FIX THIS Bring a wool afghan blanket to Burning Man

They’re easy enough to find at your nearby thrift store, and they may well be one of the best tips for your Burning Man experience.

A wool afghan blanket helps with night time warmth (especially for covering your face and creating a warm, moist-air zone when you’re first going to sleep). Just as neck gaiters create moist air while sleeping, a wool blanket can do the same thing and be a bit less confining.

I like hand-made wool afghans. The kind someone’s grandma made for them. They’re imbued with love, they were created to protect and comfort, and, well, when they’re hanging on a rack at a thrift store, they call to me. I have my own era, color themes and afghan styles that I like. Find your own groove, if they so appeal to you.

Wool afghans come in so many different weights, sizes and styles. Some tightly woven. Some loose. Some bed-cover size. Some one-person personal wraps. Best to look for them in the colder months if you shop at a thrift store that wisely puts out items for sale based on the season and outdoor temps.

When it rains at Burning Man, which, by the way, it does, wool blankets can be a great outdoor wrap and protector. At three out of six burns, I’ve experienced rain during the festival and/or build week. At my first burn, my first evening, with not an iota of prior experience to know what was “normal” playa weather and what was more extreme, we were finally finishing with camp set up and getting ready to eat dinner soon. The day had brought a rather intense dust storm (which had me freaking out because I thought the weather was going to be like this day and night for the whole week) and then it suddenly started raining… heavily. For a short period of time the rains fell.

Then the temperature dropped precipitously.

I, and everyone else, ran to our tents to layer up. I put on all my warm clothes, my cashmere PJs (old thrift store finds, not trying to sound boujee; it’s simply what I wear for warmth), my winter coat and my Uggs. I was still bone-cold cold. Plus with every step I took, the playa dust adhered to my shoes more like cement than mud. It was intense and not what I’d call pleasant.

Then the rain stopped. The clouds cleared. And from it all emerged a spectacularly bright double rainbow arching fully and magnificently across the sky. The whole playa cheered, and the sounds of 50,000-some joyous people was quite something.

Yet, lest I get too off topic, remember: it can rain. Don’t pack a raincoat; simply bring a wool blanket that you’d comfortably wrap around yourself. Wool holds water and yet keeps you warm.

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