Everything You Need to Know About Car Camping at Coachella in 2024

The dates for the 2024 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are April 12-14, 2024 and April 19-21, 2024. have gone to Coachella for Beychella and in 2023. For my Coachella experience in 2023, I went with car camping. Here, I’m sharing everything I learned that may help you to make the best out of the car camping experience for festival season.

Coachella festival ferris wheel
Coachella 2023

Why Car Camping?

Due to circumstances within our Coachella group, we had to forfeit our AirBnB and hotels were booked and anything remaining was exorbitantly expensive by the time my friend and I booked for weekend 2. Enter car camping. We were able to pay for car camping, borrowed some camping essentials from a friend to still enjoy the Coachella experience. The car camping experience wasn’t at all on my bingo card, but nevertheless, we persisted.

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Tips for Car Camping at Coachella

  1. Bring a portable fan – I can not overstate how hot it can get during the day in the desert. This portable fan was a LIFESAVER.
  2. Stay hydrated with plenty of water and electrolytesthese are my favorite hydrators to add to water to increase my hydration. It’s even helpful to hydrate the days leading up to Coachella. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated and run the risk of passing out.
  3. Get a preferred camping pass. If you weren’t able to snag preferred parking passes, you’ll be fine. Just be prepared to park further from the entrance. In general, the earlier you get to the desert to park the closer you’ll be to the entrance.

TIPS FOR CAR CAMPING AT COACHELLA 🎡 1) if you can get preferred camping. The earlier you get the park, the better and closer you’ll be to the entrance 2) showers: get a portable shower Super duper/paid showers are available 3) have a test run setting up your tent before esp if you never have done so before 4) have makeup wipe. Life hack: have the small ones amd use them on your way back to your car site 5) use an inflatable mattress 6) night showers helps to avoid long lines in the morning 7) use tapestries to create walls because the sun can be brutal 8) im 2023, ice was $15/bag. We left this in our cooler to keep things cold 9) Make friends with neighbors 10) bring a portable fan 11) leave valuables in the car when away 12) stay hydrated with water and electrolytes #coachellavibes #coachellacarcamping #coachellacampingtips #festivaltok #amazonfinds #coachellatips #coachellacamp music festival tips, car camping, Coachella tips

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4. Prepare for the shower situation: If you can, get a portable shower. There are paid or “Super Duper” showers that are available. Nothing beats having a portable shower though. The lines can be especially long.

5. Have a test run of setting up your tent. By taking the time to set up your equipment you can see if anything is missing and you’ll know how to set up your tent. This is especially helpful if you’ve nevr gone camping before.

6. Carry makeup wipes. Having a small individually wrapped makeup wipe in my fanny pack allowed me to remove my makeup at the end of the night easily. Life hack: have the small wipes and use them on your way back to your car site

7. Use an inflatable mattress

8. Take showers at night. This will help you to beat the morning rush and long lines in the morning

9. Use tapestries to create walls because the sun can be brutal A

10. In 2023, ice was $15/bag. We left our in our cooler to keep our food and drinks cold

11. Make friends with your neighbors – it’s part of the festival experience and it will be helpful when you need a helping hand, an extra pair of eyes on your valuables, etc.

12. Leave valuables locked in the car when away from your camp site.

Those are the helpful hints for car camping at Coachella I wish I had known. Make sure to have fun and enjoy the experience! I met some other car campers that exclusively car camp. Surely it wouldn’t by my preferred lodging set up for Coachella or another music festival but with the right preparation, it could be an enjoyable experience.

Anything else you’d like a recommendation for that you don’t see here? Have questions about a specific tip? Drop them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer as soon as possible 🙂


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