Yes, there are 6 fantastic Medical Stations at Burning Man . . . but do you really want to walk a few blocks for a humble alcohol wipe and a bandaid? Wouldn't you like to save the day for yourself (or someone else) when--for minor ailments--it's not so difficult at all? . . . You bet your sweet, honey-baked ham you would.
Here's what Burning Man officially recommends that the Radically Self-Reliant include in their kits:
Additional notes:Packaged in an airtight container (Ziploc, Rubbermaid, etc): . . . . (I recommend a new Tackle box! -- Savannah)
Make a small kit out of the above supplies to have in your pack, along with your map and water bottle. (Have this in a small zip-lock, or just stuff it all into one of the exam gloves.)
- A box of assorted sizes of adhesive bandages, aka “Band-aids”
1 roll adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
1” and 2” Coban or similar self-adhesive bandage wrap (works better than “Band-aids” and tape in the dust!)
Antiseptic wipe packets
Aloe vera gel for minor burns and sunburn
Benadryl for minor allergic reactions, itching and a sleep aid too
Antacid (such as Maalox)
Anti-diarrheal medication (such as Immodium)
Laxative (such as Ex-Lax)
Saline eye wash solution
Breathing barrier (with one-way valve) ⟵ for mouth to mouth…let’s try to avoid this
Instant cold compress or zip lock bags to put ice in
Non-latex gloves (size: large)
Bandage scissors or Medic shears
1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
One box sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
One box sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
Vinegar (to mix 1:4 with water for Playa Foot prevention).
Optional items for a camp-sized first aid kit
Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
I pair exam gloves
Any further questions can be addressed to email@example.com.
- Finger cots- these are great for keeping the dirt and grime out of wounds. Use them in conjunction with a dressing.
Alcohol wipes- use these to remove grease from around a wound before applying Benzoin. You can also use them to sanitize things.
Tincture of Benzoin- this comes in individually wrapped packages. They are swabs that you wipe on the skin around a wound (after cleaning said wound) to help the bandages stick.
Steri-strips- these are better than butterfly bandages for keeping wounds closed; use in conjunction with the Benzoin mentioned above.
Magnifying glass- to look for slivers and little tiny things.
Afrin- for nose bleeds
Source, plus additional info about Playa Health & Safety, and the first edition of the ESD Playa First Aid Manual:
Source: https://burningman.org/event/preparatio ... t-aid-kit/
Other nice items I personally bring for myself (or a neighbor): ibuprofen and aspirin, Liquid Bandage (for cuticles), Solarcaine, Pedialyte powder, and tampons (even if I don't think I'm going to need them, 'cause stress can do funny things).
Keep all pills in original bottles! Don't take Tylenol for hangovers. And skip the medical marijuana--it's still illegal on federal land.
For additional insight into how other ePlayans make first aid kits, visit this thread.If you or someone you know (or encounter) requires medical assistance beyond what you or your
camp can provide, you may contact an Emergency Services Department volunteer or a Black Rock Ranger, or visit one of our
six Medical Stations. Stations are located at 5:15 and Esplanade, and behind the 3:00 and 9:00 Plazas. We also have satellite stations behind the 4:30 and 7:30 Plazas on H, and between the Temple and the Man. All are easily identified by a large, lit red cross. Trained emergency medical personnel are on duty 24 hours a day.