by Casa de la Rumba (adapted from Pineapple Motel’s guide)

Hola Rumberos 💃! As you are about to realize, Burning Man is a magical place. Its art, music, serendipity, community, and generosity are all unparalleled. In our experience, showing up to the Burn prepared made a world of difference in being able to really enjoy the experience.

The intent of this guide is to provide a practical approach to prepping for the Playa, in order to make the most of your time there. Ultimately the goal is to arm you with as much information as possible, so when you arrive to Black Rock City, you can forget your worries and just play!

Suggested reading:

Packing guide

What to bring

How to pack:

If you haven’t heard, the playa is dusty AF. And what is the playa, you may ask? It’s the alkali dust surface, hard as rock at places and softer, sandier at others. It will be the only surface you will set foot on when you arrive to Burning Man. It’s completely flat because Black Rock City used to be a lake (Lake Lahontan) tens of thousands of years ago! What remains is a beautiful, ancient lakebed that is, well, full of dust.