Coachella starts Friday, but thousands, including yo gurl, will be venturing to the Empire Polo Fields today. As I’m scrambling to pack everything I need to camp (this will be my 6th time?!) out there, I thought I’d share some of my must-have items to make Coachella camping a success, especially for those going to Weekend 2! MUCH EXCITE.
1. BABY WIPES
These are seriously life-savers. Sometimes, you don’t want to make the long journey to the showers and wait in a looooong line. Great for all-day wipedowns. It’s refreshing AF, too.
2. COFFEE MUGS
When camping, my crew likes to brew fresh coffee in the AMs (actually, more like all day). It took us a few camps to realize we need to bring coffee mugs to the site. My good friend, Matt, got me this enamel camping mug from Dark Horse, a local roaster here in San Diego. So fetch.
3. COLD BREW CONCENTRATE
Speaking of coffee, sometimes, you don’t want to wait for that slow drip, piping hot coffee in the blazing heat. Understandable. That’s where cold brew concentrate comes in. This is such a hack and I’m so glad I discovered it. Get some CLEAN ice, combine some concentrate and some water, and voila, ice-cold brew at camp. This Califia Farms Concentrated Cold Brew is perfect because it’s in a non-glass container. NO GLASS AT CAMP. I saw some folks at Costco who were clearly going to Coachella grabbing glass bottles of Vodka. Hoping they transfer that ish into a plastic bottle.
4. EGG HOLDER
We love eggs at camp. They’re easy to cook, they’re quick, they’re filling. But they’re so fragile! That’s where these bomb egg holders come in. I admit, this is a recent discovery. It’s such a simple, probably frivolous piece of campware, but look at this! It’s amazing in its simplicity! Crack-free eggs for camp. I got mine at REI.
5. PICNIC BLANKET
My friend, Kim, gifted this to me for Christmas and haven’t had an opportunity to bust this baby open. At Coachella, we have a lot of downtime in the mornings (sets typically begin around 12:30), which means a lot of time with our asses on grasses. This waterproof picnic mat will be PERFECT. This one’s from a local adventure shop in San Diego: Rove.
6. INDIVIDUAL-SIZED TISSUES
These are probably the handiest. You don’t need to buy these packets. In fact, you can just create your own little packs. But these were on sale, so hey, I got them. They’re especially handy when I’m in a nasty porta-potty and, more often than not, the loo has no toilet paper.
I should probably get a soft head hammer, but this is what I have and this is what I bring. I bring these for our tent and canopy stakes. It’s way easier than trying to use a shoe or a non-existent rock to stick in stakes.
This one is pretty obvious, but often forgotten. The campgrounds can be pretty dark (if you’re not positioned near the flood lights, which happened one year for me. The worst/best situation.). Especially if you’re trying to find your way to the bathroom or finding your specific water bottle at camp, a flashlight is key. I pack probably 3-4 flashlights. Oh, headlamps are even better. Hands-free is the way to be.
9. SUSHI GO!
Okay, this one is just for fun. But I love Sushi Go! and will most likely play a bit while at camp. Play it if you haven’t already.
Hope everyone has a safe, yet turnt time at Coachella this year. It’ll probably be my last, so I’ll have to make it my best!