Year-round storage

We have a lot of gear, structures, supplies and tools for the camp. And we need year-round storage to keep it all for us. We rent a storage unit outside of Reno, Nev., close to the rental homes where we meet, provision and prep for the burn. This rental unit is accessible any time of the year. We also own a shipping container that is a pack-it-in-get-it-next-year deal. Both of these storage places are part of our camp’s infrastructure and logistical systems.

We allow some year-round storage for campmates 

For people that camp with us and want to keep a small amount of their personal gear year round, we allow our campmates to keep —

  1. one large bin
  2. one cooler and
  3. one bike
… Within the conditions listed here —
  • If you return to camp with us the next year, your gear and your bike is yours to use and there is no charge.
  • If you return to Burning Man the next year but don’t camp with us, there is a $35/bin+cooler and $35/bike storage charge due to the camp ($70).
  • If you do not return the next year and have left a bike, your bike is considered camp property and available for use by another campmate with no compensation due to you, nor any responsibility to keep it in working order. (We’ll try, of course, but we offer no guarantees for the condition — or existence — of your bike.) There is a $50/year fee for storage for your bin and cooler. If you do not pay the annual storage fee, your gear is considered camp property to do with as we please (use, throw away, gift to someone else).
  • If you want to donate any larger items such as a tent, chairs, air mattresses, shade structure or other items, we accept many items as camp donations. You can use them when you return to camp with us, and it is your resonsibility to label them (very) well. We cannot and do not guarantee the condition of any item you donate temporarily to the camp. In other words, you’re giving the item to the camp but you can use it for your own needs when you return and camp with our camp.
An alternative storage option

A storage-unit neighbor and long-time Carrot, Michael V., rents out some of the space in his storage unit. You can always work with him if you’d like to rent space directly from him. Email Michael for more info if you’d prefer to rent storage space from him.

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We have some tents, mattresses and sleeping bags; chairs, coolers and rebar.

We have some tents, sleeping bags and air mattresses that have been donated to the camp; these are available for use by some of our camp members. (ABC person) will manage the requests for these items with preference given first to people who are returning camp mates traveling internationally, second, to returning campmates in the US, and third, to first-timers with our camp. It’s not an exact science of how tents and gear are distributed, but it’s fair enough to say that those who are participating more and are more engaged and involved are more likely to get loaner spare gear than those who aren’t.

shade structure burning man 12If you’re traveling in a group of two or three and want to share a tent, we often have a few large tents, too, but there are no guarantees offered.

In Reno, when we all meet, you’ll test your tent, set it up and make sure all the bits are there are working; your air mattress, too, if you’ve requested one and there’s one available. You might be able to wash your sleeping bag, though we had some challenges last year with the size of the washing machine at our rental unit and the bags.

In any case, and, of course, these items are offered as is. Be prepared to purchase what you need in case the items don’t work out for you. And, help a Carrot out next year: when we depart the playa, take care to pack down your tent well with all the poles well marked, attached and packed away for someone to use it the following year. Mark the tent well with the approximate dimension. Your ability to have access to a free tent or other gear is because someone did the same before you.

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We have lots of camping chairs No need to pack or buy one. We have gobs.

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We have plenty of rebar for staking all personal tents. No need to purchase or bring any.

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And we have a few small coolers that are available for use. Camp-related functions such as the Countless Carrots March and  cooking teams get first dibs on the coolers, and there may be some left over for your use.

Shade!

While many in our camp get up fairly early for their farmers market shifts, many others sleep in or take afternoon naps or hang out in their tents. Our shaded tent area makes this possible, and we aim to make sure that each tent is covered and in the shade most of the day.

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Above is a photo of our larger-than-it-looks shade structure for tents. Anchored to our 24-foot truck on one end and the playa at the other, we were able to provide shade space for all 29 of our campmates; many of whom were in shared tents, of course; others of whom had larger tents. All in all, each tent was shaded. Image

With lots of care and attention, we arranged each tent for a path to get in and out of our shaded area with relative ease. No tents were staked in until each and every tent was perfectly situated.

Water, not showering and keeping (relatively) clean on the playa

Water is included in your camp fees. Water for drinking, water for cooking and dish clean up, and water for sponge baths. Not showers. We don’t offer showers, the water to support it or the infrastructure for water collection for those taking a shower, e.g. a pallet, collection place, evap pond.

So what’s a dusty carrot to do?

playa dust keeping cleanFirst, be at one with the dust. There’s no such thing as being not-dusty on the playa. Second, prepare. Me? I use the Burning Man standard: baby wipes with vinegar on them to remove the first layer of dust. And then I take it a notch higher. I purchase/bring about 20 wash clothes that are super-cheap at Target or Walmart (8 for $4.97, I think). I bring a small amount of Dr Bronners soap and dilute it about 20:1 in water. And I bring a bowl in which I can put some warm water, the washcloth and my hands. Each evening, as I come back from a day out in the sun, wind and dust, as I’m preparing for dinner and the night out in the city, I go to my tent and clean up, first with the baby wipes and vinegar; then with a washcloth with a bit of the Dr B mix; then I soak-soak-soak my skin with emollients, lotion and body oil.

Our last day together in the dust -- More Carrot, Burning Man 2011.

Our last day together in the dust — More Carrot, Burning Man 2011.

Now, at the risk of sounding overly maternal, let me take this moment to remind those of you who might be new to playa hygiene and such actions that a good approach with the washcloth is to go top to bottom. Start with your face. Your whole face and neck. Then go around your eyes, in your nose a bit, behind and in your ears. Maybe add a little more watery soap. Do your arms and torso. Your underarms. Your legs. Your bits. (Wash them first and thoroughly with baby wipes.) And your feet. Then that washcloth is done. Put it in your dirty clothes pile or throw it away. But be done with it. No more use at the playa for that washcloth.

This one small investment in a generous amount of washcloths and the ability to put on them very, very diluted Dr Bronners soap is, imo, one of the greater luxuries on the playa. It’s very civilized to take a sponge bath, and while, yes, I do use baby wipes to remove the first layer of dust; that feel of a cotton washcloth with water and a bit of soap; the pressure of the cloth to help remove dust and the day … well, some say it is the small luxuries in life that are so treasured.

I encourage you to take this time, each evening when you clean yourself, also to hydrate your eyes with eye drops (rec Similisan Dry Eye Relief); blow your nose a bunch and then hydrate your sinuses with a nasal wash, e.g. Xlear nasal spray; clean the rims of your eyes with a Qtip; and your ears too; load your body, feet and hands with lotions and oils; and then get dressed for the evening.

With all my love that you may have a dusty and enjoyable burn,
Mama J

 

My “personal bathing on the playa” shopping list