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SPY Guide: How To Build The Ultimate Coachella Campsite

* Where to sleep comfortably in the great outdoors
* What to cook (and how to cook it)
* How to make your party memorable

Coachella is here, which means that thousands of people from Southern California and beyond will head to the desert for one of two music and art-filled weekends. Whether you’re heading to a music festival, or just craving a quiet camping getaway, here’s what to pack to ensure a successful, stress-free and memorable trip.

Sleeping Quarters

Every successful Coachella starts with a place to rest your head. Whether you’re bunking with bae’ or flying solo, a home base with a proper bed is essential. You can’t rock out to Beyonce with a cramped neck from sleeping on the ground. Build your Coachella bedroom with these outdoors basics.

1. SEMOO Dome Tent

Never trust a friend to share their tent with you. Your Coachella roommate may find romance and boot you from your bed. Instead, get a tent for yourself, like this one from SEMOO, which comes in at under $75 and sleeps up to four people — making it more than large enough for you to welcome some romance of your own.


2. COLEMAN Queen Size Airbed

Get off the ground and onto this queen sized camping bed. It comes with a 4D battery pump for easy assembly and break down. Rather than use your good bedding from home, you’ll do better just buying new sheets, blankets and pillows that you don’t mind losing.

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3. STANSPORT Tatami Straw Ground Mat

Protect your tent floor from tears and spills, make cleanup a breeze, and have a homier sleep space simply by spreading a rug. Something like this 60″ x 78″ straw mat is ideal. It’s mildew-resistant and folds into an easy-to-carry pack. Bonus: it doubles for when you want to lay out on the festival grounds too.


4. ODOLAND LED Light & Fan

Beat the heat when you take an afternoon nap, and shed light on the dark desert nights with this LED light and fan.

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Camp Kitchen

You don’t have to limit yourself to grilled hot dogs and dry foods all weekend. With a few key items, you can turn your digs into a dreamland for the cook in your crew.

1. WEBER Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

Lightweight and easy to carry, use this charcoal grill to makes all the camp classics, like hot dogs, hamburgers and even s’mores.


2. WOLFYOK Outdoor Cooking Set

If you’re looking for something that’s less tailgating and more authentically for outdoor living, look no further than this complete cook set. This 12-piece cookware set includes a camping stove, flashlight and piezo ignition kit.


3. STANSPORT 24 Piece Camping Tableware Set

Crafted from metal and given an attractive enamel finish, this tableware set serves four campers and rinses easily.


4. YAHEETECH Aluminum Folding Table and Chairs

You don’t want to cook a great meal, then sit on the ground while you eat it. Pack this convenient table and chairs set so that you can dine in style. Lightweight and easy to pack in your trunk.

Yaheetech Aluminium Folding Portable Camping Picnic Party Dining Table



1. ELITE SCREENS Camping Projector Screen

Bring the party home when you set up this outdoor projector screen. With a carrying case, stakes, net base and support rods, it’s easy to transport and won’t get knocked down. Check out Amazon’s selection of projectors to find one that matches your price range.


2. BOSE SoundTouch Speakers

Draw a crowd with the superior sound of these wireless speakers. You can control the volume from your smartphone or tables, plus they connect to WiFi.


3. BESTWAY Inflatable Couch

Kick back and relax around the campsite with this inflatable sofa. Air pump included.