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Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-20-2012, 11:55 AM
I'm sick of continually reposting in all these peoples threads who are traveling and asking about the essentials, so here it is, my one last hoorah on helping people...

First off, READ THIS

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

Now once you make a kit having those items, and yes, don't be dumb, get a small bag together and make this kit with band aids, Advil, Benadryl, etc. etc. now we can move on. If you don't make the kit you'll likely forget an item or 2 and that's going to ruin you or cause extreme discomfort.

other misc. items I'd bring not listed from the Survival kit-

A power strip, if you go to a charging station having a power strip could be a lot easier to handle/manage your groups phone and also easier to keep an eye on, people have had their stuff stolen at charging stations, BE CAREFUL

Zip ties - in case something breaks with your canopy, tent, anything really zip ties are essential and will most likely come in handy.

What GEAR do you NEED? Here I have listed what many of us consider to be the essential items in car camping, you can find better deals than this but for those of you traveling I am listing Walmart items so you can buy them and use Site-to-Store pickup and just grab the items and head to the festival.

This list is based off of a group of 4, plan accordingly if you have more/less, etc.

Canopy - it's arguably the most difficult thing to get/bring while traveling but I believe (as well as many others on this board believe) it's the most important item of car camping. If you can't bring it or buy it, then you can't and you will have to make do without it but IT WILL HELP A LOT. There is no shade on the campgrounds and the sun is UP and SHINING and HOT starting at 6am.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-9-x-9-Express-Gazebo/16451712?findingMethod=rr

Tarp - for the canopy, you can use tarps to create extra shade so sleeping in or just chilling will be a lot more comfortable.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Heavy-Duty-Tarp-8-x-10/16561634

Sleeping bag - don't need anything fancy

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-40-60F-Sleeping-Bag/14504291?findingMethod=Recommendation:wm:Best%20Se llers

Tent- It's nice but not really needed if you have a canopy you can sleep under it in a sleeping bag or cot and you will feel the nice breeze and get sleep w/o a tent, but if you want to "smush" "do sex" as the douchebags from Jersey Shore would say, a tent is pretty crucial for privacy.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wenzel-Alpine-8.5-x-8-Tent-Blue-and-Gold/13228636


Chairs- you may not be at the campsite that much but you may be at it enough to want to sit on something above ground to relax

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Deluxe-Arm-Chair/16386297

Food and snacks- Defintely stock up on snacks, chips, trail mix, fruit and veggies. If you want real food though and to save A LOT of money over the weekend you'll need the next 2 items. Most items at the festival (inside/out) will cost you about $9-$15 an entree, that adds up quick. You're looking at about $120 on basic meals and if you're a big eater like me, it's really expensive.

Cooler - With a decent cooler I suggest buying dry ice, Smart & Final has dry ice, also there is a dry ice place off the 10 freeway not too far from the festival that sells dry ice, I bought DI from them last year and it worked out good, if you are bringing food into the festival keeping them cold is essential and you do not want food poisoning.

Here is a basic cooler that would work fine- http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-Island-Breeze-48-Quart-Cooler/16437961

for those in california and/or traveling and not flying freeze all liquids like water, lemonade, gatorade, juice ahead of time and you'll have massive ice blocks, it will save you money in buying ice.

Ps. if you're using dry ice- DO NOT TOUCH IT WITH YOUR HANDS and wrap it up in newspaper or a towel or something, it will keep it insulated and make it last all weekend long.

Camp stove- Pretty obvious, if you have food you'll need to cook it, REMEMBER get a propane stove.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Buffalo-Tools-Sportsman-Camping-Single-Gas-Stove/17368377
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brinkmann-One-Burner-Propane-Stove/15728638

Propane Tanks - You can't get them online but they will have them in store, Walmart's have a 2 pack for like... 5 something, about $6 after tax, 2 tanks will last you all weekend long, (unless you have a massive group and you're always using it).

2 Pack propane tank (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Worthington-Pro-Grade-16.4-oz-Propane-Cylinder-2pk/17012846)
Cheaper than the Coleman

Table - to cook on, and prep on, now DO NOT BUY THIS LINK, they have these tables in stores for 14.99 individually, and you will just need one.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cosco-26-Personal-Folding-Table-Set-of-4/13269099

NON-ESSENTIAL AMAZING ITEMS!

Mister - http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?46398-Official-Mist-Thread/

Portable shower - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlans-Solar-Heated-Camp-Shower/8586959 hang that from your Canopy, CAREFULLY and you can shower at the camp site, http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Beach-Days-Snap-Set-Pool/16521297 put that pool under the shower and it won't be all wet at your campsite.

Kitchen - A kitchen set up is awesome. They have folding kitchens and you may want to look into some of the options.

2013 UPDATE!

One situation that has came up much worse than in previous years is the wind was much worse and the weather was much colder than usual. Lower your ez-ups when you leave for the day. If you do not plan on coming back or are not sure if your group will be around I suggest this. I was at camp when the winds really kicked up on day 1 and I saved our camp by lowering everything.

I have to admit though, when it's cold at Coachella life is a lot more bearable and you can travel much lighter didn't even use my mister once last year.

Rain Fly- if you do not have an ez-up over your tent or something covering your tent I would suggest making sure you have a rain fly and make sure you get a tarp to put under your tent.

REMEMBER If the winds kick up, lower your ez up.

I made it a habit that each day I left I lowered my ez up and never had any issues.


2014 update!!!

I would suggest picking up a smaller solar panel just for charging your phone. Everyone should have one at this point.

I use this,

http://www.amazon.com/FreeLoader-Pro-Solar-Power-Charger/dp/B002DMLKT8

It works really well. Charges pretty fast and it's pretty durable.

alyssaf12
01-20-2012, 12:52 PM
Awesome. Thanks! You're wonderful for doing this!

tharris
01-20-2012, 01:02 PM
Great post! Thanks

DirtyPistol
01-20-2012, 01:07 PM
Yeah pretty sweet post, thanks! After 5 Coachellas of staying in houses and shitty motels last year was my first time car camping and I absolutely loved it. My only complaint was my tent turning into an unbearable sweat lodge at 7am. Combined with late night partying I think I was only able to sleep about 10 hours in 3 nights combined... I plan on doing it again this year and by reading this and other posts it looks like a tarp attached to a canopy is the best way to get some shade for your tent as so you can sleep in. Anyone have any pictures to post of some of their tarp to canopy contraptions?

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-20-2012, 01:12 PM
Yeah pretty sweet post, thanks! After 5 Coachellas of staying in houses and shitty motels last year was my first time car camping and I absolutely loved it. My only complaint was my tent turning into an unbearable sweat lodge at 7am. Combined with late night partying I think I was only able to sleep about 10 hours in 3 nights combined... I plan on doing it again this year and by reading this and other posts it looks like a tarp attached to a canopy is the best way to get some shade for your tent as so you can sleep in. Anyone have any pictures to post of some of their tarp to canopy contraptions?

I'll do a dry run within a month, that will have the canopy and the solar panels and my whole set up but zip ties man. I got reflective tarp from Harbor Freight, http://www.harborfreight.com/9-ft-6-inch-x-11-ft-4-inch-reflective-heavy-duty-silver-tarpaulin-30874.html use a 20% off coupon and do like 2-3 transactions (means you can use 3 20% off coupons) and zip tie the eye holes in the tarp to the canopy where need be.

The_Den
01-20-2012, 01:28 PM
Love this idea. Thanks Dustin. This is my 3rd Coachella and I always loved coming to one particular thread to pick up some camping tips. You even linked to the Survival Guide which I lurked hard before my first year. Thanks.

Side Note:
Anyone notice that the 2012 Festival Map is up now? I don't remember there being Car Camping behind Lake Eldorado the past two years. If I remember right, that area was reserved for parking. I myself am looking forward to making it into Lot 5 again.

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-20-2012, 01:37 PM
Love this idea. Thanks Dustin. This is my 3rd Coachella and I always loved coming to one particular thread to pick up some camping tips. You even linked to the Survival Guide which I lurked hard before my first year. Thanks.

Side Note:
Anyone notice that the 2012 Festival Map is up now? I don't remember there being Car Camping behind Lake Eldorado the past two years. If I remember right, that area was reserved for parking. I myself am looking forward to making it into Lot 5 again.

They added lot 7 as car camping.

PrettyToneBK
01-20-2012, 02:15 PM
Finally... what has been said about camping hardware all over countless pages in one neat post. Thanks Dustin.

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-20-2012, 02:31 PM
Finally... what has been said about camping hardware all over countless pages in one neat post. Thanks Dustin.

Yeah I was sick of us repeating ourselves CONSTANTLY and the past 2 years Car Camping has changed so I thought the original camping survival kit needed an update, hopefully this saves a lot of us from retyping everything.

dcbell05
01-20-2012, 03:10 PM
Dustin, thank you for putting this together! I remember HOW LONG I spent on the boards last year to find all the same info.

Personally, we brought a lot of food that was pre-cooked and could be eaten cold to avoid having to cook. Things like sandwiches, including cold cuts, egg salad, peanut butter and jelly (make sure it's not in a glass bottle!). Cold pasta salad was good. And then we brough ingredients for fresh guac (Pico de Gallo, Avocados, blend of spices in a ziplock, and lime) and made fresh guac and chips. Then of course we brought a bunch of fresh fruit (apples, bananas, carrots, GRAPES- which cold, were' a HUGE hit) and alcohol fruit (vodka watermelon ice cold in the afternoon was AMAZING. Plus we shared with neighbors and made a ton of friends. We plan to add rum soaked Pineapple this year).

Most of the time it was so hot, we didn't want to put too much effort into making food. I saw a few people making food, but it just seemed way too hot and too much effort. I DID get a Pink's hot dog one day and a gyro another day to try some of the food. That way we saved money, but got to try a couple different tents.

instinct
01-20-2012, 03:34 PM
THIS POST SUCKS!! BUT OUTKAST 2013!!!!!!!!

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-20-2012, 03:35 PM
THIS POST SUCKS!! BUT OUTKAST 2013!!!!!!!!

Shut up Greg, change your signature too.

blackchango
01-20-2012, 09:46 PM
Thanks for putting all of this together dude !

SepaGroove
01-21-2012, 10:38 AM
This is the most helpful thread I've seen on here thus far. Good job man. I'm not even camping this year either, but I'm going to tell my friends that are about this

wstsidela
01-21-2012, 12:39 PM
These Coleman LED string lights were the MVP in my camp last year. There were cheap, used one set of batteries all weekend, & gave off a great light. I'm bringing 4 or 5 this year.

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/images/products/2000001475_500.jpg

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/ColemanCom/detail.asp?CategoryID=6000&product_id=2000001475#.TxsheoG7-So

Snowchella
01-21-2012, 04:59 PM
I'll never forget that first year of car camping. Fears of people twisted on LSD accidentally plowing through campsites. Who woulda thought a bunch of hippies could keep it together like we have.

instinct
01-21-2012, 07:20 PM
I've had it since 08 or 09.. changing the year every year.

I've pretty much lost all hope on an Outkast reunion :(

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-21-2012, 07:30 PM
I've had it since 08 or 09.. changing the year every year.

I've pretty much lost all hope on an Outkast reunion :(

I just meant update the year and get rid of M83 who did get booked, ha. FSoL one day =(

KennKenna
01-21-2012, 07:56 PM
This is great. Thanks so much. :)

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-21-2012, 10:08 PM
Glad you guys are getting help from this, I'll start adding more tips for people driving to the campsite, a lot of tips and tricks to make your camping experience that much better.

Cactuskev
01-21-2012, 10:09 PM
Great post!

I'll echo the food thing - simple and cool is the way to go, and prep as much as you can before you go.

Here's a couple more small tips that worked for me:

Get one of those magnetic keyholders (http://docsigma.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/magnetic-key-holder-01.jpg) that you can hide a key in, so you can lock your vehicle and leave the key with it. The you don't have to worry about losing your keys - plus the other people in your party can have access to the car if you get separated or they return to camp early.

Have a couple lights handy and keep em in the same place before you head out each night, so when you stumble back to camp in the dark, you can find your way to more beer.

Use two coolers - one for food and one for beers and mixers. In the food cooler, use frozen 2 liter bottles of water - keeps everything cool with out getting the food soggy, and you get cold water.

The night before the fest, throw a bag of ice in the beer cooler to precool it. Just before you head out, empty that ice, fill the cooler with beers/drinks and then put fresh ice on top (since cold sinks).

Carry the bare minimum of stuff in your wallet - ID, credit card and cash. The less you carry, the less you're bummin' if you lose it.

Embrace the scene! The music and art and people are awesome, but the camping vibe is just as sweet! Don't get too caught up in the logistics of it all and forget to have a great time!

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-21-2012, 10:26 PM
Yeah use a cooler for a freezer that's being opened once in a while and cooler that's alwayss being open. Freeze waters, lemonade, food, pull them out in the morning, it will keep the cooler cold yet defrost. Had vodka lemonade ice slushies all weekend and it was great.

FelonyFruitFlinger
01-22-2012, 01:07 PM
Has anyone ever tried an evaporative cooler before? Mister setups seem popular, and there is some discussion of hand-held coolers in the equipment deals thread. A full evaporative cooler like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/SPT-SF-608R-Portable-Evaporative-Cooler/dp/B000OKHY2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327266372&sr=8-1

At 60W power, and suited to hot/dry climates, this seems doable with a deep-cycle batter and inverter.

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-22-2012, 03:31 PM
Has anyone ever tried an evaporative cooler before? Mister setups seem popular, and there is some discussion of hand-held coolers in the equipment deals thread. A full evaporative cooler like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/SPT-SF-608R-Portable-Evaporative-Cooler/dp/B000OKHY2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327266372&sr=8-1

At 60W power, and suited to hot/dry climates, this seems doable with a deep-cycle batter and inverter.

Massive hassle, not likely to work, might only cool right in front of the unit. Even in a tent it won't cool enough probably.

FelonyFruitFlinger
01-22-2012, 08:38 PM
I certainly wouldn't try putting it in my tent. It isn't small--I was thinking of putting it in a typical semi-enclosed canopy to provide a little relief during the morning heat. I may be bringing a deep-cycle battery and inverter anyways.

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-22-2012, 08:47 PM
I certainly wouldn't try putting it in my tent. It isn't small--I was thinking of putting it in a typical semi-enclosed canopy to provide a little relief during the morning heat. I may be bringing a deep-cycle battery and inverter anyways.

I would just go with a mister, you're running a risk of hauling it for no reason, and spending that time and effort. My girlfriend and I were FREEZING all weekend under the mister. With the winds of Indio unless you're in a enclosed place the wind will probably blow away any cold air you get, but I dunno if it's in those Geodesic domes they use at Burning Man, it may work, but if it's not completely enclosed I dunno how it would work.

Mugwog
01-22-2012, 08:54 PM
Get a fanny pack.

SeantheJeweler
01-22-2012, 10:49 PM
We have always used a simple inverter to power lights/charge phones and it always works great and let's you have some nice lights other than those very bright spot lights they have on in the campgrounds (we used rope lights threaded underneath our canopy to light the night it works great). You don't need a 1000w inverter or anything just a simple 400w will do fine http://www.harborfreight.com/400-watt-continuous-800-watt-peak-power-inverter-66814.html Run it off a deep cycle battery that costs $100 and can be recharged using this http://www.harborfreight.com/5-watt-solar-battery-charger-41144.html which will put a slow float charge on it and keep it from running down. These batteries can last for 100's of recharge cycles if they aren't taken down too low so the cost is very low considering the advantages. Charges phones much faster than any charging station and gives you power for a lot of things without killing the car battery and having to run the engine constantly. Plus you make friends when they realize you have a charging station and some cool lights with good music playing at reasonable hours of course :D

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-22-2012, 10:53 PM
I use a solar set up that powers everything. Use a jump starter battery and use an inverter to use the solar set up directly.

SeantheJeweler
01-22-2012, 11:00 PM
Also as far as food goes I like to do most of what has already been mentioned but few things I like that aren't mentioned:

Pre-Cooked ribs - for those who want to have something really good for one day make some ribs and put them in vacuum seal bags and then just open them up and heat on the grill and add bbq sauce :)

Fruit - cut up any type of fruit and freeze it before the fest and then you can eat it all festival long (I think grapes were mentioned which are my favorite, blueberries good too but give you blue fingers

Veggies - Potatoes, onion and peppers for brats, etc also cut up before you leave to avoid trying to do it while you are under the influence of your drink/drug of choice

Finding your campsite: they have street names which helps but when trying to direct your friends to your camp site a flag or some sort of marker usually does wonders. I own a large red metal fat tire beer sign that we mark our camp with along with our ASU flag so people can always find us. And yes we do bring fat tire in cans :)

I'm sure I will think of some more stuff

SeantheJeweler
01-22-2012, 11:03 PM
I use a solar set up that powers everything. Use a jump starter battery and use an inverter to use the solar set up directly.

What wattage is the solar panel? They can get pretty pricey for big ones. This is a 5 watt and will basically keep the deep cycle battery from dying. I didn't think the 5 watts would be enough for lights, etc.

What do you mean by a jump starter battery? One of those jumper boxes?

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-23-2012, 12:06 AM
What wattage is the solar panel? They can get pretty pricey for big ones. This is a 5 watt and will basically keep the deep cycle battery from dying. I didn't think the 5 watts would be enough for lights, etc.

What do you mean by a jump starter battery? One of those jumper boxes?

http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?45441-The-Solar-Energy-Thread

45watt solar panel set up to power wagan station

kerby14
01-23-2012, 11:53 AM
dustin, as others have said already, this thread is outstanding. thank you so much for organizing it like this :)


Also as far as food goes I like to do most of what has already been mentioned but few things I like that aren't mentioned:

Pre-Cooked ribs - for those who want to have something really good for one day make some ribs and put them in vacuum seal bags and then just open them up and heat on the grill and add bbq sauce :)

Fruit - cut up any type of fruit and freeze it before the fest and then you can eat it all festival long (I think grapes were mentioned which are my favorite, blueberries good too but give you blue fingers

Veggies - Potatoes, onion and peppers for brats, etc also cut up before you leave to avoid trying to do it while you are under the influence of your drink/drug of choice

Finding your campsite: they have street names which helps but when trying to direct your friends to your camp site a flag or some sort of marker usually does wonders. I own a large red metal fat tire beer sign that we mark our camp with along with our ASU flag so people can always find us. And yes we do bring fat tire in cans :)

I'm sure I will think of some more stuff

great idea on the ribs! fat tire cans ftw! was drinkin fat tire all weekend last year and plan to do more of the same in 11ish weeks :)

dcbell05
01-23-2012, 12:54 PM
Get one of those magnetic keyholders (http://docsigma.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/magnetic-key-holder-01.jpg) that you can hide a key in, so you can lock your vehicle and leave the key with it. The you don't have to worry about losing your keys - plus the other people in your party can have access to the car if you get separated or they return to camp early.


Oh this! Last year our neighbors did this and it worked out well for them. Since we will have two cars this year, we will put all of the items we might need to share/get to in one car so we will need a magnetic key holder for that one. Then we don't get stuff stolen from both cars.

bmalkins
01-26-2012, 06:48 PM
Has anyone camped sleeping directly on the ground or on the hood / bed of their car. Where people getting sunburned or having problems with bugs?

jefferie
01-26-2012, 07:08 PM
Has anyone camped sleeping directly on the ground or on the hood / bed of their car. Where people getting sunburned or having problems with bugs?
I slept in an open truck bed last year and I was able to sleep just as well as my friends who slept under the canopy. The sun will wake you up but generally I slept to about 9:30ish. My friends woke up usually just before or just after I did. No bugs and no sunburn but you wont be able to sleep under the sun long enough to get burned.

ncalrvt
01-26-2012, 07:23 PM
Dustin, thank you for putting this together! I remember HOW LONG I spent on the boards last year to find all the same info.

Personally, we brought a lot of food that was pre-cooked and could be eaten cold to avoid having to cook. Things like sandwiches, including cold cuts, egg salad, peanut butter and jelly (make sure it's not in a glass bottle!). Cold pasta salad was good. And then we brough ingredients for fresh guac (Pico de Gallo, Avocados, blend of spices in a ziplock, and lime) and made fresh guac and chips. Then of course we brought a bunch of fresh fruit (apples, bananas, carrots, GRAPES- which cold, were' a HUGE hit) and alcohol fruit (vodka watermelon ice cold in the afternoon was AMAZING. Plus we shared with neighbors and made a ton of friends. We plan to add rum soaked Pineapple this year).

Most of the time it was so hot, we didn't want to put too much effort into making food. I saw a few people making food, but it just seemed way too hot and too much effort. I DID get a Pink's hot dog one day and a gyro another day to try some of the food. That way we saved money, but got to try a couple different tents.

Thanks for the info.

bmalkins
01-26-2012, 08:31 PM
I slept in an open truck bed last year and I was able to sleep just as well as my friends who slept under the canopy. The sun will wake you up but generally I slept to about 9:30ish. My friends woke up usually just before or just after I did. No bugs and no sunburn but you wont be able to sleep under the sun long enough to get burned.

excellent thanks for the info

welgo800
01-26-2012, 10:39 PM
4490

this. packets are nice to bring in the festival and add to your water refill. i dont drink alcohol during the festival, but i still need to stay hydrated these seam to work nice.

amma_sol
03-09-2012, 09:46 AM
Ya awesome list! Only thing i was going to say to add was a lantern. Ours broke last year and it SUCKED. We couldn't find our flashlights because it was too dark without the lantern.

Good thing to remember about the side tarps is to take them down when not blocking the sun. They keep the sun off of you but they also trap hot air in. Around noon when the sun was directly above us we took them down and it would get much cooler.

KelMitchellDreads
03-09-2012, 10:50 AM
These Coleman LED string lights were the MVP in my camp last year. There were cheap, used one set of batteries all weekend, & gave off a great light. I'm bringing 4 or 5 this year.

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/images/products/2000001475_500.jpg

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/ColemanCom/detail.asp?CategoryID=6000&product_id=2000001475#.TxsheoG7-So

fixed link:
http://www.coleman.com/product/2000001475#.T1pPxdlqSVo

thanks for the heads up, im definitely grabbing one or two of these.

ReveurConstant
03-09-2012, 05:56 PM
Thanks so much. This is my first Coachella and I will be flying in from Boston. I'm still trying to figure out what to do about getting a canopy, which I'd really like to have. I think the weight limit per bag is like 50 pounds, right?

dcbell05
03-10-2012, 06:33 PM
Thanks so much. This is my first Coachella and I will be flying in from Boston. I'm still trying to figure out what to do about getting a canopy, which I'd really like to have. I think the weight limit per bag is like 50 pounds, right?

Not sure where I saw it, but someone mentioned ordering one through WalMart for pickup at the Indio Walmart. You can get a cheaper one and then just donate it when you're done.

Mugwog
03-10-2012, 06:35 PM
Food4Less canopy - $20 bucks.

Let the gods do what they want with it after the weekend is over

stranger123
03-19-2012, 02:52 AM
Bump

Ekanawi
03-19-2012, 12:52 PM
First year car camper...

What's the deal with driving stakes in the ground? Can I lay down some rebar to build a shade structure? Of course ends will be protected from foot and leg gouging.

daftmonkey64
03-19-2012, 06:06 PM
First year car camper...

What's the deal with driving stakes in the ground? Can I lay down some rebar to build a shade structure? Of course ends will be protected from foot and leg gouging.

YEAH. REBAR. DUMB IDIOT.

Michellexking
04-08-2012, 11:03 PM
Do they card when your going into car camping ?

stellarpoet22
04-09-2012, 12:25 AM
fucks sake^
where do we begin

noneedlessnoise
04-09-2012, 09:34 AM
What is the highest number of people you could logically cram in one car camping spot? We were trying to fit 12-13. Is that ridiculous?

Goatchella
04-09-2012, 09:40 AM
Yes

noneedlessnoise
04-09-2012, 09:46 AM
How many do you think we could fit?

Goatchella
04-09-2012, 09:52 AM
Depends how you sleep.

Site is 10x30.
Car is 7x14.

Leaves 3-4' x 14' and 16'x 10' space open.

Humans are 1.5' x 6'
Bring wood and make bunk beds

alima
04-09-2012, 11:07 AM
I see youre online now... you did car camping last year? How many people were able to fit on the 10x30 space comfortably?

Thanks!

NachoCat
04-09-2012, 11:10 AM
It would depend on if you are mexican or not.

nyarlathotoats
04-09-2012, 12:23 PM
Where would one find HydraLyte?

Dustin da DnB Soulja
04-09-2012, 01:09 PM
I see youre online now... you did car camping last year? How many people were able to fit on the 10x30 space comfortably?

Thanks!

this question has a lot more weight than what you're telling us. Are you all camping in one huge tent? or does everyone have their own tent? do you guys want room to hang out or just room for tents?

customsarongs
04-09-2012, 01:45 PM
Hey gang-

SARONGS are not SO WRONG, BUT SO COOL!

I highly recommend bringing sarongs. Sarongs are very versatile and I can guarantee you they will come in handy.

Here are some ways you can use a sarong:

1. Shade - Hang a sarong from your canopy or tarp to create shade. This will also make your site look better if you have a cool design or pattern.

2. Wrap - No, not around your waist like at the beach, but around your back to keep you warm or show off the design/pattern.

3. Blanket - Lots of grass = lots of picnic and setup camp using a sarong.

4. Towel - Use it to change in the camp site. Use it at the showers to dry you off. Because sarongs are thin, they dry very fast.

5. Head wrap - wrap it around your head at the festival and drench it with water to keep you cool.

6. Flag - represent where you are from and show off your flag or design.

Because sarongs are very thin and compact, you don't have to worry about it taking up a lot of space at the festival. It will fit in your purse or pocket without you even knowing it's there.

I have a lot of California Bear flags, Mexican flags, Tie Dye Sarongs, MINI sheer wraps for pool parties.

I am bringing a makeshift flag pole and will have two sarongs hanging high above my camp site.

If you're interested please email me - customsarongs@gmail.com

www.customsarongs.com

Cheers!

Dustin da DnB Soulja
04-09-2012, 01:51 PM
Where would one find HydraLyte?

Check Big 5, Walmart and/or REI

RageAgainst
04-09-2012, 03:10 PM
Im excited about the fact that for all the weekend 1 people out there,we can sleep in those tents for a few more hrs considering the weather will not be insanely hot this year!

tyles
04-09-2012, 03:14 PM
Since it looks like there are going to be high winds, I might recommend sandbags or somekind of weighing down of your tent or canopy. My girlfriend and I made some nice sandbags to weigh down everything. Any one else doing something similar?

Dustin da DnB Soulja
04-09-2012, 03:16 PM
Since it looks like there are going to be high winds, I might recommend sandbags or somekind of weighing down of your tent or canopy. My girlfriend and I made some nice sandbags to weigh down everything. Any one else doing something similar?

I'm just staking everything down really well. Worked fine last year and in other windy situations I have been in, also velcrowing and possibly zip tying the top of my ez up to the main ez up frame.

darrenboquist
04-09-2012, 05:15 PM
mucho appreciatted!

trakball
04-09-2012, 08:37 PM
Great thread, Dustin da DnB Soulja! Helped me to do a lot of shopping in preparation...

DSantos
04-10-2012, 03:47 PM
bump...

Dustin da DnB Soulja
04-11-2012, 07:38 AM
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! And every one you're more than welcome, I am just glad individuals found use out of this thread. Prepchella 2012 HERE WE COME!

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-07-2013, 07:41 AM
Updated (very slightly) for 2013. Mostly for possible cold weather/rain conditions in 2013

CaseSensitive
01-07-2013, 12:34 PM
Updated (very slightly) for 2013. Mostly for possible cold weather/rain conditions in 2013
Yes, I checked the almanac for this year and it looks as though it will be cooler than usual. I hope it is! And we will be buying a new canopy to replace the one that blew away last year.

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-07-2013, 02:48 PM
Yes, I checked the almanac for this year and it looks as though it will be cooler than usual. I hope it is! And we will be buying a new canopy to replace the one that blew away last year.

Yeah as long as you lower the the ez ups before you guys leave you should be fine, our camp was perfect (minus all being hunch backed) once the ez-ups were lowered.

alysiarenee
01-07-2013, 07:28 PM
in 2012 i was at weekend 2 and it was still regularly coachella HOT! instead of having a tent this year though (we had 3 spaces side by side) we had an ez-up to which we zip tied a bunch of goodwill sheets that we tie-dyed. provided shade and privacy (for changing) but they could move to add more shade for the rest of the campsites we were connected to. bonus! they were cotton so they were breathable and didn't trap heat like tents do and since they were so colorful they helped to identify our site (along with our flag). foodwise the best thing we brought was pre-brewed coffee that we drank as iced coffee in the mornings.

Dustin da DnB Soulja
01-08-2013, 10:51 AM
in 2012 i was at weekend 2 and it was still regularly coachella HOT! instead of having a tent this year though (we had 3 spaces side by side) we had an ez-up to which we zip tied a bunch of goodwill sheets that we tie-dyed. provided shade and privacy (for changing) but they could move to add more shade for the rest of the campsites we were connected to. bonus! they were cotton so they were breathable and didn't trap heat like tents do and since they were so colorful they helped to identify our site (along with our flag). foodwise the best thing we brought was pre-brewed coffee that we drank as iced coffee in the mornings.


Weekend 2 is "normal" Coachella weekend. Which was the perfect weekend because any weekend after it's even hotter and any weekend before it is much cooler or has the possibility of being much cooler.

GDSD573
02-15-2013, 11:00 PM
I like the idea of having a portable shower but how do you do this w/o making a mess of your site or the area in front of the site? Where/how would one dispose of the used water?

Dustin da DnB Soulja
02-26-2013, 07:31 AM
I like the idea of having a portable shower but how do you do this w/o making a mess of your site or the area in front of the site? Where/how would one dispose of the used water?

I got a kiddy pool then I dumped the water under the car, the grass will dry and no one will get affected by it

StarsAreBurning
02-26-2013, 10:40 AM
Since it looks like there are going to be high winds, I might recommend sandbags or somekind of weighing down of your tent or canopy. My girlfriend and I made some nice sandbags to weigh down everything. Any one else doing something similar?

found these as well:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/King-Canopy-Deluxe-Weight-Bag-4-Pack/23518051

how are you making your bags?

heart cooks brain
02-26-2013, 11:30 AM
i suggest mosquito netting in lieu of sandbags. diffuses the wind.

ManImCool
03-28-2013, 03:18 PM
4490

this. packets are nice to bring in the festival and add to your water refill. i dont drink alcohol during the festival, but i still need to stay hydrated these seam to work nice.

Posted this in another existing thread over in Questions, but figured this should also be seen in Camping...

I just bought several little boxes of electrolyte sports drink powder packets to bring into the fest to mix into my Camelbak. Thing is, each little packet (each box comes with 4 packets) is meant to be mixed with 8 oz. of water. Each box, then is meant for 32oz. My Camelbak is 50 oz.

I have a question for people that are knowledgeable on things like sports nutrition/dehydration/etc.

What would be better:
#1 Having 6 packets (48 oz) all at once, and the rest of the day (in the fest) just refill with water?

Or is that more electrolytes/sodium/potassium/whateverisinthispowder than is necessary to drink all at once, and therefore :

#2 I just have maybe 2-3 packets (16-24 oz) worth in the full 50oz camelbak so it's more than 50% diluted, but using this method, I drink the diluted stuff all day, every camelback refill?

My instincts tell me that #2 is better, since it seems like drinking 48oz of the stuff all at once might be excessive and you'd just pee out the extra stuff (kinda like taking a ton of Vitamin C), whereas drinking diluted stuff all day will be more beneficial. But then again maybe diluted electrolyte drink is ineffective. That's why I'm asking. Full strength once or twice a day, vs. diluted all day/night. Thanks in advance to the smart people that know the answer.

Y0UNGBL00D
03-31-2013, 03:09 PM
just looked over OP after spending a bit of time building misters, buying canopies, etc. and im hitting all the checks. rad.

ET MB 90266
04-02-2013, 11:43 AM
for what it's worth, I combined everyones tips into a single post. 10 days to go!
www.travelgrom.com/travel-blog/coachella-camping-what-to-bring-to-coachella

Dustin da DnB Soulja
04-15-2013, 07:06 PM
Added another tip to the original post.

welgo800
04-16-2013, 03:00 PM
windchella

adri23
08-24-2013, 03:39 AM
11090

Does anyone know what this attachment this is called or where I can buy one? Sorry to sound like a noob, just trying to pick up all my gear ahead of time. Thanks.

welgo800
01-21-2014, 07:11 PM
derp...

Dustin da DnB Soulja
03-24-2014, 01:25 PM
Posted a new tip for 2014 of a mini solar charger.

HedleyLamar
03-24-2014, 01:39 PM
Here are some nice solar powered lights:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DVGMUVW/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A48PIUA/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

instinct
03-24-2014, 02:02 PM
I've had it since 08 or 09.. changing the year every year.

I've pretty much lost all hope on an Outkast reunion :(


Look at my old post! I'm so glad it's finally happening.

Also, I suggest that if people have a phone with removable battery (like Galaxy Series) to buy an external charger and battery, that way you can easily swap your battery out without waiting for it to charge. Just make sure you get the right model, different carriers (Verizon vs ATT) may use a different size battery.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Anker-2x-2600mAh-Li-ion-Battery-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-S-IV-SIV-GT-I9505-charger-/121158401252?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Batteries&hash=item1c359a7ce4

Dustin da DnB Soulja
04-01-2014, 11:12 PM
Look at my old post! I'm so glad it's finally happening.

Also, I suggest that if people have a phone with removable battery (like Galaxy Series) to buy an external charger and battery, that way you can easily swap your battery out without waiting for it to charge. Just make sure you get the right model, different carriers (Verizon vs ATT) may use a different size battery.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Anker-2x-2600mAh-Li-ion-Battery-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-S-IV-SIV-GT-I9505-charger-/121158401252?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Batteries&hash=item1c359a7ce4

Anker batteries are legit. I usually roll with at least 2 of them!