How To Survive Burning Man

Once again, it’s that time of year when everyone runs off to a secluded portion of the Nevada desert to create a small-scale, sustainable township that’s built to last for one week only, all before the ritualistic burning of a giant wooden man. That’s right—Burning Man starts this week, which means artists, musicians, and even Silicon Valley CEOs are roughing it in the wilderness.  

That’s why we’ve collected an exhaustive list of must-reads for surviving a week in the desert. Don’t forget to save for offline reading, because there’s no WiFi at Burning Man!

The Tribes of Burning Man

Dive deep into the untold story of the world’s most unique and—at times—most infamous “countercultural event.” Burning Man works to promote alternative lifestyles all while building a temporary community and, of course, a giant statue of a man who (at the closing ceremony of the festival) is lit ablaze. If you’ve never been to Burning Man, or if you don’t really know what it’s all about, then this book is the perfect place to start.

The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide

The first thing you need to know about Burning Man is that it takes place outside. Yes, it’s a festival about community and countercultural lifestyles, but it’s also a primitive establishment that takes place in the barren wilderness. That’s why it’s a safe bet to take an easily accessible go-to guide for surviving the wild outdoors. What happens if you’re bit by a snake? How can you find clean water? Which berries are poisonous and which are delicious? This book can tell you.

Badass Survival Secrets

There’s surviving, and then there’s thriving. This book will teach you the same survival secrets that were made famous by mountaineers who lived long lives in the deep woods, with little support other than their own extreme skills and the fat of the land. Hopefully, no one who attends Burning Man will actually need to know how to build a rabbit trap or how to make life-saving medicines out of inconspicuous plants, but it’s always better to play it safe than sorry.

Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties

Who says you need a tent? If Burning Man is all about building a small, sustainable community without the constraints of modern society, then what better way to find shelter than to build it yourself? Even in the desert, there are many ways to make your own shack, shelter, or shanty, which makes this book one of the most valuable resources in braving the untamed wilderness that is Burning Man.

The Zombie Survival Guide

Let’s face it, if the zombie apocalypse is going to start anywhere, it’s going to start at Burning Man. While entirely unlikely, the first key to survival is to always be prepared, even if it’s for something as unimaginable as the living dead. If the zombie apocalypse does break out at Burning Man—which takes place in the middle of a secluded desert—then you will surely want to be prepared. Learn how to defend yourself, build zombie-proof shelters, and prevent infection with this informative and practical guide.

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