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Your survival depends on your reading and following these lists:

NOT ALLOWED THROUGH THE GATE (i.e. you may be denied entry and told to store these items off-site):

  • Feathers of any kind, e.g. boas (they shed no matter what, creating lots of MOOP*)
  • Plants, living or dead, and anything that will break up and/or blow away in the wind
  • Explosives, aerial flares, rockets or fireworks
  • Firearms - including BB guns, air rifles, or paint ball guns
  • Mutant Vehicles that were not pre-registered with the DMV
  • Motorcycles that are not a particpant's primary mode of transportation to BRC
  • Dogs

What You Must Bring:

  • Your ticket or your photo ID and confirmation number to pick up at ticket at Will Call
  • 1.5 gallons of water per person per day (drinking, washing, & cooking). Carry a bottle of water with you at all times.
  • Enough food/beverages for your entire group.
  • An extensive First-aid kit
  • Warm clothing for evenings –this is a desert at 4,000 feet elevation!
  • Bedding and shelter of some type – the winds can exceed 75 mph, and the midday temperature can exceed 100 F
  • A good camp tent and warm sleeping bags. Evening temperatures can be in the 40s
  • Garbage bags, and tools to clean up your camp site (rakes, etc.).
  • Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), or anything else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services.
  • Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful) to be sure you can see and be seen at night
  • Sunscreen/sunblock and sunglasses
  • Fire extinguishers, to protect your camp and property and if you plan to burn your art.
  • Common sense, an open mind, and a positive attitude!

We Strongly Suggest You Bring:

  • 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) with a light (for safe nighttime travel); a lock. Tag your bike with name, playa address, email address, and contact info.
  • Tire repair kit, spare parts and extra tubes for bikes (they also make great playa gifts)
  • Portable shower with a drain system to collect grey water.
  • Earplugs! (Not everyone is going to want to sleep when you do).
  • Watertight protective bags (e.g. heavy zip-type) for cameras or electronic gear
  • Lotion / lip balm to treat cracked skin
  • Smokers: portable ashtrays (e.g. mint tin that doesn't leak ashes, or film canister)
  • Costumes, musical instruments, props, banners, signs, and anything that might make the experience more fun for you and your playa neighbors.
  • A battery powered AM/FM radio so you can stay informed and listen to BMIR radio.
  • Camp marker (flag, flasher, distinctive marking).
  • Particle/dust mask (dust storms are common).
  • 12" tent stakes (high winds are likely, rebar is cheap and effective)
  • Plastic bottles or tennis balls to top and protect dangerous rebar stakes.
  • Goggles to protect eyes in case of dust storms.
  • Extra set of car keys (keys are easily lost and there is no locksmith in Black Rock City!)

Helpful Things to Bring:

  • Sewing kit
  • Rope and/or string
  • Ribbons, Mylar, etc., to flag tent ropes/guy lines
  • Handy wipes
  • Duct tape
  • Spray bottle (for misting)
  • Rugs to keep dust down in your camp (Remember to remove stray fibers when removing MOOP - Matter Out of Place - before departure.)
  • Gifts to give to new friends
  • Calling card just in case you have to make a personal call from Gerlach

Things NOT to Bring:

  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Excess packaging from foods (for example, remove outer box from cereals and just bring the inner bag)
  • Loose glitter
  • Nuts in their shells
  • Too much fresh produce - many melons end up as stinky, messy trash to haul home at the end of the week
  • Styrofoam coolers (they don't hold up and will break into a million bits)
  • Straw or hay bales (messy messy messy)
  • Gravel (makes for nasty time-consuming MOOP)
  • Large OR Public swimming pools or public showers.
  • For safety reasons please do not bring bikes, chairs and large coolers to the larger burns.
*MOOP = Matter out of Place
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