The 10 Principles of Burning Man


Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.


Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.


In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace

Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.


Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.


Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Survival Checklist



• Your ticket or your photo ID and confirmation number for Will Call
• A reusable water bottle
• An extensive first-aid kit
• Sunscreen/sunblock & sunglasses
• Warm clothing
• Particle/dust mask
• Goggles to protect eyes during dust storms
• Rope or tie-down straps
• Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp
• Duct tape—you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed.
• Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
• Lights for your bike and your person for safe nighttime travel
• 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, and if you plan to burn your art
• Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude


• Personal Playa transportation:


• A wide brim hat (a chinstrap is useful in the wind)
• A bicycle (mountain bike or cruisers with balloon tires are best)
• A bike lock (tag your bike with name, playa address, email and phone info)
• Bicycle tire repair kit, pump, spare parts and extra tubes
• 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
• A battery powered AM/ FM radio so you can listen to BMIR radio and stay informed
• Camp marker (flag, banner, distinctive marking)
• Extra set of car keys (keys are easily lost and there is no locksmith in BRC!)