With Reno being the closest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, it is easily the most accessible place to get your supplies for Burning Man. Come early and stock up! Burning man has designated a number of shopping hubs along I-80 (East – West) and US-395 (North – South), which criss-cross each other near the middle of Reno-Sparks, so you can pick the most convenient one(s) for your trajectory. Other places around town are very accommodating to Burning Man.
Burning Man recommends these local stores for your grub at the Playa:
Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave – 775-786-2150
Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023
5035 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-1621
Great Basin Community Food Co-Op – the fastest growing co-op in the nation!
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133
Also, local eateries are providing “pre-packed specialties” for you and your camp if you’re more of a “glamper.” They are the best, right? This whole community gets behind burners to make your experience the best possible.
Great Full Gardens’ “Gino the Soup Man” has “JumbaPLAYA” ready to grab. So stop on by!
- Bring lots of Ziploc bags- the Playa will get dust on everything and the best way to minimize ingestion of it is to prepare and portion out meals ahead of time.
- Keep the refrigerated food in your camp colder than 41 degrees at all time. Restock the ice frequently and use a thermometer to make sure it is staying cold. Also, label your coolers with contents. This will minimize unnecessary opening and closing.
- Prep as much as possible in advance- this will come in handy so you’re not spending your time cooking.
- Keep food surfaces in your camp as clean as you can. Wash your dishes in soapy water and rinse them in water that has 2 teaspoons of bleach added for every gallon of water. Dirty dishes can breed bacteria and make you ill.
- Waste Not, Rot Not- make the most of your food.
1070 Gentry Way – 775-337-8111
1196 North Rock Boulevard (north of I-80) – 775-358-9893
Important: Drink only bottled water or water that you know the origin of. Do not accept water from camps that you have doubts about, and do not share water bottles and canteens with other people.
Allot about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day.