You realize how big the world is when you’re standing in the middle of a desert surrounded by miles of open land. To trek to a desert is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Desert is a desolate, barren place, and it can be dangerous. There are some things you need to do ahead of time to make sure you’re prepared and stay healthy during the desert trip.
Some essential travel tips ensure a safe desert journey. You can have a guide who will take care of all the necessities. However, there are still plenty of things that can make your desert trip much more joyful.
- Avoid wearing closed shoes and sandals. Flip flops are comfortable as you can easily take them off and put them on. Everything else is a hassle and takes up too much time.
- The desert is dry and the humidity is very low. If you spend a few days in the desert then pack some facial mist to keep your skin hydrated. Using moisturizing cream is not the best idea in combination with lots of sand.
- The nights are cold in the desert so you might not think of a cooler. It is cold at night during the winter months but during the day and in summer the desert can become boiling. Hence a cooler is a necessity.
- Temperatures in the desert range widely. It is hot during the day but it can become pretty cold at night. Carry a Thermos with some tea before heading out.
- Instead of packing sweaters to keep you warm, carry a thin blanket. You can use it to sit on it or to wrap yourself up as an extra blanket for the night.
- You must plan well for a desert trip. Know where you are going, who you are going with and when you plan to return.
- Never travel into a desert alone. Having a guide with you increases the chance of survival in case anything happens.
- It is easy to get lost in a desert. Hence, it’s important to bring maps, a compass and a GPS with you.
- Make sure to watch the weather forecast before the start of your trip. In the desert, the weather can change suddenly.
- You should always carry extra water and food with you. It is recommended that you drink at 3 l of water per day, especially in the summer. Food boosts your energy and your morale. Carry emergency food, like energy bars or granola.
- Deserts are known for their extreme temperatures, high heat during the day and cold temps at night. Protect yourself with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Bring an extra jacket in case you’re out after dark when the temperature can plummet.
A desert trip can be the trip of a lifetime. Make sure to plan well and practice caution.