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Travel Plans to the Desert & Higher Elevations: Pack a Survival Mini-Kit

By Vicki McClure Davidson

 

The desert and higher elevations have great beauty, but also potential dangers if you're not prepared with a survival mini-kit. | Photo credit: Jon Sullivan, Public-Domain-Photos.com
The desert and higher elevations have great beauty, but also potential dangers to your body if you're not prepared with a survival mini-kit. | Photo credit: Jon Sullivan, Public-Domain-Photos.com

I've lived in the desert region of Arizona for so long that any day during the summer months that is below 100 degrees F is like a cooling spell. Quick, where's my pullover sweatshirt?

If you've never been to the desert or at a higher elevation, you likely have little to no idea how dry and uncomfortable-feeling the climate can make you if you travel there on vacation (or move there) from a damper, cooler climate. Even the high desert, which can be significantly cooler at night, can present physical dangers during the day most of the year. Caution is always important. To be more comfortable during your trip, and to keep your body healthy and out of danger, here is list of things you should pack and take along as a "desert and high elevation survival mini-kit."

How Dry I Am...

Except for the short-lived rainy season, the desert regions and places at higher elevations are much drier than other parts of the United States. Your skin, lips, nasal openings, and eyes can become painfully dried and chapped if you don't take precautions. Be sure to have the following:

Sun & Environment Protection

Additional Items for the Desert Only