By Dan Kohn
This weekend marks the beginning of the two weekend extravaganza known as the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival, or Coachella. If you’re still trying to finalize plans or figure out what to bring to the festival, we’re going to save you the trouble of any potential panic attack by giving you a guide of how to survive three days in the scalding desert heat. We’re doing the work so all you’ll have to do is bask in the sun and enjoy some great music.
HOW TO GET THERE:
If you have a car, then you’re in good shape, assuming you’ve been able to score one of the coveted Coachella parking passes. From Los Angeles, you can take the 10 east and follow the signs, and crowds from there. If you’re flying, you can head to any of the L.A. area airports, including LAX, John Wayne (Orange County), Burbank, Long Beach and Ontario. Closer though, is Palm Springs International Airport. In terms of public transportation, there are shuttles from LAX, and both Greyhound and AMTRAK will provide service to Indio. Sunline Transit Agency is the bus you’ll take to the venue.
If you don’t have a car, have no fear. Uber has partnered with the festival to provide rides outside of the usually overworked taxi companies. They’ll whisk you away back to Palm Springs or to the other area locales you may be dwelling. Also, you can ride your bike to the venue. There are plenty of bike racks for you to leave your mode of transportation. If you really want to get cute, there are rickshaws as well.
PLACES TO STAY:
These places had one-night stay rooms last time we checked:
The Ace Hotel: $819
Stardust Hotel: $519
The Monroe Palm Springs: $500
The Adriatic Resort: $1558
There’s always AirBNB and you can try your chance at the venue’s suggested hotels (in case anything opens up), including: La Quinta Resort & Club, Hyatt Grand Champions, Renaissance Esmeralda and Miramonte Resort & Spa, Albertson’s Hwy 111 (Embassy Suites Palm Desert, Holiday Inn Palm Desert & Best Western Palm Desert), JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Homewood Suites Palm Desert, Westin Desert Willows, Renaissance Palm Springs & Riviera Resort, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Shadow Hills RV Resort, Agua Caliente Casino, Marriott Shadow Ridge Villas & Westin Mission Hills.
If all else fails, find someone’s floor to crash on. Now’s a good time to rely on good friends.
THINGS TO PACK:
It will be hot, so pack a short-sleeve shirt, a baseball cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. These items may seem like givens, but that desert sun can be a cruel mistress, so don’t try to test it by not bringing any of the above items. Also, sturdy sneakers and an extra pair of socks will be helpful as you navigate across the Polo Fields. Your feet can be your best friend and worst enemy, so they must be treated well the entire weekend. You don’t want to miss something because your feet are too sore. The same goes for your phone charger. There will be charging stations across the venue, so having a fully charged phone will be essential in case you lose your friends.
To register your wristband before you get to the Polo Fields.
Things to remember while on the grounds: Water! H2O is your best friend. Always hydrate! Pick a landmark to meet your friends. In case you get lost and your phone isn’t charged, it’s always important to have a place to go in case of separation. One of the phone charging tents (usually air-conditioned!) is the perfect place.
And, remember, most importantly: stay safe and have fun!