Hello lovely people! These past few weeks, I've been doing a weekly post about Coachella 2013; outfits, bags to carry, even shoes to wear. Since most of the posts in this series have been about fashion, I thought it was time to talk about some more practical, non-obvious items that you should bring to the festival.
I 100% recommend this sunscreen from Neutrogena. I use it all of the time, and it works so well. I have olivey skin, but places like my shoulders and neck are pretty pale, so I need to make sure I don't get burned. This sunscreen is super light and it doesn't smell bad, either. Make sure to pack sunscreen like this, or you'll regret it.
2. A watch
My two friends that I'm going to Coachella with and I decided that it would be smart for at least one of us to wear a watch. I don't want to loose my phone (which I totally would) taking it in and out of my bag constantly to check the time. Also, it'll save battery on your phone that you may need to call friends. This watch from ASOS is super cute, and cheap too!
3. A plastic water bottle
Short story: At my school, everyone is obsessed with Camelbak water bottles. They're nice, obviously, but they have this weird double-layer thing so that there's less space for actual water inside of the the water bottle. This, to me, is a reason to get a different water bottle for Coachella. I don't want to take up room in my bag just because I wanted an extra layer of plastic on my water bottle. I have like 3 Contigo water bottles, and they're awesome. You press a little button on the back that lets you drink water, so if the button is not pressed (forcefully - it won't get pressed by something in your bag) water won't come out. Plus, it's got a built-in clip so you can clip it to the outside of your bag if you'd like.
4. A pencil/pen
Coachella doesn't allow you to bring sharpies or markers into the festival, but a pencil or pen is always a good idea. You can mark set times for bands you want to see (see 5), write your friends' numbers on your arm in case your phone dies, and plot on a map of the festival grounds where to meet if someone gets lost.
5. The full set list, and your CUSTOM set list
You'll want to have the full set list (every single act) with you, as well as a plan of the acts you want to see, times, and stages. When Coachella releases the set times before Weekend 1 (when I'm going), I'm going to make a custom set list of the bands/artists my friends and I want to see so that we can try to see everything possible. If you don't want to have a plan like that, use the full set list to see what's playing or just wander around the festival and discover new acts. Either way, have the setlist/set times so you're not clueless.
6. A hat
Hats are extremely important for the hot sun. I'm not bringing a large bag, so I don't want to take a giant sun hat and have to carry it around when I don't want to wear it. I just got back from vacation on the beach, and my scalp burned after one day (I have dark hair and a really pale scalp), so I knew that I needed to bring a hat to the festival. Opt for one with an adjustable back, so that you can string a ponytail through your hat if you want. Also, try to get a decent hat (terrycloth visor wearers, I'm talking to you).
This is an obvious one, but please bring sunglasses. Make sure that they actually have UV protection, and aren't just cheap, dark plastic lenses. Also, don't bring super expensive glasses unless you are positive you won't accidentally loose them. Sorta hard to be positive of that in advance, but you know what I mean.