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Water and Terrain Tactics To Increase Chances of Survival in The Desert

If you're planning a trip to the dry regions of our planet, you should brush up on your desert survival abilities first.

In order to survive in a dry or desert region, you must prepare and comprehend the environment. You'll need to figure out what kind of equipment you'll need, what tactics you'll use, and how the environment will affect your gear and tactics. Your capacity to cope with these conditions, as well as your will to survive, will depend on your understanding of the geography and fundamental climatic components.


These are the various different types of topography in most desert settings:

  • Mountainous
  • Sand dunes
  • Salt marshes
  • Rocky plateaus
  • Terrain that is broken and dissected

The topography in the desert makes mobility difficult and laborious. Because there are so few landmarks, land navigation will be incredibly difficult.


Understanding the relationship between physical activity, air temperature, and water intake is critical for desert survival. For a certain level of activity at a given temperature, the body requires a specified amount of water. A person working hard in the sun at 43 degrees C, for example, needs 19 liters of water per day. Lack of water causes a rapid deterioration in an individual's capacity to make decisions and do tasks efficiently. Your body temperature is 36.9 degrees Celsius on average (98.6 degrees F). Sweating is how your body gets rid of excess heat. The more you sweat, the hotter your body becomes.

Sweating is the most common cause of dehydration. Heat stroke develops swiftly when a person stops sweating during periods of high ambient temperature and intensive exertion or exercise. This is a medical emergency that demands immediate assistance.

Make the most of your available water!

And follow these tips:

  • Get out of the sun and into the shade.
  • Put something between you and the scorching earth.
  • Your movements should be limited.
  • Be fully clothed, no skin showing, to conserve your sweat. This will shield you from harsh breezes and direct sun rays, and your garments will absorb your perspiration, allowing you to stay cooler for longer.
  • If water is scarce, try to eat as little as possible. Digestion of food necessitates the use of water.
  • Drink half a liter of water every hour when the temperature is below 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Drink 1 liter of water per hour if the temperature is over 38 degrees Celsius.


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