What’s your Coachella status? Are you a veteran attendee traveling with a posse of fellow festival diehards? Or are you a first-timer who just couldn’t resist the opportunity to see Childish Gambino and Tame Impala in the same weekend? No matter where you lie on the festival-going spectrum, with the first weekend of the legendary live event less than three weeks away, you’re probably debating what to pack. If you’re anything like us, you’re hopping around the web, checking out everything from a conversation-starting pair of earrings to a breezy sundress that will help keep your sun-baked body ventilated in style.
To help make the most of your purchases, we turned to Lauren Thompson, our Senior Editor of Snapchat Discover and marathon festival attendee, for some expert insight on what she brought to the Empire Polo Club during her last pilgrimage to Indio. Read on for our highly practical (but still totally stylish) advice on getting the most out of your festival experience, along with some shopping finds that deserve headliner status in your suitcase.
Rule 1: Layer Up
Lauren recalls being unprepared for the rapidly cooling evening and having to buy sweatshirts from the merch tent in order to stay warm. “It’s not like, frigid, but the temperature does drop significantly at night,” she says. Luckily, layering only enhances your outfit potential.
Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover, $119, available at Patagonia
In a festival setting, the handbag conundrum is real. As Lauren points out, “you want to assume that you’re going to be there until 1 or 2 in the morning,” so you do need to make sure you bring some essentials that ensure you can party safely until the wee hours. On the other hand, festival rules dictate that “a medium backpack should be no bigger than 20” tall, 15” wide and 9” thick when fully packed,” and you don’t want to get turned away at the gate. What’s a festival-goer to do? Never fear: with options on the spectrum from small and mini backpacks to fanny packs and sling bags, you can easily party with your provisions by your side.
Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack, $55, available at Dagne Dover
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