Glow sticks, flashing lights, EL wire, laser pointer - for safety in the dark. Remember, you should make yourself visible from all directions at night to people riding bikes or driving an art car with no headlights, otherwise you will be run over.
Camelback or water bottle with strap - to be carried at all times!
Documents and money
Burning Man tickets
Photo ID (driver's license)
Cash - small bills for ice
Medical insurance card
Maps and guides
Membership cards - auto club, etc.
Emergency phone numbers - roadside assistance, insurance, credit cards, etc.
Luggage and security
Containers with tight-fitting lids - to keep your cooking utensils and other things dust-free
Water - 2 gallons per person per day minimum - for drinking, washing, food preparation. Drink 2 ounces of water for each ounce of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages which dehydrate the body. Track your water consumption! In desert climate, you should drink at least 1 gallon of water a day to make up for perspiration.
Insulated cup for cold and hot beverages
Plate and/or bowl
Spoon and fork
Fuel for camp stove
Cleaning supplies - baby wipes + paper towels work great for light clean-up
Fresh fruit and vegetables - for the first 1-2 days
Car emergency kit Jumper cables, tow cable, roadside flares, reflective triangle, tire inflator, air compressor, first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, roll of duct tape, multitool, work gloves, etc.
5-gallon gas can
Bike + bike lock + tools + tire repair kit + lights and decorations
Big garbage bags
Ziploc bags - to store food, toiletries, clean clothes, equipment - anything you do not want covered in dust
Clean-up tools whisk broom + rake + dustpan
Sturdy notebook and pen
Gifts, trinkets - glow bracelets, body lights, blinky toys, etc.
Notify someone of your plans Tell them where you are going, how long you'll be there and when to expect you back.
Charge all batteries
Put mail on hold or arrange for mail pick-up
Service car and fill up tank
Print out maps, guides, etc.
Download maps to GPS
Get cash from ATM
Set TiVo or VCR to record programs
Clear answering machine
Set up auto email response
Adjust AC to save energy
Turn off appliances and electronic devices
Clean out perishables from fridge
Water plants or arrange for plants to be watered while you are away
Make arrangements for pets to be fed
Take out garbage
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