Burning Man for International Visitors (who can't drive)
March 24, 2014 5:36 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I will be going to Burning Man this year. It was the sort of thing we've both wanted to do forever, and finally bit the bullet to do it. I'm scared, but purely for logistical reasons. Any advice?
posted by popagandhi to Travel & Transportation around Black Rock City, NV (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I know there have been a bunch of questions on Burning Man, but mine are specific I think to how we are travelling halfway around the world and really have very little cultural context or framework for understanding how this is going to (really) work. I get the abstract stuff (I think), but the logistics kinda scare me.
I've travelled the world and done a lot of hardship travel, but this terrifies me for some reason. I'm even trying to not think about the showering bits.
1. I've only been to the big cities of the US. Never to Nevada. What can I expect from the climate?
2. We come from Singapore, the land of no-reliance, much less self-reliance. Where I come from, we don't even have our own water or meat, I've probably only been camping once, so it's quite a stretch to imagine living out a life of radical self-reliance for a whole week.
3. Dust is fine. But I don't drive, and neither does she (you could get by without ever having to drive a car your whole life in Singapore). I'm trying to look for a camp, but no idea how to lug 1.5 gallons of water/person/day from anywhere to Black Rock City. (It takes about 6 months and $3000 or more for me to obtain a driver's license back home so starting it now isn't an option.)
4. We'll probably fly in to Reno or hitch with friends who will be going from San Francisco. I intend to rent burner bikes while I'm there. Any other tips re: transport?
5. Food. Food is pretty important to me. I don't expect gourmet food, but I think it should be edible. Anyone got food survival (hopefully tasty) tips?
This is going to be an incredible adventure and I cannot wait, but I really don't want to be stuck in the desert or show up and find myself woefully under-prepared!