Burning Man Packing List and Things You Didn’t Think Of




  • Mini Flashlight (or headlamp) -you want this when you’re walking in pitch dark to go to the bathroom
  • Headlamp – wear around your neck late at night, on head when biking, etc http://amzn.to/2ftMJRE
  • Scissors (one set for the pod)
  • Bike basket – secure with zap strap http://amzn.to/2vMLN1u
  • Optional – so that you don’t need to use your phone for telling time, get a cheap watch (here is a keychain watch for $6) http://amzn.to/2weJqEH


VITAMINS / SELF CARE STUFF (optional, but recommended)

  • Coconut oil – your body is going to crack up dry this is a saviour, fractionated is oil format that doesn’t clog pores http://amzn.to/2ieZ1yo (8oz) or http://amzn.to/2vMj0t4 (4 oz)
  • Seabuck Thorn Oil – 8oz (this is the base of many beauty products and treats severe dry skin / eczema, so it will be amazing on the playa – you only need either the coconut one or this one): http://amzn.to/2vlKplm
  • Liquid bandaid for hangnails is grrreat (this will save your skin from shredding) http://amzn.to/2vZBepj
  • 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) –  amino acid used to regenerate serotonin, as well as endorphins. This article is useful if you want to restore your body/brain after “partying” http://coryreddish.blogspot.com/2012/08/burning-man-without-burning-yourself.html
  • Tea tree oil (for cuts and scratches)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Emergen C/ Electrolyte Packets
  • Electrolytes: Honey, Lemon juice, cayenne, maple syrup, seaweed flakes, sea salt…to put in your drinking water when you’re ready to drink it.
  • Essential oils (Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon & Eucalyptus – put a 2-3 drops in dust mask, voila you can breathe again) – Nice to have, not a must
  • Sleeping pills
  • Oil of Oregano – don’t get sick! If you feel the beginning of a cold, take this and it will help you! You can take pill format.
  • Dr Bronner’s Organic Body Lotion 8 Oz – http://amzn.to/2vLVKLv
  • Face wipes http://amzn.to/2ieZTDa


Sun Protection for Skin

  • FACE – Face cream – (this doesn’t have SPF but wear as a base and then put the sunscreen after) Tthis is a very good organic cream made of seabuckthorn and avocado (they sell at Whole Foods too) http://amzn.to/2wZN2rO
  • FACE – Supergoop SPF serum (doesn’t have the white residue that sunblock has) – http://amzn.to/2vcTDSz
  • LADIES – This is an amazing CC cream with SPF that color corrects and blends in skin well, better than using foundation at the playa. Get the tone that fits your skin color. It’s cheaper at Sephora but if you need to order for Amazon rush delivery http://amzn.to/2xji4v5
  • BODY – Sunscreen Mist SPF 50 – http://amzn.to/2wbaJNJ or if you want to really treat your skin well, do Supergoop SPF oil – all natural with no parabens or bad chemicals – GOES ON GREAT http://amzn.to/2wNnGzw



Random Tips:

To Avoid Having Your Stuff Taken

  • Bike – Have a rope lock and try to park note a landmark (which is not an artcar). When you get hot, loop the lock in the sleeve of your fur coat so your coat doesn’t get taken.


  • Bring a set of clothes for your flight home and put in ziplock. Also, store clean socks and underwear in ziplock. Clean towels in ziplock.
  • Pack your clothing in ziplock bags. Crush all the air out and zip. They pack better and won’t be covered in playa dust. Label with sharpie on the outside so you don’t need to open.
  • Remove excess packaging on food before you get to Burning Man so you don’t have to haul it out after.
  • Put your toiletries in ziploc bags, arranged by how often you use stuff (most frequently in one bag, rarely used in another bag.) And then put those baggies in a medium sized plastic box. Label the box.


  • Your body will need more than just plain water to stay healthy and hydrated. Bring electrolytes and have at least one packet a day. Article on best/worst electrolytes http://paleoedge.com/best-and-worst-electrolyte-drinks/
  • It’s so hot and dry, all you will want to eat is something salty, so bring beef jerky and granola bars (you’ll find yourself out for a long time and not wanting to go back to homebase for food, so this will be a saviour!)


  • Burning Man is gift economy. People give one another gifts with no expectation of return. Gifts can range anywhere from being kind, hugs, small handmade items, to food/drink, to services rendered. So think of what you will be bestowing as “your gift”.


  • Bring a couple plastic bags to act as shoe covers. Should it rain at any point throughout the week, this is a great way to enjoy venturing out during the downpour. The ‘mud’ doesn’t stick to the plastic so you’ll do less damage to the playa and keep your shoes clean at the same time!
  • Don’t wear open toe sandals. If you do and get  “Playa Feet” – hard, cracking skin that blisters from playa dust, then soak your feet in water and vinegar daily


  • Do not wear anything with feathers, sequins, or loose bits that will fall off and shed on the Playa. You will get dirty looks because everything brought onto the Playa has to be cleaned and removed after.
  • Wear EL wire to light up at night. Examine the “light signature” of your friends before you head out each night. Everyone will be lit and you’ll want to be able to ID your friends in the sea of lights!

Note – This is a list of items that does not include food / tent items). Although as a snack connoisseur I highly recommend the dried flattened bananas and dried mangos available at Trader Joe’s =)


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