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Three Tips for Desert Camping

 

Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney who specializes in Habeas Corpus law. Aside from work, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys camping. With Albuquerque being a desert city, the surrounding areas require special consideration when camping. If you are planning a camping trip to a desert area, consider these three tips to make the most of your time and help ensure safety.

1. Overstock on Water – One of the biggest threats you face in the desert is dehydration, especially when you are camping and cannot simply grab a glass of water from the kitchen. In desert environments, you should take a gallon of water per person for each day, and you will also need extra for cooking and cleaning. Taking more than you will need leaves you with water left over, while not taking enough may put your life in danger.

2. Tent – Setting up your tent in the desert requires special consideration. If at all possible, set the tent up in a shaded area. The desert heat will turn your tent into an oven during the hot days, potentially melting any food or plastic you leave inside. Also, pay attention to the direction of the wind and set up your tent so opening the entrance and back flap allows the air to flow through the tent. This prevents the tent from flapping around in the wind, and also provides air flow for cooling during the hot day.

3. Wildlife – Always pay attention for and be careful around desert wildlife. Desert areas are typically home to many varieties of snakes, spiders, and scorpions, some of which are poisonous. Educate yourself on local wildlife so you are better able to identify and avoid potentially dangerous animals.

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