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Some Things You Should Know Before Attending CoacHELLa

From a veteran flower child herself.

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So you wanna go to Coachella?

Let's walk you through what you're getting into..

First, liquidate your assets to be able to afford the hottest three days of your life:

Next, find a companion:

Now make all of your travel plans (and screenshot/Tweet/Instagram/Facebook post/Vine) as they happen

(taking a video of unboxing your passes is definitely a thing)
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(taking a video of unboxing your passes is definitely a thing)

Start a Pinterest board for outfit inspo and ridiculously overpack

(after all, Coachella is 20% about the music and 80% about what you're wearing)
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(after all, Coachella is 20% about the music and 80% about what you're wearing)

Whatever you do, don't forget your flower crown!!!!!

Okay, now let me tell you what you're in for..

Guys we're going to have so much fun and look so cute and take so many pics!
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Guys we're going to have so much fun and look so cute and take so many pics!

Must: In N Out on the way to Indio

It will be the most nutritional meal you will eat for the next three days (you will either forget to eat/have to pay some random man to drive you and your friends to the local Ralph's grocery store/settle for $13 sandwiches and $9 slices of pizza)
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It will be the most nutritional meal you will eat for the next three days (you will either forget to eat/have to pay some random man to drive you and your friends to the local Ralph's grocery store/settle for $13 sandwiches and $9 slices of pizza)

Be prepared to be have your car, all your belongings, and yourself thoroughly searched both at check in and at security checkpoints before you enter festival grounds each day:

What you think you will look like:

What you'll actually look like:

And what some people actually choose to look like:

#flowerpasties
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#flowerpasties

The art installations are not meant to scare you, but rather act as landmarks to set meeting places for your group of friends

But get comfortable with dancing by yourself for long periods of time, because chances are you will lose your friends anyway

Get some selfies in before your phone dies/you black out/you give up on your appearance altogether

Speaking of phones, Coachella is the Bermuda Triangle of lost IDs, iPhones, and digital cameras

Don't forget you're in a desert

it WILL be really hot, and probably hotter than you expected
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it WILL be really hot, and probably hotter than you expected

So make friends with your neighbors back at camp and they'll let you play on their slip 'n slide

Bring a bandana for the occasional sand storm

and March of the Dust that happens every night when the thousands of campers walk from festival grounds to the campsites
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and March of the Dust that happens every night when the thousands of campers walk from festival grounds to the campsites

Take some more selfies

But eventually you will give up on charging your iphone and you won't have service to post it
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But eventually you will give up on charging your iphone and you won't have service to post it

Don't forget to actually, you know, watch some bands

When In Rome

Remember that only adults over 30 who bring babies actually hang out in the Heineken beer tent

Before it all ends, soak up all the Coachella glory during Outkast

(sans hologram, we know you were still expecting one)
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(sans hologram, we know you were still expecting one)

Festival ends, you pack up "camp", all serotonin depleted. Forgetting what proper hydration and nutrition feels like, the only thing that makes sense is In N Out

PCW (Post Coachella Withdrawal) kicks in somewhere between posting all of your festival pictures on Facebook and eventually cutting off your sacred wristband

(real thing)
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(real thing)

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