Outdoor Survivial Techniques: For The Desert

Desert survival techniques that you will need if ever lost in the desert, how to get water, food and shelter.

You never know when you may get stranded in the desert! Well, actually you may not get stranded in the Sahara Desert, but you might get stranded while driving through a desert. After all, there are over fifty major deserts in the world. So, just to be on the safe side you might want to know some survival techniques that you can do in the desert to get water, food and shelter. You never know, maybe these tips will come in handy

while camping or traveling.

The desert is a known for it's extreme differences in temperatures. During the day it can be sweltering hot and at night it can drop to freezing temperatures. When you think of deserts you think of sand, and whipping winds. While not all deserts are like this, some are. And almost all deserts are known for their glaring sunshine, as a matter of fact you can actually be blinded by the sun or burnt so bad you can die of extreme sunburn. There is also the peril of little or no water.

If you get stranded in the desert, of course you will want to stay in your car or plane if you crash landed there, as long as you can. Stay near the crash site and wait for help. If this is not possible and you know that you will be needing to walk for help, then go while you still have water to bring with you, assuming you have water. Always travel at night in the desert. Conserve your energy in the hottest times of the day with sleep.

If you will be leaving your car or whatever shelter you have to go find civilization, wear

clothing suitable for desert travel. Try to fashion your clothing after pictures of what

you've seen desert dwellers wear. Loose fitting, light colors, with a light weight head dress that covers your head, neck and shoulders. Use the head dress to protect the eyes, mouth and nose if there is a sand storm or from the glaring sun. Wear shoes; check them for scorpions before putting them on. Keep the sand out of your shoes, the sand can really chafe and rub your feet raw.

If you need shelter from the sun, rain or to sleep in, the type of shelter you can build will

depend on the type of desert you are in. If you can build your shelter near the site of a crashed plane, as you will probably not want to stay in the plane because of fuel leaks or the intense heat inside. If you are near caves or cliffs with overhangs which provide shelter, utilize these. Beware of scorpions or snakes, they also like these dark cool spots and you may be intruding on them. You can use canvas, towels, blankets or even seat covers to use as a tarp to shelter you further from the sun and rain. If you are in a desert that is totally sand dunes, utilize an existing dune. Build a mound of sand and slide one end of your "tarp" midway and anchor it down with rocks or more sand. Pull the other end up to the dune and anchor it. Allow for at least a 16 inch space you can crawl into.

Finding water in the desert is one of the biggest concerns. Water is your main priority. If you have more food than water, eat your food sparingly because food digestion will use up more of the water you have stored in your body. Fatty foods take up even more water in digestion. You will need to know how to ration your water if there is not anymore easily accessible. If temperatures are 110 degrees you can live for 3 and half days, resting in the shade with 8 pints of water every 24 hours. If you rest during the day and travel at night about 20 miles you can last two and half days with 8 pints of water every

24 hours in 110 degrees. If temperatures are milder, you can drink less water; for example 2 pints a day in 80 degree temperatures and 4 pints a day in 90 degrees.

There are plants in the desert that you can extract water from. Cut off the top of a barrel

cactus and get the water out by squeezing and mashing the innards. Or just suck on a piece of the innards. Water can be extracted from date palms by cutting a branch near the bottom and sucking out the liquid. Prickly pears have fruit on them that can be eaten that contain water. Also the inside of prickly pear plants have a liquid you can drink.

To find ground water, look for old water courses and follow it to the lowest point and dig down deep. You can also observe birds and animals who may lead you to a water source. Look for an abundance of plants and trees, water will probably be nearby. If you do find ground water but it looks questionable or dirty, you can purify it with water purification tablets if you have some, or boil it for 10 minutes.

It might be really helpful to have your lap top computer with you in the desert, so you can access this article. Keep that in mind next time you go wandering in the desert!

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