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Escape Scorching Heat


Escape Scorching Heat
How to survive the extreme temperatures of the desert
Escape Scorching Heat, How to survive the extreme temperatures of the desert

While the polar regions are always bitterly cold no matter what time of day it is, one of the major challenges in surviving the desert is dealing with the ridiculous changes in temperature. In the midday Sun, the mercury can reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Sahara, but drop to below freezing by night.

Your best bet is to wear a loose-fitting robe. This will let air circulate around the body and you won’t get nearly as hot and sticky. At night, when the temperature plummets, you can wrap it around you for warmth. It is vital that you protect your head. If you think a touch of sunburn from staying by the pool on holiday is bad, that’s nothing compared to the effects of walking all day in the parched desert. Even if it means burning another part of your body, wrap something around your head and neck so you don’t succumb to sunstroke, which can lead to hallucinations and fainting.
Other dangers in the desert will mostly come from scorpions. They hide in the sand and deliver a sting with their tail that can paralyse and eventually kill. Sturdy boots will protect you from these creepy crawlies, as well as making your travelling over sand much easier.

While they don’t make great pets, scorpions do provide a crucial source of nutrition. Picking them up by the tail just behind the stinger is the safest method and it will give you vital protein for your journey. Just don’t eat the tail. In the desert, you’ll need to adjust your body clock. Aim to shelter during the day and travel at night. This has the dual benefit of avoiding the scorching sun and keeping you active during the freezing night. It also means you can keep on the right track easily by following the stars, hopefully leading to civilisation.
Shelter can come in the form of large rocks or cliffs. Alternatively, you can dig a trench down into the cooler sand and use clothing or some other material you have available to form a canopy over the top, secured by rocks or sand. As long as it is at an angle and not touching you, you’ll be protected from the Sun’s glare.