Image Credit: Don Barrington

WHAT TO BRING

You must bring everything you need to survive for six days in an area prone to cold, wet and wind at this time of year. This means enough water, food, adequate shelter, and clothing, for you and all your dependents. Tickets & photo ID are also pretty important. 

You must be prepared to confront your own survival in a remote environment. You should plan to stay onsite for the duration of the event and prepare supplies accordingly in advance. These are conditions of entry & everyone in your vehicle must meet them. If the Gate crew deems anyone insufficiently prepared, you will be refused entry until you have returned from the nearest town (1hr away) with adequate supplies.

YOU MUST BRING:

  • Your ticket & your photo ID
  • 5 litres of water per person per day
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Food & beverages for your entire stay
  • An extensive first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses & a hat
  • Warm clothing - it gets really chilly out there
  • Rain gear & a spare set of dry clothes & shoes
  • Rope or tie-down straps
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp
  • Gaffer tape — you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed.
  • Torch and spare batteries (headlamps are useful), so you can see and be seen at night. The cool cats wear EL wire and LEDs.
  • Lights for your camp & guidelines, so others don't run into you during the night.
  • A good camp tent or other shelter and warm sleeping bags and bedding.
  • Portable ashtrays if you smoke (e.g. mint tin that closes securely).
  • Prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), and anything else you need to maintain your health in a remote area with no services.
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, especially if you plan to burn your art.
  • Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude.

YOU PROBABLY SHOULD BRING:

  • A cup! How else can you expect to be served an ice cool beverage?
  • A carabiner (or twelve) to attach your cup when you're boogying'.
  • Your own plates, bowls & cutlery
  • An esky to keep things cool
  • A decent pocket knife (like the bushman you are)
  • Shade structures, umbrellas, tarps - something to keep you dry in rain, and cool in sun.
  • A cooking stove if you expect to heat food or liquid (Not one of those exploding ones! These will be confiscated and disposed of at the Gate).
  • Lotion, lip balm and earplugs (not everyone will want to sleep when you do!)
  • Watertight protective bags (e.g. heavy zip-type) for cameras or electronic gear.
  • Costumes, musical instruments, props, decorations, and anything that might make the experience more fun for you and your playa neighbors
  • Camp marker (flag, banner, distinctive marking)
  • Decent tent stakes or rebar (for soft soil & strong winds)
  • Plastic bottles or tennis balls to top and protect dangerous rebar & stakes.
  • Extra set of car keys (keys are easily lost)

YOU MIGHT LIKE TO BRING:

  • Extra gaffer tape
  • A bike (with lights for night-riding)
  • Baby wipes - so long as they don't go in the potties!
  • Ziplock bags for baby wipes
  • Extra gaffer tape
  • Gifts for new friends
  • Food to share with neighbours
  • Hot water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Extra gaffer tape

YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T BRING:

  • Glass containers of any kind, if at all avoidable
  • Feathers of any kind (eg: boas, they shed, no matter what you do – try marabou or leather instead)
  • Excess packaging from foods (eg: remove outer box from cereals and just bring inner bag)
  • LOOSE GLITTER
  • Anything that will break up and make a mess
  • Styrofoam eskies (they don’t hold up and will break into a million bits)
  • Explosives, aerial flares, firearms of any kind – air rifles, paint ball guns, etc.
  • Hand-held lasers, which can cause blindness
  • Dogs or other pets
Confront your own survival