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

All the things you need to pack for Burning Man as well as those things you didn't think of that you'll want...

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VITAMINS / SELF CARE STUFF (optional, but recommended)

  • Detangling brush (I tried it, it actually works, also at Sephora) https://amzn.to/2yL5rNR
  • 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)
  • PRO TIP! Liquid bandaid for hangnails is grrreat (this will save your skin from shredding, put it on before it starts to get bad) 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
  • 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 https://amzn.to/2JNPs25
  • Zit patches – Ok these really work! If you have a pimple you put this on when you sleep and it takes out the yucky stuff by the time you wake up https://amzn.to/31pARTI 
  • Witch Hazel with rose petals and aloe – use this to wipe your face as a toner, helps reduce acne, reduce stinging from sunburns https://amzn.to/2uEMRlu or the wipes https://amzn.to/2Juc1bR
  • Ok, this is totally a LUXURY, but it’s a game changer (if you have a RV and a plug). Milk frother (you can froth almond milk and it heats it) and put in matcha or other latte mixes https://amzn.to/2AgrTz8 


  • FACE – Deep moisturizing face cream – (this doesn’t have SPF but wear as a base and then put the sunscreen after) This 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 50 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  https://amzn.to/2uZ8TPI
  • 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



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, you will want to eat is something salty, bring beef jerky and protein 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 savior!). I like the RX Bar peanut butter ones. You don’t want ones that will melt.


  • Burning Man is a 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 =)

And lastly… You’re not going to starve, you probably won’t wear half the things you bring… 

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