If it’s possible to bug out to the desert, it’s perfectly possible to do so without risking personal harm. It’s simply a matter of being prepared.
Here are a few tips on how you can survive in one of the world’s most demanding of settings.
When it comes to desert survival, having enough food and water is typically the first concern. However, it’s not impossible to keep a significant amount of food and water on your person without overburdening yourself. This is especially important in a setting where foraging is practically impossible. However, with various freeze dried, dehydrated, and vacuum sealed foods available, you can carry several week’s worth of food in your pack without exhausting yourself. As for water, it’s a simple matter to carry a durable gallon jug of water with you.
First aid kits are also important for desert survival. When you have the risks of heat stroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and other conditions on top of the usual risks of injury. When it comes to a quality first aid kit, it’s important not to skimp in these matters. Typical desert survival kits include bandages, disinfectant, pain killers, cooling aloe cream, and other supplies. It’s also a good idea to keep a guide of different flora and fauna in your area as well. This is useful for identifying various species of venomous snakes and scorpions as well as different edible plants and insects. While first aid kits aren’t typically a good substitute for actual paramedic help, they’re nevertheless a good way to keep yourself or any traveling partners stable until help arrives. In some particularly severe situations, having the right equipment available can potentially life saving.
Finally, the key to desert survival would have to be your navigational equipment. These include everything from simple devices like flashlights, maps, and compasses to more complex equipment, such as emergency flares and GPS receivers. The latter is important in that not only can it help you learn your exact location, but you can also alert the authorities if needed.
These are only a few things to consider when researching desert survival techniques. Fortunately, finding the right equipment is a simple matter; there are thousands of essential kits for sale online as well as at your favorite local wilderness gear shop.