Though you may sleep in the dust, there’s no reason to suffer in it.
We will be in the Wilderness; there’s no manna falling from the heavens, no rock to hit for water, no special rain dance you can do. Each resident of Milk + Honey must take time to prepare for the journey in the desert, through the Burn and beyond, so that we can support ourselves and have plenty left to give each other.
The following is a lengthy read indeed, but absolutely crucial, the bedrock beneath the fire of the Burn, so please grab a goblet of wine/ale/apple juice/green tea and read from the font of all wisdom that is The Burning Man Preparation and Survival Guide.
Milk + Honey Specific Preparation
Food and Water
Milk and Honey will provide 2 meals each day starting Monday and ending Sunday. These meals will roughly correspond to breakfast and dinner. We do accommodate for most dietary needs. Each individual should bring any other food they want to eat during the week.
Milk and Honey will provide 5 gallons of shower water per person. This works out to 2 showers during the week using our 2.5 gallon sun shower.
And for the first time, we’re providing water (1.5g/day per camper) to ALL Honey Moo-Moos. Wait… what? You mean I don’t need to lug 15 gallons of water, smushed into every car space, watching the wheels get closer and closer to the rutted ground? Nope you don’t. We’re centralizing our water systems to reduce plastic waste, worry, and space. We’ve got your hydration and hygiene needs covered. Although we don’t have seltzer…next time.
Milk and Honey will provide a large shaded area for tent camping. It is 80×60 and should provide ample shade to all of those with a flimsy tent to shelter you from the elements. Each individual is responsible for bringing their own shelter (tent/RV/other). For numbers, please know that you have about 40 sq ft max allocated to you which works out to roughly a spacious two person tent. Please no bigger unless you want a sunburn. If you plan on bringing a shelter that is taller than 9 feet or an RV, please contact us asap: (hello(at)milkandhoney.camp).
Carry In, Carry Out
It is expected that you carry out every single thing you bring onto the playa. Black Rock is the only city of 60,000 in the world without any public trash cans. And the place is cleaner than most cities (minus the dust of course). The cleanliness of powered by conscientiousness! We provide trash and recycling for our kitchen and water/grey water needs. Please be aware that we can’t carry your empties out for you. Reduce packaging before you come and have your own bedazzled garbage bag for personal consumption.
Below is a basic summary list of some of the crucial things you will likely want on playa.
- Bandana and Goggles: When the wind blows it is REALLY dusty
- Hot weather clothes: It can be 95F during the day
- Cold weather clothes: It can be 45F at night
- Earplugs: There is often music playing at all hours of the night
- Lotion: The alkaline playa dust will rapidly dry out your skin
- Bicycle: Bring one if you live in driving distance or buy one for ~$30 at the Reno Bike Project or Kiwanis Club. We will have 65 bikes up for lottery. Make sure to enter if you want one–they will be $40 for the week and we give them to you with at least one brake and tires intact! Bikes are crucial to get around the playa; it is very large.
- Costume: Awesome duds are so much fun. Get inspired.
- Lights: Being out on the playa at night with no illumination is hazardous. Get some Blinky Lights or EL wire. We mean it. It’s dark out there. Well actually it can look like Las Vegas in a pinball machine but you will be invisible if you don’t have light. Bring for both your person and your bike.
For First-Time Burners
A Word to the Wise: Drop All Expectations Now
Burning Man isn’t what you think it is. Burning Man simply cannot be contained, understood or experienced at the level of the mind. It must be experienced fully by the whole being. The more expectations you bring, the more likely you are to be disappointed. I suggest you use your mind to read about it, talk about it, ask about it, and PREPARE TO BE SURPRISED.
All in all, you are taking time out of your life to participate in Burning Man. You might set some intentions about what Burning Man will be for you. It might be a vacation, it might be time to stay up all night and dance. It might be time to reassess old habits and create new ones. Burning Man is an infinite universe — and only you can find what you need.
That said, there are some things common to all Burns, that you may expect in some form:
- DUST. This cannot be over-emphasized for first timers. Dust storms arrive without warning! And one dust storm will saturate your clothes and skin with dust. YOU NEED PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR AND YOU NEED SOMETHING TO COVER YOUR MOUTH. Carry these items with you at all times. Always zip up your tent when not using it — one dust storm will cover the inside of your tent if you leave it open.
- COLD. It is not universally cold at night, it can be warm, but it can be friggin’ freezing. like WINTER. Plan on at least one night of WINTER like temperatures.
- HEAT. BRING A WATER BOTTLE. Hydration is key to your success at Burning Man.
- 🙁 This is not universal, but it happens. Many first-time Burners reach a point in mid-festival where they feel shitty: sad ready to leave, dirty, tired, hungry, frustrated, or lonely — whatever it is. So don’t be surprised or disappointed if you find yourself feeling down at some point during the festival. There are ups and downs and Burning Man can be exhausting. Simply don’t expect that you will have fun and enjoy yourself 24 hour/day. When do we EVER have fun 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Make a commitment now to take care of yourself. Milk + Honey will have a lot of support for everyone and the festival has its own resources.
Advice from Nathaniel: “My second year, I told myself that Burning Man would double as a vacation on the beach when I wasn’t feeling up to exploring Black Rock City. I brought a book and gave myself permission to spend multiple afternoons just reading by myself. Having this outlet made the whole experience much richer and less exhausting.”