Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Brand New Day Photo Shoot (2012 - 2014). Photographer: Chris Miller Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Brand New Day Photo Shoot (2012 - 2014). Photographer: Chris Miller

FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS: TRAVEL TIPS FOR COACHELLA, STAGECOACH & MORE

Coming to Greater Palm Springs for music festival fun? These festival essentials will help you make the most of your music-filled weekend in Greater Palm Springs.

What to Take to a Festival

  • Bandana or handkerchief. Festival grounds can get dusty, and when winds kick up, allergies are in the air. Keep yourself breathing easy with a bandana or handkerchief.
  • Sun protection. Temperatures in Greater Palm Springs can hit the 90s in April, so prepare for a day in the sun with plenty of sunscreen and lip balm, plus fashion-friendly sunglasses and a hat.
  • Water. You can bring empty and reusable plastic water bottles into festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach. You’ll definitely want to stay hydrated during festival days, so pack a water bottle to fill up on H20 throughout the weekend.
  • Always check the festival website for a full list of what is and isn’t allowed into the event.

Getting Here/Traffic

  • Be sure to schedule extra time for getting to the festival grounds. Traffic tends to be heavy for mega-fests like Coachella and Stagecoach, so you’ll need extra travel time if you don’t want to miss your favorite acts.
  • When you park, mark your car’s location on your phone’s map app. After a full day and/or evening at a festival, it can be hard to remember where you parked—especially in a sea of thousands of cars. This will make finding your ride a breeze.

Booking Your Stay

  • Book your accommodations early. Hotels and other accommodations often sell out long before the festival dates, so book as early as possible. You can check out Greater Palm Springs hotels here.

If You’re Staying in an Airbnb

  • Get to know your host & set expectations. You can communicate with your host through Airbnb’s secure on-platform messaging tool ahead of time to ensure you’re both on the same page before your stay. Be sure to ask about any house rules and use the opportunity to get helpful local recommendations, like the nearest grocery store, that might come in handy during your trip.
  • Check-in time: Review your travel plans and be sure to let your host know your expected arrival time.
  • Do a safety check: Once you’ve arrived at your home, make sure you know where all relevant emergency equipment and safety information is located. If you’re not sure where something like the first aid kit, fire extinguisher, or smoke and carbon monoxide detector is, don’t hesitate to ask your host.
  • If anything isn’t right, reach out: Should you need any assistance during your stay, be sure to reach out to your host or to Airbnb here or send a direct message on Twitter or Facebook. If it’s an emergency, please always call 911 first.

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