Q: What is a great way to keep my food and drink cool, as well as not have any funky cooler water to deal with?
A: Use frozen water bottles instead of ice! I usually do a bunch of 1 or 1.5 liter bottles, that I have been saving over the year and refill. You need to start freezing them well in advance, and possibly borrow freezer space from friends/family.
As far as Keeping everything frozen? When I went in 2007, and did our mini-kitchen at Disorient, we ended up with a great refrigeration system. I believe we had 3 coolers total. There was one MASSIVE one, and two large ones. One was a refigerator, the other two were freezers. One of the two large ones was a refrigerator, and was kept cold with various sizes of frozen water bottles. The other two were kept frozen with dry ice an frozen water bottles. The dry ice which was around the 4 sides and on the bottom, kept both water bottles and food frozed. We had Popsicles still frozen on Friday, and we arrived Saturday morning! At some point during the week, around Thursday, we transformed one of the two freezers into another refrigerator. So, as long as someone was keeping track ofthe status of the cooling system, it worked really well!
I liked this system because it kept us going most of the week, for a mini-camp of 12 plus guests. It put no additional strainon the camps electrical system, and did not cost that much. Also, having those ice cold water bottles throughout the week is clutch!! Keep in mind dry ice is damaging to the skin, so RESEARCH dry ice SAFETY before you go this route. We wrapped each piece of dry ice in grocery bags to avoid it coming in contact with flesh. You can also extend cold-life by creating a cooler cozy, and raising it off the ground a little bit.
Also, MozyBonz, I don't really think it is appropriate to call a young woman who is planning on going to the Burn alone sexy, especially when she is inquiring as to her safety at said event. If it were me, I would have been very put off by that. Just sayin....