Hey guys, first time poster here. Woo!
My name is Mr Tumbles, I'm an Aussie and I've been dreaming of attending burning man for nearly TEN YEARS
now. This year the stars have aligned and I have managed to score a ticket to this monumental event! I'm pretty pumped about it but as you can imagine right now I'm looking to get some advice on how to organise myself for such an epic adventure. My main concerns is not being properly prepared for such an epic event, especially since I will be travelling and attending the event alone. I've lurked the forums for a few days but I still have so many questions...Experience has taught me that it's better to get advice from those who know best and, if things don't turn out the way you want, to cancel a project before it begins than it is to begin a project that is doomed from the start. Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance as my old man would say
My current plan is to fly to Reno a week before the event, buy all the equipment I need, get a share ride to the event, stay the full week at BRC, then spend a week decompressing in Reno before flying back home. I have a budget of about $3k (not including air fare, that's already taken care of), but if I really need to dig deep I can cough up another few grand.
1) Will this be an adequate budget for one person?
2) Can I get everything I need in Reno within that one week? What with luggage limites and all that jazz the only luggage I can imagine bringing with me would be my clothes, some costumes and a lot of el wire. Will this be enough or is there anything I'm missing?
3) How hard is it to find a share ride to and from Reno to BRC? I wouldn't mind renting an RV, but they're so expensive! It's an option I'd rather avoid if I can. If share rides accept payment in booze and cigarettes that'd be a bonus.
4) I wear contacts and I'm guessing the playa dust would wreak havoc with my eyes. Any burner tips for looking after contacts in the dusty environment?
I have heaps more questions but those are my most immediate concerns. I'd be real grateful if you could all help me! I'm sure these are the sorts of questions that other foreign nationals would have attending the event, so if they've already been answered before feel free to point me in the right direction. Love ya lots, thanks in advance.