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Burning Man packing list

The ultimate Burning Man packing list!

Toiletries and personal care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Biodegradable soap or shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving products and gear
  • Nail clipper
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • After-sun aid
    - aloe gel
  • Spray bottle
    - cooling aid
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Camp towel
  • Tampons
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover towelettes
  • Solar Shower
  • Shower water
  • Kleenex
  • Cotton swabs

Personal items

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles and/or dust masks
  • Contact lenses
    + case + solution
  • Watch
  • Wallet
  • Personal pocket ashtray
  • Car keys
  • Parasol
  • Ear plugs
  • 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
  • Credit cards
  • Medical insurance card
  • Maps and guides
  • Membership cards
    - auto club, etc.
  • Emergency phone numbers
    - roadside assistance, insurance, credit cards, etc.
  • Business cards

Luggage and security

  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Containers with tight-fitting lids
    - to keep your cooking utensils and other things dust-free

Camp

  • Sturdy, wind-resistant tent
  • Tent stakes
    - preferably 18" lengths of rebar
  • Tent stake covers
    - to prevent foot injuries (tennis balls, plastic bottles, stuffed animals, etc.)
  • Tarp
    - under the tent
  • Shade structure
    - absolutely essential. Your tent will be as hot as the oven during the day. An open shade structure will not restrict the flow of air and will provide shelter from the sun.
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress
  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket
  • Camp chair
  • Folding table
  • Tools
  • Work gloves
  • Waterproof matches
  • Lighter
  • Duct tape
  • Lantern
  • Rope
  • Message board

Gadgets

  • Cell phone
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  • (Disposable) photo camera
  • Video camera
  • Walkie-talkie
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries for everything

Clothing

  • Briefs or boxer shorts
  • Socks
  • Bras and panties
    - cotton underwear is best for desert climate
  • Headwear
    - hat, baseball cap, bandana. A broad-brimmed hat with a neck cord works best, stays on when it's windy and protects from sun at all times.
  • Swim trunks
  • Swimsuit
  • Cover-ups
    - sarong or pareo
  • Personal selection of clothes
    - cotton T-shirts, shorts, longsleeve lightweight shirts, all preferably with pockets. Sunscreen clothing is the best option.
  • Poncho or rain jacket
  • Thermal underwear
    - for cold nights
  • Flip-flops, sneakers, sandals
  • Playa costumes
    - funky clothing, creative headwear, jewelry, wigs, body lights

Food and drink

  • Water containers
  • 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
  • Cook set
  • Can opener
  • Camp stove
  • Fuel for camp stove
  • Cleaning supplies
    - baby wipes + paper towels work great for light clean-up
  • Cooler
  • Dry ice
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
    - for the first 1-2 days
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Energy bars
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Juice boxes
  • Gatorade or other electrolyte-replenishing drink
  • Liquor
  • Gum and/or mints

Medicine

  • First-aid kit
    - pain reliever, antacid, allergy medicine, antibiotic ointment, band-aids, cold pack
  • Prescription medications
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Cough drops
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal spray

Miscellaneous

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • 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
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • 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
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pin
  • Sturdy notebook and pen
  • Permanent marker
  • Squirt gun
  • Folding fan
  • Gifts, trinkets
    - glow bracelets, body lights, blinky toys, etc.

To do

  • 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
  • Pay bills
  • 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