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Prepping for the Playa

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Creating a city with 68,000+ citizens takes some prepping… even if it’s temporary. Here are some tips for good times on the playa for Burning Man 2013 from burningman.com!

What Is Burning Man?

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.

Your Survival in BRC

Bring:

  • At least 1.5 gallons of water per person per day – hydrating, washing, and cooking etc.
  • A reusable water bottle to keep with you at all times – it’s hot!
  • Hearty meals, at least 3 per day, and perhaps a 4th meal – you’ll need the energy through the night, it’s one of the best times to explore!
  • First-aid kit – accidents happen.
  • Warm clothing for evenings—this is a desert at 4,000 feet elevation and it can get cold at night, like beanies are often warn cold.
  • A good camp tent or other shelter and warm sleeping bags and bedding. It’s your home. Don’t end up homeless. The winds can exceed 75 mph , and the midday temperature can exceed 100°F. Evening temperatures can be in the 40s
  • Particle/dust mask (dust storms are common, breathing dust is not fun)
  • Goggles to protect eyes during dust storms – get funky ones at a local store in Reno like the Melting Pot
  • Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp site ( rakes, magnets, gloves, etc.)
  • Rope or tie-down straps—one way or another, you’ll need them.
  • Duct tape—you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed.
  • Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), or anything else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services
  • Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful) so as to see and be seen at night
  • Sunscreen/sunblock & sunglasses
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, and if you plan to burn your art
  • Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude
  • Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the midday sun
  • A bicycle (mountain bike or cruisers with balloon tires are best)
  • Lights for your bike and your person for safe nighttime travel
  • more items…

Maps and Travel Information

Reno has you covered! Here are the hot spots to shop in Reno

Top 10 highlights for a Reno-Tahoe getaway

truckeeriverbodyboard300Reno-Tahoe is a family-friendly getaway, offering tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Add some of these Top 10 attractions to your travel itinerary:

  1. Catch a ballgame: Downtown Reno is home to a new ballpark and the Reno Aces, a Triple A team. The boys of summer are playing in Reno-Tahoe.
  2. Hit the slopes: Reno-Tahoe offers the largest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America — 18 within an hour drive of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  3. Shop till you drop: The shopping is great in Reno-Tahoe, including the new Legends at Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nev., which boasts more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Scheel’s, the World’s Largest All Sports Store at almost 300,000 square feet.
  4. A river runs through it: The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno and downtown Sparks, offering great opportunities for recreation and relaxation during the warm months. Whitewater enthusiasts can paddle to their heart’s content in the two whitewater parks.
  5. Nevada-style casino action: In Reno-Tahoe the action goes 24-7, with deluxe, modern resort casinos that offer fun gaming action without the Vegas crowds.
  6. The Jewel of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe is 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and downtown Reno — a great day trip whether it is summer or winter.
  7. The Comstock Lode: Step back to Wild West times in Virginia City. The preserved epicenter of the Comstock Lode features classic buildings, old saloons and a cast of characters that is always entertaining.
  8. V&T Railroad: Ride the rails of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Carson City, Nevada’s capitol. Working steam engines hearken back to the golden age of rail travel.
  9. Wine and dine: Reno-Tahoe is known for adventure and Nevada-style gaming, but hundreds of restaurants serving everything from casual to five-star fare also make it a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.
  10. Culture connection: Reno-Tahoe is home to 31 museums, including the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum and the Nevada State Museum – live Nevada’s rich culture.