Burning Man: Packing List

If you haven’t memorized the Burning Man Survival Guide or read my previous post, please check those out before you arrive in Black Rock City!! For those of you that have done this, I have curated the ultimate Burning Man packing list. I took things mentioned from the Survival Checklist and experienced burners so you don’t forget one little thing. REMEMBER, everything you pack must be taken back with you. Leave no trace.


  • Your ticket or your photo ID and confirmation number for Will Call pickup
  • 1.5 gallons of water per person per day
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Food & beverages
  • An extensive first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen/sunblock & sunglasses
  • Warm clothing
  • Particle/dust mask
  • Goggles to protect eyes during dust storms
  • Rope or tie-down straps
  • Emergency toilet: bring a 5-gallon utility bucket with lid and garbage bag liners
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp
  • Duct tape — you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed
  • Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Lights for your bike and your person for safe nighttime travel
  • A good camp tent or other shelter and warm sleeping bags and bedding
  • Portable ashtrays if you smoke (e.g. mint tin that closes securely)
  • Prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), and anything else you need to maintain your health in a remote area with no services
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, and if you plan to burn your art
  • Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude


  • Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the midday sun
  • A wide brim hat (a chinstrap is useful in the wind)
  • A cooking stove if you expect to heat food or liquid
  • A bicycle (mountain bike or cruisers with balloon tires are best)
  • A bike lock (tag your bike with name, playa address, email and phone info)
  • Bicycle tire repair kit, pump, spare parts and extra tubes
  • Portable shower with a drain system to collect & manage grey water
  • Lotion, lip balm and earplugs (Not everyone will want to sleep when you do!)
  • Watertight protective bags (e.g. heavy zip-type) for cameras or electronic gear
  • Costumes, musical instruments, props, decorations, and anything that might make the experience more fun for you and your playa neighbors
  • A battery powered AM/FM radio so you can listen to BMIR radio and stay informed
  • Camp marker (flag, banner, distinctive marking)
  • 12″ tent stakes (rebar is cheap and effective in high wind)
  • Plastic bottles or tennis balls to top and protect dangerous rebar stakes
  • Extra set of car keys (keys are easily lost and there is no locksmith in BRC!)

*this list is taken directly from the Burning Man Survival Guide*

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