Trey Ratcliff’s Burning Man Survival Guide

How your Camera, your Mind, and your Body Survive Burning Man

Hi, I’m Trey Ratcliff. People have been asking me to write about Burning Man for years, an article advising how to protect your stuff in the harsh environment of Black Rock City. You can check out all of my Burning Man photos on my SmugMug site. Follow this link to read the full interactive Burning Man Survival Guide here.

I’ll be back this year for my 8th year in a row. We’ll also be doing another photo walk. Feel free to come out. Any camera is fine from a mobile phone to a DSLR. I share lots of tips and tricks… get a little philosophical about creativity, and try to help you down your own path. Or, well, we all kind of help one another! It’s great fun…

What’s in my Packing List for Burning Man?

A bunch of stuff! I made two different lists below. One is based on camera stuff/tech/bags. The other is just desert-survival kinda stuff like goggles, face masks, and tons of other goodies like that. I left obvious things off the list that you can pick up on the way (things like water, food, etc).

Note that those kits are connected to my personal Amazon account, which means I get a small percentage of sales. It doesn’t increase your purchase price, but it does allow me to buy more tech-goodies to take more photos of Burning Man awesomeness! Full disclosure and stuff… besides, the tool is a great visual way to get ideas even without the monetary bits.

Above is “Truth and Beauty” by Marco Cochrane

Okay, first things first. I’m not really an expert and you probably shouldn’t listen to anything I have to say. That goes for anyone, really, when you think about it. But, having said that, I’ve been to Burning Man seven years in a row and I’ve taken way more photos than drugs, which is also an ambiguous thing to say.

I get a lot of questions about Burning Man, and I’ll answer all of them here. Most people want to know “How do I protect my camera?” It’s a good question for sure, but there’s a lot of other ancillary questions you may not even be thinking about.

Follow this link to read the rest of my interactive Burning Man Survival Guide here

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