rob (veovix) wrote in burning_man,

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Let the excitment begin! Advice?

Well, my co-conspirator for this years burn just dropped out unexpectedly leaving me on my own! whee!

I've never gone to burning man *ON MY OWN* before...I've always gone as part of an organized camp or group. My adrenaline is pumping just thinking about the adventure that is in front of me! Although, it is a little scary because we had our camp all planned out and preparations made but now it's just me.

My plans have to adapt dramatically as well. We were planning on driving from Seattle to BRC in his van with our shade structure we've been working on and using mostly his camping gear...I dont have a vehicle of my own so I cant haul any of that now. My adjusted plan is to fly into Reno and eqiup myself there since the stuff I can take on an airplane is limited.

I'd like to ask for some last-minute advice from anyone who cares to give it. Here are the logistics I'm worried about and what my initial thoughts are:

Extra ticket - $185. I'm pretty sure I can offload this really quickly on craigslist or even at the gate if need be.

Shelter - I've got a 4 man dome tent which I'll be bringing including an air mattress and a camp chair. My plan is to line the inside of the tent with my 5 gallon water jugs rather then drive rebar into the playa. I'll get extra water for just this purpose.

Shade - I dont have a shade structure plan any more...grr. Any advice on how to quickly manage this myself in a cost effective/easy manner? I've always done the dome thing so I've never dealt with a tent totally exposed to the elements. Not sure what I should do. Is a big airy tent livable on its own? Any tips? Maybe I can get a big golf umbrella for when I'm sitting in the chair during afternoon naps?

Food/Water - Since I have to equip in Reno I'm going to go to costco and buy cooler and load it non-perishable foods...canned soups + fruits. I figure anything I have left over I can donate to the DPW during exodus..maybe they'll want the cooler too? For water I'll get a bunch of those 5 gallon jugs.

Supplies - Pick up first aid kit and survival gear in Reno.. vinegar/moisturizers/sun block

Costumes/Clothing - Most are foldable so should be able to pack like regular clothing...I hope the people who x-ray dont think the el-wire is bomb or anything!

Heh, as you can see I'm in ultra-last-minute mode here.. It just goes to show that you can never be TOO prepared... I thought I had everything handled until about 15 minutes ago and now I'm starting from scratch!

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