Spending the night in a desert is a completely different experience compared to when you are in the forest. The climate is warmer and there are few or no trees and plant life around. However, it is a fascinating place to visit and a good place to enjoy a good bonfire under the starry sky.
Dessert camp requires careful planning and preparation. Follow these helpful tips for a more enjoyable experience!
Pack the important things
To be prepared
Before embarking on the adventure, it is important to do some research on your chosen destination. Read articles or blogs about other people’s experiences camping in the area to find out what to expect.
One of the most important things to find out is the wildlife – the desert is home to various animals and insects and you can find snakes, spiders, scorpions, etc. Learn in advance what to do when you find them.
Make a list of the essentials
The best way to make sure you don’t forget anything important is to make a list. Write down all the essentials such as food, clothing, toiletries, sleepwear, kitchen utensils, navigation tools, etc.
Since the weather will be mostly warm (depending on where you are and the time of year), don’t forget your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, and clothing appropriate for the weather. But be sure to pack warm clothes too! Some nights can be chilly and you will need some blankets and a sleeping bag for the right weather.
Fill with gasoline
Driving through the desert can take hours and you don’t want to run out of gas and be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Carry fuel or fill up your gas supply as much as you can. The further you go into the desert, the gas stations will be less and more in between.
Arrive before dark
It is very easy to get lost in the desert, especially at night. Once the sun goes down, the area can get very, very dark and it will be more difficult for you to navigate. Schedule your trip wisely so that you arrive at your campsite before dark and have time to set up camp.
Bring lots of water
The desert is hot and dry and water is scarce. Your biggest threat as a camper is dehydration, so make sure you have enough water throughout the trip.
Consider these very helpful desert camping tips for a fun and hassle-free outdoor adventure!