Transforming a desert into a thriving, living, artistic, community? Simple right, wrong. Planning for the magical event begins before the next burn is even over. With over 600,000 attendees, harsh, unpredictable climate changes, and a remote location miles away from the nearest town; this is something that you need to be prepared for mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially.
*please note these change each year so be sure to check out the official website here*
- Mid January – Pre-Registration
- End Jan/ beginning of Feb -Pre Sales ($990 & $1,200)
- Beginning of March– Group Sales ($425)
- End of March -Individual Sales ($425)
If you miss out on ticket sales, don't feel defeated just yet. Join communities and ask around (I purchased my ticket through a friend of a friend). Plans change and people aren't able to attend, I'm sure with valiant effort you will be able to obtain a ticket. TICKETS ARE NOT TO BE RESOLD FOR PROFIT. If you are experiencing financial hardship, but still need to experience the burn click here.
Joining a Camp
The whole premise of Burning Man is built on the foundation of community, this is why joining a camp is so valuable. Joining a community is possible online. Asking your friends, joining Facebook groups, and Reddit are all great place to reach out and connect. Local community groups are also available throughout the US, try to meet up and secure a camp ahead of time.
You are also able to go on your own via RV, yurt, or tent, like I mention previously, COMMUNITY, is a fundamental concept at Burning Man and joining a camp has many benefits: 1) The camp probably has more experience 2) Infrastructures (play ground, hammock, bar, kitchen, showers, SHADE) are all big bonuses that usually aren't an option if you go alone 3) Connecting and bonding with others 4) Creating friendships with people you might have never had the opportunity to meet in the outside world.
If you’ve got friends that can bring your stuff in for you, skydiving in is also an option
Be prepared for traffic, lots of traffic, and lots of waiting. Getting in and out of Black Rock City can take anywhere from up to 12 hours (or longer). More information on getting to Burning Man here.
Of the three options I listed I would recommend a yurt,
What to Bring
This means EVERYTHING
Water is crucial ( ~ 2 gallons per person/day)
What to Wear
Burning Man is all about self expression and channeling your inner creativity!
- Parasol Umbrella…it's DEATHLY hot during the day, this and hand fans were my saviors! Hand Fans…take a lot, hand them out…girls and guys are so, so appreciative! Same with chap stick, you can NEVER have enough out there. Utility Belt… you want to make sure it has places to attach things, not just pockets…like a water bottle 🙂 You want this and a backpack, no a purse! You NEED GOOGLES AND DUSK MASK…I included a respirator mask too, which works more effectively at keeping the dust out and your lungs clean, but unless you want to spend a lot of money on a decorated one it's just not as stylish. Scarves work ok too.
- Googles-you want a clear pair for night and can have tinted during the day.
- Bike lights…all bikes look the same at night, this will help yours stand out and you need to be illuminated at night for safety too. It's also nice to have a drink holder and horn 🙂
- Comfy seat overlay if you can…you will bike MILES my ass had bruises for a week after!
- You NEVER, EVER, EVER LEAVE YOUR BIKE UNLOCKED!
- Drink more water than you think you need….till your pee is clear. Gross, but it’s so easy to get dehydrated!
- NEVER leave without your goggles and dust mask. Dust storms are unpredictable and can happen at anytime and the last thing you want is to be is caught in one and unprepared…I learned this the hard way!
- Watch the sunrise from deep playa.
- Go off and explore by yourself... sit down, breath deep, and take it all in 🙂
- Don’t be afraid, follow your heart, say yes, take chances, meet new people!
- If you have time to check out a class or two do, that's one thing I regret spending too much time in The Playa and not exploring a mix of everything. Including other camps…go mingle everyone has such a unique presence and purpose on The Playa!
- Bring a water bottle that can hook onto your belt.
- Baby wipes are your new best friend.
- Bring eye drops, TUMS, ibuprofen, cough drops, and Emergency to ward off sickness.
- Heavy fur jacket for the night...look at your local thrift store!
- Bring a pair of leggings or pants to go with your outfit at night, basically you'll need a cool outfit during the day and warm at night.
- I sorted everything for my outfits out in zip-locks and it was sooo helpful because it kept the clothing clean and everything organized.
- DUST WILL GET ON EVERYTHINGGGGGGGGGG
- Ladies, if you can get your hair braided I would….super low maintenance!