I’ve been packing all day getting ready for a trip far into the Nevada desert… yep, I’m going to Burning Man.
If you’re not familiar with Burning Man, it’s an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. The event is described by many as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.
Self-reliance… So I’m going to have to make my own food? Every day? Yikes!
Burning Man is kind of like camping, only there’s no running water, shade or personal campfires. (Well you can have one, but we don’t trust ourselves with fire). There are also no trashcans so what goes in, must come out of the camp. Money cannot be exchanged so don’t expect to buy anything except coffee and ice once you’re on the property.
One of the things you have to consider when buying food for a trip like this is the weather. It’s very dusty… So food that you plan to eat must survive living in a cooler for 5-7 days and be quickly stowed away in case of a total white out.
If you’re going to Burning Man, here’s a list of what I think are some basic essentials:
- lots of water.
- Weight loss protein cans (you find them at places like Target and they are usually chocolate, vanilla or strawberry). While they don’t taste that great, after spending time in the dessert riding a bike all day, they are divine.
- Chopped fruit in those tiny plastic containers (they stay fresh and you can easily smash the plastic so they won’t take up room in your trash bag).
- Pudding is good – will survive most weather elements
- canned chicken & crackers
- peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
- coconut water (this one I’m trying this year) Coconut water is great for dehydration.
- fruit strips (nice snack that will fit in your bag)
- bottled yogurt
- beef jerky
- Added: pre-made coffee. How could I forget the coffee! If you’re like me, buying a pre-made coffee like Starbucks is a great way to still get that caffeine fix. You can buy coffee in the cafe, but it’s a pain to bring cash and the lines are way too long… they kind of ruin the vibe.
Word of warning… you’d be surprise how much trash one person can make. So before you head out to the Playa, discard any unnecessary packaging. Trust me… this will make sense when you’re out there.
The first year we went to Burning Man, we brought frozen food, a cooler, a toaster oven and an inverter. Toaster oven 1500 watts, inverter 300. Lesson learned. Luckily Burning Man is all about sharing. With no food, we went for a bike ride and some strangers offered us some fresh baked pizza – I don’t think they realized how much they saved us. It was the best pizza I had ever tasted.
So I’m off to the grocery store to pack up our food.
Here’s a live stream of Burning Man… check it out!