What to Bring
This is by no means a comprehensive list, please use your own initiative and creativity and all-round awesomeness to work out what you’ll need to survive and be completely self-reliant for the duration of the event.
But we got a few people who have done this a few times before, and smashed their heads together, to come up with a bit of a starter list, to help not only the first-timers but season burners who need a little reminder too.
Remember to check out the Survival Guide as well, for more information about the event and how to prepare. Even if you’re a regular burner, we update this Guide each year, so it’s well worth having a refresher.
WHAT YOU MUST BRING:
- Your ticket and Photo ID.
- Drinking water. (Carry a bottle of water with you at all times. Electrolytes will help keep you from being dehydrated.)
- Enough food/beverages for yourself and any dependents.
- Rain Proof clothing and shelter. Extra changes of dry clothes in waterproof storage.
- Warm clothing for evenings – it can get cold in the Central North Island!
- Bedding and shelter of some type – the winds can exceed 75 kph, and the mid-day temperature can exceed 30°C.
- A good camp tent is recommended along with warm sleeping bags.
- Rubbish bags.
- Recycling bags.
- Torches and spare batteries (headlamps are useful) to be sure you can see and be seen at night. Glowsticks, LEDs and flashies are good for making yourself visible.
- Sunscreen/sunblock lotion and sunglasses. Long sleeves and pant legs and a hat are also very helpful.
- Bug repellant. There are lots of sandflies at the site, and visitors to New Zealand are particularly sensitive. If you find bug repellant, well, repulsive, you may find that long sleeves and pant legs, socks, and hats will prevent many bites. This will also protect you from the sun. Aloe Vera, or some New Zealand made skin balms based on bee propolis and tree resin can help treat sandfly bites after you have received them.
- Fire extinguishers, if you plan to burn your art or have a generator or burn barrel.
- First Aid kit.
- Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great, pack out your rubbish), or whatever else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services.
WE STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU BRING:
- Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the cruel mid-day sun. For those coming from other countries, New Zealand’s sun is stronger than anywhere else in the world. The sun here can burn you in less than 20 minutes, even with sunscreen on.
- A wide brim hat (a chinstrap is useful).
- A raincoat and or umbrella.
- A cooking stove if you expect to heat food or liquid.
- Earplugs! (Not everyone is going to want to sleep when you do).
- Watertight protective bags for clothing, cameras or electronic gear.
- Lotion/lip balm to treat cracked skin.
- Smokers: portable ashtrays (e.g. mint tin that doesn’t leak ashes, or film canister).
- Costumes, musical instruments, props, banners, signs, and anything else you can think of that might make the experience more fun for you and your neighbours. Camp marker (flag, flasher, distinctive marking).
- 300mm (12”) tent stakes (High winds are likely; rebar is cheap and effective).
- Plastic bottles or tennis balls to top and protect dangerous rebar stakes.
- Extra set of car keys (keys are easily lost!).
HELPFUL THINGS TO BRING:
- Sewing kit.
- Rope and/or string.
- Ribbons, Mylar, etc., to flag tent ropes/guy lines.
- Handy wipes.
- Duct tape.
- Gifts to give to new friends.
THINGS NOT TO BRING:
- Feathers of any kind e.g., boas (they shed, no matter what you do – try marabou instead).
- Glass containers of any kind if at all avoidable.
- Excess packaging from foods (for example, remove outer box from cereals and just bring the inner bag).
- Loose glitter.
- Nuts in their shells.
- Anything that will break up and/or blow away in the wind.
- Styrofoam Chillybins (they don’t hold up and will break into a million bits).
- Explosives, fireworks, aerial flares, rockets, firearms of any kind – including BB guns, air rifles, or paintball guns.