I'm not going to write a full post on my experience last week at Coachella Music Festival as that would devolve into a page full of instagram photos of sunsets and group shots with floral patterned shirts. Instead, I want to give a quick breakdown on a few less discussed "must-haves" when you head to a desert oasis for 3 days of music, palm trees and sand storms:
Bananas & Bandanas - Banana's are incredible and give you solid energy - simple. Bandana's are necessary for blocking out the inevitable sand / dust / desert stuff that accompany the wind gusts in the valley. Exhibit A below of a true "sand person."
An "Everything will be O.K." attitude - I get lost often. I get lost for a number of reasons. Generally, I tend to act on things before inquiring if other's want to join and thus get left doing them alone. I was left stranded a couple times and with the lack of cell service, you have to occasionally wing it and get comfortable being alone for stretches of time, especially if you're a lone ranger. Follow the picture guide below for how to tailor your attitude.
Athletic Shoes - No one cares what is on your feet so looking trendy is dumb. Everyone complains at the end of the night about how much their feet hurt from standing at shows all day. Don't be a trendy hero and wear sandals or some cool SoCal shoes; put on sneakers.
Compression Shorts - This is definitely a more highly contested line-item. There are some obvious cons to wearing C-Shorts in 90 degree weather all day but the positive is that it gives you the durability and support necessary to run around and dance for 8-10 hours straight. Treat Coachella like a full contact sport, rock some C-Shorts.
"Beast Mode" Totem - If you drive down from Seattle, it's only appropriate to rock a cut-out of Beast Mode's head to help find your friends (below). For our group of Northeastern Jews we used a light saber to hold up in the crowd to help our crew mates locate us amidst the hectic sea of neon. Follow us out of the desert! (Happy Passover!)
Happy to finally check Coachella off the bucket list. If you decide to do the same, I suggest you think about the things I mentioned above...oh, and always wear sunscreen.