Before I begin this post, I want to recall a time I brought my close friend Wendy skiing for the first time. She wore whatever she could scramble together in her closet and quit on the slopes 5 minutes into her run. She said “the cold ain’t for me” and she retreated to the lodge until I had my fair share of runs. This could have been avoided if Wendy had the proper ski attire. I hope this post is helpful for all of the Wendys out there.
Base Layer Long Sleeve– I always start layering with a long tee that is quick dry and thin. I use this Columbia Midweight Stretch Baselayer Long Sleeve Shirt as my base layer. Columbia is a great company for outerwear and I’m always happy with the quality and price! It has thermal reflective lining to trap heat and won’t be super thick.
Base Layer Tights– You’re going to want to wear a base layer under your snow pants. I love these Columbia Midweight Stretch Baselayer Tights. They retain your body heat and keep you super warm on the slopes. I own 2 pairs that I bring with me on every ski trip.
Half-Zip Fleece– After putting on my long sleeve base layer, I layer up with this Columbia Glacial IV half-zip fleece. It isn’t too bulky and thick, but it’s super soft and keeps me warm. I own about 5 of these in different prints because I got them on sale at the Columbia Outlet. When the weather is warmer, I’ll just wear my baselayer long sleeve and this type of fleece under my shell jacket.
Full-Zip Fleece– Now if it’s snowing and the weather is colder, I add a third layer. At that point I recommend one that zips all the way down, like this Women’s Columbia Benton Springs Zip-Front Fleece Jacket. If you start to feel like you’re getting warm again, you can just put this to the side easily. Better safe than sorry so I always bring mine.
Boot Socks– In order to keep those feet warm and avoid getting blisters in your boots, you will need the proper socks for skiing. I personally use these Eurosock Graphic OTC Socks made by the company Turtle Fur. I have been wearing their products for years and was recently approached by them to represent their brand, which I was more than happy to do because their products for skiing are amazing. Use promo code “BLONDEINTRANSIT10” for 10% off your order with Turtle Fur.
Bandana Neck Warmer– Trust me when I say you need this. It is going to keep your face and neck warm while also preventing wind burn. My first choice is this Bandana Face Shield Neck Warmer made by Turtle Fur. It is not fleece lined, which is perfect for me because its so comfortable to breathe through. It keeps my face warm while also protecting me from sun and wind burn. Feel free to use promo code “BLONDEINTRANSIT10” for 10% off your order with Turtle Fur.
Fleece-Lined Neck and Headwear– When its snowing and colder on the slopes, I use this Long Tail Totally Tubular Headwear also made by Turtle Fur instead of the bandana listed above. This one is lined with fleece for extra warmth, and can be worn as a neck, a balaclava, a headband and more. Either of these are perfect to tuck under your goggles to cover your face from the wind and cold. Use promo code “BLONDEINTRANSIT10” for 10% off your order with Turtle Fur.
Snow Goggles– A pair of goggles are a must. They will protect your eyes from the wind and the cold while also protecting your eyes from the sun. An inexpensive choice would be these Smith Riot Goggles. They have great reviews and you have a few colors to choose from. This year I purchased a pair of these Blenders Goggles that come in a variety of colors and designs. I like that the lenses detach magnetically and each purchase comes with two interchangeable lenses, one for cloudy conditons and one for sunny.
Gloves– I swear by these North Face Montana E-Tip Gore-Tex Mittens. My favorite thing about these mittens is that they have a wrist strap. I LOVE this because it makes it impossible to lose your gloves. They are easy to take on and off because of this strap. They are also super comfortable, warm and stay dry all day. I splurged on these gloves and don’t regret it.
Jacket– There are many different options for jackets out there, some heavier than others. I prefer to buy a shell jacket for riding because it gives me full control over layering my clothing underneath based on the weather. It is just as uncomfortable to be too hot on the slopes as it is to be too cold. I have been using a jacket similar to this Oakley Snow Insulated 10K/2L Womens jacket which is a GREAT price right now at under $120. I prefer a black jacket because it’s easier to style. You can match any color pant to it and also play around with fun neck warmer prints without it looking tacky.
Snow Pants– You will definitely need to buy snow pants for skiing. Please don’t wear jeans or leggings on the slopes, you will end up soaking wet and freezing. I swear by these Columbia On the Slope II Ski pants. They are insulated, super affordable and very comfortable for riding. I also like these Volcom Species Stretch pants. I wore my Volcom pants for over 5 years and they held up very well. I always wear my base layer leggings underneath my snow pants for extra warmth and comfort.
2. Glamping at the Shawnee Inn Resort :
3. Visit the Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride :
I have a feeling this will be the year I finally make it to this haunted attraction in Glen Mills, PA. I’ve heard it is amazing from so many people & it will really get you into the
4. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary :
It’s not everyday that you can walk through a massive haunted prison. This attraction is one of my favorites & is located right in the center of Philadelphia. Terror Behind the Walls goes from Sept. 20th until November 9th & consists of six attractions inside the cell blocks that will scare the living hell out of you (if you’re a big baby like I am). Click here to purchase tickets from their website.
5. Hike up Mount Tammany :
If you are up for a challenge, hike up to this fantastic overlook of the Delaware Water Gap. You will be blown away by the views, especially during fall foliage. This hike is easily accessible from PA & it is considered to be in NJ. It can be a bit steep at times but it was totally worth it for the views of the river from the top. I recommend staying at the Shawnee Inn in East
6. Visit Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery :
If you are planning on hiking Mount Tammany or visiting Bushkill falls in the Delaware Water Gap area, the Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery is a beautiful spot to visit. It was recommended to me by a local & I was so happy I checked it out. You’ll be treated to 360 degree views of the vineyards & mountains from the tasting room. Wine tastings are only $7 & you’ll be able to try 5 of their delicious wines. For more information, click here to check out their website.
7. Visit one of Philly’s Harvest Festivals :
I stumbled upon an article that sums up 20+ festivals going on this fall in Philly. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, cornfield mazes & more during the entire fall season. Click here for a summary of all upcoming festivals!
8. Visit Ricketts Glen State Park :
This was one of my favorite hikes I ever did in the fall. A 3.2 mile walk along the trail takes you past 21 waterfalls ranging in heights from 11 feet to 94 feet. I did this hike on a day it was raining but it made the waterfalls that much more beautiful. You can do this hike by going on Highland Trail and the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail.
Just as the world finished catching their breath from Beyonce’s jaw-dropping Coachella performance last April, Coachella pre-sale for weekend 2 starts this Monday for 2020! Weekend 1 passes are sold out but you still have a chance to snag some for weekend 2.
I went to Coachella for the first time April 2018 & I had the best time ever!The festival lineup is usually announced just three months before the festival, but that doesn’t stop everyone from buying their tickets well in advance.
Before you buy tickets, I want to share with you everything I learned from MONTHS of planning for Coachella. There are so many things you may overlook that could throw off your entire trip, so here’s a beginners guide to one of the best music festivals in the world.
What is Coachella?
Coachella is a Music and Arts Festival that takes place in Indo, California at the Empire Polo Grounds every April over the course of two separate weekends. Some of the world’s most famous artists and bands perform at this festival every year across five main stages. Coachella makes it a point to represent all musical genres.
The festivalis locatedapproximately 2.5 hours east of Los Angeles Airport. Thousands of people make their way to Coachella every year, and tickets always sell out.The location of this festival is very unique which adds to the whole experience. Not many people can say they went to a music festival in the desert!
Purchasing Tickets: General Admission or VIP
General admission tickets go for $399. If you buy during the pre-sale, you will be able to pay off your tickets in 7 monthly payments. The sooner you start paying for your trip, the better because things will start adding up. Tickets usually sell out within a few hours, so make sure you log in quick and know what you want.
There is also an option of buying a Festival Pass/Shuttle Combo for $474. You can find out the drop off locations for the shuttle on Coachella’s website. If your hotel or campground is one of them, I highly recommend purchasing the combination pass.
If you’re feeling fancy, a VIP Coachella ticket will cost you $929. There were certain instances that we wished we had bought VIP tickets. Having the VIP wristband allowed you access into designated VIP areas with clean bathrooms and certain beer gardens/restaurants that were inaccessible to those with General Admission wristbands. The lines for the bathrooms and food there were significantly shorter.
If you end up buying general admission, make sure to plan ahead when you want to eat between sets. Give yourself at least an hour to get food or drinks because of the lines. If you forget to eat, you will get hungry at the worst possible times. I definitely missed at least three artists I really wanted to see because I was stuck waiting in line for food. Make sure you bring an empty water bottle into the festival. There are free water refill stations all over the festival grounds and you will want to stay hydrated.
Avoid ticket Reseller viagogo
Last year I got on Coachella’s website just as their tickets sold out, which led me to my first mistake of purchasing tickets from a reseller called Viagogo. We ended up paying $650 each for General Admission tickets when it should have been just $430. The amount of hidden fees they tack on at checkout is disgusting. I’m not really sure how they are still in business. To top it all off, two of our tickets didn’t arrive until a week before the festival!
Viagogo tricked me into thinking their site was the last resort for buying tickets. They (obnoxiously) showed a meter on their site indicating that their ticket stock for Coachella was rapidly decreasing (which wasn’t true because I lurked on their site daily & they NEVER sold out). This was before I realized Coachella would be having another ticket sale closer to the date of the festival, so I hurried through the checkout process and bought the tickets. I could go on and on about the stress they caused me but just read the horror stories about them online.
The reason I will never trust buying Coachella tickets from viagogo again is that you might not get your tickets until 3 days before the festival. The person selling you their ticket has to wait to get theirs first, and Coachella doesn’t mail out their official tickets until a month before the festival. You are at the mercy of your seller to put their ticket in the mail in time for you to get it. They also have practically no customer service. For months I tried calling them and there was never an answer. After spending tons of money on flights, campsites, rental cars, etc., you do not want to worry about not having your ticket in time for the festival.
Weekend 1 or Weekend 2?
If you didn’t already know, there are two weekends of Coachella. The performers for both weekends are the same, so you can pick whichever weekend works best for you. Last year I went to Weekend 2 and had no complaints.
There are a lot more celebrity sightings during the first weekend. It is definitely more crowded the first weekend with people who want to be “seen”. Coachella live streams online during Weekend 1, so you see all of the huge surprise guests and performers before attending Weekend 2. You still get some elements of surprise during Weekend 2, like when Kygo brought out Ariana Grande for his set.
Almost all of the exclusive parties happen during Weekend 1 (Revolve Festival & Neon Carnival), but unless you’re a “somebody” you are not going to get into them. If you survive being out in 95 degree weather from noon until midnight, don’t get ahead of yourself and think you’d also survive partying your ass off till the morning. We were so tired after each day of Coachella that we couldn’t even imagine going anywhere besides home base.
Camping at Coachella
Don’t get me wrong, I love camping and being outdoors. However, just the thought of camping outside with thousands of people side by side in 95 degree weather made me pass out. I knew I would want my own space, a bed and air conditioning after being out in the desert heat all day so camping was out of the picture for me. I will say, however, that car camping on the festival grounds is the cheapest way to go.
Car camping costs $125 total per campsite for your entire weekend, and from what I hear one campsite has enough space to comfortably fit 4-5 people with all of your gear, tents and up to one vehicle (additional car can be added for a fee). Once you’re all settled in, you will not be able to drive in and out of the festival.
When buying tickets, make sure at least one person in your group purchases a car camping pass with their ticket in the same order on the Coachella website. If you have a bigger group, you may purchase multiple parking passes amongst yourselves and combine campsites. Keep in mind, if you buy your tickets from a reseller without a car camping pass together in the same order, you will not be able to go on Coachella’s website and buy just a camping pass.
A lot of people we met said that camping adds to the entire experience of Coachella. It definitely seemed like a great way to meet new friends since you’re all camping so close to each other (literally back to back camping). Being really close to the festival entrance is also a perk of car camping, however I have to warn you that it gets very HOT in the desert and you have to be able to tolerate a lot of noise/heat/people to get through a weekend camping at Coachella.
Why we chose to stay at Indian Waters RV Resort
If you’re like me and you’re willing to spend a little bit more for comfort, you will DEFINITELY want to stay atIndian Waters RV Resort. This will be the best decision of your life. Don’t have an RV or refuse to rent one to drive? No worries, there is a company I found calledStar RV Rentals that will drop off & hook up a huge RV for you upon arrival at Indian Waters.
Indian Waters RV Resort is less than 5 miles away from the festival. The crowd at the RV resort were festival goers in their mid 20’s to upper 30’s. Nobody was disrespectful or obnoxious and we had no problems falling asleep at night. Every morning we walked down to the pool house for free continental breakfast. Afterwards, there was a DJ spinning all day at the pool and we would hang out there with everyone else before making our way to the festival.
We only paid a total of $300 each for our four night stay after splitting the cost four ways. That included the RV rental and campsite costs. The RV came to $200 per night and the campsite was a little less than $100 per night. Our RV came equipped with a TV, dining table with couch seating, kitchen with a decent sized fridge, bathroom, shower, separate bedroom with queen size bed, a couch, two full bunk beds, and the ability to turn the dining room into another pull out bed. We also had air conditioning that worked great and was much needed because temperatures reached 100 degrees over the weekend.
Indian Waters offers a shuttle to and from the festival for $75 per person total for the whole weekend. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and we never had an issue getting to the festival. If you plan on staying at Indian Waters, DO NOT buy the shuttle pass directly from Coachella‘s website. Their shuttle does not stop at Indian Waters, which is why Indian Waters has their own shuttle they provide.
Coachella was an unforgettableexperience & I would do it again in a heartbeat. As long as you plan it right, you will not regret it! Feel free to leave any comments below. I don’t mind answering any questions you may have in regards to Coachella. I wanted to close out this post with a mention of an amazing product I came across while shopping for Coachella. Keebos makes phone cases that have a strap attached & can be worn as crossbodys!! This is so perfect for festivals. When I last attended Ultra Music Festival, my phone was stolen from my back pocket which was devastating. I highly recommend this case as it also stores your credit cards as well. This post will be updated regularly with more tips in the upcoming months as the festival approaches!