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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.

Before packing:

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.

Contact info:        
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: 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
___        iPod, MP3, or DJ stuff, if you want to “spin” a playlist at the bar
___        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

Cooler TIPS
•        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.
___        Pillow(s)
___        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
at night.
___        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

Lighting needs:

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)
___        Mirror
___        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
___        Scissors
___        Sharpie permanent marker
___        Swiss army knife (with corkscrew, of course!)
___        Zip ties (various sizes) – they’re invaluable!
___        Books/Magazines
___        Games
___        Giveaway trinkets or items you think will be appreciated
___        Parasol
___        Sheets
___        Condoms, lube, toys etc.
___        iPod
___        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)
___        Silverware
___        Sharp knife/cutting board
___        Cooking spray
___        Large spoons/fork
___        Hard spatula
___        Spatulas/scrapers
___        Can opener
___        Plastic food containers
___        Whisk
___        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
___        Tweezers
___        Small knife
___        Small flashlight
___        Pain killers
___        Antibiotic cream
___        Gauze pads
___        Medical tape
___        Ankle/wrist wrap or wrapping bandage
___        Vitamins
___        Nasal Rinse


___        Soap
___        Washcloth
___        Shampoo
___        Conditioner
___        Moisturizer
___        Brush/comb
___        Talcum powder
___        Hair products (gel, ties, clips)
___        Toothbrush and toothpaste
___        Deodorant
___        Razor and shave cream
___        Small mirror
___        Nail clipper
___        Q tips
___        Tissues
___        Vaseline
___        Waterless hand soap
___        Make-up
___        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
___        Crackers
___        Cookies
___        Pre-made, canned tuna and crackers
___        Canned beer/booze
___        Plastic containers of non-alcoholic drinks
___        Pickles
___        Peanut butter and jelly
___        Boil-in-bag dinners
___        MREs
___        Granola bars
___        Rice
___        Cooking oils
___        Spices
___        Pasta and sauce
___        Canned chicken/ham spread
___        Dry cheeses
___        Smoked salmon
___        Hard boiled eggs
___        Salami
___        Condiments
___        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:

___        Drama!
___        Feather costumes or boas or sequins (they cause MOOP)
___        Firearms
___        Fireworks
___        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

Recommended reading:

First Timers Guide:

Survival Guide:

Burning Man Tips:

Health and Safety:

Travel Info:

Event Resources: