I’m not sure if I’ll go to this year’s Burning Man. But I’m thinking about it.
- Have fun
- Not leave in the middle because I need something
- Minimize “hassle”
- Be able to participate in “gifting”: bring enough extra so I can share
At a first approximation, I estimate that to survive I need one gallon of water per person per day. Since BM is seven days, we need 7 gallons per person per-week. In order to compensate for any issues, let’s round it up to 10 gallons per person per week. That should be enough for drinking and cooking in (more about cooking later). Vitamin C should not be an issue for seven days, but there’s no reason to take risks. Lemons take quite a bit of time to spoil if kept in the shade. Ten lemons per person should be enough: spike the water with a little lemon juice in the morning and you should be fine.
(Note: unless stated otherwise, all quantities are “per-person”)
- 10 gallons of water
- 10 lemons
Next, for survival, we need food. Food that keeps for seven days, while having minimal waste. Here, I am going to depart a bit from common wisdom, and suggest that canned food is actually pretty good. Cans can be compressed, a lot, and stuffed in a garbage bag.
- 18 pounds of rice
- 20 cans of beans
- 2 boxes of granola bars
- 10 cans of gas for gas stove
- portable gas stove (one per 4 people, rounded up)
- 2 teflon pots (per 4 people, rounded up)
- 30 tea bags
- garbage bags
- 2 ceramic cups
- 1 metal bottle (for carrying water around during the day)
- 1 ceramic plate
- stainless steal fork, knife and spoon
Of course, now that we have dishes we need to clean them. We don’t want to use water. Wet wipes, followed by drying with a towel, are perfectly ok — yes, you need to dispose of them, but they compress well.
- 4 pack of wet wipes
- 1 small towel
- 1 large towel
That, by the way, also takes care of the necessity of cleaning, together with
- Anti-rash cream
- First aid pack (per 4 persons, rounded up)
Next order of business is sleeping. Some people erect a tent. That’s wasteful, and hard work. I advocate sleeping bags. Portable, quick, in-and-out of the cars in minutes. Add a sleeping bag pad, and make sure the sleeping bag is good for cold weather, and you should have no problems surviving the cold desert nights. Especially with a hot cup of tea before the night.
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag pad
All of that should fit into a minivan, especially if the minivan only carries 4 people (and their equipment)
- Rent minivan (per 4 people, rounded up)