An exhaustive list of things that might prove useful at Burning Man, and my entirely subjective analysis of their utility.

Burning Man is a great example of a extreme weather desert environment; it has a high diurnal temperature variation (day-to-night), with highs of 100 deg F and lows of 40 deg F. Humidity is very low.

Do not be alarmed by the length; you will not want or need the vast majority of this list. Read the comments. I will be sorting and ranking later to pare it down to a useful checklist.


  1. Personal experience in 2012
  2. http://ae-zone.org/2009/09/survival-pack/
  3. http://ae-zone.org/2009/09/check-off-camping-list/
  4. http://ae-zone.org/category/bm-camping-tips/camping-check-list/
  5. http://www.burningman.com/preparation/event_survival/heloise.html
  6. TODO - http://survival.burningman.com/your-survival-in-brc/personal-survival-checklist/
  7. TODO - http://ae-zone.org/bm-camping-tips/
  8. TODO - http://www.silentcolor.com/projects/burningman2008/packinglist.html
  9. TODO - http://indietravelpodcast.com/usa/checklist-pack-burning-man/
  10. TODO - http://lovelivegrow.com/2010/08/burning-man-packing-list/
  11. TODO - http://survival.burningman.com/


Deciding when to change into what can be kind of tricky, due to the high day/night temperature difference. My second year, I made sure as much as I could buy was already the color of the sand.

  1. Tan desert boots (great for hiking etc.)

    These boots were amazingly comfortable. The laces are a bit annoying when you're tired, but other than that, these shoes are perfect. They are also the exact color of burning man dust and so never looked "dirty". Great for hiking; all-around the best and lightest boots I've ever had.

  2. Comfortable, cushiony tan boot socks

    Very important. You will want one pair per two days at least.

  3. 2x Ex officio airstrip lite shirt - white - REI Item# 7314440236

    Best desert shirt, most popular REI item. Used lots.

  4. Shade hat

    Very useful! Not as flexible as a keffiyeh, but better for shade. The clip and cord to prevent it from blowing off is a must for Burning Man.

  5. Under Armour Heatgear Tactical Tee

    I'd recommend the sand-colored one, since everything ends up that color anyway.

  6. Thermal pants

    Nice light-weight thermals; get them in sand. Some years it's much colder than others.

  7. Thermal shirt

    Nice light-weight comfortable thermals in sand color.

  8. Scottevest travel coat

    Very useful for several hours every night.

  9. champion moisture-wicking underwear (obtained from department store)

    Very useful.

  10. champion moisture-wicking athletic socks (obtained from department store)

    Very useful.

  11. champion double dry white jersey shirt

  12. Scottevest convertible travel pants

    Very useful.

  13. Scottevest tropical jacket/vest

    Never used; too hot during the day.

  14. UA tech tee white

    Great stuff. White gets very sand-colored though. Not as good as heatgear.

  15. UA fitted undershirt

    Great stuff. White gets very sand-colored though. Not as good as heatgear.

  16. shorts

    Could be useful if you're not afraid of burning your calves.

  17. tank tops

    Useful but prone to sunburn

  18. pajamas

    Didn't bother

  19. Straw hat with chinstrap

    Didn't try but popular.

  20. comfy sweat pants

    Didn't use.

  21. raincoat

    Never used; my trench worked fine the one time it rained.

  22. cold weather clothes

    Useful at night

  23. sandals / birkenstocks

    By birkenstocks have arches that are way too high so my feet chafe in them. Permanent fail.

  24. togas, loin cloths, sarongs, cloaks, capes

    Didn't bring

  25. straight clothes for going home (in zip-loc bag)

    Looking at people in the stores still wearing their BM gear was funny. We looked like terribly bedraggled, flamboyant bums.

  26. laundry bag

    Something to collect your laundry is very important.

  27. Desert gaiters

    Didn't buy but if you wear sneakers, you will wish you had - too much dust in the shoes, on the feet.

  28. solar fan hat

    Funny novelty, but breeze was always present. More useful in sunny, still weather.


  1. barrel pump for drinking water

  2. 55 gal barrel (non-toxic, potable use)

    Per person per day; 1.5 gallons (minimum, for drinking) to 3 gallons of water per person per day (for washing and bathing).

  3. Igloo coolers

    Stock with frozen water bottles, not ice, line with reflectix - this seemed to make them last much longer. Also don't put them directly on the ground; the thermal transfer is much higher that way. Instead, support them off the ground.

  4. 7 gallon rigid stackable water container

    For pouring water into cups.

  5. Evaporative cooling towel

    Wonderful, amazing, most magical thing I brought. It's hard to believe it doesn't require anything but water. Very useful.

  6. Camelbak M.U.L.E., Silver, 100oz (3l)

    Very useful. Great look and size for the playa (small - almost like a large purse in carrying capacity - too small to carry a pair of shoes).

  7. Camelbak Alpine Explorer, 100oz (3l)

    For more capacity; the MULE is just too small.

  8. Camelbak Urban Assault

    2l of water (66 Oz) for you, but more cargo space, insulated water line, integrated mouthpiece.

  9. UV Blocker Umbrella for sun AND rain

    Though I didn't use this at burning man, I later used it at Vegas and it's AWESOME. Compared to a hat, which restricts air circulation to your head, and is also warm, this is like it's always a cloudy day under there! Plus it's less than a foot long, so very compact. Would get again.

  10. portable fan for evap cooler

    This ran on 8 alkaline D cells all week (every day) and never ran down the batteries. I used it to keep a breeze in our tent during the day. Quite useful.

  11. hudson sprayer/mister

    I took our cooler's melted ice, loaded it into this, and went around spraying people during the hottest part of the day. It was actually quite fun. :-)

  12. lightload beach towel - cheap, thin, for evap cooler

    This was useful for wicking up excess water from the mixing bowl (through capillary action) and letting it dry, cooling and humidifying the air, a little. But mostly it evaporated water off.

  13. stainless mixing bowl, 5 gallon, for evaporative cooler

    This was a catchbasin below our water container.

  14. altimeter/barometer/compass/thermometer

    This actually predicted rain one day! Very pleased.

  15. laser thermometer

    Somewhat difficult to measure internal temperature.

  16. LED lantern and fan

    Too fragile... decided not to bring. Might be okay for keeping air circulating in a normally-stale tent.

  17. portable 5V/USB/AAs evaporative cooler

    Worked but was a tad small for playa; barely used.

  18. cool-off towelettes

    Dried up skin too much to be useful.


  1. propane heater

    Worked well one night to keep us warm just before dawn. Other years it was much colder.

  2. propane tanks


  1. sexy hotness sleeping bags

    Great for getting up in the coldest part of a night to go to the loo.

  2. 2x Tempurpedic Neck Pillow

    Wonderful!!! Great to have. So useful for sleeping at night.

  3. double stacked air mattress

    Worked pretty well... tended to deflate over time but all of them do.

  4. battery powered quick pump

    Slow but worked; not as slow as manual pump, either. Useful for avoiding excess work.

  5. folding cot

    This turned out to be a great way to sleep during the day, if you had enough breeze. This was possible the first day after I set up the shade but before I put up the shade cloth walls.

  6. miscellaneous blankets, sheets, sleeping bags

    It can get REALLY COLD just before dawn. I woke up one morning, shivering, because I was so cold! Had a hard time stopping.

  7. pillow cases

  8. sleeping pads, foam

    Didn't bring.

  9. manual pump as backup

    Didn't bring.


  1. Rothco Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf, Tan

    Oddly enough, my keffiyeh/shemagh/tactical scarf was the second most useful piece of equipment on the playa. Keeps the sun off your head by day, can be wet into an evaporative cooler. By night, it keeps your head warm (or your neck if you have a hat). If a dust storm arises, you can pull it over your mouth, and a few layers of cloth work as well as a dust mask. Configured this way it might also help keep you hydrated, since you'll be breathing in your own moist breath. It can also double as a towel, a bandage, etc.... Highly recommended. Only caveat is that while wearing it over your mouth, it could cause goggles to fog up.

  2. Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II Sun Hats

    Seems like a sturdy, inexpensive sun hat.

  3. rider dust mask

    Girlfriend said this was an awesome dust mask.

  4. rider dust mask, large

    Minor complaint is that one of the vents kept coming apart. Same vent design as previous mask. Looked cool though!

  5. 3m respirator masks

    Didn't bring due to space considerations.


  1. lip balm, chapstick.

    This actually seemed to be nearly necessary.

  2. bag balm

    WTF is that? I don't even know.

  3. vaseline

  4. lotions

  5. 100 SPF sunblock

    Very useful, but in retrospect, the spray-on kind was nicer; the greasy kind tended to mix with playa dust in an unpleasant way.

  6. 70 SPF spray-on sunscreen

    This looks like a good deal for spray-on.

  7. Austrailian Gold moisturizer

    This was great but it was simply too big to carry. I wish I had had several smaller bottles, one in each pack. Other than that it was great to have at the camp.

  8. gloves in a bottle

    This is basically a powerful moisturizer and seemed very necessary, as playa dust is very hygroscopic. Not just for hands! Also feet. Worked great.

  9. spray bottle for distilled white vinegar

    Many people didn't believe me that this would be necessary. After a few days in the dust, you don't realize how painful and cracked your hands and feet are getting until after you spray a dilute vinegar solution on your hands! The sounds of relief from my campmates were quite audible as they sprayed this on. I recommend this, followed by an optional water bath, followed by the gloves in a bottle. I did this on both my hands and feet.


  1. ear plugs - cheap

    These were quite necessary for sleeping around 9 and H where the music was loud and nearly constant.

  2. ear plugs - nice

    I never actually used these, sorry to say.

  3. ear muffs

    I had to combine these with my ear plugs to sleep when my campmates started playing drums.


In the desert, you sweat a lot (but don't notice it because it dries so fast), and if you don't have vents, it will accumulate quickly and fog up enclosed goggles. Non-enclosed eye protection like sunglasses doesn't have that problem but also won't protect you from sandstorms. Also, the more skin area your goggles cover, the more sweat will evaporate into them, and the more venting you need to prevent fogging.

  1. Rothco day mask/goggles

    This was the best eye protection I had there and didn't fog up.

  2. 3 motorcycle goggle set - clear, smoke, yellow

    These were quite useful and portable as backups to my masks.

  3. Sleep mask (so you can sleep whenever)

    This is quite necessary for day sleeping unless you have a hexayurt, which is pitch black and cool.

  4. Uvex sunglasses, smoke

    I somehow misplaced these and didn't get to try at BM. However, they're nice around town. Very, very durable, best value on sunglasses I've bought.

  5. Uvex sunglasses, mirrored

    These seemed like a good idea but I found more use for them off the playa, though the mirror finish wears off quickly. On the playa, the day mask was more useful.

  6. night mask

    This paintball-style mask wasn't as good as the Rothco; it tended to fog up more easily. Would not buy again.


  1. Adventurer 12-speed folding bike

    You will use your bike tons. I mean it! This bike kind of annoys me in that it has 22" wheels, which are almost impossible to find. It's nothing special, looks a bit like a unicycle in that the frame is so low, and will need decoration to seem cute at Burning Man. It will get incredibly dusty everywhere, so I'd recommend spending less on a burner bike. Many people bought $75 bikes at Wal-Mart in Reno. This is a folder, so easier to transport there and back. Seriously, going anywhere on foot in that kind of dust really takes forever, and you won't want to do it. I marked mine with a flasher and reflective tape so that I could find it in a pile or at a rack very easily. This was important since you could waste 30 minutes looking for your bike at center camp, if you weren't careful.

  2. 2x bike lock

    Don't be a statistic! Lock your bike. My girlfriend lost hers, ten feet from our camp; turns out one of her friends recognized it and took it, thinking it belonged to her camp. It wasn't malicious, and she got it back, but it definitely ruined a day or two and a small lock would have helped. More importantly, a name tag would really help! However, I do not recommend these locks; I accidentally tried to bike off without unlocking mine, and it literally disintegrated! The main hassle was not the lock - that fell into four pieces - but that the cable became tied up in my gears. This was one of the most ridiculous bike locks ever made. DO NOT GET THIS LOCK, get a better one.

  3. bike basket, milk crate, rack

  4. bike panniers

  5. bike tool kit

  6. repair book for bike

  7. bike pump

    Got at Reno Wal-Mart, never used.

  8. bike bell or ringer device

    These are good for passing pedestrians in whiteouts, of which there were many in 2012. I personally don't like the incredibell so much since it only gives one ding per use.

  9. bell spider bike flasher

    I found this great; left it on the last four days, and it never ran out of juice. Great way to find your own bike.

  10. bike front light

    This was great; I was able to see the road in front of me at night. Wish I had given more thought as to where to mount it, though, as it was off-center since my basket mount clip was centered.

  11. bike front maglite mount

    Did not work.

  12. monkey lights for bicycle spokes

    Unfortunately I forgot to bring mine!

  13. TODO - spare tires and tubes

    Good luck with finding a 22" tube.

  14. TODO - bike tire repair kit

    Found one but didn't need it.

  15. TODO - decorations but nothing that'll come off

    Keeps it from being misidentified/stolen. I ended up using reflective tape, which works for identification but isn't very... well, decorative.



  2. TODO - burning man directory

  3. emergency radio

    Never used.

  4. TODO - cigarettes

  5. TODO - name tags / labels / label maker (to label your address on everything)

  6. disposable camera

    Never used.

  7. cell phone, in a zip-loc bag

    I actually ended up just taping over the holes (microphone, USB, HDMI) on my phone and using it as-is. Since I never dropped it into sand, it was no big deal.

  8. TODO - plastic bins that shed water, with lids - one for food, another for clothing, etc.

    I just kept all my stuff in my huge tent.

  9. Notebook

    Never felt like writing. Way too much going on.

  10. cell phone apps for tracking stuff (iPhone - timetoburn, android - ?)

    Was great, could be better apps. For example, show me EVERYTHING going on now, or starting in next hour. Not just the one-time events, nor just the recurring events; everything.


  1. green laser pointer

    Wonderful fun!

  2. 3 color laser pointers

    Totally misplaced these prior to trip, never found.

  3. EL wire, three-pack

    Turns out that EL wire is THE BEST way to make yourself visible at night; put it on your chest, backpack, and bike. It's kind of a pain in the ass to attach to clothing, so you may need to sew it on. It takes a long time to decorate a bike properly too; and by long time, I mean 15 minutes; that feels like a long time to miss out on what's going on.

  4. glow-in-dark skull mask

    Never used.

  5. Batman

    Couldn't fit in vehicle to get there. It's a pretty fragile costume, actually.

  6. raver white gloves

    Didn't use. Ever.

  7. astroglide

    Nearly necessary, since everything's pretty dry out there.

  8. protection

    Nearly necessary.


  1. hair brush/comb
  2. hair ties/clips
  3. makeup, body glitter
  4. jewelry, body scents
  5. small mirror
  6. tampons/pads (do NOT put in port-a-pottie! ziploc bags)
  7. nail polish


  1. Rx meds

    I recommend a lot of anti-anxiety medications; perhaps a benzodiazapene or, propranolol. If you find yourself even slightly cranky, take them! I also recommend some kind of sedative such as ambien because it can be hard to sleep sometimes.

  2. Sunburn help (aloe vera)

    I got burned the first day or two, and really needed this.

  3. 200+ piece kit first aid kit such as the Total Resources International 250-piece Outdoor First Aid Kit in Red EVA case

    This turned out to be relatively useful.

  4. L-theanine with GABA and 5-HTP

    To help you sleep and recover, I recommend something like this. Sleeping can be hard, and being sleep deprived makes you cranky!

  5. Electrolyte drink mix

    I basically drank gatorade the whole time and after three days started to feel fine. I really didn't feel like eating much anyway; only 5 meals in 10 days. So gatorade really helped. Just plan on drinking that plus a few meals.

  6. Nuun tablets

    Those adverse to sugar might prefer Nuun tablets over gatorade. Dehydration makes certain people, like me, very cranky!

  7. OTC medications

  8. Ocean saline spray

    Get several bottles.

  9. athletic tape

    Never got or used

  10. moleskin, blister packs

    Never used

  11. eye drops (hydrating and red-out)

    Never used.

  12. anti-bacterial cream

    Never used. Already part of most first aid kits.

  13. nutrabolics superfats

    Never used - don't overclock your CPU in the desert!

  14. 7-keto fat loss

    Never used - don't overclock your CPU in the desert!

  15. kyo-green pills

    Used a few of these, unsure if it did much.

  16. licorice flavonoid

    Never used - don't overclock your CPU in the desert!

  17. GPLC

    Didn't bring.

  18. vitamins and minerals


  1. Blackrock Hardware Shade Structure

    My campmates were really impressed with this shade structure! They all thought it was the best thing our camp had. Other people struggled the entire time to set up a decent shade structure and this thing was done the first day. MUST HAVE. AWESOME. Only problem is that the ten foot poles are a bit hard to transport. Note that it comes with six pieces of straight rebar, and so you will need a sledge and tools to remove it (e.g. vise grips).

  2. shade cloth

    I basically put this up on the upwind side (which was also sunset), and the side where the sun rose. This allowed us to avoid sun all day, but keep two sides open. It also meant that in the worst whiteouts, we couldn't even tell it was bad. Only downside is that it really cut back on the breeze, so it became difficult to sleep during the day, even on the cot. This shade cloth was too long for the height of the tent, so I doubled it up on the bottom two feet, which cut down on kicked up dust getting in.

  3. 2x 4 auger anchors

    These were a bit time-consuming to get in and out, but worked absolutely great, better than rebar. I used rebar as a turning tool to screw them in. The first four inches, it basically dug dust up, but once I got beyond that, they anchored in pretty well.

  4. 4 more auger anchors from Harbor Freight

  5. large tent

    This was a wonderful tent; huge, easy to stand up in, two rooms. Great buy!

  6. safety orange paracord

    Used this a bit, was handy.

  7. black/reflective paracord

    Never used, but would have worked well.

  8. packing tape

    Used once or twice on boxes.

  9. gorilla tape, wide

    Used this quite a bit; was extremely durable.

  10. 2x gorilla tape, narrow

    Never used; three rolls is too much.

  11. Yellow caution tape for tent stakes

    Didn't bring.

  12. mylar emergency blankets

    Never used.

  13. mylar insulation / reflectix (from home depot)

    Used to line our ice chests... helped them stay cold.

  14. stuff to cover ground with (sand gets HOT!) - tarp, carpet, canvas, rugs

    This was great, I highly recommend, because once your feet get sandy, it's very annoying to get them clean again, and you don't want to track that into your tent.

  15. N/A - stuff to cover end of rebar with (e.g. stuffed animals, tennis balls)

  16. N/A - 5 lbs sledge hammer (not rubber mallet) for rebar

  17. Chinese entrenching tool

    Never used.

  18. TODO - spade, rake

  19. step stool

  20. hammer

  21. leather work gloves from Harbor Freight

    I got some with kevlar so I wouldn't cut myself. Worked great. VERY IMPORTANT to bring these.

  22. TODO - campsite cleanup tools

  23. webbing straps with buckles from Harbor Freight

    Didn't bring.

  24. 900 lbs test polypropylene rope from Harbor Freight

    This made excellent rigging for the shade structure.

  25. TODO - stake puller / auger turner

  26. TODO - handheld auger

  27. reflective tape to mark guy lines and anchors from Harbor Freight

    Also used to make my bike highly visible at night.


  1. ball bungee cords (part of shade structure)

    Very very useful for shade structure and cloth

  2. zip ties

    Never used

  3. WD-40

    Didn't bring

  4. safety pins

    Would have been useful, but better to sew things on ahead of time.

  5. rubber bands

  6. TODO - clothes pins

  7. velcro fasteners

    Didn't use.

  8. exacto knife

    Didn't use.

  9. sandpaper

  10. steel wool

  11. TODO - Needles and heavy thread

  12. TODO - Grommet repair kit

  13. Shoe Goo or some such

    Didn't use.

  14. Super Glue

    Didn't use.

  15. TODO - Self Stick Nylon Fabric Repair Kit

  16. repair kit for your air bed/pad

    Didn't use.

  17. TODO - bailing wire

  18. TODO - sewing kit


In the desert, you won't feel like you're sweating very much, because it evaporates off quickly. If you're used to humid climates, you may not realize how much you are losing, unless you lay against something which won't breathe, in which case a layer of sweat forms between it and you very quickly. Fortunately, you won't stink too much.

  1. NullO internal deodorant

    Great stuff! I used it every day. I never stank.

  2. body wipes (waterless shower)

    This worked pretty well.

  3. Mitchum deodorant

    You only need this deodorant every other day.

  4. kleenex

    You'll use this a lot.

  5. TP for my bunghole

    Very necessary if you think stealing from the potties is wrong, which I do.

  6. Men's travel kit

    I somehow misplaced mine before leaving.

  7. drylite towel

    Quite useful.

  8. travel washcloth

    Quite useful.

  9. no-rinse shampoo

    This is the only way my girlfriend ended up without dreadlocks.

  10. mesh bag for wet trash

    Didn't arrive in time.

  11. camp shower / shelter

    We bought this but never used it; the gray water becomes a mud/disposal problem.

  12. TODO - canned air - don't leave in sun

  13. TODO - bio-soap, unscented shampoo

    Never used. Showers - getting the water, disposing of the water - were a logistical problem.

  14. moist towelettes / handy-wipes / etc


  1. ACU camp stool

    Hardly ever used, but was neat!

  2. miscellaneous folding lawn/camping chairs

    Very useful.

  3. folding table

    Didn't bring - too heavy. Others brought, and they were useful.

  4. N/A - full-length mirror

  5. TODO - milk crates used as stacking storage - keeps thigns from flying around

  6. TODO - stackable airtight storage containers with lids (no dust)


  1. midland radios

    Decent range. Would have been plenty to reach across camp if we had had the foresight to mount an antenna o f the right configuration to the top of our shade structure!

  2. throat mic for radios

    These things worked great! No distortion at all.

  3. Casio G-shock solar atomic watch

    I love this fraking watch. It will outlive me.

  4. Military compass with Tritium lights

    Useful for orienteering once I realized that "twelve o'clock" on the playa was due North. I'm so happy they did that! Very useful.

  5. watch band compass

    Loaned to my girlfriend, never used.


Contrary to what I expected, you will not instantly adapt to blindness; when you have a mound of gear and clothes, you will not be able to find it by touch alone.

  1. Tactical headlamp (AAAs)

    Most useful item, bar none. Couldn't do without it at night, even with tent light on, I couldn't see what I was looking for. Had some NiCd AAAs that came pre-charged, but they ran out in it really quickly. Fortunately AAAs are small and easy to carry. It takes three so that's a bit inconvenient to recharge anyway (most solar chargers will charge two at a time).

  2. mini LED maglite (AAs)

    Used once or twice. Not nearly as useful as headlamp.

  3. battery-operated LED lantern

    Worked great on D cells the entire trip! Not quite bright enough to find all things in the tent, but enough to find the general location, or to find clothes.

  4. solar LED light string

    Worked great! Charged all day, ran all night.

  5. solar LED lights

    Didn't have space for a second one of these, but might have been nice decoration. Vastly more economic than running lights off an inverter.

  6. large clear palstic bags to cover solar panel(s) from damage

    Not necessary.

  7. solar lantern

    Never used.

  8. solar-powered trail lights

    Forgot to bring these.


At first, rechargable batteries seemed like a great idea. But when I realized I'd have to pay attention to how long they took to charge and swap them, I started to feel like I was serving them instead of the other way around. I gave up quickly.

  1. Solar battery charger

    Noticed that during the day, the readings were off the right end of the chart; optimal for recharging. I charged up some AAAs but had no interest in timing the recharge, nor did I have a voltmeter. I was kind of annoyed that my headlamp used three, but the charger only charged two at a time.

  2. solar/USB battery charger

    Didn't use.

  3. USB charger and NiMH AAs

    Didn't use.

  4. D size shell for AA battery

    This lets you use AA batteries in devices that take D cells.

  5. C size shell for AA battery

    This lets you use AA batteries in devices that take C cells.

  6. 8 NiMH AAAs

    Didn't use.

  7. Instapark 10W 5V solar panel

    Worked great! Wonderful, cost-effective panel.

  8. 5V USB battery

    Worked great the one time I used it.

  9. button cell batteries for lights

    Didn't bother to install them into anything. Too time consuming.

  10. Instapark 10W 5V solar panel with battery pack

    Didn't bring - it was my backup.


  1. starbucks coffee

    Made it for my girlfriend once or twice.

  2. MREs

    Cheaper elsewhere, but very tasty.


  1. Mostly, I just suggest paper plates and plasticware.

  2. collapsible travel mugs

    Used one all the time. Never used the others.

  3. large collapsible green mug

    Never used.

  4. camping cookware

    Didn't bring due to space limitations.

  5. camping plateware for two

    Didn't bring due to space limitations. Washing dishware meant you had to waste water and dispose of graywater... which was a PITA.

  6. can openers

    Very useful.



  1. External Hang Tag with your name and camp location, as well as your home contact information, in case it gets separated from you!
  2. Water bottle(s): never leave home without water
  3. dust mask, goggles
  4. MOOP collecting bags (ziplocs)
  5. Clean pair of sox: seriously, nothing saves painful, tired feet like a clean pair of sox
  6. Dust mask, handkerchief, dust scarf (see clothing section for dust scarf hint)
  7. Band-aids, moleskin, basic first aid, aspirin, Swiss army pocket knife
  8. A small cup -- multipurpose for hot or cold beverages
  9. Powerbar or some other 'non-melting' type of snack food
  10. Pen, pencil, or marker, and paper: there may be artwork to write on or maybe you want to exchange camp locations with someone you meet
  11. $10 for chai or latte at the cafe, or maybe you will want to buy ice on the way back to camp
  12. Intimate, personal needs such as 'feminine hygiene products', toilet paper, condoms, etc, ziploc for same
  13. Mints and/or maybe toothbrush/paste: it's nice to be able to banish a mucky mouth
  14. What about a disposable camera?
  15. Decorate the outside of your survival pack so that it looks unique
  16. Smokers: portable ash tray (e.g. altoid tins)
  17. calling card for emergencies
  18. Couple of 'moist towelettes' like Wet Ones


  1. Sunscreen, sunblock, lip balm, hand lotion
  2. Sunglasses, and eye drops (especially if you wear contacts)
  3. Long sleeved cotton shirt or jacket: another layer for warmth or sun protection
  4. Small water spritzer for quick cool downs or hand washing, etc


  1. Small flashlight, extra batteries, and/or glow sticks (You might be gone longer than you think)


  1. can openers
  2. camping cook stove
  3. propane / stove fuel
  4. small BBQ grill
  5. hot pads, trivets
  6. lighters (long ones for grills)
  7. matches?
  8. pots, fry pans, lids (cookware)
  9. spatula, rubber scraper
  10. big spoon, slotted spoon
  11. knives, large and small
  12. cutting board
  13. plates and bowls (paper or other)
  14. cups and coffee mugs with lids
  15. coffee filters and cone
  16. cooking oil, salt and pepper
  17. silverware
  18. small wash tub for dishes - use sprayer or wipes
  19. scrubby things and bio-dish soap
  20. towels and rags
  21. tea kettle
  22. compostable plastic wear
  23. garbage bags, large and small
  24. paper bags for burnable trash
  25. griddle
  26. wooden spoon
  27. corkscrew / bottle opener (why? no glass)
  28. water cooler
  29. wonderful colored plastic wineglass instead of disposable; makes it easier to find your drink & creates zero trash
  30. pitcher for mixing margaritas
  31. cocktail shaker


  1. simple, light
  2. bring fewer perishables than you think
  3. cold/hot cereal
  4. milk alternatives that require no refrigeration
  5. MREs
  6. powdered milk, creamer
  7. fruit, canned and fresh
  8. veggies like carrot sticks
  9. Cup a noodles, other instant meals
  10. Bagels (more durable than regular bread)
  11. Cream cheese, butter
  12. Peanut butter and jam
  13. Dried fruit, raisins, etc
  14. Gorp, granola, soy nuts
  15. Juice (canned juices like Kern's freeze very well and can be used to help keep your cooler cold. -But we don't take them anymore because we don't eat corn syrup) also, Vegetable juices like V8
  16. Cold cereal, instant Oatmeal
  17. Coffee, Tea, herbal teas
  18. Coffee creamer
  19. Sugar, honey
  20. EmergenC or vitamin C powder for drinks
  21. Canned and dried soup
  22. Crackers (they keep very fresh in the dry desert)
  23. Powerbars, granola bars
  24. Nuts
  25. Beets
  26. Cream Cheese
  27. Fig Newtons (Cause Laura likes 'em)
  28. Licorice bites (Cause Greg likes 'em)
  29. Granola
  30. Peanut butter
  31. Jams
  32. Yogurt
  33. Olives
  34. Canned foods
  35. Soups
  36. Miso
  37. Boiled eggs
  38. Potatoes
  39. Onions
  40. Carrots
  41. Cucumbers
  42. Fresh fruit (Oranges, lemons and apples)
  43. Melons (Taste great but be aware of all the left
  44. over skins etc. that you will need to carry home)
  45. Pancake mix (Add water only kind works great)
  46. Maple Syrup
  47. Veggie Dogs, sausages
  48. Veggie Burgers
  49. Marinated Tofu
  50. Mustard
  51. Relish
  52. Pickles
  53. Powdered Hummus (or prepped- just keep cool)
  54. Dried soups (lentils, split peas -mix some miso with them)
  55. Pesto
  56. Pasta (Easy to prepare, messy to clean up)
  57. Butter, Margarine and olive oil
  58. Bag of salad (keeps maybe 2 days)
  59. Instant Thai or Indian
  60. Other quick snack foods
  61. Beer (avoid glass bottles)
  62. Other alcoholic beverages (Remember, alcohol is a poison. It is also dehydrating. Drink in moderation and you will enjoy BM without a hangover!)
  63. Mixers, fresh limes, olives


  1. celdek media for evaporative cooler

  2. solar backpack

  3. air conditioned pants

    "Your shopping list is pretty intense" -- a compliment given to me :-)