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    Hey!!

    we are a group of girls coming from London, it's our first time at Coachella...do you have any tips on lodging and logisitcs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonee View Post
    Hey!!

    we are a group of girls coming from London, it's our first time at Coachella...do you have any tips on lodging and logisitcs?

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    We came from Manchester last year. Here's my tips of things you'll need to consider:

    Try to camp - camping is great fun. Much MUCH better than camping at English festivals (partly because of the weather, but also because it's much better organised - you camp where you park). You'll need a hire car for that, but it's definitely worth it, both from a cost standpoint (renting a car for a few days is much much cheaper than trying to find a place to stay nearby [and you'll need to hire a car to get there anyway!]) and from a fun/experience standpoint (you won't have to worry about getting on and off the site each day, and lots of fun people to chat to). American cars are also ridiculously massive. For three of us last year we had a "compact", and I could easily have lived in it. It easily fit three big bags, all our camping gear and loads of food/beer in the boot with room to spare.

    In terms of logistics, last year we stayed in LA the night before, and are planning to do the same again this year. That's about a three hour drive from Indio - any further and you're gonna have to leave really early in the morning, or get a crappy camping spot (we got to the venue at about 12ish I think, and our camping spot was about 2 minutes from the arena). Palm Springs is the nearest city, but for some reason that didn't hold much attraction to me. I guess Vegas and San Diego are both decent shouts for places to stay the night before (we went to San Diego after last year's, and will go to Vegas after this year's). Both are about a 4 hour drive away (depending on your route).

    Try to keep an eye on weather forecasts. Last year weekend 2 was pretty hilariously hot (about 40-45 degrees). If it's that warm again, don't bother with a proper tent. You'll probably want something that has some sort of lip to keep the creepy crawlies and scorpions etc out, but a big semi-gazebo type affair is probably much better than a tent. We had a tent last year and it was just ridiculously hot.

    One thing I didn't do last year, but definitely would this year, is plan where you're going to buy your camping stuff from before you head over. We ended up going to Target, and it was pretty expensive compared to England (for a northerner anyway, I imagine if you're from London our definitions of expensive are a little different!). I definitely want to do some research to find somewhere that sells cheap camping stuff before heading over this time around.

    Also, don't worry about the people. They might seem weird on here, and they might be American, but despite all that everyone I met over there last year was great. Even if they usually thought the northern accent was Australian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBPodge View Post
    We came from Manchester last year. Here's my tips of things you'll need to consider:
    Hey CB, there are 3 of us traveling from Manchester this year. We're heading to San Francisco about 7 days before the festival and slowly making our way to Coachella. Then we're spending 4 days in Vegas afterwards. Where in Manchester you from? I might DM you with some things we've been wondering about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBPodge View Post
    Also, don't worry about the people. They might seem weird on here, and they might be American, but despite all that everyone I met over there last year was great. Even if they usually thought the northern accent was Australian.
    My favorite part!

    In all seriousness, great advice! Agreed about checking the weather - while weekend 2 was ridiculously hot (even by Indio standards, I think), one of the days during weekend 1 had an uncommon bit of rain and was pretty cold.

    No matter what time you arrive, expect to wait in line in your car to get into the campground. Bring things to do, listen to, eat, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by im18andilikeit View Post
    CB, did you happend to stop by a local store by the salton sea?
    We went into Salton Sea Beach I think. There's stores? We didn't see any that looked like they'd opened in the last 30 years! Explored around the bit of town next to the Marina and around the Marina itself. Very weird, very cool. I was absolutely bursting for a piss at that point too, so had to use the toilets by the Marina. Never again. Harrowing.

    Very cool place though, definitely one I'd recommend to people. Beautiful drive down to it from Indio as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBPodge View Post
    Try to keep an eye on weather forecasts. Last year weekend 2 was pretty hilariously hot (about 40-45 degrees).
    That's only mildly more hot than normal. Weekend 1, on the other hand, was unusually cold - so anyone (like me) who came dressed for normal temperatures was *shivering*. Moral of the story: check the weather, and plan for anything from nighttime temps in the low single digits to nighttime temps in the 30s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBPodge View Post
    You'll probably want something that has some sort of lip to keep the creepy crawlies and scorpions etc out
    LOL. Do you brits assume that staying in Indio is still like living in the wild west, similar to how we think that everyone from Australia lives in the bush?

    I don't think I've ever seen any creepy crawlies on the polo grounds (acres and acres of lush grass), except maybe some flies on my food and maybe one of those huge/terrifying flying japanese beetles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcbell05 View Post
    Plus, shower situation was really not bad last year at all. I never waited more than 5 minutes. Took a shower most mornings (around 11:30) AND right before bed around midnight (rushed to showers right after the last set ended).

    I'm in my late 20's now, but I can't imagine it being so bad for over 30's.
    I couldn't find the showers! I just went for the classic "shampoo in the hair, throw a bottle of water all over yourself" each morning. Worked fine. That being said, getting to the hostel I was staying in after the festival and finding a weak shower with limited hot water was one of the most upsetting experiences of my life.

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    LOL. Do you brits assume that staying in Indio is still like living in the wild west, similar to how we think that everyone from Australia lives in the bush?

    I don't think I've ever seen any creepy crawlies on the polo grounds (acres and acres of lush grass), except maybe some flies on my food and maybe one of those huge/terrifying flying japanese beetles.
    Yes. You can say that there aren't tiny animals out to get me, you can prove it by having me there last and not seeing a single thing, and I still won't care. There's definitely stuff trying to kill me.

    I think this is part of the English paranoia and panic. It includes worries about weather too. The most dangerous animal we have here is probably an angry badger, and the worst weather we get is a bit of snow. Therefore, any tiny suggestion that there could be any possibility of any dangerous animal or extreme weather actually, to us, means "you are definitely going to die, it's just a question of what kills you". Although, to be honest, if I had to die, Coachella would be a nice place to do it!

    I didn't see any huge/terrifying japanese beetles. I'm now assuming they look are somewhat similar to Mothra. And Wild West you say? I didn't see any duels last year, but now I'm certain I'm going to get caught up in one.

    And Australians do all live in the bush, but only because it was so hot there a few weeks back that all of their houses melted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBPodge View Post
    I couldn't find the showers! I just went for the classic "shampoo in the hair, throw a bottle of water all over yourself" each morning. Worked fine. That being said, getting to the hostel I was staying in after the festival and finding a weak shower with limited hot water was one of the most upsetting experiences of my life.
    Honestly, last year we had such a sweet camping spot. We got an end spot, between the water station and the corner of Lot 8, super close to Lot 10 main corner. The showers we used we in Lot 10, right by the dodgeball court.

    We also went around the entire Lot 8 and a lot of Lot 10 on Thursday afternoon after we were parked. Saw at least 3 other shower trailers during our walk in Lot 8. Not sure how you missed them. Maybe a few too many drinks? Haha, kidding.

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    that was one of the best posts ive seen in a long time.

    for local camping gear also consider wallmart. there is a wallmart and a target in Indio/la quinta off hwy 111 which is only about 5 miles from the festival site. http://www.yellowpages.com/la-quinta...-1721?lid=1721
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychic friend View Post
    that was one of the best posts ive seen in a long time.

    for local camping gear also consider wallmart. there is a wallmart and a target in Indio/la quinta off hwy 111 which is only about 5 miles from the festival site. http://www.yellowpages.com/la-quinta...-1721?lid=1721
    Walmart is usually recommended for cheaper camping gear. I haven't tried this, but I believe you can order your items online, and have it shipped to the store. This way, you're guaranteed the items you want/need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howb1zarre View Post
    Hey CB, there are 3 of us traveling from Manchester this year. We're heading to San Francisco about 7 days before the festival and slowly making our way to Coachella. Then we're spending 4 days in Vegas afterwards. Where in Manchester you from? I might DM you with some things we've been wondering about!
    Quote Originally Posted by howb1zarre View Post
    Hey CB, there are 3 of us traveling from Manchester this year. We're heading to San Francisco about 7 days before the festival and slowly making our way to Coachella. Then we're spending 4 days in Vegas afterwards. Where in Manchester you from? I might DM you with some things we've been wondering about!
    Are you stalking me? Because that is exactly our plan (and then heading to New Orleans, Miami and New York afterwards...).

    Originally from Poynton (between Stockport and Macclesfield), now live in the Northern Quarter because I'm a trendy wanker. Feel free to DM me, happy to answer anything - I got through last year's trip by pestering the couple of folks I knew in America, so I'm happy to pass on their useful knowledge and my meagre experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins33 View Post
    Great post CDPodge, except you can get to San Diego and back to the desert in 4 hours. San Diego is only two hours away and much closer than Las Vegas. When you head to San Diego take highway 74 through Palm Desert it's the quickest route and by far the most scenic.
    Ah, but we wanted to see Salton Sea, so we went down (*checks google maps*) the ...orange... 86 and then across the yellow 78 (based on google maps colours!). Took longer, but was a great drive. Salton Sea was a really bizarre place, and the drive across was great - took us on a road that went in a straight line for over 10 miles, up a mountain that I think is higher than anywhere in Britain (certainly higher than any in England) and through a climate that went from 105F to 50F in less than an hour. Great drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by psychic friend View Post
    that was one of the best posts ive seen in a long time.

    for local camping gear also consider wallmart. there is a wallmart and a target in Indio/la quinta off hwy 111 which is only about 5 miles from the festival site. http://www.yellowpages.com/la-quinta...-1721?lid=1721
    I reckon I might try to find a Wallmart in/near LA, simply because I'd be worried about the one in Indio being sold out!

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    Great post CDPodge, except you can get to San Diego and back to the desert in 4 hours. San Diego is only two hours away and much closer than Las Vegas. When you head to San Diego take highway 74 through Palm Desert it's the quickest route and by far the most scenic.

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    This will be my first time going and I was wondering what the chances were that I would end up camping next to either raging, wasted, fratboys or completely drugged out teenagers? I've camped at other festivals before, but after seeing some of the videos posted on these forums, I'm definitely concerned that these types litter the campgrounds. I'm in my late 20s and would like to meet some relaxed, more mature, campers; good chance that will happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsens View Post
    This will be my first time going and I was wondering what the chances were that I would end up camping next to either raging, wasted, fratboys or completely drugged out teenagers? I've camped at other festivals before, but after seeing some of the videos posted on these forums, I'm definitely concerned that these types litter the campgrounds. I'm in my late 20s and would like to meet some relaxed, more mature, campers; good chance that will happen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsens View Post
    This will be my first time going and I was wondering what the chances were that I would end up camping next to either raging, wasted, fratboys or completely drugged out teenagers? I've camped at other festivals before, but after seeing some of the videos posted on these forums, I'm definitely concerned that these types litter the campgrounds. I'm in my late 20s and would like to meet some relaxed, more mature, campers; good chance that will happen?
    You will encounter some less than savory characters. But this is Coachella, it's one of the best festivals around and tickets aren't that easy to obtain. So total assholes are few and far between. I guarantee you will meet way more cool people than douche bags. My camping experience was flawless last year. Everyone was super respectful and happy to help when half of our camp got strewn about from gale force winds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsens View Post
    This will be my first time going and I was wondering what the chances were that I would end up camping next to either raging, wasted, fratboys or completely drugged out teenagers? I've camped at other festivals before, but after seeing some of the videos posted on these forums, I'm definitely concerned that these types litter the campgrounds. I'm in my late 20s and would like to meet some relaxed, more mature, campers; good chance that will happen?
    I'm an accountant, so terms I use: More Likely Than Not "MLTN". I'm also late 20s. Camped the past 2 years. Our neighbors were all cool and laid back. We've always had plenty of space and we just chill in the mornings talking about the shows from the previous night and what we're checking out the next day. There have been some people that are SUPER hyped frat boys "raging" until late in the morning, but most people aren't like that. Definitely bring some ear plugs just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcbell05 View Post
    I'm an accountant, so terms I use: More Likely Than Not "MLTN". I'm also late 20s. Camped the past 2 years. Our neighbors were all cool and laid back. We've always had plenty of space and we just chill in the mornings talking about the shows from the previous night and what we're checking out the next day. There have been some people that are SUPER hyped frat boys "raging" until late in the morning, but most people aren't like that. Definitely bring some ear plugs just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBPodge View Post
    The only problem I had was waking up at about 7am on 20th April (the Friday of 2nd weekend, and first proper day of the festival) and being offered weed as I was crawling bleary-eyed and hungover out of my tent. Way too early!
    we smoke weed from the time we wake up til the time we pass out...a bowl or a blunt plus another beer is the only proper remedy for a hangover anyways!

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    How easy is it to get weed there? I'm flying in and would like some to help sleep and relax but I'm too nervous to bring it in on an airplane.

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