READY TO EMBRACE the gorgeous golden sand? This list is crafted to optimise your trip to the desert, whether with a guide, or as a solo sojourner.
The golden rule for any adventure, but especially, especially essential in the desert. With the temperatures possibly rising to above 40°C in the day, and the unforgiving sun beating down on you, it is necessary to keep your bodies hydrated. A great guideline would be to bring along at least 4 litres of water a day per person. Also, while there might be water sources out there, you really don’t want to be relying on the unpredictable for something so crucial.
With the blazing sun rays shining on you, protection from the heat of the sun is critical. The worst thing that could happen is a painful sunburn ruining your vacation. You might want to wear a thin, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt, to protect your arms. And definitely bring along a hat, scarf, a pair of sunglasses, lip balm and sunscreen.
The desert is known for the spectrum of extreme temperatures, extremely hot in the day, and really cold at night. If your desert adventure lasts for an extended period of time, be sure to also bring along clothing and gear appropriate for the desert night weather. Minimally consider adding a warm blanket, insulation socks and a jacket to your packing list.
Chances are, you will likely find yourselves riding a camel. Here is one key pointer. Sway with the camel. Their gait is irregular, and intermittent, great for the sandy climate, but rough and unnatural for the rider. Instead of attempting to resist, move together with the camel. It might be awkward and counterintuitive at first, but by going along with their motion, the expedition would be much steadier and more fluid.
Desert Survival Techniques
No, I’m not jinxing it, but in the unlikely event of an emergency, being equipped with desert survival knowledge will come in handy. Or at least read up some basic survival skills beforehand. Some quick tips. 1. Be on the move at night, when it is cooler, while you rest in a shade during the day. 2. If water is scarce, avoid consuming too much food, as you could get even thirstier as a result. 3. If lost, it is best to at least find Northing, choose which direction would best lead you to help, then move and stay in that one orientation.