Packing List for Coachella: 36+ Things You Need to Take to Coachella

Here’s your ultimate packing list for Coachella. This Coachella kit list will ensure you don’t forget a thing for your festival experience, trust me…

I’ve spent my Sunday packing for my USA trip, and most importantly, Coachella. It’s actually quite difficult, in the grand scheme of packing. I’m going to San Francisco first (predicted temperature 20C) then Coachella (36C) then New York (14C) and I want to take as little as possible.

All the Coachella survival guides I’ve read say not to bother with fashion and to stay comfy, although all the style guides seem to think the exact opposite. I’m aiming for somewhere in the middle.

Packing for Coachella

Coachella essentials

What to take to Coachella

1. Your ticket – there is absolutely no way you’ll be allowed in to Coachella without your ticket. This needs to be the absolute number one on your list of Coachella essentials. Also, ID. 

2. Money and bank card – if you feel happy enough bringing all the money you need for Coachella in in one, go ahead. I prefer to work in hundreds and just bring my bank card too. There are ATMs all over the site and unlike other festivals, you don’t have to queue ages for one at Coachella.

3. Light and nifty tent – try this light pop up tent from Amazon.

Things to bring to Glastonbury

– These tops are one way to keep the Coachella packing list to a minimum. Let it all out!

4. Cosy sleeping bag – this cosy sleeping bag is great value at only £25 and 4/5 stars from 330 people on Amazon.

leeds festival sleeping bag

5. Bags of wine – they’re the cheapest and lightest way to get your fix in. Saves hundreds. And yes, it’s definitely a Coachella essential.


Read more on The Best Alcohol for Festivals


Essentially you could get by on the above for Coachella, if you really had to. But that’s no fun. Here are a few more things creeping up into the ‘essentials for Coachella’ list. 

Coachella festival packing list

6. Summer clothes – Coachella is absolutely scorching. Make sure to pack some shorts and dresses to deal with the heat of Coachella.

7. Toothbrush and paste – one of the very few ways to stay fresh, and the easiest. There is a kind of ‘corner shop’ at Coachella, so you can pick up a few essentials, but it’s always best to take them with you, and bring home again. 

festivals enamel mug

8. Enamel mug – enamel mugs are great for festivals. You can use them to help clean your teeth, to drink out of, and to eat cereal and soup of too. Definitely stick one of them on your Coachella packing list. Take a look at the many, many enamel mug designs they have on Amazon.

9. Sun cream – standing out in the Californian sun every day can give you a red face. Pack plenty of sun cream and take it round with you. 

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More essentials for Coachella

10. Toilet roll – possibly the most essential item, after your ticket. You’ll need to carry your own toilet roll at Coachella. Occasionally you’ll be lucky and find some in there but no one wants to take that risk. If you don’t want to carry a big roll around then these little packets of tissues are great. Absolutely essential for your Coachella packing list!

11. Baby wipes – too many reasons, but you definitely need some baby wipes. Great for the toilet, for cleaning your tent, yourself, your face, and just to have around. 

Packing list for Glastonbury

12. Hand sanitiser – Coachella = grime – This one is a spray too so you can give the toilets a quick going over before you park your bum.

13. Driving license – if you’re one of those young looking people, or you actually are just young then you will be challenged. Don’t your baby face get in the way of you and your cider! 

As long as you have the above on your Coachella kit list, you’re pretty much sorted for a good time. But of course, there’s always more…

Not so essential Coachella packing list

14. Lilo or blow up bed – be prepared with this this single blow up mattress for less than a tenner from Amazon. I can guarantee it will be worth every penny, especially if it rains and the ground is cold and wet.

Definitely a good one for your Coachella packing list. 

Glastonbury kit list

16. Torch – believe me, you need to check out those toilet seats before you get your skin anywhere near them. Try and get a head torch for Coachella, perfect for in the tent when you’re rooting around, or just rooting. It’s less than £3 too!


Packing list for festivals

Even less Coachella essentials kit

17. Walkie talkies – excellent for communication when you have no reception or battery.

18. Hat – to cover your skanky hair, for warmth, and to protect from the sun.

19. Flip flops – great for late night / early morning runs to the bathroom. This is a great one to add to your Coachella camping checklist.

20. Compact mirror – great for checking for boogers or spots without having to spend a second longer in the skanky Portaloo than you have to. Here’s a basic little mirror for just £2.40. Also, essential festival packing for all the glitter you’re going to apply. 

21. Reusable plastic cups – can help for alcohol consumption at the tent. These pop up beer cups are also a good idea, so you’re ready at a moment’s notice, and don’t damage the environment.

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Things you might need at Coachella

22. Face cleaning stuff – get that Micellar water packed to get the dust and grime off!

23. A variety of sunglasses – sunglasses cover all kinds of sins so make sure you pack a few different looks to shield your eyes and face from the sun. 

24. Glitter – a festival must have. There are glitter fairies doing all sorts of creations around Coachella but you’ll pay quite a bit for it. Best to just take your own glitter and enjoy using it as much as possible.

Make sure to stick to the biodegradable types of glitter though.

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25. Cooking stove – for fresh filtered coffee in a morning?

I’ve found this neat little number.

kit list for festivals

26. Moisturiser – shine those pasty legs up for the sun!

27. Lip balm – you’ll be weak and broken by the end and my lips always go dry when this happens. Make sure to pack a good lip balm to keep your lips moist. 

28. Vitamins – I like those disposable ones that make water taste like orange juice. I’d definitely recommend packing vitamins for Coachella. It’s a long week and your immune system will be attacked. Stay strong! 

29. Paracetamol – obviously. 

30. Pillow – a rolled up hoody can have the same effect but depends how much you value your sleep.

31. Bed sheet – getting fancy now but this is definitely something I’ll be taking to Coachella this year. I don’t like touching the inflatable bed with my skin, because it’s either hot or cold.

Essentials for Glastonbury

– Yeah, a tent should be pretty high on your Coachella essentials list, tbh.

32. Swimsuit – for showers? To keep cool? I think you’ll be happy you packed one in your Coachella kitlist either way.

33. Portable phone charger – take a look at these festival phone chargers for more inspiration.

Charger for glastonbury

34. Shitty phone – I bought a little £10 phone as I was so worried about losing my phone. I didn’t, which was great. So the next year I chanced it and now I’m all grown up and think I’ll be ok. Do look after your phone though, there are so many opportunities to lose your phone and not many to find it again. 

checklist for glastonbury

35. Ear plugs and an eye mask – Coachella can get the better of even the wildest of party animals. You definitely need to add these to your Coachella packing list if you’re planning on getting any sleep!

Check out 11 Top Tips for Sleeping at Festivals

36. Camping chairs – if you can be bothered to carry these around,camping chairs will make you a lot comfier at Coachella. Or, you can take them and just leave at the campsite. Definitely one of the more luxurious items on your Coachella kit list.

what to pack for glastonbury

37. A specially bagged clean set of clothes to go home in – they will feel amazing. So fresh and so clean. 

What to pack for Coachella

As long as you have the Coachella essentials and a great attitude to the sun, people and exhaustion, you are literally going to have the best week of your life!

Feet at Coachella Festival

Make sure you’re comfy and that you have something to cover your feet at night. I’m taking my Havaiana flip flops, Volcom sandals, and just my black flat boots. Trainers would be good too.

Legs at Coachella Festival

What to pack for Coachella Festival

Shorts – obviously a necessity, but the official Coachella Welcome Pack says to be careful of chafing, as it’s so hot and to bring some leggings. I’ll definitely add them to the bag, always useful when you’re travelling.

I couldn’t resist the Billabong tropical trousers I found for my festival packing list, so they’re in the bag. I can wear these with boots in San Francisco and then sandals at Coachella. I’m just going to pack a loose-fitting black top to wear with them with and some cool chunky jewellery.

I’m also going to take my leopard skin hareem trousers – great for travelling in. Also, I’d never wear them in London so it’s nice to have some holiday clothes.


Tips for Coachella


Tops for Coachella Festival

Packing list for Coachella

When I was in New Zealand I bought this cool bikini top from Quiksilver so I plan to wear that for a flash of bright under my tops. I’ve also got a bright pink bikini I got in the sale at River Island. Even if there’s no chance for a swim at least the bikini top will be cool.

Then I’ve just packed a few cool tees and tops that will do for San Francisco and NYC too. What to wear at Coachella is a whole different and complex subject, but I can guarantee you’ll want t-shirts and tops of some kind.

I saved up to splash out before the festival and ended up getting a few beauts in the River Island sale. I like the whole idea of buying vintage and second hand, but in reality when I order off the internet I like to be able to send it back no bother. And when I buy things like this they never fit properly anyway.

Warmth

Packing for Coachella

The Nevada desert, where Coachella is, gets very cold at night. I’m going to take my wooly hat and a zip up hoody. I’ll already have my leather jacket to brave the cold of New York afterwards, so I think with these, and my boots, I’ll be warm enough. Please tell me if you think otherwise though. I hate being cold. Maybe I’ll take my orange animal print scarf too, they’re always pretty useful. 

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I bought this tye-dye dress ages ago from Urban Outfitters and have never worn it, so I’ll be cracking that out for the night, hopefully.

There are showers at Coachella and it sounds like with the heat people actually use them so I’ll make sure to buy a towel in our big Walmart shop for that. We’ve located the biggest Walmart in LA and we’re going to hit it up for all our camping supplies before we go.


Packing list for festivals


Coachella packing list: not clothes

What to pack for Coachella

One of the best things about Coachella is that you camp next to your car so you can leave some stuff in there. In fact, that’s where we can put our backpacks in the day. That way there’s no worry of anything getting stolen.

I decided to take a suitcase rather than my backpack as I just got a bit sick of not being able to find anything on my recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. I also want things to stay relatively uncrumpled and to quickly just be able to grab what I want out at Coachella.

But, totally up to you my friend…

Walmart packing for Coachella

When it came to packing for Coachella, my three friends and I decided we’d buy all the food we needed while we were there. This meant that we wouldn’t have to take anything on the plane, or try to manage it in San Francisco the week before.

We found the nearest Walmart to Palm Springs where we were staying and after a long day of driving from San Simeon we went on the ultimate Walmart shopping spree to buy everything we needed for Coachella.

Coachella kit list

I’ve listed everything we bought in Walmart below. It was our first time at Coachella and in hindsight, after the festival, we decided we were Coachella kit list champions. We’d managed to get 99% of everything we needed for the festival. The only things we missed out on was some tarpaulin to connect the boot lid with the canopy for more shade – but borrowing one from our neighbour meant we had a new friend – and another tub of margarita mix. We got through the first one in a day.

Remember that everything you buy has to fit in your allotted space at Coachella, and in your car. After making a pit stop to the off licence in Palm Springs on the Thursday morning for ice and spirits our car was absolutely rammed.

*Check out my Coachella Drinking Guide*

Along with our suitcases we had just enough space for this little lot…

Coachella food list from Walmart

  • Packs of meat – great idea because we had the huge cooler. More on festival coolers here.
  • Sliced cheese
  • Huge bag of bread rolls – these lasted for ages and made for a good breakfast
  • Mocha milkshake – so refreshing after putting the tents up
  • Pickles
  • Mustard
  • Reese’s Pieces – bought a huge bag and absolutely annihilated them on the first day
  • Bananas – bit of fruit
  • Beers, wine, margarita mix, few spirits – remember to decant from the glass bottles before going into the festival
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Coke
  • Water
  • Salt

More good ideas for the best food to take to festivals

Coachella kit list

I was planning on pre ordering our kitlist for Coachella so we could just pick it up on arrival, but some stuff was out of stock, others would take a few days, and some wasn’t available for pre order – it just became too messy.

In the end I printed off the wishlist I’d made on the Walmart website and we went round the store with it. It really helped to have the Walmart kit list for Coachella because we were all totally hyper, over excited and over tired going round the shop and we would’ve been in there forever, and forgotten stuff, without it.

How to get rid of your Coachella kitlist

On the Monday we asked our kindly neighbour if he wanted it all, seeing as he had a big truck, and he couldn’t get it in there fast enough. He said he’d take whatever he didn’t use to Goodwill.

The car felt empty as we drove away, Vegas bound!

Quicklist of what to take to Coachella

  • Money
  • Bank card
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bags of wine / booze
  • Summer clothes
  • Winter clothes
  • Comfy wellies / hiking boots
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Enamel mug
  • Sun cream
  • Rain mac
  • Toilet roll
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Driving license
  • Lilo or blow up bed
  • Socks
  • Groundsheet
  • Beer trolley
  • Spare carrier bags
  • Torch
  • Walkie talkies
  • Hat
  • Flip flops
  • Onesie
  • Compact mirror
  • Reusable plastic cups
  • Make up
  • Face cleaning stuff
  • Sunglasses
  • Solar powered shower
  • Glitter
  • Cooking stove
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Vitamins
  • Paracetamol
  • Pillow
  • Bed sheet / blanket
  • Swimsuit
  • Portable phone charger
  • Shitty phone
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Camping chairs
  • Separate bag of clothes to go home in

Packing list for Coachella

I hope this packing list for Coachella helps you to sort your kit list. Obviously you don’t need everything on the list, but it’ll help you to take what you do.


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4 Comments

  1. I’m so excited for Coachella this year! Thank you for sharing this comprehensive packing list – it’s going to make a huge difference in making sure I’m prepared for the festival.

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