Festival season is upon us once again, and this year we’re kicking off Coachella in style. That’s right, Square is not only helping you pay for your favorite merch and food this year, but we’re also giving you an important tip on how to accessorize for this year’s festival.
We know how bulky it is to carry all your cash, cards, and receipts, so Square is here to help as the exclusive point of sale for all 2017 Coachella vendors.
Set up Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments on your phone before the event and when you go to pay for things, simply tap Square Reader with your phone. If you decide to stick with your chip cards for the weekend, have no fear — with our latest firmware update, our reader can process chip cards in just 3.6 seconds, which is way faster than it takes to decide which piece of merch is a must-have. So no matter how you pay, you’ll have speedy lines all weekend long.
As you begin prepping and packing for the weekend, here are the top five items to leave at home to get the most out of your festival experience.
Wallet: Set up that digital wallet now and begin paying with your phone.
Backpack: Rock a fanny pack instead.
Food: You can’t bring food in, and why would you want to? From tacos to pizza to ice cream, Coachella food vendors will be offering whatever type of festival grub you’re craving.
Umbrella: It sounds like a good idea to keep yourself out of the sun, but an umbrella will not be allowed in. Instead, fall in line with a long-standing trend and purchase yourself some serious headwear like a fedora or snapback hat.
Fancy footwear: You’re going to be on your feet dancing all day, so keep it simple and stick with sneakers and flip-flops.
For those looking to spend more responsibly this year, we’ll leave you with one last tip to help you budget for the weekend with Square Cash:
Let’s say you only want to spend $200 on food, drinks, and merch all weekend long. You can easily “add cash” to your app and when you’re ready to pay vendors, simply do so with your Square Cash Virtual Card via Apple Pay. Another way to take advantage of Square Cash is using it to pay back friends throughout the event. Just download the app before the festival and quickly send and request money owed between you and your festival crew for free.
Have fun out there in the desert, stay cool, and be safe!