After months of back and forth, I have finally decided…..to go to Coachella…again. If you have been here before, then you should know that my relationship with this festival has been interesting. From heat stroke, to campsites almost blowing up, Coachella and I are…complicated. However, I have decided after a year apart, it’s time to get back out there and see what happens.
With that being said, as I am writing this, I now have two and a half weeks to plan everything from transportation to clothing. Things that people have been planning for as long as the last year! However, I know I am not the only one. I can’t be. So, I figured I would sit down and talk about how to calmly organize yourself, with as little time as possible. For those of you who are not going to the festival, or are not concert goers in general, you may learn a tip or two on how NOT to plan trips. Or, you may just learn how to get your shit together when you decide to procrastinate planning your next trip.
The first thing I wanted to get a grip on was my finances. If you didn’t know, I am partying on the government’s money. Decided to use my trusty credit card to pay for the ticket. So, how am I going to pay this back, while also having the time of my life at the festival? I am still a little undecided about this one. While I am always in a panic about paying off my credit card in full, I have had countless people say to me, “You have TIME to pay that money back!” It’s like they don’t know telling me that will just encourage me to spend more money I don’t have. They are right though, why is that my main concern? It shouldn’t be. So for now, I would just like to give a big shoutout to whoever invented credit cards, my life would be so so boring without your help.
Next, we have to plan the outfits. For me, this part is more stressful than I would like it to be. While I would like to think being a Coachella Veteran has prepared me for packing, I am still extremely unprepared every time. This year, instead of being all flashy and pretty like the first timers, I just want to be comfy and cute. I want to look like I tried, but could also comfortably move from stage to stage. What most people don’t think about is the fact that the festival is an all day ordeal. You are out there for at least 12 hours. My biggest downfall clothing-wise, is ALWAYS the shoes. If you ever have a chance to be up close and personal with my ankles someday, take a look at the scars. My ankles look permanently bruised thanks to the constant chafing I endure at any music festival/concert. I don’t know what it is, but I just CAN’T seem to get it right. If by some miracle this year I pick the right footwear, I will let you know. As far as tops go, everyone knows I am either a crop top or bodysuit bitch. Five out of the seven days a week you can probably catch me in one or the other, rain or shine. I am not a jeans girl either, leaving me with a vast selection of shorts to bring. Now of course, with all that being said, I have been hunting for some cute new tops and outfits. I mean c’mon, the things I wear at Coachella will be recycled into my going out selection for the bars. I have to bring something fun and fresh to the table.
As far as transportation goes, I trust myself and myself only. I have made the decision to make the short two hour drive. While the way there is going to be so exciting and fun, I just know the way back is going to be hell. Will I even be able to hear the music over the sound of my own crying? Super stoked to find out. This of course means I will be making a playlist for the drive, that I will also be sharing with my friends to listen to on their drive as well. Will I leak it for the rest of you not going? If I’m feeling generous. I will definitely have it available to listen to after, for those who want to feel like they were there. Or for anyone prepping for weekend 2.
With all that being said, it hasn’t actually hit me that I am really doing the damn thing. Every other year I’ve been, it took months of preparation. I would fly from Arizona to California, and then drive to Indio with my girls. This time, I am just leaving from work like a normal person. I guess when you buy the ticket when they actually go on sale, you have months of build-up and excitement to where you just can’t stop talking about it. For me, since I got the ticket two weeks ago, I have only really been blabbing about it the past week. My poor friends and coworkers are really going to get an earful from me when the festival is over that’s for sure. Oh, and also this blog, duh. My next content is going to be filled with Coachella nonsense until the next festival. Get ready for the madness!