Unless you're staying in an RV or a large camp that includes sleeping/crash
space (or completely surrendering yourself to Black Rock City as a
floater), you're probably going to be highly dependent on a tent.
Instead of using the tiny stakes that come with your tent, use
(long metal stakes usually used for reinforcing concrete). You can get
rebar and a large mallet for driving it into the ground from Home Depot.
You must put something on top of the rebar to avoid the accidental impalement
of yourself on these sharp metal stakes. Either buy some of those
gaudy orange rebar caps from Home Depot, or duct-tape empty water bottles onto
the tops, or top the stakes with stuffed animals, or anything else
Make your tent distinguishable in the dark. Decorate it with glowstuff,
ewire, anything reflective or light-generating. There's a good chance that
you will be seeking your tent while dead-tired and chemically altered at 5am,
so plan ahead. (This is also when you are most likely to walk into/on your rebar
stakes, as well.)