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My basic packing list!
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BathroomNotes
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Toothpaste
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Toothbrushes
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Floss
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Face soap
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Washclothes
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TowelsIf you intend to shower. I do.
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MoisturizerParticularly useful in case of playa foot or sunburns.
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Lip moisturizer
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Porta-potty-safe toilet paper
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EyedropsIt's really dry and dusty out there!
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Allergy medicine if applicable (though allergies don't hit me out there)
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Mole skin in case of blistersCan be a lifesaver.
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Prescription medsIf relevant.
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Birth control
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Condoms
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Lubricant
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Wet wipes/baby wipesYou almost can't have too many of these.
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Advil
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Nyquil
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Vitamins
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Chapstick
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Ladies: Tampons or equivalent if necessary.
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Neosporin
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Medical kit (medical tape, bandaids, etc)
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Sun lotionIt's easy to get sunburned. Put on sun lotion.
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Mouth wash
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Shaving cream
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Razors
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Kitchen
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Modify the Kitchen stuff based on what common amenities your camp or campmates provide.
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Coolers for food and cold beveragesHigher-quality coolers make a big difference. See http://burn.life/food-and-water.html
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Wooden blocks/slats to elevate the cooler above the playaIt helps the cooler stay cold longer.
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Block and cubed iceYou want to fill your coolers at least half full of ice. Blocked ice is much better. Try finding the square-ish plastic 2.5 liter water bottles, filling them with water, and freezing them.
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Paper towelsUse them sparingly, because they take up a lot space in trash bags.
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Paper plates and bowlsI like sturdy ones that I can wipe off and reuse once or twice before throwing away.
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Washable silverwareI just wipe them off with baby wipes.
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Sturdy garbage bags. Contractors bags are best.Contractor bags double as excellent 'shoes' along with some zipties to keep them on your feet in case of rain. The wet playa doesn’t stick to them and they're sturdy enough to survive without ripping to pieces.
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Water - 1.5 gallons / person / day. More if you want to shower.
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Washable cupsProtip: Get a mug or a cup with a handle that you can carabiner to your backpack when you're out adventuring. Always have a cup with you.
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Closable cups/water bottlesI like to carry around wine or mixed drinks in one of these, especially at night. Can just put it in my camelbak.
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Bottle openerIf you have bottles.
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Can openerIf you have cans that don't have tabs.
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2 potsIf you're cooking.
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1 panIf you're cooking.
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Chef's knifeIf you're cooking.
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Cutting boardIf you're cooking.
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Dish soapIf you're washing dishes.
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Propane stoveIf you don't have access to one in your camp.
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Extra propaneIf you're bringing a propane stove.
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BucketFor grey water from washing dishes, if relevant.
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Food
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1 'meal' per day plus snacks is enough for me out there. You'll be a lot less hungry than you usually are.Check out http://www.burn.life/food-and-water.html for suggestions on food.
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Booze - lots
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You want things in cans or bags. Bottles are a pain in the ass, because you can't recycle them on-site (you can with cans) and they can't be compacted easily.
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If you're bringing wine, bring wine in a box. I take the bladders out of the box and put them in my coolers. They take up much less space that way.Two brands I've found decent are Bota Box and Black Box. They're about $20/box, and have the equivalent of 4 bottles in them.
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Gum and/or hard candyTasty, gets your mouth wet, and nice to give to people as gifts too.
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Clothing
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Daytime and Nighttime clothingRead this: http://www.burn.life/costumes.html
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A warm coat, or layers that are the equivalent thereof, is important.Warm is the key word. You really want to have something that will let you be fine if it drops to 40 degrees or colder. You also want to be prepared for much balmier nights though, where it may be 60 degrees until the darkest hours.
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2 pairs of underwear/dayChanging underwear feels awfully good, especially as even if you are showering, you're probably not doing it daily and it never gets you as clean as you'd like.
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2 pairs of socks/dayChanging socks may be even more glorious than changing underwear. Sandals sound nice, but the reality is that the playa eats up most people's feet. I can only wear sandals for one day before I have to switch to socks and shoes or boots.
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2 pairs sunglassesEasy to lose, and you will be very unhappy without them.
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Couple pairs of comfy shoes/bootsMake sure you have a backup pair in case one pair gets misplaced or fails on you.
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Pristine pair of shoes for post-playaHelps avoid getting playa dust in your car.
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Clean clothes to change into on leaving that I leave in a bag in the car.Way nicer to drive to wherever you're going if you are in clean clothes.
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Fun hatsI'm a hat fan out there, and have a variety of fun hats.
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Various jewellery and accessoriesEasiest way to look like you put a lot of effort into an outfit: Wear something basic and then throw a lot of accessories on.
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Survival
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Emergency rain ponchoThey're really cheap from a hardware store or whatnot. Very small, and worthy having in your backpack when you go out just in case it were to rain.
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2 pairs goggles
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Dustmask of some form.I bring multiple bandanas to use as dustmasks. One isn't enough as it gets pretty gross hanging around my neck and being sweated on.
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Headlamp
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Glowsticks or other illumination for yourself at night like El Wire.Don't be a darkwad!
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CamelbakI typically don't leave camp without a couple liters of water on me, unless I'm just going next door or whatnot.
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If I'm staying in a tent:
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Tent + either very very sturdy tent stakes or rebarRead about tent options here: http://www.burn.life/tents.html
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Rubber malletFor pounding in tent stakes/rebar.
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Inflatable bed+pump, or camping padYou really will be a lot more comfortable than slapping a sleeping bag on the ground with no padding.
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Camping cot to put inflatable bed onCreates extra storage space in the tent and makes you feel more like you're sleeping somewhere normal.
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Sheets + comforter/blanketIt really can get cold at night, so make sure your blanket or comforter is going to keep you warm enough.
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2 pillows
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Dust sheetA sheet I put over the top of the blanket/comforter and pillows during the day to minimize dust getting into the sheets/onto the pillows.
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TableI have a four foot long folding table that I put in my tent.
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AluminetIf I don't have a shade structure over my tent, I put this over it. See the tent page at burn.life.
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Shade structure with guy wires if necessaryThe best way to keep your tent cool-ish during the hours while the sun's up.
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3 folding beach/camping chairs2 for outside the tent, 1 for inside the tent.
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Battery-powered string lightsI string them around the top of the tent to create mood lighting at night.
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2 small carpets1 for outside the tent entrance, one for inside it.
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