Tips & Tricks #27 “The Road to Burning Man”

It can be easy to get caught up in Playa-Prep Panic.
There is so much shopping to do, so many outfits to make, so much art to complete, so many repairs to schedule, so much planning! But I offer this important Tip #27 to you: Consider “Burning Man” to include ALL aspects of the experience. From planning to packing through set-up to breakdown all the way till your vinegar-soaked loads of post-event laundry are complete. The Journey IS the destination.
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Did you miss Tips & Tricks #4 “Burning Man Costumes”
or #21 “Consent & Consciousness Rape”?

About the author: John "Halcyon" Styn


Halcyon is a 21-year Burning Man participant and co-founder of Pink Heart camp. He is author of "Love more. Fear less." and producer of the Burning Man short film, "The Pink Path." He's won Webby awards for his over-the-top personal site & his "Love On Demand" video podcast Halcyon co-founded the San Diego based "1st Saturdays" homeless outreach program based on Burning Man Principles and coaches people how to be radically self expressed in the default world. You can find his full Playa Tips & Tricks series at

12 Comments on “Tips & Tricks #27 “The Road to Burning Man”

  • Infored says:

    And while you are packing, don’t forget to label your stuff with your contact info so if it gets blown away, or otherwise lost, you stand a chance of getting it back. :-)

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  • Geomom says:

    What? No shove everything in the van, do a mad dash around Frugal Flamingo and Shop N Save and head out? Maybe this will be the year I actually plan ahead. Thanks for the beautiful reminders about the journey.

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  • Ross says:

    This is sooooo what I needed right now as all the mountain of things to do for the art project and the camp and the personal prep threaten to overwhelm the joy of the journey. Thank you thank you thank you, Halcyon!

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  • Dini says:

    I’m just smiling and smiling some more as I watched the video, Thank you John for that wonderful post. The anticipation, the prepping, the journey of getting ready for Burning Man is indeed a big part of it all! It certainly has begun for me.
    I love the daily little things I get to do to prepare myself for this trip. Sometimes it is sewing part of a outfit or costume and sometimes it is just a little thing, such as buying up a small supply of beef jerky because of a super sale price at the local market. I then stash it in my tub full of goodies labeled BM )'( . I enjoy buying sale priced snacks (that preserve well) such as power bars & beef jerky so by the time it is late August I’ve got some great snacks to eat and share on the playa for the week.

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  • Cindy Carter says:

    Take time to unwind, before you hit the playa, in Gerlach! Where you can buy your fresh mountain spring water at .50¢ a gallon, stretch your legs and wander the vendor booths. We have a 9 station hose line for filling jugs and campers and a fire hose for filling those 100+ tankers. Price drops every 100 gallons. Stop in and meet Gerlach’s locals! We are setup behind the post office with lots of room for your convenience!

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  • My hubby passed away unexpectedly 11 months ago. He planned for us to travel when the kids were a bit older. Burning man was on our list. The kids and I will be spreading his ashes around the country and I will share with them the part of their father they didn’t get to know yet.

    I’m researching and planning what I need in hopes for obtaining tickets for us for 2018. To release some of his ashes at Burning Man would be perfectly Ben; my Sexy Beast who refused to be boxed in, labeled or identified no matter how hard they tried. Thank you for sharing the tips.


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