What you can and cannot bring to Coachella

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Article Summary

  • We list all the things you can and cannot bring to Coachella according to the festival themselves
  • Most of the items you can’t bring are obvious, but it’s still good to skim the list to make sure you are all good when you try to get into Coachella

Knowing what to bring with you to Coachella can make all the difference. Having certain things can really enhance the experience. On the other end of the spectrum is you don’t want to bring something not allowed. You will either have to toss it or run back to your hotel or house to return it. This article goes over everything you can and cannot bring to Coachella.

Things You Can Bring to Coachella

The following is the list of items permitted into Coachella. This list comes directly from the Coachella Information website, which can be reached at

  • Baby Blankets
  • Baby Strollers
  • Backpacks (Medium)
  • Bota Bags (Empty)
  • Cameras (Non-Pro Digital and Film)
  • Chapstick and Lip Balm
  • Cigarettes and Lighters
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Hydration Packs. Plastic only (i.e. CamelBaks – Empty)
  • Ear Plugs
  • Eye Drops
  • Fanny Packs and Hip Bags
  • GoPros
  • Gum
  • Hand Sanitizer and Baby Wipes
  • Hats
  • Makeup
  • Mobile Phones and Chargers
  • Parasols
  • Purses and Handbags
  • Smiles
  • Small Blankets & Towels
  • Sunblock (Non-Aerosol)
  • Sunglasses
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Water Bottles (Empty, Plastic, Reusable, non-metal, 40oz)

Things You Can’t Bring to Coachella

The list of prohibited items at Coachella also comes from the official website and is subject to change. You should check the official website just in case something changes, but most of these are fairly obvious. Anyways, here is what you can’t bring in with you to Coachella.

  • Aerosol Products/Aerosol Cans
  • Air Horns
  • Audio Recording Devices
  • Bicycles, Skates, Scooters or Skateboards
  • Chairs or Coolers
  • Detachable Lens Cameras
  • Drones or Remote Control Aircraft, Cars or Toys
  • Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
  • Fireworks, Explosives or Road Flares
  • Flags
  • Flyers, Samples, Giveaways or Promotional Items
  • Glass or Metal Water Containers
  • Glow Sticks or LED Gloves
  • Guns, Ammunition or Tasers
  • Hula Hoops
  • Hoverboards or Segways
  • Instruments
  • Kites or Sky Lanterns
  • Knives, Weapons or Sharp Objects
  • Laser Pointers
  • Massagers
  • Metal, Steel or Aluminum water bottles
  • Outside Food or Beverage
  • Pepper Spray or Mace
  • Pets or Other Animals
  • Selfie Sticks, Tripods or Narcissists
  • Sharpies, Markers or Paint Pens
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Tents or Sleeping Bags
  • Toy Guns, Water Guns or Sling Shots
  • Totems
  • Umbrellas
  • Video Cameras

What should I bring with me to Coachella?

If you are interested in all the things we think you should take with you to Coachella you should check out our full article on it at I will offer a few quick thoughts on the allowed list, and what you should bring. A quick note is expect a full search before entering Coachella. I feel like every year the Coachella security gets a little more intense and thorough in their check. This isn’t necessarily bad as they are trying to make sure everyone is safe and secure. This is my way of telling you that your sunscreen flask full of whisky isn’t getting in unless you hide it really well.

Backpacks – Obviously you can survive without bringing a backpack to Coachella but I recommend you do it. If you have a locker you can just throw it in there when you don’t need it, but if you don’t have a locker I really recommend it. It’s nice to have somewhere to stash your sunglasses at night so you don’t lose them, carry a hoodie for night time, and a place to store water bottles or contraband. It’s not a big deal to carry this around all day at Coachella, so I recommend bringing one.

Camelbak – I am a big proponent of bringing a Camelbak with you to Coachella. It basically cuts down on your trips to go get water and allows you to have more time at the stages watching performances. It also gives you a better chance of staying hydrated as you will always have water on you. Lastly, you will use this for more than just Coachella. If you go to any other music festivals, hiking, or other outdoor activities you will use it; it’s worth it.

Totems – I know some of you may be thinking ‘what the hell is a totem’? It’s basically a tall stick that is used so you can find your group at Coachella. You may of noticed Coachella has these on the banned list, but every year I see dozens of these things so it is definitely possible to get them in.

Hand Sanitizer / Baby Wipes – Coachella bathrooms are a disgusting and messy war zone. Make yourself feel at least 1.3% cleaner by bringing these with you. You will be happy you did when it’s 8 pm and that filthy excuse for a bathroom is out of handsoap.

Alcohol / Illegal Substances – Obviously you cannot bring these in with you, but almost everyone does. Sneaking this stuff into festivals is fairly easy, just use a little bit of creativity and think of where they won’t be searching you when you go through the gates at Coachella.


There you have it, everything you can and cannot bring with you to Coachella. Admittedly, a lot of these are obvious, but some aren’t so it is good to know what isn’t allowed before you go. Don’t be the guy who makes your group run back to the hotel because you brought something you can’t part with to Coachella.

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