Festival season 2019 is upon us with a vengeance, and with the recent addition of Ariana Grande to the “possible acts that can headline a fest” spreadsheet all my superfans keep meticulously updated, more stans than ever will be out in full force at weekend music events this year.
For instance, I’m an industry veteran who’s worked in music for the past eight years, but this will be my first time attending Coachella since 2007. Yes, I crowd-surfed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, yes I cried and sang along to then-rising indie band Arcade Fire. I digress, this is about the future of festivals, and my hunch that a lot of newbies will be showing out at this year’s Coachella.
One of the first rules of a successful festival experience? Do not come empty-handed! My inbox has been full of people suggesting things to bring to Coachella all month for a reason — being well-equipped for massive crowds and incredible heat while looking good and maintaining endurance until that headliner slot does not come naturally! It takes a village, so to speak, and if you’re not sure what to bring along for your own personal survival kit, let me make some suggestions based on what I’ll be bringing. (Note: As an Amazon Associate, Uproxx may earn commission on qualifying purchases.)