If you think all you need to bring to a music festival is your most Instagram-worthy outfit and a flower crown, think again. I’ve attended Coachella four years in a row, have made a few appearances at Governor’s Ball in NYC, and even made it to the Firefly Music Festival, so I’ve rounded up the essentials I wish I had the first time I headed to the desert.
Music festivals are obviously a lot of fun, but you can totally put a damper on your trip if you aren’t prepared. Getting to dance around to your favorite artists, feast on amazing food, attend cool parties and maybe even run into a few celebs can actually be exhausting. The biggest struggle is setting out for a long day and ensuring you’re equipped with everything you may need while also trying to carry as little as possible. Honestly, the way I packed for my first festival couldn’t be more different than how I pack now.
While everyone told me to pack a comfortable pair of shoes, there were a slew of other essentials I didn’t even know I needed until I was there — and if you aren’t prepared it can totally impact your experience. Read on for my tips if you want to avoid making these amateur mistakes and SHOP these Coachella essentials.