Desert Survival Tips

By on August 12, 2014
desert survival tips

This is a quick video on desert survival tips. These tips are good for campers, hikers, as well as off-roaders. The very first thing you need to do is plan your trip well so that you will be ready for whatever comes up.

The minimum you need to have is a personal survival kit, plenty of water, and a first aid kit. You’ll also need fire making capabilities. You should have those in your personal survival kit. You need to wear the right clothing. You’ll want to dress in light colored clothing that is lose fitting. Layers of clothing are good for cooler weather. It can get really hot during the day in the desert but get cold at night after the sun goes down. You need to be prepared for that. You need to keep your clothes on. It keeps your temperature down and reduces the dehydration rate. Be sure to cover your head at all times and wear sunglasses and sunscreen.

It’s important to be aware of the weather. Look at the sky. Flash flooding can occur at any time. in the desert, especially in wash areas. The sky may be clear where you are but may be raining in the distance. If you see thunderheads in the distance, that rain could turn into a flash flood. They happen fast so get to high ground immediately.

Water is the most important thing to have in the desert. You need to have at least a gallon of water per person per day. If you have water, drink it. Don’t ever ration it. If your water is limited, then just avoid stressful activities. You can find water in the desert. There are pockets of it. But never depend on that. Stay in the shade. If you can’t find a tree, bush, or cactus somewhere, make your own shade with a tarp or emergency mylar blanket.

Make sure to have a dependable vehicle before you head out. Check the spare tire, battery, fan belt, hoses, etc. Make sure your tank is full of gas and pack some tools in case you need to do any repairs. Always stay with your vehicle if it breaks down. Raise the hood or trunk. That lets people know that you need help. A vehicle can be seen for miles but a person on foot is really difficult to see. Only leave your vehicle if you are positive of your route and leave a note for rescuers telling them the time you left and the direction that you headed in. Speak up and share your opinion and be heard by commenting below about your thoughts on this article.

About Steve Conners

Steve has taught desert survival classes to both young and old. His tremendous amount of experience and knowledge have helped countless people all over the world.

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