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The Things He Carries: The Coachella Packing List

We asked Birchbox Man editor Kyle to unpack his bag before heading to Indio. “I’ve been to my fair share of music festivals and Coachella really does trump them all. The lineup, the weather, the clothes, the scenery… it’s tough to beat. But you still have to know what to pack if you want to have a really great time.” Who is he most excited to see? “The Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rodriguez.”

1. Sunglasses
“There’s usually never a single cloud in the sky, so good shades are an absolute essential. This pair from Saturdays NYC has a timeless shape and polarized lenses.”

2. Cotton Belt
“Packing light is crucial to a successful camping experience, so versatility is key. This woven cotton belt from Men in Cities is the only one you need.”

3. Digital Camera
“My Canon Powershot S110 strikes a nice balance between lugging around a bulky DSLR and just using your phone.”

4. Niche for Men Wipes
“I’m really looking forward to bringing these scented wipes with me for some midday clean-ups. That familiar festival combination of sweat and dirt needs all the help it can get.”

5. Hanz de Fuko Modify Pomade
“A great new hair product that provides substantial hold without looking stiff.”

6. Face Wash and SPF Lotion
“My love of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel line runs deep. Their face wash and SPF 15 moisturizer are the perfect one-two punch for staying clean and sunburn-free all weekend.”

7. Snapbacks
“In lieu of bold patterned shirts, I love these hats from The Ampal Creative. The L.A.-based brand only makes a few designs every season with deadstock fabric, so your chances of seeing someone else with the same design are slim to none.”

Jeans and Hoodie

8. Jeans
“Mostly for the flight there and back, but good to have just in case. This simple pair from Tellason is made from premium White Oak denim and fits perfectly—slim, but not skinny.

9. Sweatshirt
“Never underestimate how cold it gets in the desert at night. A thick hoodie will come in handy every night—until the sun comes up the next morning.”

purcells & shorts

10. Jack Purcells
“Avoid the urge to wear sandals at all costs. It’s a music festival: the odds of someone stepping or jumping on your feet are almost guaranteed. These white Purcells are the only pair you’ll need.”

11. Shorts
“Three days, three pairs of shorts. It’s that simple.”


12. Tank tops
“From a sartorial standpoint, anything goes. You’ll see people in all black, people in headdresses, and people wearing next to nothing, so wear whatever you heart desires. For me, that’s my beloved ‘tankers.’”

ernest alexander bag

13. Weekend bag
“The more this handsome bag from Ernest Alexander gets beat up, the better it looks. I can’t say that about most luggage.”

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