Coachella is right around the corner and it's time to get your act together. Before you head out to Indio to see Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Pretty Lights, Wu-Tang Clan, Bassnectar and the rest of the Coachella 2013 Lineup, make sure you're properly prepared by paying heed to our 10 tips for surviving Coachella. Here they are in no particular order.
1. Have A Gameplan
Coachella is a huge festival. Make a plan of who you want to see and when they are playing. If you NEED to see Bon Iver or Afrojack, you NEED to plan ahead (especially Saturday and Sunday). Get to that stage early and stake out your spot. Print a map and a schedule ahead of time so you don't miss those gem shows.
2. Book A Place To Stay Early
If you haven't booked a place by now, your options are slim, but you're not out of luck completely. Indio and Palm Springs are not huge towns and Coachella draws huge crowds. Do the math, book your place early. While the quantity of places may be a bit scarce, there are a wide variety of the kinds of places to stay from camping on site at the festival to giant timeshare properties and casinos. If you hop on it early, you can choose a price and have your pick of the litter. If you wait too long, Motel 6 30 miles out might be your only option.
3. Don't Drive In To The Festival
The parking lot at coachella and the traffic back ups that happen in it are worthy of legend. Stories of 3-5 hour waits, stand stills, unmarked pot holes, poorly marked sections and more should be enough to make you look for alternative options. Take a cab, ride your bike (free parking lot for bikes near the front entrance), walk in, whatever... Just don't drive. Trust us.
4. Pace Yourself
Coachella is 3 long days. The music usually starts off around noon each day and goes at least until 1am. If you are one of those that needs to be there for the first note of the day, pace yourself. Drink water, take a nap, stock up on red bull and wear comfortable shoes.
5. Don't Be An Idiot
Hopefully we don't need to say much more than this here but if you are doing things that you shouldn't be doing, don't be a dumb ass about it. The cops in Indio and Palm Springs don't mess around and you will get arrested and hauled off to jail. Seriously, be cool and smart when you are partying.
6. Dress For The Desert
If you have never been to Indio, you should know that this is the desert. Deserts get way hot by day and very cold by night. We're talking upper 80's by day and lower 50's at night. Don't be the fool that comes in wearing just shorts at 4pm with no layers for later on in the night. Bring some additional clothes so you can change as the weather does. Backpacks are allowed, bring one.
7. Go With A Group. Don't Be Afraid To Split Up
Partying and concerts are always more fun when you are with a group of friends but don't be scared to split up for a while and go check out stuff they aren't into. Make a meeting spot and pick a time then venture into the crowds. Chances are you will meet some cool new people to boot.
8. Explore The Festival
Coachella is called a Music and Arts festival for a reason. All around the festival grounds you will find cool pieces of art, music stores, message areas, chill spots and a ferris wheel. When the music isn't floating your boat, go explore.
9. Discover New Music
While you no doubt see some bands and DJ's on the line up roster this year that you absolutely know you want to see, Coachella currently has well over 100 acts performing and many more to still be announced so take this opportunity to broaden your musical horizons.
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