
The Coachella beauty's essentials :)
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Shameless advertising for my beauty blog, but swear it's Coachella-related :)
xoxo

fear_the_tree
03-31-2011, 01:22 AM
For those sweaty and uncomfortable moments (this even works for men)...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2245/2688072673_397e2ff848.jpg

eskamo951
04-04-2011, 07:55 PM
:bump We're getting close...

swiftcoins
04-05-2011, 05:25 AM
should i even bother with a sleeping bag? i mean won't it be too hot to be under that thing?
what's worked best for you guys in terms of sleeping bags, pillows, blankets. i'm an easy-going sleeper, not too fussed about all of this i'm just trying to figure out what to pack since i'm flying across the country for this thing.
thanks!

Also - i figure i'll bring my nalgene in so i can just fill up whenever i need water...that's allowed right? is there somewhere to fill up inside?

GeminiDC
04-05-2011, 10:15 AM
Absolutely the BEST spot for glow sticks! We found stuff there we never saw before. Watch for us glowing:-)

Michael's also has very cheap and good glowsticks.

thefrush
04-05-2011, 10:23 AM
It's cold enough at night for the sleeping bag.

eskamo951
04-05-2011, 12:42 PM
should i even bother with a sleeping bag? i mean won't it be too hot to be under that thing?
what's worked best for you guys in terms of sleeping bags, pillows, blankets. i'm an easy-going sleeper, not too fussed about all of this i'm just trying to figure out what to pack since i'm flying across the country for this thing.
thanks!

Also - i figure i'll bring my nalgene in so i can just fill up whenever i need water...that's allowed right? is there somewhere to fill up inside?

I usually just take a a couple blankets. They're easy to wrap yourself in when sitting outside your tent at night, and then when you're ready to crash, just drag yourself back to your tent. They're also easy to kick off when the heat of the morning wakes you up.

chiapet
04-05-2011, 12:45 PM
I skipped the sleeping bag one year because it had been quite warm at night the previous. It was really miserably cold 2 of 3 nights, and I didn't sleep well or as much as I might have with a sleeping bag. (But I do use a 2-season sleeping bag, not a winter one). For flying, I think sleeping bags condense more easily than blankets.

eskamo951
04-05-2011, 12:48 PM
But blankets are softer and gentler on the skin...which may be appealing to you one night after you get back from the fest

Caifan
04-05-2011, 01:15 PM
Like

Caifan
04-05-2011, 01:23 PM
noobs like your mom

Nice

Jaxom
04-05-2011, 05:30 PM
http://www.sofreshsodry.com/products/fresh-balls/

The best product ever made for Coachella. There is also fresh b00bs for the ladies.

pinkladyam
04-08-2011, 09:20 PM
:bump

fear_the_tree
04-08-2011, 10:59 PM
http://www.sofreshsodry.com/products/fresh-balls/

The best product ever made for Coachella. There is also fresh b00bs for the ladies.


i really wanted to order this for my boyfriend but it probably won't get here in time

thewoodenman
04-09-2011, 03:19 PM
Lantern necessary?

JustSteve
04-09-2011, 03:25 PM
i really wanted to order this for my boyfriend but it probably won't get here in time

gold bond powder will work just as well...and it's cheaper...and available everywhere.

eureka
04-09-2011, 03:40 PM
Lantern necessary?

Good to have. Provides nice ambient light for when you stumble back to your tent. I always go lantern over headlamp / torch as they are a bit more multi purpose.

tyler0js
04-09-2011, 04:40 PM
Goldbond for the junk

jasontx
04-09-2011, 09:46 PM
Has anyone ever used a product like this to provide shade from the sun, while also allowing the wind to pass through?
What are your opinions?

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/2b/2b5a7cd0-0927-4ed3-818c-40735b9df308_300.jpg
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100533825/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

pinkladyam
04-12-2011, 11:46 AM
last minute bump!!! get your shit together noobs!

Mr.Laguna
04-12-2011, 02:13 PM
CLiff Bars, to throw in your backpack or purse, on sale at Raleys for $1 each.

D,,d)
04-12-2011, 04:31 PM
Do you have to bring down your tent every morning?

Stickjohn
01-14-2012, 12:13 PM
Some good info in here

Mugwog
01-14-2012, 05:31 PM
Can we just sticky this shit already? Perhaps one of the more relevant threads for this whole forum.

PrettyToneBK
01-14-2012, 11:01 PM
Yea definitely sticky material.

TheaterStep
01-15-2012, 03:02 PM
I can't be the only one who's preemptively making of list of the crap I want to bring to Coachella. And I figured you guys might have some good suggestions. So what's good?
Note: I left out the expected stuff, like clothes, pillow, sleeping bag, etc.

COACHELLA PACK LIST

- Swiss army knife
- Jug of water
- Baby wipes
- A rainbow variety of drugs a la Fear and Loathing
- Bong
- Cigarettes
- Tangerines
- More alcohol than humanly possible
- Band-aids/ Disinfectant/ First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Speakers
- Perfume
- Mini-fan for tent air circulation
- One of those stupid little rotating handheld fans
- Candy and chips and more food
- Bag of blow pops
- $$$$$$$$
- Advil/ Tylenol/ Ibuprofin

Mr.Trent
01-15-2012, 03:36 PM
oh my god... might I suggest sunscreen lotion, sunglasses and a hat?

Mugwog
01-15-2012, 03:45 PM
I can't be the only one who's preemptively making of list of the crap I want to bring to Coachella. And I figured you guys might have some good suggestions. So what's good?

DING! (http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?17537-**Coachella-Camper-s-Survival-Kit**)

TheaterStep
01-15-2012, 03:47 PM
Oops. And I bet there's no way to delete a thread, is there?

Stickjohn
01-15-2012, 03:48 PM
wristbands and passes belong on any check list.

Mugwog
01-15-2012, 04:04 PM
Flag your own thread and in comment write "duplicate topic"

travelfan
01-15-2012, 04:06 PM
Is this thread to talk about packing lists or to brag about the drugs and $$$$$$$ you have and get babes?

nyarlathotoats
01-15-2012, 04:36 PM
^ Haha for realz.

TheaterStep
01-15-2012, 04:37 PM
Is this thread to talk about packing lists or to brag about the drugs and $$$$$$$ you have and get babes?

Not directly. Unfortunately, as of now, this list is purely hypothetical. Although I guess there's nothing really wrong with bragging about things I don't have.

Premium Roast
01-15-2012, 04:48 PM
fudge

tessalasset
01-15-2012, 04:54 PM
As stated above, previous thread of this topic has been going on here: http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?17537-**Coachella-Camper-s-Survival-Kit**

nyarlathotoats
02-26-2012, 05:04 PM
BUMP.

BrettShipes
03-19-2012, 10:42 PM
Useful thread is useful again. *prints shopping list*

brycerosen
03-20-2012, 05:02 PM
having everyone in your group bring water bottles and filling those big orange water jugs every day went a long way to cut down in crash around our site and made sure the water was nice and cold

BrettShipes
04-02-2012, 11:28 PM
*ahem*

the walrus
04-03-2012, 12:05 AM
very nice list i shall share

CMRNDRGN
04-05-2012, 01:43 AM
Not sure if it has been stated over the past however many pages, but EARPLUGS. Didn't have them my first year. Have never forgotten them since.

eskamo951
04-07-2012, 12:19 PM
:bump
This will be the 5th year I've consulted this to make sure I have everything...

vogina
04-07-2012, 12:25 PM
Unless I missed it, you should really put "black trash bags" on the core list of things. ESPECIALLY if you bbq and when packing up. Throw your bbq in a sturdy black trash bag so all that shit does run off in the bed of the truck, or worse, in the car.

OLD TOWN COFFEE
04-07-2012, 03:03 PM
Yes there will be GREAT coffee in this event(in the campground only).....Look for us at the Farmers Market next to the clubhouse. some of the best coffee in the Valley period. Organic Free trade coffee and Espresso. Not just espresso made with drip coffee beans. We are a local company with a coffee shop and bakery in Old Town La Quinta. A finalist for best coffee in Coachella valley year after year.

We will have drip coffee(french roast) Espresso and espresso drinks(mocha, Latte) iced and hot. 10 hour slow brewed iced coffee(not just hot coffee poured over ice). Smoothies and frappacinos. The smoothies are Big Train, Gluten free and Vegan certified.

Hope to see you there...

OTCC
(Old Town Coffee company)

ToddThaGod
04-07-2012, 04:15 PM
thank god... i felt like i was the only one addicted to coffee last year.

Fairydust
04-07-2012, 05:25 PM
That bikeride on the way back to your hotel is going to be a biiiiiitch.

HAHA!
Thanks for the tips guys. x

JCmpls
04-07-2012, 05:28 PM
Yes there will be GREAT coffee in this event(in the campground only).....Look for us at the Farmers Market next to the clubhouse. some of the best coffee in the Valley period. Organic Free trade coffee and Espresso. Not just espresso made with drip coffee beans. We are a local company with a coffee shop and bakery in Old Town La Quinta. A finalist for best coffee in Coachella valley year after year.

We will have drip coffee(french roast) Espresso and espresso drinks(mocha, Latte) iced and hot. 10 hour slow brewed iced coffee(not just hot coffee poured over ice). Smoothies and frappacinos. The smoothies are Big Train, Gluten free and Vegan certified.

Hope to see you there...

OTCC
(Old Town Coffee company)

You just made my girlfriend very, very happy.

Nealocus
04-07-2012, 08:49 PM
Not sure if it has been stated over the past however many pages, but EARPLUGS. Didn't have them my first year. Have never forgotten them since.

...wut?

It's a festival for your ears. Why would you want to block it?

lombardi_sda
04-08-2012, 12:06 PM
Clothes - during the day your gonna want to be in shorts and a light colored shirt, but when night comes jeans and a light sweater. PJs for sleeping

COMFORTABLE SHOES are essential. your going to be walking ALOT! Plus a pair of sandals for night/morning

BEER, BEER, AND MORE BEER

CIGS (expensive once inside)

toothbrush, toothpaste, antiperspirant.

speakers/music

JUICE for breakfast.

BrettShipes
04-08-2012, 12:17 PM
Yes there will be GREAT coffee in this event(in the campground only).....Look for us at the Farmers Market next to the clubhouse. some of the best coffee in the Valley period. Organic Free trade coffee and Espresso. Not just espresso made with drip coffee beans. We are a local company with a coffee shop and bakery in Old Town La Quinta. A finalist for best coffee in Coachella valley year after year.

We will have drip coffee(french roast) Espresso and espresso drinks(mocha, Latte) iced and hot. 10 hour slow brewed iced coffee(not just hot coffee poured over ice). Smoothies and frappacinos. The smoothies are Big Train, Gluten free and Vegan certified.

Hope to see you there...

OTCC
(Old Town Coffee company)

Sweet! I'll have to try your coffee, if it's good (I'm sure it will be), I'll be sure to update the original post. I'm a big fan of actually slow brewed iced coffee myself so I'm looking forward to it!


:bump
This will be the 5th year I've consulted this to make sure I have everything...

Awesome!

MidnightSIX
04-08-2012, 12:51 PM
...wut?

It's a festival for your ears. Why would you want to block it?

You would want to block it around 4am in the morning when all you want is some sleep.

BrettShipes
04-08-2012, 01:38 PM
I'll be bringing my earplugs. Of course, I have the fancy custom-molded musician earplugs, but you know... I hear (har har) they'll be selling the good ones at the fest, you know, not those crappy yellow foam ones that make everything sound terrible... I suggest getting those. If you'll be spending any time in the Sahara (or close to any speaker at any stage really...), it gets LOUD, and don't worry about losing the bass, you'll feel it plenty. If nothing else, it'll cut out some of that ambient chit-chat around you during your favorite set.

jjr024
04-08-2012, 03:11 PM
...wut?

It's a festival for your ears. Why would you want to block it?

You're an idiot

taco goes to coachella
04-10-2012, 03:55 PM
To the top for reminders...

SuitedStranger
04-10-2012, 03:57 PM
Camp shower...Fill w water and leave in cooler... feels AMAZING before the show :)

BrettShipes
04-11-2012, 07:37 PM
:bump
Just in case there are some weekend 1 lurkers in need of some last minute help...

srdailey
04-13-2012, 08:30 AM
Gel insoles for your shoes.

Citizen Snips
04-13-2012, 09:53 AM
Quick tip:
Create a new wallpaper for you phone that has your name and contact information (of you or someone you're with) on it. If you have even basic MSPaint skills, you can figure out how to do this. Mine will even say "please take me to lost and found thank you!"

Or hell, if you have a smartphone that can do screenshots (I know some android phones can't) type it up in the notes and use the screenshot as the wallpaper.

marioag
04-13-2012, 12:20 PM
DO you think a small butane camping stove is allowed?

koliebo
04-13-2012, 12:57 PM
DO you think a small butane camping stove is allowed?

Camping FAQ says: (http://www.coachella.com/travel-lodging/on-site-camping)


The use of a outdoor cooking appliance is only permitted in the Car Camping areas. Cooking in the Tent Camping area is not permitted. The following are the requirements for the use of a outdoor cooking appliance:
1. All cooking appliances shall bear a certification or listing from a nationally recognized testing or certification organization.
2. Cooking appliances that only utilize propane as the fuel source shall be permitted. No wood, charcoal, flammable/combustible liquid cooking appliances permitted.
3. One cooking appliance per camp site shall be permitted.
4. Maximum amount of propane per campsite shall not exceed 20 pounds or 48 pounds of water capacity.
5. A minimum of 3 feet of clearance shall be maintained at all times while the cooking appliance is in use. No combustible material shall be within 3 feet of the cooking appliance.
6. Cooking appliances shall only be used during the hours of 7:00 am to 2:00 am PST.
7. Cooking appliances, when in use, shall not be left unattended.

So technically, no.

Jasongenom
04-13-2012, 04:59 PM
"don't bring perishable foods" What if it's just a couple of sandwiches for day 1? do they allow them on the camping grounds or am I just better off with pringles ?

Stickjohn
04-13-2012, 05:01 PM
You can bring any kind of food you want into the camp grounds - it's the actual festival where you can't bring in outside food.

BrettShipes
04-13-2012, 09:04 PM
Re: food

Bring whatever you desire food-wise into the campgrounds, just don't expect things like pre-made sammiches, anything with mayo, any meat product, or... say... hummus (personal experience) to be desirable by the end of the weekend (unless of course you take EXTRA PRECAUTIONS (http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?46563-Keeping-perishables-cold-for-the-entire-weekend))

I suggest stocking up on dry goods (granola, cheese-its, or... sure, pringles...), fruit (apples and oranges are wonderful)... and well... just imagine how well anything you bring might hold up not just over 3 days, but over 3 days in 90+ heat.

Official FAQ statement on food INSIDE the festival is as follows:

NO Outside Food & Beverages

They do allow ins and outs, so if you want to go back to your campsite for lunch, you can.

BrettShipes
04-15-2012, 12:59 PM
Test running the latest incarnation of my computer-fan-morning-tent-vent-system on an automated timer:

http://distilleryimage1.instagram.com/7e363f46873311e181bd12313817987b_7.jpg

Set it and forget it. Yes, it works, and uses very little of the battery power.

melissaur
04-15-2012, 10:28 PM
hahaha that is genius, i love it!

missxtal
04-16-2012, 12:18 AM
I would add hydration tablets to this list. They are natural electrolytes, you can get them at most health food stores. I would also add aloe vera or rescue remedy skin cream and of course ear plugs. Havent been but still think that these will be good

missxtal
04-16-2012, 12:20 AM
What are the fancy musician ear plugs?

BrettShipes
04-16-2012, 03:06 AM
What are the fancy musician ear plugs?

Good question. You get your ears molded and have them made custom to your ears. They run a pretty penny (I paid around $200), but they're worth it to those that need them. They have fancy filters than can be changed out, -9dB -15dB and -30dB depending on the environment you'll be in.

I got mine here... or "H.E.A.R."...: http://www.hearnet.com

BrettShipes
04-18-2012, 03:41 PM
Packing up tonight? Might be a good idea to check the list.

Hedley Lamar
03-08-2013, 05:50 AM
Don't forget the Coconut Water!

OllieLou
04-02-2013, 01:48 PM
Almost a week left. Thanks for the list! First time going to coachella and car-camping, this is going to be a life saver!!

jektal
04-04-2013, 05:05 AM
How important is a watch?

I was hoping to enter radio silence with my cell as soon as the tent is setup and then just leave it in the car for the weekend. Are there any clocks around the venue, or do you need to carry your own?

Ajo209
04-09-2013, 10:39 PM
bumpfornoobz

jhair529
04-09-2013, 11:14 PM
BUMP!!

packing up the car already!

Zafocaine
04-09-2013, 11:49 PM
How important is a watch?

I was hoping to enter radio silence with my cell as soon as the tent is setup and then just leave it in the car for the weekend. Are there any clocks around the venue, or do you need to carry your own?

I would advise you to bring a watch, but certain stages have clocks on them, if you look for them. I got around without a watch one year, but I ended up missing a couple things, and showing up at the wrong stage once or twice (which is nothing new, really). You're in for more of an adventure without a watch!

fredbull
04-10-2013, 10:35 PM
BUMP! for procrastinators like me