You need to shade your camp from the powerful sun of the Black Rock desert. Otherwise you’ll start each day with a wake-and bake at sunrise. Nobody wants that, especially not after a night of partying.
Amazon separately sells a 10×20 ft. Carport Frame and matching Carport Side Wall Kit that are known to work on the Playa. The Side Wall Kit comes with Bungee Balls that attach it to the frame, but it never hurts to get more for backup and other uses.
Securing Your Carport
Securing your shade structure against the desert winds (which can go as high as 75mph) is essential. If you don’t do this, your shade structure will shake noisily in the wind, or even fly off entirely like Dorothy’s house in the Wizard of Oz.
Rebar is the established way of securing shade structures (0r anything else) to the Playa. Tent-stakes aren’t strong enough, so don’t rely on them.
You can buy Rebar from any home improvement store on your way to Burning Man. It’s one of the few items you can’t get last minute from Amazon. Get 18″ rebar that’s bent at the top so people don’t injure themselves by falling on it.
To secure your Carport, Saran Wrap its legs around adjacent Rebar stakes. Then, wrap Gorilla Tape around the Saran Wrap. When it comes time to teardown your camp, you can simply cut the wrap/tape off.Attaching the Carport legs to Rebar is not enough, though. You should “guy-line” each corner of your Carport for extra stability. Use Ratcheting Nylon Straps for extra stability, and easier setup/teardown compared to rope.
Aside from the Sun and the Wind and the Dust, you also have to be concerned with the possibility of Rain. That’s why you should get Tarps to create floors and protect your camp from mud that might form during a storm.
Tools for the Job
None of this is possible without the right tools for the job. A Mallet and a Crowbar will be your main tools for installing and removing Rebar. Also get some Open Finger Work Gloves to protect your hands while still keeping your fingers free.
Lastly, no Desert badass should go without a Swiss Army Knife.