How To Plan for Coachella

So you just bought tickets to the best music festival in North America…high five sister! While you’re liking still riding the OMG-I-just-bought-Coachella-tickets high, you may also be overwhelmed with all the planning involved. I was lucky enough to attend Coachella a few years ago with my friend Meghan of Boho Nouveau and I remember purchasing the tickets and then thinking now what…? Well, I’ve gone ahead created a timeline for you – so you can stay organized and stress free! Without further ado, here it is!

3 Months Before Coachella

Purchase Ticket

If you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to grab a ticket to Coachella – first things first, time for a happy dance. Do you know how many people wish they could attend Coachella?! And you, my friend, you are going! You’re a rockstar!

Brag on Social Media 

It’s 2017, y’all. Nothing is official unless it’s on Instagram. I’m not one for obnoxious bragging on social media, but girl – you’re going to Coachella. You get a free pass on this one. And, you know the joke. How do you know if someone is going to Coachella? They’ll tell ya! 

Download the App 

Make sure to download the Coachella App (it’s free!) to keep up to date on schedule changes, new artists in attendance and more!

2 Months Before Coachella

Create a budget

Coachella is amazing in so many ways – however it comes with a not-so-pretty price tag. Be prepared to drop some serious cash. The ticket and accommodations are expensive in itself, but throw in a flight, shuttle fee, food, souvenirs – it can add up quick. Set up a realistic budget and start saving. If you’re on a tighter budget, consider replacing unnecessary costs for the next few months. Maybe you don’t need to go out to each 3x a week, or that extra pair of booties. Trust me, you’ll want to use this money in California!

Book your accommodations

Now is the time to plan your sleeping arrangements. You have a few choices: camping in a tent, your car, glamping (that’s right – you can stay in a fully furnished, air conditioned Shikar style tent for a mere $7,500!) or my personal preference: nearby hotel. If you’re considering camping, good for you! How very wanderlust of you. #YOLO Just remember, it surpasses 100 degrees pretty quickly in the desert. I overheard some campers saying they had to leave their tents at 6am due to the unbearable heat. Staying in a hotel nearby was Meg & I’s best decision during our trip. For more information check out the official Coachella Where To Stay Guide.

Purchase parking pass or shuttle pass

If you decide to stay in a hotel or surrounding amenities, you’ll need a shuttle pass. You can purchase a shuttle pass here. If you’re driving, make sure to purchase a parking pass. You can purchase a parking pass here. Don’t wait until the last minute to grab one!

1 Month Before Coachella

Buy your plane ticket 

Unless your lucky enough to live within driving distance (or are a fan of road trips) you’ll need to purchase a plane ticket. Thousands of people will be flying in the weekend of Coachella, so make sure your plane ticket is purchased no later than a month before Coachella so prices don’t skyrocket.

Decide on festival gear

Coachella fashion: be still my heart. This is your chance to wear whatever you want – no judgement! Anything goes when it comes to Coachella. I saw everything from animal onesies to emoji nipple tassels. As long as your lady bits are covered – you’re good! You’ll want to order your outfit ahead of time so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. Here are a few sources for outfit inspiration:

Floral Romper Outfit

Coachella Inspired Swimwear Lookbook

Festival Inspired Belled Bottoms

Bohemian Tie Dye Dress

Tie Dye Romper

How To Style Lace and Fringe

DIY Floral Halo Tutorial

1 Week Before Coachella

Start packing

Make sure to everything you need for your trip including some Coachella necessities which include:




Non-Aerosol Sunscreen

External Phone Charger 


Cross Body Tote

Comfortable Closed Toe Shoes

Lip Balm

Reusable Water Bottle

Bathing Suit

Temporary Tattoos


Wondering what items are allowed at Coachella? Check out this list.

Make a schedule with your besties

A million and one things are going on simultaneously at Coachella. Coachella is so much more than concerts! Make sure to create a timetable of what shows you want to attend and fill in the vendors, selfies, ferris wheel and other activities in between. Get a full run down of everything to do at Coachella here.

Read this post

Last but not least, here are 15 things I wish I knew before attending Coachella. Give them a quick read before making your way to Coachella!

1 Day Before Coachella


Three days in the desert y’all. Make sure to drink extra H20 the day before and continue to hydrate through the weekend.

Charge your phone

For goodness sake, make sure your phone is at 100% when you leave for Coachella! Between all the selfies, panoramic shots, texts of excitement and navigating the Coachella app – you’ll need all the juice you can get!

Get lots of rest

Coachella is unreal. The entire weekend is go, go, go! so your body needs to be in good shape going into the weekend. So get in some beauty sleep!

If you have any questions about Coachella write them in the comment section or feel free to shoot me an email at This girl loves to talk Coachella. Now go have fun and make good choices (if you get this reference I will love you forever).

Make Sure To Check Out My Entire Coachella Series:

15 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending Coachella

My Coachella Experience (Event Recap)

Unseen Moments From Coachella (Event Recap #2)

What To Wear To Coachella

Coachella Inspired Makeup Tutorial

 Coachella Inspired Outfits With Target

DIY Flower Halo Tutorial

Festival Fashion In Joshua Tree National Park 

Easy Coachella Outfit

How To Wear Tie Dye To Coachella

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