Everything You Need For Burning Man

The Last Minute Amazon Prime Guide

Ben Greenberg

Last updated Sep 14th, 2020

Everything You Need For Burning Man

The Last Minute Amazon Prime Guide

Ben Greenberg

Last updated Sep 14th, 2020

This guide covers everything you need to pack for Burning Man, and it’s all via Amazon Prime so you can get it delivered at the last minute.

Your Day Bag

CamelBak 50 oz Hydration Backpack

CamelBak x2

No one wants to spend time at Burning Man re-organizing and searching through their stuff. That’s why I recommend getting two Camelbaks, one for day and one for night. Then the switch from day to night is as simple as switching backpacks.
CamelBak 50 oz Hydration Backpack

CamelBak x2

No one wants to spend time at Burning Man re-organizing and searching through their stuff. That’s why I recommend getting two Camelbaks, one for day and one for night. Then the switch from day to night is as simple as switching backpacks.
Mirror Lens Steampunk Sunglasses

Sun Goggles x2

Protect your eyes from sun and dust.  As with all essential items, get at least 2, because you’re bound to lose things at Burning Man.
Mirror Lens Steampunk Sunglasses

Sun Goggles x2

Protect your eyes from sun and dust.  As with all essential items, get at least 2, because you’re bound to lose things at Burning Man.
Dorfman Outback Hat with Chin Cord

Badass Hat x2

Cover that beautiful face of yours from the constant sun.
Dorfman Outback Hat with Chin Cord

Badass Hat x2

Cover that beautiful face of yours from the constant sun.
Sun Bum SPF50 Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Get yourself some Sunscreen if you're the type to burn at Burning Man
Sun Bum SPF50 Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Get yourself some Sunscreen if you're the type to burn at Burning Man

Your Night Bag

Fill your night time Camelbak with these necessities:
Energizer Multi-Mode Headlamp

Headlamp x2

You need these to see at night.  The great thing about the Energizer headlamps is their low-intensity “red-mode”, which allows you to look at people without blinding them. Bring lots of AAA batteries for these and any other electronics.
Energizer Multi-Mode Headlamp

Headlamp x2

You need these to see at night.  The great thing about the Energizer headlamps is their low-intensity “red-mode”, which allows you to look at people without blinding them. Bring lots of AAA batteries for these and any other electronics.
Kroop's Ventless Goggles

Clear Goggles x2

Sun Goggles are fine during the day, but get clear ones for the night time.
Kroop's Ventless Goggles

Clear Goggles x2

Sun Goggles are fine during the day, but get clear ones for the night time.

El-Wire x3

Sew this amazing glowy wire into your night bag so you can be seen at night.  This is a matter of safety as well as fun.  This el-wire has 3 modes (solid, slow blink, and crazy fast blink) so you can signal that you’re rave-ready at the drop of a dime. You can sew it into your clothes or backpack. Make sure to get plenty of AA batteries, you'll need them.

El-Wire x3

Sew this amazing glowy wire into your night bag so you can be seen at night.  This is a matter of safety as well as fun.  This el-wire has 3 modes (solid, slow blink, and crazy fast blink) so you can signal that you’re rave-ready at the drop of a dime. You can sew it into your clothes or backpack. Make sure to get plenty of AA batteries, you'll need them.

Stuff That’s Always On You

Obacle Bandana

Bandana x3

 Come prepared for dust storms so your lungs don’t suffer.
Obacle Bandana

Bandana x3

 Come prepared for dust storms so your lungs don’t suffer.
Ultralight Mens Desert Boots

Desert Boots

You don’t want to be wearing sneakers if it rains or you inevitably have to walk across deep playa.
Ultralight Mens Desert Boots

Desert Boots

You don’t want to be wearing sneakers if it rains or you inevitably have to walk across deep playa.
Carabiner Clips

Carabiners

You need some stuff on you day and night. If it's not in one of your Camelbaks, you can clip it to your waist with a Caribiner.
Carabiner Clips

Carabiners

You need some stuff on you day and night. If it's not in one of your Camelbaks, you can clip it to your waist with a Caribiner.
Zip Stick Retractable Lip Balm Holder

Chapstick on a String

Chapped lips are a commonly overlooked risk of the Playa. Clip these chapstick leashes to your waist to avoid reaching into your bag every time your lips need moisture.
Zip Stick Retractable Lip Balm Holder

Chapstick on a String

Chapped lips are a commonly overlooked risk of the Playa. Clip these chapstick leashes to your waist to avoid reaching into your bag every time your lips need moisture.
Stainless Steel Carabiner Mug

Clip-Cup

Wherever you go at Burning Man, you want to have a cup on hand for collecting food and drink.  I loved having a Clip Cup on the Playa.  It sat snugly in my pocket so it was always within reach, and didn’t bounce around as I moved.
Stainless Steel Carabiner Mug

Clip-Cup

Wherever you go at Burning Man, you want to have a cup on hand for collecting food and drink.  I loved having a Clip Cup on the Playa.  It sat snugly in my pocket so it was always within reach, and didn’t bounce around as I moved.

Your Sleeping Area

Coleman 6-Person Dome Tent

Tent

There are lots of options for sleeping quarters, but let’s assume that like most Burners you’re getting a Tent. Get at least a 4-Person Tent,  even if it’s just you in there, so you have breathing room and space to store your stuff.
Consider getting a 6-Person Tent if you can, because they’re large enough that you can stand up straight inside of them.  That extra convenience matters a lot when you’re going in and out of your tent several times a day.  Above all, make sure that your chosen tent can keep the dust out.
Coleman 6-Person Dome Tent

Tent

There are lots of options for sleeping quarters, but let’s assume that like most Burners you’re getting a Tent. Get at least a 4-Person Tent,  even if it’s just you in there, so you have breathing room and space to store your stuff.
Consider getting a 6-Person Tent if you can, because they’re large enough that you can stand up straight inside of them.  That extra convenience matters a lot when you’re going in and out of your tent several times a day.  Above all, make sure that your chosen tent can keep the dust out.
Outdoorsman Mummy Sleeping Bag

Mummy Sleeping Bag

You can jump right into bed with these sleep cocoons. There’s no mess with blankets to worry about, they’re comfortable, and they’re cheap.
Outdoorsman Mummy Sleeping Bag

Mummy Sleeping Bag

You can jump right into bed with these sleep cocoons. There’s no mess with blankets to worry about, they’re comfortable, and they’re cheap.
ALPS Mountaineering Foam Camping Mat

Foam Camping Mat

Because the Playa is too hard to sleep directly on top of.
ALPS Mountaineering Foam Camping Mat

Foam Camping Mat

Because the Playa is too hard to sleep directly on top of.
Travel and Camping Pillow

Travel Pillow

Packs small but expands big and comfy. Packs small but expands big and comfy. 
Travel and Camping Pillow

Travel Pillow

Packs small but expands big and comfy. Packs small but expands big and comfy. 
Mack’s Silicone Earplugs Value Pack, Pack of 2

Silicone Earplugs

I swear by these things.  Don’t settle for cheaper earplugs that can’t handle the intense late night noise.
Mack’s Silicone Earplugs Value Pack, Pack of 2

Silicone Earplugs

I swear by these things.  Don’t settle for cheaper earplugs that can’t handle the intense late night noise.
Vermont's Original Bag Balm

Lotion

The alkaline dust of the Playa will get everywhere, but most irritatingly it will get on your hands and feet.  Bring some heavy duty Bag Balm Lotion to avoid cracked Playa hands.
Vermont's Original Bag Balm

Lotion

The alkaline dust of the Playa will get everywhere, but most irritatingly it will get on your hands and feet.  Bring some heavy duty Bag Balm Lotion to avoid cracked Playa hands.
Wet Wipes

Wet Wipes

Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to shower much, if at all, at Burning Man.  Wet Wipes are good for cleaning yourself or any other dusty surface
Wet Wipes

Wet Wipes

Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to shower much, if at all, at Burning Man.  Wet Wipes are good for cleaning yourself or any other dusty surface
Convenience Kit (Mens)

Toiletries

Get a convenient travel pack of toiletries to help you pack lighter.  They come customized for either women or men.
Convenience Kit (Mens)

Toiletries

Get a convenient travel pack of toiletries to help you pack lighter.  They come customized for either women or men.
Okamoto Ultra-Thin Condoms

Condoms and Lube

Bring safe sex items like condoms and lube. Also, this wouldn’t be GlowyStuff.com if we didn’t mention the existence of glowy condoms.
Okamoto Ultra-Thin Condoms

Condoms and Lube

Bring safe sex items like condoms and lube. Also, this wouldn’t be GlowyStuff.com if we didn’t mention the existence of glowy condoms.

Your Kitchen and Food

Some camps have extensive communal kitchens, while others require you to provide your own food and drink.  I’m going to assume here that your camp provides a daily meal or two, but that you need to provide much of your pantry, such as:
Arrowhead 2.5 Gallon Water

Tons of Water

1.5 Gallons of H2O per day is a good rule of thumb for all the water one person needs at Burning Man.  In my experience this is a bit more water than you’ll actually end up using, so if you buy 4 2.5-Gallon jugs you should be set.
Arrowhead 2.5 Gallon Water

Tons of Water

1.5 Gallons of H2O per day is a good rule of thumb for all the water one person needs at Burning Man.  In my experience this is a bit more water than you’ll actually end up using, so if you buy 4 2.5-Gallon jugs you should be set.
Coleman 24-Can Cooler

Cooler

Eating only Dried Snacks gets old quickly, so fill up a Cooler with Ice and chill some food and drinks.
Coleman 24-Can Cooler

Cooler

Eating only Dried Snacks gets old quickly, so fill up a Cooler with Ice and chill some food and drinks.
Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water, 12-pack

Cooler Food and Drinks

  • Coconut Water - Outside of regular water, this is the main thing people are drinking on the Playa.  There’s something about cold coconut water that’s just perfect for Burning Man.  So get yourself a few 12-packs.
  • Fruit Cups - Portable and super refreshing.
Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water, 12-pack

Cooler Food and Drinks

  • Coconut Water - Outside of regular water, this is the main thing people are drinking on the Playa.  There’s something about cold coconut water that’s just perfect for Burning Man.  So get yourself a few 12-packs.
  • Fruit Cups - Portable and super refreshing.
Clif Bar Variety Pack

Dried Snacks

With or without a meal plan, you need some Dried Snacks you can grab on the go, such as:
Clif Bar Variety Pack

Dried Snacks

With or without a meal plan, you need some Dried Snacks you can grab on the go, such as:
Kellogg's Special K Milk Chocolate Protein Shakes

Breakfast Shakes

  • Breakfast Shakes - You don’t see this mentioned on a lot of packing lists, but Breakfast Shakes are perfect for the Playa.  Why?  Because they’re easy to pack, don’t spoil in the heat, and pack a full meal into a bottle.
  • If you really want to take it to the next level, you might consider bringing Soylent, the creepy meal replacement. In fact, I imagine you could pack super light by living entirely off Soylent for your entire Burning Man visit. Not that you would want to, but I’d be curious if anyone has tried this.
Kellogg's Special K Milk Chocolate Protein Shakes

Breakfast Shakes

  • Breakfast Shakes - You don’t see this mentioned on a lot of packing lists, but Breakfast Shakes are perfect for the Playa.  Why?  Because they’re easy to pack, don’t spoil in the heat, and pack a full meal into a bottle.
  • If you really want to take it to the next level, you might consider bringing Soylent, the creepy meal replacement. In fact, I imagine you could pack super light by living entirely off Soylent for your entire Burning Man visit. Not that you would want to, but I’d be curious if anyone has tried this.
Spork (4-Pack)

Knife Sporks

They’re super convenient and allow you to save packing space.
Spork (4-Pack)

Knife Sporks

They’re super convenient and allow you to save packing space.
AZCAMP Collapsible Camping Bowls (2-Pack)

Bowl x2

These camping bowls are sturdy and reliable.
AZCAMP Collapsible Camping Bowls (2-Pack)

Bowl x2

These camping bowls are sturdy and reliable.
Make sure that you have real hot meals either provided by your camp, or that you cook for yourself. Just snacking it for a week is not healthy or enjoyable. If you’re doing your own cooking, get the necessary cooking materials like a Stove and Cooking Utensils.

Your Chill Space

Here’s what you should have on hand for your camp’s chill communal spaces:
Kijaro Sling Folding Chair, Ireland Green

Foldable Outdoor Chair

Comes with a cupholder for extra chillaxation.
Kijaro Sling Folding Chair, Ireland Green

Foldable Outdoor Chair

Comes with a cupholder for extra chillaxation.
Phantoscope Mongolian Faux Fur Pillow

Big Fuzzy Pillows

You can never have too much soft stuff on the Playa.  Stock up on big fuzzy pillows to turn your chill space into an inviting oasis away from the hard desert.
Phantoscope Mongolian Faux Fur Pillow

Big Fuzzy Pillows

You can never have too much soft stuff on the Playa.  Stock up on big fuzzy pillows to turn your chill space into an inviting oasis away from the hard desert.
Mead Composition Book with Wide Rule

Writing Utensils

A composition notebook, pens, and pencils will help you record your otherworldly experiences from the comfort of your chill space. Also grab some index cards for trading contact info with the cool folks you meet at Black Rock City.
Mead Composition Book with Wide Rule

Writing Utensils

A composition notebook, pens, and pencils will help you record your otherworldly experiences from the comfort of your chill space. Also grab some index cards for trading contact info with the cool folks you meet at Black Rock City.
All-Purpose First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

For any accidents that might happen on the Playa. For more serious stuff, you'll want to head to rampart.
All-Purpose First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

For any accidents that might happen on the Playa. For more serious stuff, you'll want to head to rampart.

Leaving No Trace

Leaving No Trace on the Black Rock Desert means disposing of any MOOP and gray water you create.  Your camp may have a waste plan already in place, but the bare minimums are:
Multipurpose Drawstring Trash Bags, 30 Gallon, 50 Count

Garbage Bags

For MOOP, bring garbage bags. Be a good Burner and also use them to cleanup random MOOP that you run into on the Playa.
Multipurpose Drawstring Trash Bags, 30 Gallon, 50 Count

Garbage Bags

For MOOP, bring garbage bags. Be a good Burner and also use them to cleanup random MOOP that you run into on the Playa.
8x10 Thick Tarp

Gray Water Evaporator

Gray Water can be dealt with using an Evaporation Pond, built from a dark plastic tarp and 2X4s. People hate on this approach, because it’s often messy/gross, so let us know in the comments if you've got a smarter solution.
8x10 Thick Tarp

Gray Water Evaporator

Gray Water can be dealt with using an Evaporation Pond, built from a dark plastic tarp and 2X4s. People hate on this approach, because it’s often messy/gross, so let us know in the comments if you've got a smarter solution.

Your Bike

Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mens Mountain Bike

Bicycle

A bicycle is a must for getting around Burning Man. Get one with wide tires that can handle the terrain. If you’re getting this bike just for Burning Man, I recommend renting from Playa Bike Repair (PBR). They even offer a delivery service, where you can pick your bike up and drop it off at their camp.  That means less packing, which is always a win.
Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mens Mountain Bike

Bicycle

A bicycle is a must for getting around Burning Man. Get one with wide tires that can handle the terrain. If you’re getting this bike just for Burning Man, I recommend renting from Playa Bike Repair (PBR). They even offer a delivery service, where you can pick your bike up and drop it off at their camp.  That means less packing, which is always a win.
Etronic 6ft. Cable Combo Bike Lock

Bike Lock

 People steal bikes at Burning Man.  Always keep your bike locked.
Etronic 6ft. Cable Combo Bike Lock

Bike Lock

 People steal bikes at Burning Man.  Always keep your bike locked.
Monkey Light Ultrabright LEDs

Wheel Lights

Glow up your bike for safety and style at night. There are tons of options for Wheel Lights, but I think the MonkeyLight Wheel Lights strike a good balance between awesomeness and affordability.
Monkey Light Ultrabright LEDs

Wheel Lights

Glow up your bike for safety and style at night. There are tons of options for Wheel Lights, but I think the MonkeyLight Wheel Lights strike a good balance between awesomeness and affordability.
Fun Central LED Balloons, 5 Piece

Unique bike swag

Get something identifiable from a distance like an LED Balloon or Stuffed Giraffe so that you can see your bike from afar amongst the sea of other bicycles.
Fun Central LED Balloons, 5 Piece

Unique bike swag

Get something identifiable from a distance like an LED Balloon or Stuffed Giraffe so that you can see your bike from afar amongst the sea of other bicycles.

Packing It All Up

Rubbermaid Brute 20 Gallon Storage Container

Storage Containers

Rubbermaid’s Storage Containers are worth spending the extra dollar on, because they’re incredibly durable and easy to stack and pack.  I’ve stored all of my stuff in these things in my 4 years on the Playa.
Rubbermaid Brute 20 Gallon Storage Container

Storage Containers

Rubbermaid’s Storage Containers are worth spending the extra dollar on, because they’re incredibly durable and easy to stack and pack.  I’ve stored all of my stuff in these things in my 4 years on the Playa.
Neovoo Glowy Rings (38 Pack)

Your Gift

Last but not least you should have a gift for your fellow Burners. I’ve always found that these glowy rings go over well at Burning Man, or anywhere else for that matter.
Neovoo Glowy Rings (38 Pack)

Your Gift

Last but not least you should have a gift for your fellow Burners. I’ve always found that these glowy rings go over well at Burning Man, or anywhere else for that matter.
Am I missing anything from my packing list? Let me know in the comments below and I can update this guide accordingly. Have a great Burning Man!

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