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If an adventure in the desert isn’t appealing to your weekend warrior, a small tweak in the schedule may be all you need to turn into an eager desert beaver. While desert trekking and hiking across sandy dunes by day is a guaranteed killer workout and a chance to take in breathtaking views, waiting until sundown presents an entirely new opportunity to put your survival skills to the test.
Exploring the desert by night demands some extra gear and a well-planned route to get you through the challenging trail. Make sure you’re heading out on your nighttime trek with these survival basics:
#1: Headlamps. Unless you’re taking along some Bond-inspired night vision goggles, you’ll need a reliable headlamp to cover the sandy turf like a pro. Go for the hands-free variety so you can use your hands to keep your pack in place and carry your water bottle with ease.
#2: Water bottle. When the sun disappears from view and you’re left with cooler temperatures, you still need to guzzle that H2O; it will keep your mind fresh and your senses as sharp as a panther on the prowl. Make sure you’re lugging an extra-large water bottle to reduce the need for refills so you’ll always have some crisp and cool water by your side.
#3: Light blanket. If it’s time to make a rest stop between dunes and you’re body’s yearning for a quick nap, enjoy a light snooze inside a weatherproof blanket. Keep it light so you’re not responsible for hauling extra weight in your pack, and pick something large so it can easily be turned into a pseudo-sleeping bag.
#4: Protective eye goggles. You may be treated to a sandstorm during your hike, so make sure you’re prepared for this gift from nature with a sturdy pair of goggles. Choose a larger pair that will act as a shield against the pelting sand and debris.
#5: Weatherproof boots. A pair of l ightweight hiking boots is all you really need to set yourself on course for your nighttime trek, so choose boots that fit snugly but won’t limit your ankle’s range of motion. Even though you won’t be doing a lot of trail hiking over a nighttime course, you still need a pair of boots with a strong grip and insulation to protect you from the elements.
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