Spending the night in a desert is a whole different experience compared to when you’re in the woods. The weather is warmer and there are little to no trees and plant life around. However, it’s a fascinating place to visit and a good spot to enjoy a good campfire under the starry night sky.
Dessert camping takes careful planning and preparation. Follow these helpful tips for a more enjoyable experience!
Pack the important stuff
Before you go on your adventure, it’s important to do some research on your chosen destination. Read articles or blogs about other people’s experiences camping in the area so you know what to expect.
One of the most important things to find out is wildlife – the desert is home to various animals and insects and you may encounter snakes, spiders, scorpions etc. Learn beforehand about what to do when you encounter them.
Make a list of essentials
The best way to make sure that you don’t forget anything important is to make a list. Write down all essentials such as food, clothing, toiletries, sleeping gear, cooking gear, navigation tools etc.
Since the weather will be mostly warm (depending on where you are and the time of the year), don’t forget your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and weather-appropriate clothes. But be sure to pack warm clothing, too! Some nights can get chilly and you’ll need some blankets and an appropriate-weather sleeping bag.
Fill up on gas
Driving through the desert can take hours, and you don’t want to run out of gas and get stranded in the middle of nowhere. Carry fuel or fill up your gas supply as much as you can. The further get into the desert, gas stations will become fewer and farther in between.
Arrive before dark
It’s so easy to get lost in the desert, especially at night. Once the sun goes down, the area can become really, really dark and it will be harder for you to navigate. Schedule your trip wisely so you arrive at your campsite before dark and have time to set up camp.
Bring plenty of water
The desert is a hot, dry place and water is scarce. Your biggest threat as a camper is dehydration, so make sure that you have sufficient water throughout your entire trip.
Keep in mind these very useful desert camping tips for a fun and hassle-free outdoor adventure!