You’re getting ready to rage at ‘Chella – packing your festival outfits, planning out which art installations you want to take pictures in front of, and looking up creative ways to sneak in ~certain~ substances. But one thing you might overlook is your health: from being out in the desert heat all day to boozing to indulging in that Insta-worthy chocolate-covered waffle, it can be easy to end up feeling like crap. That’s why I have put together a few tips on how to stay safe and healthy out there in the Coachella Valley.
The desert is hot, you’ll be on your feet dancing all day and night, and you may be enjoying alcoholic beverages from one of the many drink vendors. Staying hydrated is key to preventing fatigue and heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Empty plastic water bottles and hydration packs such as CamelBaks are allowed into the venue – bring one in and remember to keep refilling as you run out.
Bring sun protection
Nobody wants to look like a tomato in their pictures (or in front of Queen Bey herself), so another way to protect yourself from the heat and to avoid sunburns is to utilize sun protection such as hats and sunscreen. A wide-brim hat like a bucket hat is ideal, but if you want to stick with your festival aesthetic, any hat with a brim is better than nothing. As for sunscreen, aerosol products aren’t allowed, so make sure you bring cream instead of spray sunscreen, and reapply every few hours.
Pack your own food
Although outside food isn’t allowed into the venue, bringing healthy breakfast foods to eat before heading out for the day is a good way to avoid the temptation of unhealthy (and expensive) festival fare. Pack non-perishable foods like nuts, dried fruit, or peanut butter with rice cakes to get your protein and antioxidants in for a boost of energy before a long day of moshing. You could also try to smuggle in some snacks, but do so at your own risk.
Invest in shoe inserts
Sore feet are not ideal for a weekend full of dancing, so buy a pair of shoe inserts to slip into any flat shoes you wear. The cushy gel will be so much more comfortable, and it will hopefully prevent your feet from hurting on days 2 and 3. You could also bring moleskin or bandaids in case you get blisters.
Use the buddy system
This one is SO important, especially if you plan on consuming any intoxicating substances. Make sure you go everywhere with at least one friend who is able to keep tabs on you. Not only is separating from your group a pain, but it is also dangerous. Be a good friend and make sure your entire group is there at transition periods, like when you’re arriving and leaving the festival for the day.
Have a hella fun time at Coachella, but remember that your health is important, too. Not only will you feel much more prepared and energetic, but you’ll prevent health risks like heat stroke and skin damage. These tips will help you live your best life at one of the raddest music festivals in the world.