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    Default 25 TIPS FOR THE COACHELLA NEWCOMERS. (NEW 2011 VERSION)

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    1. Sun block + chapstick with sunblock or your lips WILL burn

    2. Water and then more water

    3. comfy shoes

    4. Choose the right clothing light clothing during the day - long sleeves at night (its a desert, it can get a little chilly for some)

    5. Arrive in a good mood, this is going to be a good weekend for you.

    6. Book your hotel or camping spot early

    7. Shower (please for the love of god) your neighbors in the crowd will thank you.

    8. Eat and take a break, sit down

    9. if you don't mind to do so, save the large amounts of alcohol till afterwards, because the sun will kill/drain you.

    10. It's smart to buy the t shirts/merch you want early (they sell out at night and the lines are very long) Maybe you should get a locker rental?

    11. Expect to wait in the morning at the entrance gate in long slow moving lines. Either arrive way early or relax and take your time.

    12. Don't be a scarface and try to smuggle crazy ass drugs in there, while lax, they do escort people out from time to time, that would be a bummer of a weekend for you.

    13. Don't "push your way" up front. This is kinda important. If there is an artist you want to see, get to that stage while the artist before is still on and just wait it out, you just may end up see something else you like too. In other words, don't be the asshole.

    14. Have a physical meeting spot with your party, because your cell phone reception is spotty at best.

    15. Sunglasses

    16. Know that you WILL miss some acts you wanna see. But do move around to the different stages and see as much as possible.

    17. Expect LOTS of traffic to and from festival grounds, patience.

    18. Buy your 3 day pass as early as you can. Coachella has sold out in the past, but not every year. PF usually gives a warning of sorts somewhere in the message board, if things are getting close.

    19. Don't lose your digital camera, you can take a photo of your contact information and have it on the camera... it could be you holding up a sign with your phone number, email, whatever. (thanks PF)

    20. Condoms

    21. Stay clear of the beer gardens, they are well away from the stages and over-priced, and boring, you will be missing out on a ton of musical fun.

    22. Get Sleep (with in and outs for 2010, you could even take a nap if you need to, cool)

    23. Print out a set times schedule - keep it in your pocket (they will have schedules there, but don't spend forever looking for one)

    24. Plan any of your tent signings early, and prepare to wait for your favorite, but don't go nuts at the signing tent, you'll miss lots of music. Artists and the signing tent run way late and there are always cancelations throughout the day.

    25. Bring cash

    Bonus tips.

    26. When possible, don't wear a backpack. Esp in the crowds near any stage. Unless you are working, you should leave it at the hotel, tent, or even a locker. The person behind you will be glad you don't bump them every time you decide to dance a little. Plus, it's one more security check you'll have to do.

    27. Hats, might be a good idea for sun protection, but don't wear something obnoxiously big.

    28. NEVER text "Where are you?" or any text that requires a response because by the time you get one, your friend won't be where they said they'd be. Also, Text affirmative statements such as "Meet at Sahara Tent at 6:30pm" or "Meet in beer garden by main stage at 8pm". Finally, Time stamp your texts because ambiguous times like "Meet me in 20 minutes" doesn't mean a damn thing. (thanks Weezy F)

    29. Give yourself enough time to go from one side of the Polo Grounds to the other. It's a bigger area than you think. (esp. going from the VIP or Main Stage area to the Sahara tent)

    30. If you choose to write on cars in the parking lot - please - keep it on the glass, the dust will scratch most paint. You and your friends can still marvel at your jr high bathroom drawings without doing any damage to someone's car. It's a win-win.

    31. Maybe bring something for chafing. You'll be doing a lot of walking around. Try Goldbond body powder, Chamois Butt'r, or Bodyglide sticks (runners use them)
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    Default Re: 25 TIPS FOR THE COACHELLA NEWCOMERS. (2010 VERSION)

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    A good thing to bring is lots of hand sanitizer. And travel toilet paper and travel toilet seat covers. The bathroom areas run out of these and when they do it really sucks.

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    Thanks for updating this post C DUB. It was a lifesaver my first year. Definitly improved our experience and reduced our anxiety. There is a good post somewhere on the board from a year or two ago that decribed a "toilet pack". We made a few of these and were very glad to have them. It consisted of single size packs of wet wipes and charmin toilet wipes. We still have some from last year to pack in a few weeks.
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    im no stranger to big music festivals, but this will be my first coachella.
    a list of things to remember is always appreciated. thanks CW
    no coachella for me this year. lineup is too weak to fly coast to coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C DUB YA View Post
    31. Maybe bring something for chafing. You'll be doing a lot of walking around. Try Goldbond body powder, Chamois Butt'r, or Bodyglide sticks (runners use them)_

    Haha.. This is important.. Last year the first day I my inner thighs started to get really irritating from all the walking/sweating.. They do sell Goldbond at Coachella as well.

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    32. try to save bowel movements until first thing in the morning. The flushable toilets have no lines until a while after the doors open.
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    Default Re: 25 TIPS FOR THE COACHELLA NEWCOMERS. (2010 VERSION)

    use olive oil for chafing

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    If you're carrying around a bag, putting a small roll of toilet paper in it may save your life.

    And corn starch is what I always use for chafing, although for big fests I usually combine it with BodyGlide Anti-Chafing Stick.

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    aww, i remember reading this for the first time 3 years ago right before my first Coachella and thinking how nice you were for laying it all out for the newbies.
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    Cheers for this, a great help for us Coachella first timers. And I second you on the alcohol during the day point. Going one beer, one water is a good policy to follow if you do happen to drink however.

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    Thanks mate i always like to help out fellow coachelavirgins,also Be sure not too hold your camera up whilst trying to record the whole damn show! take a couple hear and there but sheesh its annoying when people look like they got some sort of professional recording equip on them

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    the chaffing is for real, I've always used baby powder maybe time for something new

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    Funny... I never had a chaffing problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by C DUB YA View Post
    32. bust out your balls and let me lick 'em
    This "advice" is getting sort of weird...but, if you say so...

    But seriosuly, though, nice job. I actually think a lot of this advice is useful and wouldn't necessarily be obvious for first-timers.

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    My best two tips are walking socks from REI and linen shirts. Linen shirts protect you from the heat, but let the cool breeze in. Make sure to wear sunscrean under your shirt.

    I've never had a chaffing problem, nor do I really know what it is, but because of the tips I read each year I wear under armor shorts and it's pretty nice.

    Oh, also getting in just a tad better shape no matter what shape you are in now before the weekend is a pretty good thing too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easto_pickle View Post
    Cheers for this, a great help for us Coachella first timers. And I second you on the alcohol during the day point. Going one beer, one water is a good policy to follow if you do happen to drink however.
    doesn't that kind of hinder the process of getting/staying drunk?

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    Kevlar is highly recommended for dancing so fast in the Sahara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefferson Blowdy View Post
    doesn't that kind of hinder the process of getting/staying drunk?
    doesn't getting drunk hinder the process of listening/remembering the bands you're supposed to be seeing?

    just sayin
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    But seriosuly, though, nice job. I actually think a lot of this advice is useful and wouldn't necessarily be obvious for first-timers.
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    I'm all for the backpack, it keeps sweaty people from getting up too close behind you (adjust front spacing accordingly). Although you have to watch out for those who are daring enough to try to get into your backpack... but seriously, where are they gonna run when you bust them?

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    my tote bag last year consisted of:
    -travel size hand sanitizer
    -body spray
    -sun glasses
    -eye glasses and an extra pair of contacts
    -travel size sun block
    -cash
    -drivers license
    -chap stick
    and my camera

    i think this year ill bring some wipes for my body and/or deodorant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlandgren View Post
    A good thing to bring is lots of hand sanitizer. And travel toilet paper and travel toilet seat covers. The bathroom areas run out of these and when they do it really sucks.
    i brought some sanitizer last year, was VERY nice to have. also brought a handkerchief which turned out to be another useful item


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    5. Arrive in a good mood, this is going to be a good weekend for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefferson Blowdy View Post
    doesn't that kind of hinder the process of getting/staying drunk?
    There are so many things that are retarded about this question that I'm having a hard time responding to it.

    I think you need to spend time drinking more.
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    Thanks for the list....def helps me tweak my packing list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefferson Blowdy View Post
    doesn't that kind of hinder the process of getting/staying drunk?
    If by Hinder, you mean keeping you from severe dehydration, thus sending you to an emergency room.... Yeah it does

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    23. Print out a set times schedule - keep it in your pocket (they will have schedules there, but don't spend forever looking for one)

    Wow thanks for this list. Totally helpful
    Curiosity, Anyone know if/when do they post the schedule online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcadeParade View Post
    the chaffing is for real, I've always used baby powder maybe time for something new
    get some under armor underwear! wicks away the moisture and keeps chafing from happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sexton View Post
    Wow thanks for this list. Totally helpful
    Curiosity, Anyone know if/when do they post the schedule online?
    usually a few days before the show

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