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ItemPack in Your Day Bag for EntryRecommendedOptionalAdditional Notes & Advice
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Required Essentials
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Your Ticket to Burning ManXDuh
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Early Arrival Pass (as needed)X
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Drivers license or identificationXSome camps require proof of age before serving alcohol, but it is a good idea to keep identification on or near you at all times. Top tip: make a color photocopy and attach it to your drinking cup. Alternately to the back of your phone if you're going to use it for photos.
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Health insurance cardXIf something happens to you, you will want to be certain you can get help easily.
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Goggles (at least day goggles, maybe night ones as well)XBring two pair that are comfortable and airtight; otherwise, they won't help you in the a dust storm. Another note on dust: you will get covered in it and it will get everywhere. Everywhere. Embracing this reality is the 1st thing you need to do. Snow goggles can work, e.g. the ones sold at Sports Basement.
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Bandana or dust maskXYou will need to be able to cover your nose and mouth in the event of a dust storm.
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Camelback (large)XA bottle IS NOT enough when you're wandering for more than a few hours, especially at night. Finding a place to refill is almost impossible. We recommend a large CamelBak.
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High SPF sunblock or sunscreenXYou will be completely exposed much of the day, and being burned is miserable. Mystopians using SPF 70 still get a tan.
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Lip balm with sublockXLips burn too.
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Sunglasses (multiple pairs)XEyes burn too.
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Bicycle (decorate it)XBlock Rock City is several miles across; you do not want to walk. Decorating your bike makes it easier to find. Adding a bell to your bike makes it easier to get around (and makes you somewhat safer). Having a basket is nice because it allows you to carry stuff.
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Bicycle lightsXYou will be riding at night. You will want to have lights so that you can see and be seen. Don't skimp on this.
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Bicycle lock (combination)XIt's easy for someone to accidentally take your bike, and if you don't have a lock, they will. Take a lock. Do not bring a bicycle lock that requires a key; you will lose that key. Instead purchase a combination lock, preferably a combination you can set. There's a camp code; simply ask a returner for it.
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Headlamps (2) & LightsXThere are a lot of dark places on the playa. BRING AN EXTRA, if you can. We often "lose" these in the chaos of our tents and camp. Also, bring a lot of other types of lights (glow everything, flashy blinky stuff, LED lights & EL wire)
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LabelsXPut your name on everything you care about (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7icX4Pzs8nE)
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Fork, knife, spoon, plate, & cupXPlease bring your own utensils. That way you can eat meals & comb your hair if you are a merperson. We will NOT have paper plates or communal silverware.
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A bottle of alcohol for the camp barXPlease bring one bottle of something for the camp. We have a bar (and do purchase some alcohol for the camp). Due to the lack of humidity, you should be VERY careful when consuming alcohol as it will dry you out very quickly. Also, you will end up drinking far less than you normally might. Four Loko & Sparks, however, are highly encouraged.
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Personal presscriptionsXBring extra medicine because there is no local pharmacy.
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Two (2) 110 quart Sterilite ClearView Latch Storage Totes (or similar plastic tubs)XBy stacking the same kind of tubs, we can maximize our space usage in the truck. These tubs are great because they have locking handles and are see-through. As usual, please seal them with blue tape (so they get back to SF) and mark them with your name.
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Toiletries & Personal Care
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ToothbrushX
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ToothpasteX
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FlossX
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Biodegradable body soap or shampoo (no bars)XThis is a must if you want to use the camp showers.
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Loofah or wash clothXThis is helpful for removing playa dust.
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DeodorantXWhile this technically is optional, it should not be optional. Unless you are into that. No judgements.
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Shaving products and gearXOkay, you probably aren't going to shave while you are there.
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Nail clipperXCut your nails before you come and pack one less thing.
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HairbrushX
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Aloe gel or after sun careX
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Skin moisturizerXIf you get dry skin, bring this. Best piece of advice: moisturize your feet EVERY time you put on new socks. You don't want this: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/event_survival/playa_foot.html - also, consider not being a hippie and walking around barefoot.
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Baby wipesXThese are helpful for cleaning off playa dust. The camp buys some, but these are industrial packs not suited for daytime adventures.
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Moleskin XBlisters and other abrasions can ruin an otherwise fun day. Cover any problem areas in your footwear or outfits that could rub in the wrong way
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Baby powderXGood to have on hand for any possible chafing that might come your way.
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Hand sanitizerXPortable toilets do not have hand washing stations.
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Portable toilet paper (1-ply)XPortable toilets may not have toilet paper. A small pack of tissue can be an excellent substitute.
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Feminine suppliesX
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MakeupX
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Makeup remover towelettesX
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KleenexX
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Cotton swabsX
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TowelsXBring several for drying off after a shower, wiping off dust/mud, using as a head scarf, etc.
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TweezersX
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Eye dropsX
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Saline nasal spray or nettie potXNasal saline sprays can be helpful in clearing irritating playa dust from your airways.
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Safe sex suppliesXEspecially if you are Bristol Palin
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Contacts, contact solution, and caseXXBring extra contacts because the playa dust can be brutal. We recommend daily pairs, if possible.
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GlassesX
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Spray bottleXTo offset the pH of the dust consider spraying your feet with a dilute vinegar or lemon mixture to keep them from mutinying
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ICE Cards (In Case of Emergency)XAdd your name, camp name and location, email address, cell number, emergency contact numbers, health insurance info and any health conditions or drug allergies. Laminate with clear packing tape.
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5-HTP XIf necessary...
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Sleep aids (melatonin, ambien, etc.)X
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LaxativeX
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Antibiotic ointment (triple antibiotic, neosporin)X
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Motrin / Advil / AspirinX
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Antacid (tums / zantac / carafate)X
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BandaidsX
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Cough dropsXPlaya dust, talking, singing, and dehydration can do a number on your throat. Having some good cough drops or throat lozenges can save the day when a sore throat creeps up
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Cuticle salveXGreat for putting on before you go to sleep to help keep your fingers from cracking.
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NO hairdryer (seriously, no hairdryer)I know we have power, but it'll fry our electrical system.
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First Aid Kid
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Traveling Gear
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DaypackX
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CaribinersXThese are great for attaching things to your day bag.
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Identification tagsXPut tags on your roving possessions so that they can be returned if you lose them. I.E.write your camp name (Mystopia), location (7:30/H) and nickname (Peggy Soy Shower)
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El wire, glow sticks, blinking lightsXThese are helpful at night in addition to your headlamp. Also, they can make you and your bike look fabulous.
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Cup / nalgene bottle (2)XMany camps give out free drinks if you have a cup or cup-like container. Ones with caps are best.
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CameraXPlaya dust eats electronics; don't bring your favorite camera unless you're ok with the possibility it will die.
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Camera EnclosureXGet a dive enclosure or waterproof cover.
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WatchXIf you care about time, bring a cheap watch; you won't be carrying your phone.
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Empty Altoids tin or equivalentXFor the smokers, all MOOP is bad MOOP, even cigarette ash. Carry an empty tin on you if you want to smoke while keeping the playa clean
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EarplugsXSound camps can be very, very loud.
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Nice bicycle seat, cover, padding, etc.XTreat your ass like royalty by getting a nice seat. You'll love yourself for this decision.
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Gifts and trinketsXShare the playa love, but remember that unwanted gifts often turn into MOOP. Think carefully.
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RVs
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Electrical Adaptor (for grid)https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BUU5YA
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Camping Gear
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Camp chair (the chair, not just the bag)We now have plenty of these, so there's no need to bring another
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BatteriesXBring lots of them, preferably rechargeable; we will NOT have batteries for you
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FlashlightsX
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Knife or multi-toolXCuz you need to use that Leatherman at some point.
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Sewing kitX
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Sturdy notebook and pensXDear Diary: Today was great. I woke up in the middle of the playa in a llama-shaped art car blasting retro funk/progressive house fusion music while people wearing cat outfits were dancing the electric slide. Everyone was drinking evaporated milk & water with Kahula (it is great) and some guy named "Turf" was telling me about 1960's era fashion and how it accidentally caused the stock crash of 1983. He then started using a British accent and then jumped off to go pray at the temple. I then was offered a Butternut Sandwich, which I refused and ran in to a friend from college who started yodeling uncontrollably while these Dutch people were smearing him with Nutella. [EXCERPT REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF AUTHOR]
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Hand fanX
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Solar showerIf you have one, bring one if you want a dedicated bag for yourself. Be sure to label yours so that we can get it back to you. We have quite a few in camp.
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Squirt gunXThe best defense is a good offense.
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TentXMake sure your tent is wind resistant up to 40mph gusts.
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Tent stakesXGet metal stakes that are at least 12 inches or 30 centimeters long. Home Depot sells some really great flat ones that slide into the ground easily; they're in the gardening section.
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Tennis balls / tent stake coversXYou will need to cover your tent stakes to prevent injury and/or that rust infection disease thing.
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TarpXYou will want a tarp to put under your tent in case of rain.
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Shade structureMystopia supplies a shade structure for tents. Speak with the People Committee to determine if you need to bring your own.
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Sleeping
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