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Lillith’s playa checklist
by Lillith

Published on March 26, 2022

So you’re going to the playa, but this ain’t no beach, and it can be a bitch. So be prepared or she’ll kick your ass. With this quick checklist you’ll have everything you need (somethings you can share with friends) and you won’t have to go begging the neighbors like a newbie.



  •  Water, a 2.5 gallon jug will last two days, honest! Even with a shower

  •  Food, but you won’t eat as much as you think. Minimize the wrapping, leave outside boxes at home.

  •  First Aid Kit…comes in handy. There is a medical tent for the big stuff

  •  Tents, I bring one for me and one for my stuff. Found that works best.

  •  Sleeping bag, sometimes it gets cold, though I do bring 800 thread count sheets and blankets ;-)

  •  Air Mattress/whatever so you are comfy

  •  Chair, so you have a place to park your buttocks

  •  Medicine if you need it, bring it, including thing like Excedrin and Abreva.

  •  Trash bags or container. Though if you prep well you won’t have much trash

  •  Headlamp, lantern, flashlight and

  •  Extra batteries

  •  Bicycle – fo sho

  •  Portable Water bottle or a camelback


  • A big hat

  • Sunscreen and lip balm

  • Socks, to prevent playa foot

  • Warm clothes for night, cool for day….including costumes if you are in to that

  • Dust mask or scarf

  • Goggles!!!

  • Rebar/lag bolts for super duper tent stakes, yes I have seen tents roll down the playa-not mine.

  • Safety stuff for the rebar, tennis balls, rebar covers etc. No fun when someone is impaled

  • Tire repair kit or spare tubes

  • Cook stove, or plan to share one, and fuel

  • Baby wipes…I find these an essential item!

  • Ice Chest


  • Ear Plugs

  • Sleep aides if need if really want to sleep

  • Whatever you like to alter your mind with, heh

  • Reflective material for tent. Keeps it cooler and darker for sleeping in

  • Ground tarp, especially if it rains

  • Lotion

  • Vinegar for your feet…keeps playa foot away

  • Shade structure

  • Gifts…sometimes it’s nice to have something special to share with the cool people you’ll meet

  • Head wrap…help keep your hair from getting totally playafied

  • Really cool costumes

  • A portable drinking cup to take to parties


  • Sledge hammer

  • Danger tape

  • Rope

  • Rain poncho

  • Solar lights

  • A clip on Coffee cup, works for all beverages

  • Bungee cords or straps

  • Zip Ties

  • Duct Tape

  • Single ply toilet tissue (porto friendly)

  • Baggies

  • Biodegradable soaps

  • Clear plastic boxes..easy to pack and find stuff in camp better than paper bags or suitcases


Honestly…folks just don’t eat as much in the desert as they do at home. Think about that as you select and pack food. Some clever ideas here…

  • Individual soy milk (don’t need fridge)

  • Jerky, meat or veggie

  • Food bars, great for taking on your bike

  • Pouch meals that you can just heat in hot water or on your dash board

  • Emergen-C

  • Fruit cups

  • P-nut butter

  • Packing things in individual servings, eg cereal rather than the whole box

  • Bagels (hold up better than bread)

Lillith’s SAFETY TIPS:

Whenever you go out on your bike, take goggles, mask, water and food. I’ve been stuck out in a dust storm and was glad I had the essentials. I’ve hung out in other camps and once in a porto!

Rain: Take shelter and wait for the rain to pass. Do not try to walk or drive, playa is impossible to deal with wet, and everything will dry quickly once the sun returns. And it will!

Leave contact info with someone at home; for their benefit. If there is a family emergency they can get hold of you through the local sheriff’s dept.


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Unknown member
Apr 07, 2022

Great list!


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