If you’re heading to the playa for Burning Man and need to know what to bring and where to get it we have you covered. Here is a list of tips and shops in the Reno-Sparks area where you will find the essentials to make your visit to Black Rock City smooth and memorable.
For those of you who don’t know desert weather, the days are hot and the nights are cold.
Daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100º F. Sunscreen, lip balm and skin lotion are your three best friends on the playa. Drinking up to one gallon of water per person per day is the rule of thumb. Remember to eat proper salty foods to prevent electrolyte imbalance.
Some signs that you may not be drinking enough water:
- You don’t carry a water bottle with you at all times.
- You swill instead of drinking deeply.
- You wait to drink until you’re thirsty – too late!
- Your urine is anything but clear and abundant.
- You become cranky.
Overnight lows in the 40’s can seem exceptionally cold after extensive daytime sun, so you’ll want to bring warm clothing and a good sleeping bag.
High recommendation: bring goggles. Dust storms can prowl the playa in packs or sweep in a broadened front across the plain at any moment.
Outfits are crucial on the playa. Burners are encouraged to express themselves and wear what may not normally be accepted around town and at the office – so get creative. By visiting these clothing stores and costume shops, you will find everything you’ll need from EL-wire kits to exotic fabrics to create the perfect ensemble:
The Melting Pot World Emporium
PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique
Junkee Clothing Exchange
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports
A bicycle (with a bike light) is vital for enjoying the vast and burgeoning metropolis. Remember, Black Rock City turns into a decent size “town” with over 50,000 people. Here are a few shops where you can pick up your playa transportation:
Black Rock Bicycles
Reno Bike Project
Great Basin Bicycles
It is crucial to bring plenty of food and water with you on your Burning Man journey so stop by these great retailers to stock up before you head out:
Save Mart Supermarket – 525 Keystone Ave.
Trader Joe’s – 5035 South McCarran Blvd.
Whole Foods Market – 6139 South Virginia St.
Simply Water- 1070 Gentry Way
The only thing sold on the playa is ice and coffee, so don’t forget any camping necessities such as tents, flashlights, batteries, shade, and water containers. Check out:
Twin City Surplus
Sierra Trading Post
For more tips, check out the Survival Guide.
Check out our pictures from last year on Flickr.