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By Allison Fitts & Lillian Robinson

Later this month, the U.S. summer festival season will un-officially kickoff with Coachella in Indio, California. The iconic fest will take place over two weekends, April 12-14 and April 19-21, and feature artists like Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe, Maggie Rogers and dozens more. Before you head out into the California desert, though, take our advice as Coachella veterans and review our top five tips for camping at Coachella.

1. If you haven’t already, reserve your Escape campervan now!

To have the best camping experience possible, you’re going to want the large bed, nice kitchen set up, and general comfort that an Escape campervan provides. Everyone else will be in tents, and you’ll be living large (while still on a budget). The closest depot to Indio, CA is in Los Angeles, but both Las Vegas and Phoenix depots could be good starting points, too.

Tips for Camping at Coachella

2. Buy everything you will need before you go.

Once you enter the festival site, it is going to be near impossible, potentially even not allowed, to leave the site. This means you will want to stop at a store to pick up all the essentials you will need for your weekend. For us, this typically includes granola bars, eggs, La Croix, cheese sticks and chips and salsa on the food front, plus sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer and plenty of water jugs on the supply front. You know what you will need best!

3. Create your own oasis.

Listen – campsites can be “boring,” but only if you let them be. Don’t be a van in the middle of a field. Go beyond that to create a super chill and comfortable place to hang out pre and post-show all weekend. We recommend using the camping chairs in the van along with some string lights and some shade canopies to create a nice little oasis in the desert. Having a cool set up is also a great way to make friends in your camping area!

Tips for camping at Coachella

4. Wake up early each day.

It may only be early spring, but in the California desert, it will already be blazing hot this time of year. Beat the heat by waking up early, showering before a line forms at the stations and then relaxing in your oasis under the shade or entering the fest early. By being up and at ‘em, you can start drinking water sooner, relaxing and having fun and not dealing with the discomfort of waking up in 90-degree weather.

Tips for Camping at Coachella

5. Enjoy the fest!

Camping is such an essential part of the Coachella experience, but so is the actual music! Go with your newfound camping friends into the actual festival grounds and enjoy the sounds of some of the best artist of our day playing on some massive stages with a beautiful desert backdrop. Coachella 2019!

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