Prepping for the Playa

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Creating a city with 68,000+ citizens takes some prepping… even if it’s temporary. Here are some tips for good times on the playa for Burning Man 2013 from burningman.com!

What Is Burning Man?

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.

Your Survival in BRC

Bring:

  • At least 1.5 gallons of water per person per day – hydrating, washing, and cooking etc.
  • A reusable water bottle to keep with you at all times – it’s hot!
  • Hearty meals, at least 3 per day, and perhaps a 4th meal – you’ll need the energy through the night, it’s one of the best times to explore!
  • First-aid kit – accidents happen.
  • Warm clothing for evenings—this is a desert at 4,000 feet elevation and it can get cold at night, like beanies are often warn cold.
  • A good camp tent or other shelter and warm sleeping bags and bedding. It’s your home. Don’t end up homeless. The winds can exceed 75 mph , and the midday temperature can exceed 100°F. Evening temperatures can be in the 40s
  • Particle/dust mask (dust storms are common, breathing dust is not fun)
  • Goggles to protect eyes during dust storms – get funky ones at a local store in Reno like the Melting Pot
  • Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp site ( rakes, magnets, gloves, etc.)
  • Rope or tie-down straps—one way or another, you’ll need them.
  • Duct tape—you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed.
  • Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), or anything else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services
  • Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful) so as to see and be seen at night
  • Sunscreen/sunblock & sunglasses
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, and if you plan to burn your art
  • Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude
  • Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the midday sun
  • A bicycle (mountain bike or cruisers with balloon tires are best)
  • Lights for your bike and your person for safe nighttime travel
  • more items…

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