What to pack for Burning Man.

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on Aug 21, 2010
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Burning Man: where Human Imagination Manifests as a Wild, Sane, sometimes “Eco” Society.

Half Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Half Tolkien or Elfquest.

Of course, every year we hear rumors it’ll be the last: it’s got too big, it’s lost it’s heart…and yet somehow the experience survives.

The countdown has begun: get your glow sticks, hula hoop and goggles ready—pick up some faux fur and spare vinyl knee highs—most importantly get your courage up—and get thee to the Playa.

I’ll be home, showering daily, drinking cappucinos and (half) wishing I were there, as always. Next year!


One Burner’s Bring list:

Camera Charger, Memory Cards, batteries, lenses, cases
Laptop Charger, Mouse
Road Map
Names/Contact/Address of Couchsurfing hosts
Phone Charger


  • Sunscreen
  • Mirror
  • Cotton Swab
  • Baby wipes x2
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Ibuprofen
  • Luffa
  • Bug Spray
  • Spray bottle
  • Kleenex
  • Tampons
  • Cold Sore meds


  • Spatula
  • Big spoon
  • Forks, Spoons, Knives
  • Can opener
  • Clorox Wipe
  • Plates
  • Pot
  • Pan
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • French Press
  • Coffee Cup
  • Tupperware
  • Oven Mitts

Camping Supplies:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Blanket
  • Chairs x2
  • Shade
  • Tent
  • Mallet
  • Stakes
  • Rope
  • Tarp
  • Propane
  • Propane stove
  • Lantern


  • Pool
  • Lighter
  • Water bottles
  • 1gal ziplocks
  • Tool box
  • Headlight
  • Stick light
  • First Aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Power supply
  • Hammer
  • Trash bags
  • Zip ties
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Bikes
  • Bike Lock
  • Backpack
  • Spare tubes
  • Superglue
  • Bath puppet (for the foam around the goggles)


Bonus: Don’t forget to pack a case of this mindful craft beer: 



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7 Responses to “What to pack for Burning Man.”

  1. grasshulaskirt says:

    Geez louise! Such a long list. and SHEA BUTTER for those feet! We walked around barefoot quite a bit and at night would slather on the shea butter before placing them in socks. Our feet looked better going out.

    Say hi to the Lamplighters for me y'all!

  2. Aurora says:

    *Sigh* I love Burning Man. I will not be there, but looking forward to my next rendevous at some point when life needs less attention;) I mostly subsisted on water with emergen c, boxed chai with soy milk, hard boiled eggs, luna bars and whatever random food came across my way while I was there. *LOVE*

  3. […] I respect the concept of Burning Man and think it’s a pretty cool idea. I say “concept” and “idea” because I’ve never actually been to Burning Man. I can’t remark with confidence on something I’ve never done. And as a rule, I don’t think you can judge something until you’ve experienced it. But I can say with 100% confidence that I will never go to Burning Man. […]

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  5. Mylia says:

    Nice list! I would add:

    Vinegar and washcloths, for 1:3 vinegar to water sponge baths – this will neutralize the alkaline dust and soothe sunburn at the same time – you'll smell like a pickle for a while, but I promise it's worth it!

    Ziplock baggies to collect MOOP and to pack out tampons – don't put them in the port-o-potties!

    Also, I would leave the laptop at home unless you need it for a project or set. Even if you leave it in the car or RV it can end up ruined by the dust >.<

    Happy packing everyone, see you in the dust!

  6. Patric says:

    Bug spray? Why? There are no bug at BM. Not one.