April 8, 2014

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Artistry in Action // Coachella 2014

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Artistry in Action is a series of blog posts that explores events, artisans, and overall experiences that feed back into our mission of making brands visible and relevant while living life with constant movement, progression and creativity. 


This week, we are bringing you the ultimate guide to enjoy one of our favorite festivals: Coachella.

It’s that time of the year again, festival season!


With Coachella being right around the corner, its only appropriate for my first post to be a ‘how to’ on surviving a non-stop three days of amazing tunes, semi-cold brews and combining anything in your cooler for a meal to avoid overpriced pizza slices.


I mean, it could possibly be the best weekend of your life, thus far. Who doesn’t enjoy a weekend full of live music and good vibes?


But within all the gloriousness of leaving reality behind you once stepping foot on the campgrounds (or hotel room, for all you Coachella goers who choose to live lavishly for the weekend), there is some real ugliness, if you fail to prepare. Nobody wants to be sunburnt, starving and absolutely filthy.


Which is where we step in to help you avoid anything that isn’t a spectacular experience. Throughout my years of attending these festivals, I’ve picked up a few tips from failing miserably over and over, while watching other newbs do the same.


Whether you’re in a hotel room or a tent, there’s some crucial essentials you won’t want to forget:



First and foremost, bring sunscreen. You’ll be in the desert. When you’re pretty close to the middle of nowhere, the sun can and will fry your skin (temperatures got up to 110 degrees one year!). And as I’m certain you’ll be dancing, ergo sweating, at a constant, consistent rate the entire freakin’ time, don’t forget to reapply. Even if it’s waterproof.



Again, you’ll be in the desert. Your lips will wither away like a rose would in the middle of the Sahara. Definitely bring one with a good SPF.



As you can imagine, packing what you’ll munch on while you’re roughin’ it for three days with no refrigerator can be the most complicated and time-consuming process, ever. If you’re like me and don’t have the luxury of a portable grill, it makes it even harder. The key is to bring a ton of goods that don’t require cold temperatures such as granola bars, bread, peanut butter, string cheese, dried fruits, beef jerkey, etc. You’ll need to prioritize what goes in the cooler as there isn’t an ample amount of space in there. Your entire 24-pack of Coors Light does not need to go in the cooler at one time; that’s just a waste of perfectly good sandwich ingredients space. The beers can go in smaller groups, depending on how much you will drink in one sitting. A beer comes out, a beer goes in. A cooler wouldn’t be half as practical without the very important cooling factor of ice. As we all know, ice melts. When it’s 100 degrees outside, the same bag of ice won’t last you three days. I’ve heard it through the grapevine, there’s a fancy trick to prevent a good supply of ice from liquifying all weekend: It’s called dry ice. Bring two coolers, fill one cooler as you normally would with a bag of ice and food that requires to be kept cold and the other cooler with the secret combination of dry/not dry ice goodness. Put two blocks of dry ice at the bottom of the cooler (don’t directly touch the dry ice, it’ll hurt…bad), put a layer of cardboard on top of the dry ice, then place some frozen water bottles in there and Ta-Da! Whenever the ice in your first cooler melts, transfer a couple of the frozen water bottles into the food cooler! The water bottles can double as drinking water if you run out or if you feel like an ice cold water. Genius. More information on packing dry ice can be found (here).


Dry shampoo:

Save time… and water. I’ve tried the whole “shower” thing on the campgrounds. And by tried, I mean: I took the long walk to the showers (which are open all day/night, btw), saw that dreaded line and turned right around. I thought I was being clever by running to the showers as soon as my eyes peeled open in the morning, giant waste of time. The line is always long. It’s only three days. There’s hoses. Rinse off your bod with those (don’t forget your bathing suit!) and sprinkle this magic in your hair. Voilà!



An unthought of item that goes a very long way. You’ll be surprised how many wipes you can use throughout the weekend. I use wipes from my face to my toes (don’t forget to change wipes with each use, gross!). Everything, I mean, EVERYTHING attracts dirt… especially if it’s windy. You never know when you’ll need one!



This one is obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget!


Don’t forget: a hat, water, sunglasses and Advil! Say it with me: Sun, beer, hangover… repeat! You’ll need ’em!


Fashion must haves



•  Crop tops, tank tops, bandeaus: Coachella is one of those weekends where it’s not only an excuse to wear as little material as possible, but it’s definitely a good idea as it’s hot as eff out there.

•  A damn good floppy hat.

•  High-waisted shorts: They’re trendy, versatile and make even us frumpy legged girls look like Giselle Bundchen!

•  Kimono: Super cute, good coverage for extra protection from the sun and light fabric, so it won’t be too hot!

•  Bring jeans and a light jacket, too! It gets chilly at night!





•  Tank tops, tank tops, tank tops: Be fun, festive and crazy with this one… anything goes!

•  Any type of airy shorts, such as board shorts, are real good to have.

•  Bring both sandals and some comfy sneakers that you don’t mind getting absolutely wrecked.

•  A light jacket for when the sun goes down. You could probably survive without a pair of jeans but you might want some, just in case.

•  A hat: Straw hat, Asian sun hat, boat hat, snapback, beer helmet… they all work!


Obviously, there’s a lot more that can be added to this list. And keep in mind, I didn’t add the boring items to pack (e.g., a tent, if you’re camping!). But I can assure you, if you add this checklist to the one you might’ve premeditated, you can avoid some palm-to-forehead mistakes I had the pleasure of making for you.


Happy Coachella-ing!



Mandi Dudek

AUTHOR - Mandi Dudek

Mandi is head copywriter for Movetic as well as a guest blogger and film photographer who writes about fashion, photography, and the adventures she experiences behind her lens.

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