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|The Ultimate Burning Man Packing List:
|Keep in mind that if you are camping in a small group (or sub-camp) at Spanky’s Village, some of these items may be
provided by others in your group, so check with people to ensure that you are not duplicating items unnecessarily. For
example, not everybody needs to bring a small sledgehammer to drive your rebar into the ground. There are “tool guys” in
Spanky’s who bring a few of them. Many of the things on this list are not required, just recommended. If you’re flying and
pressed for space, pare it down to the bare essentials. You can also coordinate with campmates who are driving to Burning
Man who might be able to bring things you can’t fit in your luggage.
Once you get to Burning Man, things get a little crazy so get organized and have a plan before you pack. Think about shade
during the day, think about what you’ll need/want to relax around camp, what you’ll want to eat and drink and what it’ll take to
make that happen, what your sleeping arrangements will be and what creature comforts you’ll want, how you’ll get around
(usually it’s a bike), where you’ll stash your important items (phone, driver’s license, keys, tickets, passports, insurance
cards, etc.), your personal physical and medical needs and consider your daily habits (are you a coffee drinker, use a lot of
this or that, require daily showers, etc.)
Think it through. Consider also the environment – hot during the day, cool to cold at night with dust pretty much everywhere –
always with the possibility of “white out” dust storms arising without warning. Be prepared for all of it. If you’re in a tent, dust
will come in – think of ways to protect the items in your tent. You’ll want nd illuminate your body and your bike, and you’ll want
convenient ways to collect and remove your trash and gray water. Break down all the segments and think each one through,
making a list as you go.
Have the post office hold your mail or have a friend take charge of that.
Let your friends and family know they can contact you on the playa if there’s an emergency. They can reach you at the
following email address which is checked daily: email@example.com and our emergency phone number is 714
408-1388 where callers should expect to leave a message. We’ll check it regularly. We will also have Wi-Fi at Spanky’s.
Last of all, give some thought to what you personally can bring to the burn. Do you wear great costumes, make cool cocktails,
cook well, play an instrument, are you “crafty” or artistic, are you skilled in a trade that might come in handy…how can you
enrich the burn for those around you?
What to bring:
Things specific to SWB:
___ Costumes to wear around Spanky’s (and around Burning Man) Examples; Master/Dominatrix/Slave costume for the
Festival of Bubastis (and any other time, if ya wanna…and you know you wanna)
___ One appetizer to serve to the Spankers (we ask everyone to bring one to share - enough for 20-30 people).
___ iPod, MP3, or DJ stuff, if you want to “spin” a playlist at the bar (schedule that with DJ Dirty Dan)
___ Pirate costume for The Carne Armada - if you're part of it
___ Extension cords and splitter (if you want to plug anything into the power grid) – write your name on them.
Things you should/must bring:
___ Your ticket – until you get through the gate, know exactly where it is!
___ All relevant material for rental vehicles
___ Your vehicle pass - essential now if you’re driving in (only one needed per vehicle)
___ Flight information or plane ticket
___ Cell phone
___ Baby wipes
___ Phone chargers – regular and car
___ Work gloves
___ Driver’s license or other ID and a safe way to carry it – you’ll need this with you when you’re away from Spanky’s. It’s
safest to make a copy and carry that or tape a copy of your license to the cup you carry!
___ Copy of the “Survival Guide” (on Burning Man website or was mailed with your ticket)
___ Hotel reservations info (before and/or after event “decompression” is highly recommended)
___ Money (for ice and coffee on the playa – the only thing for sale at Burning Man)
___ Water (2 gallons per person, per day minimum... more if you are using the villageshowers... 2-4 gallons for a decent
___ A Camelbak or similar water container, with pockets (and put your name, your camp name and address inside it)
Or you can bring a small, cheap knapsack.
___ Food & beverages (you will not eat as much as you think and you will drink more beverages than you expect to)
___ A way to cook you food (camp stove, pots, pans, etc.)
___ A way to wash your dishes – soap, sponge scrubbie, etc.
___ At least one tub (for dish washing, storage, soaking your feet in vinegar water, etc.)
___ Cooler(s) for fresh food and drinks
• Bring large zip lock bags. When you buy ice, transfer it into the bags. Your cooler will stay drier and you’ll have fresh,
cold water when it melts!
• Cubed ice cools food and drinks fast; block ice lasts longer. As an alternative to block ice, pre-freeze drinking water or
juices in clean milk jugs. They’ll help keep foods cold and provide a handy source of cold beverages as they thaw.
• Keep your cooler in the shade – consider a reflective material to deflect heat
• Plenty of cooler space with some separation of drinks, meats, snacks, etc. makes accessing and preserving things
• If you’re knowledgeable about dry ice use – consider it for freezing or long term holding. Read about it before you
decide to use it – for example, you can’t mix dry ice with regular ice.
• Elevate the cooler a few inches from the ground – it’ll stay colder.
• Make sure the lid of your cooler stays closed tight.
• Make sure you maintain your cooler daily – drain excess water, add ice, clean if dirty, etc.
___ Fuel for stove – propane is preferred for safety
___ Cooking and eating utensils (see separate list, below)
___ Drinking cups for hot and cold liquids (try to put your name on it & make sure it’s easy to carry with you)
___ Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) * TIP - If you burn easily, also think about lightweight, long sleeved shirts, parasols, etc.
___ Dust mask and goggles – or big, face hugging sunglasses and a scarf
___ Any needed prescriptions or medicine you often take
___ Prescription glasses, contacts, spares and cleaner (you might find daily contacts work best)
___ Sunglasses and a backup pair or two
___ Shelter (a good tent, RV, etc. – wind/dust storms can reach 75 mph)
Regarding your tent:
___ If you’re bringing a tent, bring the type that allows you to zip-up all screened windows. Some people bring two – one
for sleeping and one for changing and storing stuff.
___ Some find covering their bed and clothes with a large comforter and zipping the tent closed helps keep out dust
during the day. At night just fold the dusty cover to trap the dust and set it aside.
___ Ideally, bring one that is high enough for you to stand in – makes changing easier.
___ Replace cheap tent stakes with 18” rebar stakes (you can sometimes buy them on the internet with a ring welded
to them specifically for this purpose). This is not just a nice to have, the winds can do serious damage.
___ Bring tennis balls or a pool noodle to cap off the protruding ends of the rebar stakes and bring something to hang
from the tent’s guy wires so they are visible at night. Reflective tape or clips work.
___ Warm sleeping bag (night temps can range from 70-40 degrees)
___ Air mattress, cot or sleeping pad – you’ll be glad you brought it. Consider a mattress pad or foam topper between
the air mattress and you. An air pump will come in handy, too.
___ Think of how you want to elevate or hang your stuff inside the tent to keep it outof the dust.
___ Lights for inside (and outside) the tent (do not use gas lanterns inside your tent)
___ Radiant barrier material (aluminized bubble wrap) can be used on the east side of the tent to reflect the hot
morning sun. Be careful of buying things that could blow away or become moopy, and secure it well.
General and personal supplies:
___ Camp chair - preferably with a cup holder
___ Bike with a comfortable seat – beach cruiser or bike with wide tires work best.
NOTE: The playa is hard on bikes so leave your good one at home. Bike lock – make it hard for people to randomly
“borrow” your bike when you’re out exploring. Consider a basket or rack to hold your stuff, make sure it has at least
a front light and bring a bike lock and extra lube for the chain. Also, write your name and camp address on a piece of
duct tape taped to the frame. If lost, you might get it back. Get a rack for your water bottle if you don’t have a basket
or Camelbak. Most cool burners decorate their bikes. It’s important to light up your bike as well with blinky/glowy
___ First Aid Kit (see separate list below)
___ Head lamp
___ Single ply toilet paper (in case the porta-potties run out – they often do)
___ Heavy duty trash bags with ties – contractor bags work well. You’ll want heavy duty bags to carry out trash.
___ Flashlight with spare batteries – *TIP - it’s a good idea to review all your battery powered items and make sure the
batteries are fresh and that you have extras. When traveling to and from Burning Man, reverse the batteries in the
chamber so the flashlight can’t accidentally turn on in your luggage.
___ Toiletries (see separate list below)
___ Lip balm with SPF protection
___ Any items you need to block sounds and light if sleeping during the day (earplugs).
___ A sleep mask
___ Vinegar and moisturizer (for foot care) *TIP – a 50/50 vinegar solution is a magic elixir for removing playa dust and
keeping your feet from cracking.
___ Both light and warm clothing (though rare, temps can exceed 110 in the day and 40 at night) – you’ll want warmth
___ Comfortable shoes, boots, sandals (don’t walk barefoot too much… playa can dry/crack feet!)
___ Extra socks!
___ Towels – both bath and kitchen size for wiping up
___ A hat that won’t blow off your head
___ If you’re camping in a group, it’s nice to have tarps, tapestries, etc. for privacy, flooring between tents, and to create
shade between tents, structures, etc. and the clamps and ropes to secure them (paracord is best). Also bring
strings of lights to illuminate dark areas.
___ Common sense, an open mind and a positive attitude
The Playa is dark. It can be hard to find your tent/RV and it can be hard to see other people and bikes when walking around at
night, so be prepared with items to light your bike, your tent, your campsite and your body.
Think about convenient lights for the inside of your tent. Trying to find light in a dark tent late at night can be frustrating –
consider hanging a lantern or flashlight or a small motion detecting light. If you use gas lanterns (outside your tent, only
please), remember extra mantles.
Things that are good to bring but not essential:
___ Utility belt
___ Misting bottle
___ Stackable bins for clothing or supplies
___ Shade structure or tarp (to cover your tent and create shade)
___ Reflective sun shades for RV or other windows
___ Kickstand with ball on end
___ Spare bike tube and pump
___ Portable fan or swamp cooler
___ Ropes or cords
___ Bungee cords
___ Caribiners of different sizes
___ A great way to label things is to get countertop samples (like formica) from a home improvement store.
You can write on them, then zip-tie them to anything
___ Musical instrument (drum, etc.)
___ Camp table
___ Anything you plan on burning at the Temple
___ Small box, Tupperware, tray, etc. for your small, easy to lose items. A good way to organize stuff in your tent,
is to bring one of those mesh/Velcro hanging organizers.
___ EL wire, glow sticks, blinky things
___ Large zip-lock bags for keeping clothes clean you will wear after Burning Man and various other size
baggies – they’re extremely handy.
___ Laundry bag
___ Matches/Lighter (a long tipped lighter or long matches are handy for lighting lanterns or stoves – tie it to your
stove so it doesn’t walk off.)
___ Ashtray if you smoke (Altoids tins work great as you can carry them with you)
___ Small flask or water bottle (good for traveling with booze on the playa – don’t put anything but water in your Camelbak)
___ Hangover medicine (Emergen-C)
___ Pee Funnel and container (females)
___ Rain poncho
___ Long undies
___ Spare set of car keys – *TIP - put these somewhere safe right from the get go…you’ll be glad later!
___ Wisk broom for tent
___ Sewing kit
___ Safety pins
___ Duct tape
___ Extension cords (if you are plugging into the grid or have a generator)
___ Fire extinguisher
___ Sharpie permanent marker
___ Swiss army knife (with corkscrew, of course!)
___ Zip ties (various sizes) – they’re invaluable!
___ Giveaway trinkets or items you think will be appreciated
___ Condoms, lube, toys etc.
___ Carpet for tent and area in front of tent (tape carpet edges) you’ll likely throw this away afterwards
___ Fire spinning toys (if qualified to use)
___ Aloe gel (good for sunburn)
___ Wash basin
Personal Cooking Supplies:
This is one of the areas where people who are flying to Burning Man need to coordinate with people who are driving in. Base
your cooking supplies on what you intend to cook however, unless you’re a foodie and well prepared, cooking can be tedious
and time consuming on the playa. Some people live all week on ramen noodles and salami while others cook elaborate
meals. Think about your specific needs and infrastructure, and coordinate with your campmates, then plan accordingly. If it
works for you, sometimes prepping or pre-cooking items at home and keeping it on ice can save time later (i.e., barbecued
chicken breasts, pre-made salad, dips, meatballs, hardboiled eggs, cooked ground beef, deboned rotisserie chicken, etc.).
Think through the meals and snacks for the week so you have enough. Bring cheap storage containers for leftovers.
___ Stove and fuel (propane is best, however it’s illegal to fly with propane or other liquid fuels)
___ Stovetop (or electric) coffee pot and supplies or teabag type coffee
___ Large pot
___ Small pot
___ Large frying pan
___ Small frying pan
___ Plates (paper… less dishes to wash)
___ Sharp knife/cutting board
___ Cooking spray
___ Large spoons/fork
___ Hard spatula
___ Can opener
___ Plastic food containers
___ Dish soap and scrubbies
___ Paper towels – you’ll use more than you think
___ Drying bag or rack for cookware/dishes
___ Pantyhose to strain dishwater
___ Pot holders
___ Plastic wine glasses
___ Dish towels
___ Dish tub
___ Table for your stove and supplies
___ Gray water receptacle for dish water
First Aid Kit:
___ Aspirin, ibuprofen
___ Band aids
___ Antiseptic wipes
___ Eye drops
___ Stomach meds
___ Cotton balls
___ Hydrogen peroxide
___ Nasal spray
___ Cold meds/allergy pills or supplies
___ Small knife
___ Small flashlight
___ Pain killers
___ Antibiotic cream
___ Gauze pads
___ Medical tape
___ Ankle/wrist wrap or wrapping bandage
___ Nasal Rinse
___ Talcum powder
___ Hair products (gel, ties, clips)
___ Toothbrush and toothpaste
___ Razor and shave cream
___ Small mirror
___ Nail clipper
___ Q tips
___ Waterless hand soap
___ Feminine products
___ Small basket or container to take shampoo, etc. to and from the shower
Some easy food items to bring:
___ Canned fruits and veggies (don’t forget the can opener!)
___ Canned or other precooked ready to eat meals
___ Dried foods
___ Instant soups (cup-o-noodles/miso)
___ Instant mashed potatoes
___ Beef jerky
___ Summer sausage
___ Pre-made, canned tuna and crackers
___ Canned beer/booze
___ Plastic containers of non-alcoholic drinks
___ Peanut butter and jelly
___ Boil-in-bag dinners
___ Granola bars
___ Cooking oils
___ Pasta and sauce
___ Canned chicken/ham spread
___ Dry cheeses
___ Smoked salmon
___ Hard boiled eggs
___ Ciabatta bread (or other sturdy, long lasting bread)
___ Alcohol to share
___ Gatorade or something with electrolytes (Pedialyte powder is sugar free)
Things NOT to bring:
___ Feather costumes or boas or sequins (they cause MOOP)
___ Avoid glass containers
___ Nuts in their shells
___ Loose glitter
___ Anything that shreds, flakes or creates MOOP
___ Too much fresh food/produce
___ Styrofoam coolers
___ Friends, spouses, etc. who are closed minded, whine a lot, or are fragile
___ A bad attitude or a closed mind
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