MarieLakshmi wrote:I read a lot about stealing and safety and me being a young girl going alone I figure this would be an issue.
I am kind of weighing experience with safety. What do you all suggest?
Louise and I had our bacon stolen from our ice chest last year, and it's the first time in our 15 Burns that we've had anything stolen. Others have had thefts, but I'll assure you that there is less crime in Black Rock City that week than in any city in the US during a week. Seriously, if you feel your safety is threatened, start screaming for help, scream specifically what the problem is, and scream. Burning Man is _full_ of heroes and heroines. You'll have about a thousand people there to help in no time flat.
For your first time, you need to worry about survival, not theft and personal safety. Read all the stuff on BMan's site about surviving the Burn. However, make yourself comfortable. If you feel your personal safety is an issue, plan on how to take that into account. It is very unlikely you'll be able to rent an RV, so plan on some other way to secure your valuables - locking them out of sight in a car, for example. If you want to sleep in a vehicle, bring a van or car you can sleep in. I do suggest trying this out on a weekend camping trip first. You don't want to get there and find out you're stuck for a week in a car that promised reclining seats, but there's a hug lump right in the middle that keeps you from sleeping.
Burners are among the friendliest, most helpful people on the planet, and we'll do everything possible to make your stay as happy as you'll let it be. But do plan for your own safety and comfort as you see fit. If people tell you it's safe, but you're not comfortable in a tent, rent a tent trailer, bring your own car you can sleep in, whatever. After your first Burn you'll know more what it's all about. (On the other hand, if you do it right you'll know even _less_ what it's all about.)
Do what it takes to make yourself comfortable with what will be available to you. This includes experimental camping trips during the coming months to make sure your plans work.