Acquiring Supplies for Coachella 2015

Although we started planning out this trip almost a year ago, we’re still picking up various odds and ends Coachella 2015 is this Thursday!! Amazon, REI, Walmart and Target have all been our best friends throughout this process trying to pick up everything in time. Sadly, the one item we grossly overlooked when creating a checklist just happens to the be the one item that won’t make it on time…our camping table.

The Checklist

A week ago, I finally worked on a checklist to get organized. If you’re planning a future trip to Coachella and need some help, this might work for you. This list is NOT in any order of importance and includes non necessities. It is also lacking food items. I figured some people may not want to bring the same food as we will be bringing, so you’re on your own with that!

  • Activated wristbands
  • Canopy
  • Tent
  • Plastic tent stakes
  • Air mattress (with pump)
  • Camping chairs
  • Sleeping bags
  • Stove
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubber mallet

  • Solar panel charger
  • External battery pack
  • LED lantern
  • Flag pole (and flags)
  • Portable speaker
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick® with SPF

  • Body soap
  • Hand soap
  • Sanitizing gel
  • Cell phone charger
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby powder
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

  • Toilet paper
  • Pillows
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Beer
  • Gatorade®
  • First aid kit
  • Tylenol® (or other)
  • Earplugs

I’ve been collecting various information and tips from past festival goers to generate this list. The most important thing to consider is that while almost every item here can be purchased onsite at the general store, the prices will be understandably high.

We decided to bring a flag pole so that we can not only mark our spot, but also add a little charm to the whole affair. I opted for an American flag, but decided not to be like everyone else and instead used the old 13-star version to help stand out. To complete the arrangement, I added a pirate flag (specifically Blackbeard’s flag).

Coachella flag arrangement
Coachella flag arrangement

The Canopy

Undercover R-3 canopyI have to give major credit here to the Undercover company for the canopy I bought. I had considered quite a few options including cheaper E-Z UP® canopies (and their knockoff brethren) found at places like Walmart for around $90, but instead, I opted to double that on a refurbished version of Undercover’s R-3 commercial grade canopy for $200. The full retail price on brand new one is $279. The only thing I had to risk dealing with was some wear and tear marks from being an open boxed item. I plan on dirtying this up myself so I didn’t really care that someone else got to it first.

The one I received did have a few marks, but overall it looked like it had only been used twice or maybe setup as a store display. This canopy was worth every penny after hearing horror stories about the strong Coachella winds tearing up and destroying these things. I hesitated buying it because it was so expensive, but once I decided I wanted one with walls, I knew this one had to be it because I don’t feel like draping cheap tarps around just to find shade.

I’ll post a review once we use it and find out if it lives up to its price (and marketing claims).

Continue onto Coachella 2015 – Day 1