I have some advice for new Burners, fwiw... well, not advice, but the story of How I Did It.
I decided to do TTITD, and, asked around my friends and family. No one was interested.
I decided I still wanted to do it. From 3000 miles away. By myself. I had not camped out since I was a kid. I had not traveled for fun by myself EVER in my whole life. But, I still wanted to do this.
So, I canvassed everybody I know who lived out west, until I found a person who agreed who let me use her place for a base camp & jumping-off point.
Then, I figured out the maximum cargo I could transport from that point, which of course depended on what kind of vehicle I could rent & drive from there, and then I figured out the best shade & shelter I could build, all by myself, with the materials I could carry with me in that rental vehicle.
I did all this figuring by reading ePlaya top to bottom and back as far as three years.
This was a huge and wonderful resource for me.
Then, I started cautiously asking questions of ePlaya, looking for answers that I had not found yet. Sadly for me, I got no response.
I realized that ePlaya was like The Playa in that spectating gets you nowhere and participation is required.
So, I started participating in various discussions, exposing all my flaws and foibles and perhaps some of my better qualities, if any
and, the next thing I knew, I had FRIENDS here, not just experienced Burners but also a fellow noob who could drive and camp with me, and then, an invitation to join a camp that turned out to be a perfect fit. Huge *SMOOCH* to Doc Pyro here.
What this boils down to, of course, is advice to start with the 10 Principles and use them from the get-go. Self-Reliance, Participation, Community...
I love you people.