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Burning Man Tents: Pro Festival Preparation Tips

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Are you planning on going to Burning Man festival this year? If so, you'll need to be prepared. Temperatures can reach up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and drop down to below 50 degrees at night. That's why you'll need a Burning Man festival tent - one that is specifically designed to withstand such extreme weather conditions.

This article will provide you with all the information you need to know about glamping at Burning Man like a pro!

The Best Tents for Burning Man: Comfortable Festival Camping

When choosing the right Burning Man tent, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. For starters, you'll want a tent larger than your standard camping tent because your Burning Ban tent will need to accommodate you, all of your gear, and possibly some friends. Many opt to go glamping with Burning Man canvas tents for this reason — glamping tents allow for a bit more luxury, including space. 

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Secondly, you'll want a tent made from a resilient but breathable material. Canvas bell tents are a go-to favorite for desert camping and festivals because they’re naturally well-ventilated. In comparison, the more common nylon tent can become dangerously hot inside when under the direct desert sun.

How can I keep my festival tent cool at Burning Man?

Besides a tent made from quality canvas, use a fly cover for added protection from the sun and heat. Investing in a tent canopy or a large parasol and some camping chairs can provide a shady place to hang out around your campsite.

With these necessities covered, you'll already be in good shape, but small battery-powered fans and handheld misters are additional favorites to keep you and your friends cool throughout your stay. 

Preparing for the Burning Man Festival: Camping Essentials and Accessories

When packing for Burning Man, it's important to remember that the playa can be a harsh and dusty environment. Pack plenty of water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and snacks. You'll also want to bring along some comfortable camping gear - like an elevated bed or cot to sleep on and rugs and mats to help keep your tent interior and sleeping space tidy. A broom or leaf blower can help keep the inside and outside of your tent clean and dust-free.

Though we usually associate the desert with heat and high temperatures, don't forget warm blankets, pajamas and/or sweats, and a reliable jacket. As stated previously, deserts get surprisingly cold at night - sometimes below freezing - so as much as you want to prepare for the daytime sun, you want to also have the essentials to stay comfortably warm at night.

Gear for Glamping at Burning Man

If you're putting the extra effort into your campsite to go glamping at Burning Man, you'll need essentials like lighting to have some flair: string lights, fairy lights, tiki torches, or whatever you think will make your campsite look fabulous. Your lights can be as decorative as you wish, but make no mistake - adequate lighting around your campsite at night is necessary.

Put some extra effort into your campsite cooking gear for a true glamping experience; nothing screams "glamourous" more than a delicious cooked meal while everyone is eating sandwiches! A camp stove or backpacking stove and some utensils can easily fulfill this need without being too burdensome to bring.

Accessories for Burner Camp Safety 

You also want the necessary gear to keep your tent secure, like stakes, ropes and sandbags. Winds in the desert can become fierce without warning, so make sure your tent pegs are long and strong enough to keep your tent anchored. Similarly, sandbags and additional strong ropes will help keep other large items around your campsite securely in place.

Emergency first aid is another safety must. Travel and camping first aid kits are often inexpensive and lightweight, so putting safety first won't require any other accessories or gear sacrifices. Lastly, some essential tools like scissors and duct tape nearly always come in handy (especially duct tape) to make quick fixes around your campsite. You can always bring a multitool like a swiss army knife to fulfill numerous potential repair needs. 

Buying a Burning Man Canvas Tent

Want to have a stunning and reliable canvas bell tent at Burning Man? Our tents and tent accessories have you covered. Check out our selection of festival camping tents to browse through waterproof, durable, 16-20 ft diameter canvas bell tents, and turn any occasion into a luxury camping experience for years to come.

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A little bit of preparation goes a long way when packing for Burning Man.  Be sure to have the right kind of tent, as well as the items required to keep it secure and clean. In addition, don't forget to pack plenty of water and put extra care into sun and heat protection. With the above list in mind, you'll have the basics you need to enjoy Burning Man and have the festival experience of your life!

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Brandy Lamb
Brandy Lamb

Father of two aspiring glampers, husband to one inspirational wife, and Co-Founder of Life inTents. Continuiously striving to help make camping more comfortable.

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