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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #012 - Hot and arid conditions
April 01, 2005
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Table of contents

- Editor's Notes
- Clothing for hot and arid conditions
- Content has been updated
- Share your tips and experience

Editor's Notes

Hello ,

Hope everything is well with you and that you are ready for a new issue of the Wilderness Survivor.

Careful preparation is essential for all wilderness travels. Part of the preparation phase is to select clothes and footwear appropriate for the terrain and weather conditions you expect to encounter. Please, take a couple of minutes and read this issue of the Wilderness Survivor and learn more about "Clothing for hot and arid conditions".

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Clothing for hot and arid conditions

Most recommendations on proper clothing for wilderness travels concentrate on staying warm in wet or windy conditions and avoiding hypothermia. However, when traveling in hot arid land your primary concern is how to avoid hyperthermia (overheating). Hyperthermia is just as deadly as hypothermia.

Even perhaps the easiest of all environments for which to dress is hot arid land some short guidelines could be of value.

Loose fitting clothing

Your clothing should be comfortably loose fitting layered clothing that gives protection from sunburn and insect bites, as well as warmth at night.


Loose fitting layered clothing slows dehydration and minimizes exposure. Most modern outdoor clothing is constructed from synthetic fabrics and is designed to wick moisture away from your body. But cotton holds moisture in and is therefore the fabric of choice in hot, dry conditions. Both for your under- and outerwear.


If you like to wear shorts don't forget you must have long trousers with you. You have to cover up against the sun and for protection in the evening from biting insects. For top wear a T-shirt and a tightly woven cotton shirt or a lightweight jacket. Light colored clothing as traditional safari clothing will reflect heat and help maintain temperature balance.

Temperature variations

Temperature extremes can vary a lot during day and night in arid lands. It can be quite cold at night, so come prepared. Particular in winter temperatures can drop extremely low, so bring something extra warm.


You need good hiking shoes. Special lightweight leather desert boots are the best. Wear woollen socks inside your boots. Woollen socks are more comfortable then cotton socks.

Wide-brimmed hat

One of the most important items of all is a hat to protect you from the sun. Use a wide-brimmed hat to protect both your face and neck.


Wear sunglasses to reduce the effect of glare. If no sunglasses available, shield your eyes with a strip of material. Cut narrow slits to see through. Soot from the fire smeared below the eyes will also reduce glare.

Content has been updated

New more good content have been added to the Wilderness Survival Skills website the last couples of week: Wilderness first aid

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Written by Erik C. Falk

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