Do you maybe have any specific tips or points to share from your experience?
I see that you are a mechanical engineer by trade. That explains your analytical nature, just like mine. I majored in structural engineering but left it behind vocationally when I graduated a few decades ago.
2012 was our first burn, but not our first trip into potentially hostile weather conditions. We have a long history of backpacking in the Sierras and a shorter history of remote 4WD camping. For our first Burn we prioritized the Ten Principles and put Radical Self-Reliance on the top of our list. The last thing we wanted to be was a pain in the ass to anyone else.
For BM we decided we wanted the conveniences of an RV without the RV. We spent a casual year putting our camp together, upgrading some of our camping equipment, redesigning the MH to my liking, building evaporators, and deciding what was essential and what wasn't. Our camp was perfect for us. For some it would be overkill and for others too spartan. For us the only things we felt we needed were measuring cups and a broom, and those really weren't essential.
We took too much dry food, eating fresh food all week out of our $40 Coleman 5 day extreme coolers. We repackaged everything into watertight snaplock type containers so we didn't worry about contaminating our melt water. We gifted food and lots of tequila. In the end we could have gifted the extra food to the DPW when we left the playa but I forgot all about that opportunity and the food was buried in our 5x8 trailer. Next time, any left over gets positioned so it can be donated.
Water suitcases seemed to be popular. Instead we bought 5 gallon mylar bags for $3.50 each and Home Depot buckets with lids, also about $3.50 each. The bags have a nice watertight spigot on them. We filled the bags with water from the tap and put them in the buckets. The bags collapse completely when empty and the empty buckets got filled with trash and unevaporated greywater from our last shower. The bags and buckets are basically indestructible so we're set for water storage for as many Burns as we attend.
Figure your cooler melt water into your water and bathing needs. A 20 lb bag of ice will melt into 2.4 gallons of water; a 7 lb bag of ice into .84 gallons of water. Melt water is drinkable if not contaminated by food, but it is definitely good for bathing when you buy replenishment ice at the Arctica stations.
Skull Candy Titan earbuds cancel a lot of ambient sound when you are trying to sleep if you listen to music on a phone or ipod when you hit the rack. A cheap 100watt inverter and an inexpensive garden tractor 12Volt battery will keep your digital camera and phone charged all week when the batteries run low.
Since you are coming from Boston and it sounds like you are flying, you'll have to take a different approach than we did. We just drove over the hill from Sacramento. With a pickup and a cargo trailer we weren't concerned about packing room. Two of our best camp accessories were anti-gravity chairs. Man, we siesta'd for hours in those things every afternoon they were so friggin' comfortable.
Make your prep your own. Heck, planning the camp was ball! It reminded me of a lot of the engineering projects I did back in school. We're planning on using solar power supplemented with a vertical wind generator for next year's Burn instead of quiet generators. Designing the projects from scratch is a lot of the fun!
You are always smaller than anything that upsets you. Remain calm and solutions with boundless possibility will find your heart.