best burning man packing list

For my 20th burniversary (1996-2016+), after designing cool stuff for Burning Man for over a decade (survival guides, calendars, this logo, and also this one), I’m sharing some hard earned dust-knowledge that folks may appreciate when it comes time to Pack All The Things. Compiled here is the list I pass around to friends and newbie friend of friends. What did I miss?  See you in the desert.

LEAVING/DRIVING
Ticket
 Burnermap (friend’s location)
Parking Pass
Early Arrival Pass
ID/driver’s license
Health insurance card
Auto insurance card
 ATM/credit card
Cash
 Clothes for ride home (sealed bag)
Phone charger, cords
Instructions for watching your child / pet
Email vacation message

BIKING
Bike
Bike lock
Bike lights
Bike tag
Spare tubes
 Bike pump
Comfortable bike seat
Bike Basket
 Tennis ball for kickstand
 Cocktail cup
 Gifts

DRESSING
Underwear
Socks
Shoes
 Flip flops (for camp)
Boots
Accessories
Insoles
PJs
Costumes

FREEZING
Sweaters/sweatshirts
Jackets/coats
Pants
Gloves
Scarves
Hats
Long johns
Warm Socks
Leg and arm warmers
Wigs

SWEATING
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Spray bottle
Hand held fan

COOKING
Bowls / plates
Knives / Forks / Spoons
Cups / Mugs
Paper towels
Dish Soap
Sponge
Dishtowel
Cook stove
Fuel
Cutting Board
Sharp knife
Pot/Pan
Can and bottle opener
Spray cooking oil
Spatula
Wooden Spoon
Frozen water bottles for cooler
 Cooler
Tupperware
Ziplock bags
Lighter

EATING
Yogurt
Bacon
Hard boiled eggs
Bread
 Crackers
Salty meat
Lox
 Tuna
Cheeses
Greens/Veggies
Avos
 Fruit (with thick peels last longer)
Instant noodles/soups/miso/ramen
Tasty Bites
 Frozen homemade meals
Hummus/Dips
Dried Fruit
String cheese
Jerky
Bars
Cookies / brownies
 Chips and salsa
 Pretzels, salty crunchy things
Pickles
Olives
Cheesy poofs
Nuts
Sweets
Something indulgent
Your favorite thing
That thing your bestie likes

CAMPING
Tent
Pillows
Blanket/sleeping bag
Sheet
Thermarest/Mattress
Pee bottle
Safety pins
Battery-powered fan
Folding chairs
Folding table
Tent light
Eye Mask
Garbage Bags
Gasoline Container
Plastic Tub for Dishwashing
Rug
 Tinfoil/foam insulation for RV windows
 Music player/speakers/playlist
 Cords/chargers

SURVIVING
Water Bottles/Camelback
Water (gallon per person per day)
Dust mask
Goggles
Earplugs
Bandana
Walkie-talkies
Carabiner
Watch
To-go cup or mug
Batteries, AA, AAA, _____
Headlamps (extra batteries)
Camera
Camera battery and charger
Camera memory card
Tripod
Pen and paper
Electrolyte chews
Energy Bars
Energy Drinks
Extension Cords
Powerstrip
Lip Balm (tons)
Mints/Gum
Spray Bottle
Belt with pockets
Adhesive Velcro
Xmas lights, camp decor
 Rebar/something to cover ends
 Sharpies
 Stash
 White board + markers for messages

HYGIENE
Soap
Shampoo / Conditioner
Toothbrush / Toothpaste
Sunscreen – high SPF
Contacts and supplies
1-ply toilet paper
Towel
Wet wipes
Face wash
Face wipes
Floss
Brush / comb
Hairties
Face lotion w/ SPF
Body lotion
Moisturizer
 Face mist
 Body Oil
Nail clippers / file / polish
Pee funnel
Prescription Meds
Sleep Meds
Aspirin/NSAIDS
Vinegar / witch hazel to de-playa
Razor & shaving cream
Deodorant
  Makeup
  False Eyelashes & eyelash glue
Clown nose & glue
 Makeup remover & cotton swabs
Tweezers
Birthcontrol, condoms
Lube
Sex toys
 Tampons/Pads/etc
Saline nasal spray (Ocean)
 Bandaids
Blister Bandaids
Antibacterial ointment
Solar Shower
 Nail brush (for peeling cuticles)
Neti Pot

FIXING
Work gloves
Mesh laundry bag
Multi-tool
Zip Ties
Hammer
Mallet
Duct Tape
Gorilla Tape
 Scissors
 Clamp Wrench

DRINKING
Booze
Juices (frozen, plastic bottles)
Coconut water
Gatorade
Electrolyte powder
Milk/soymilk
Tea
Coffee/maker /sweetener/milk stuff

DON’T FORGET

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