If you're heading to Burning Man, there's a handful of things that will help you survive. Obviously, food and water should be first on your list but after that, you're pretty much free to bring anything. It's a place where there's no ego and everybody fits in, but you don't want to show up dressed like you're dad at a Jimmy Buffet concert. Everyone will think you're a NARC or worse, a journalist. Snag a few of these things before you fly your free spirit into the desert for five days.
1. Coffee Cans
Great for making noise with, or spicing up a boring burn outfit.
Can be worn as an accessory, or can be the entire outfit.
3. Old Musical Instruments
You don't have to know how to play it. Just carry it around. Let everyone know that you're so free spirited you don't need to use things for their intended purpose.
4. Old Boots
The more Dickenzian you look, the better. You might have a real job and a trust fund, but out here that doesn't matter. Look broke, because being broke in the desert is true freedom.
Because it's dusty, and because they'll complete your "Mad Max" meets Doc Brown from "Back To The Future III" look.
6. Old Wedding Dress
Something that flows in the wind and represents your rejection of "the norm".
7. Top Hat
The chimney sweep look never goes out of style at Burning Man. Pair this with a Penny Farthing for transportation.
8. Glow Sticks
Self-explanatory. Trade for food. Do not eat.
Preferably weird, colorful ones. Shade your self while looking cool.
To protect you from the dust, but also to hide your identity. In case your student loan officer is there too.