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Burning Man Packing List - Radical Self Reliance Compiled by Stitch as of 6/4/13 (edited djk) * yellow items are the bare minimum everyone should definitely bring.This list was compiled from multiple Burners' lists accumulated over the past 17 years. Please note this list is very thorough in case somone is camping completely solo (which I have). The food section is minimal because everyone has different ideas about food.
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CategoryMust, Nice, Optional, N/AHaveNeedPacked Item Location Buy? Notes
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#1 PriorityMustburning man ticket
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#1 PriorityMustState-Issued ID card (proof of age)Yes most bars on the playa are now asking to verify you are of drinking age. There have been crackdowns with big fines. - leave a photocopy at home
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#1 PriorityMustAddress and contact info labels (ideally with camp location too)Put one on your camera, camel pack, and anything that you love and might get separated from! A lot of people want to give stuff back but don't know how!
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#1 PriorityMustGifts - pendants, buttons, patches, etc. - Get a clear idea of what you want to do or give to say thank youCan be something you made, or a meal you prepare and give out, something you do for another, no $ needs to be spent to show you care and are grateful for this amaizing adventure!
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Accessories - cooling/warmingNicechemical hand warmers REI or similarREI or similar
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Accessories - cooling/warmingNiceChinese parasolsHOUSE OF HUMOR
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Accessories - cooling/warmingNicegel eye mask, gel neckerchief or head band you can chill in cooler$8 at REI - neckerchief
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Accessories - cooling/warmingNicespray bottle for mistingDRUG/TARGET very nice to mist yourself and others
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Accessories - cooling/warmingOptionalumbrellaDRUG STOREit has rained, but it also works nicely for personal shade
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BodyMustbasic toiletries - toothbrush, tooth paste, hair brush, shampoo, soap, etc.try to bring biodegradable soap
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BodyMustDust masks/NOSK Personal Air FiltrationAmazonrated “N-95” (4x)
heard good things about NOSK Personal Air Filtration System. http://nosk.com/
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BodyMustear plugs, cheap eye shadesdoesn't matter how deep you sleep you will need these!
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BodyMustgogglesone for day and one for night.
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BodyMusthandy wipes and/or baby wipes!
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BodyMustlip balm SPF 15+
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BodyMustmoisturizerDRUG STORE
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BodyMustrefill any prescriptions you might needDRUG STORE
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BodyMustsunglasses at least two pairs
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BodyMustsunscreen (body and face)
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BodyMustextra contact lenses/glasses (if use)
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BodyMustKleenex - small packsfor when the port-a-potty is out of TP. (happens a lot)
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BodyMusttampons - non applicator reduces trashEven if it's not your time of the month, it may still suprise you!
DO NOT DISPOSE IN PORT-A-POTTIES!!!! Please carry a small trash bag with you and take back to your camp to pack out with the other trash!
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BodyNicealoe & burn lotionDRUG STORE
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BodyNiceboogie wipesDRUG STOREBasically baby wipes for the nose! made with natural saline to dissolve boogies
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BodyNicecondomsDRUG STOREmany people never have sex on the playa but if you do, be safe
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BodyNiceessentials oils - peppermint, rosemary, lemon & eucalyptushttp://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Essential-Peppermint-Rosemary-Eucalyptus/dp/B002RU3GE8Combo available on Amazon (link provided) or you can get them individually at any heath food store. Apply to a clean moist cloth and inhale, or put a few drops into your dust mask. Also good to put some in your spray bottle for more refreshing misting.
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BodyNiceeye drops - moisturizing/saline solutioneven if you don't wear contacts
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BodyNicehand sanitizer
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BodyNicemassage oilnice to give/receive
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BodyNicenail polishI like to get the gel polish put on before going to the playa, stays on great all week!
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BodyNicesuperglue - apply to cuticlesapply superglue to your cuticles before you leave. will dramatically cut down on how distorted your fingers will be and will naturally shed off once you get back. Note if you tend to pick at nail polish etc.. this won't really work. I tried it and it didn't work for me but it has for others.
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BodyNicethroat lozengesDRUG STOREyou are breathing in a lot of dust and these help a lot!
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BodyNiceTP (single ply only) - a couple of extra rollsPort-o's run out all the time
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BodyNicevinegar & container your feet & hands fit intothe alkalinity of the desert will tear up your skin, vinegar neutralizes it and moisturizes. You'll thank me later :)
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BodyNicevitamins/multivitamins
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BodyOptionalBurt’s Bees cuticle creamWorks really nice!
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BodyOptionalfoot - peppermint foot lotion (body shop), fresh lemons, wine skin, etc.BODY SHOP
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BodyOptionalprep-H to help that transitionDRUG STOREgood for the first days of' dehydration
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Body - BathingMustTowels (2x): they dry quickly.
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Body - BathingMustsolar shower: 3 G. heats water up to 120+ degrees in a few hours.need if camp doesn't have one.
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Body - BathingMustwater catch bin for under shower (I like to use one of my bins that I bring stuff out to the playa in for my "home" that I don't need to keep binned during the week).
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Body - BathingNicespare shower nozzle
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Body - BathingNiceTevas/flip flops/water shoesfor in the shower or just after getting out
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Body - BathingOptionalnail brush
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Body - BathingOptionalplatform to put under sun shower in your catch bin to avoid walking in a mud pile.
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Body - FaceMustmakeup, make up remover, etc. (No Glitter)
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Body - First AidMustmed kit with the basics including burn gel
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ClothesMustcostumes, fun, party outfits - Day (light weight) and Night (warm layers)
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ClothesMustunderwear and sockspotentially multiple pairs per day.
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ClothesMustaccessoriesscarfs, belts, wigs, chains, etc... anything you might want to play dress up in :)
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ClothesMustCamp teardown outfit sealed in Ziploc bag until the very end.
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ClothesMustcool comfy PJ'syou may be sleeping a lot in the day time
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ClothesMustDrive home outfit sealed in Ziploc bag until getting in car.
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ClothesMustShoesFun platforms, Tennis (you'll be happy you did), and anything else you might want on your feet.
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ClothesMustutility belt, small backpack, messenger bag, fanny pack, CamelBak, etc.Something to put a few key items into (your ID, a couple $ for the coffee bar, a bit of tissue, etc.)
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ClothesNiceWhite outfitFor the white party
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ClothesNicebandanas or similar wrapsgreat impromptu dust mask and if you get too hot, soak in water and put on neck/head/etc.
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ClothesNicehat - day shadeCowboy, black hat, etc.
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ClothesNiceSarongs, skirts, shorts, kilts, pants, bikinis, utilikilts, nothing; folks wear them
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ClothesNiceTutu - yes men and ladiestutu Tuesday's
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ClothesNiceVolunteer Work shift clothing--ie: ranger shirt, hat, coat, etc (others might have a med shift or something).
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Clothes - cold weather Mustlots of warm layers / polypro / fleece
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Clothes - cold weather MustWarm coat - Down or synthetic down Jacket, vest or similarIt can get really cold at night
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Clothes - cold weather Mustmittens or heavy gloves
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Clothes - cold weather Nicelong underwear, a few pairs if possible
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Clothes - cold weather NiceNight hat - fleece or fur, etc.
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Clothes - cold weather Nicepolypro or wool socks
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Home - InnerMustair mattress & pumpmake sure to put some padding/blanket between you and the air mattress - the air inside it can get very cold or warm depending on time of day and can make it hard to sleep.
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Home - InnerMustPillows(double case them, keeps out the playa dust)
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Home - InnerMustsleeping bags/bedding
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Home - InnerMustfull length mirrorTARGET / IKEACrucial! Though camp mates might have one
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Home - InnerMustTarp/plastic cover to put over bedI don't care how dust proof your home is... playa will get in and land on your bed and pillows, this helps keep it to a minimum
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Home - InnerNiceClear Plastic Hanging Wardrobe - one Hanging & one ShelfTarget or Bed Bath & BeyondHang/fold all the clean clothing inside
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Home - InnerNiceCollapsible Clothing RackAmazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, TargetI personally love the ones that cost around $50 because they collapse super flat and fast, it's not a whole bunch of pieces to fit together.
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Home - InnerNiceDrawer unit - Small 3 or 4 plastic organizergreat for keeping by the bed and storing all the little stuff while keeping your "home" clean.
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Home - InnerNiceentry way floor matKeeps dust down
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Home - InnerNiceextra blankets and/or pillow
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Home - InnerNiceTapestries, decorationsGoodwill
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Home - outerMustchairs - arm and chaiseTARGET camping section $15 each
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Home - outerNicefolding tableREI/TARGET
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Home - outerOptionalTrash Container w/ lid - Drywall buckets 5Ghttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70118968I like to use the super cheap laundry folding bags from Ikea one white (burnables), Green (land fill), Blue (recycling).
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Home - StructureMusttentThe fewer only mesh parts the better. Ideally closes completely. enough room for your costumes, they take up space!
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Home - StructureMustseparate shade structure to erect over tent so morning sun does not heat up your tentif camp doesn't have
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Home - StructureOptionalLarge ground tarpis quite rare but if it’s a wet year you'll need it.
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KitchenMustblocks to raise up coolerTARGETA lot of heat is transferred from the playa… raising the cooler will make the ice last longer.
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KitchenMustCoolers: Igloo claim “5 days at 100 degrees,”TARGET1 to 2 depending on how long you will be out there.
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KitchenMustCup that you can hookclip it to your bag so you always have it
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KitchenMustlarge Tupperware container/bathroom trash can - fits in cooler to put perishables inTARGETIt acts like a cool box, keeping the veggies cool but not burning/drowning them. - they last longer!!!!!
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KitchenMustmesh bags/cheap colander with lid - to dry out wet trashTARGET1) if camp doesn't have
2) letting everything dry out before putting in trash bag really cuts down on the smell.
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KitchenMustTrash bags, compacter gradeHome Depot/TARGET
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KitchenMustutensils, plates, bowls, glasses, mugsTARGETbring an extra in case someone forgot to bring theirs
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KitchenMustbiodegradable soap, small sponge and towelMARKET
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KitchenMustBroom (for evaporation pond's gray water)1) if camp doesn't have.
2) Sweep around the puddles of water so whenever you get a chance, it will all evaporate quicker.
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KitchenMustCookware: pots, pans, cooking toolsGoodwillif camp doesn't have
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KitchenMustcutting board and knifeTARGETif camp doesn't have
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KitchenMustDishwashing tubs with lids - 31) if camp doesn't have,
2) Can be used as storage bins to and from BM
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KitchenMustEvaporation Pond (for grey water)http://www.instructables.com/id/Gray-B-Gon-wind-powered-evapotron-for-graywater-di/if camp doesn't have
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KitchenMustfuel for stoveTARGETif camp doesn't have
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