Deserts are some of the most barren landscapes on the planet, but this bleakness can also make them some of the most beautiful. Equally, many of the countries containing these deserts can also offer you a unique and unforgettable holiday experience.
However, with both of these comes certain points to be aware of if you’re planning a visit, and you’ll want to be respectful of these. These range from being politically aware of the situation in certain countries, to the preparations needed when visiting deserts. In this post you’ll find the tips and advice you need to ensure your holiday to a desert country is safe and memorable.
Assess the Political Situation
In some cases, certain countries may be in a state of political unrest which can affect your travel. In the Middle East, for example, there some peaceful nations which share borders with others that aren’t. While this doesn’t necessarily mean you are in danger, there is still a risk element involved.
The best option is to contact your Government Foreign Office and seek advice surrounding the situation in certain countries and territories, to find out if it is safe to travel. Then use trusted and expert travel companies who specialise in providing trips to such destinations.
Be Medically Fit
Before you travel you might need to have vaccinations; information surrounding if and when this is applicable can be found for UK residents here. With this, though, comes the caveat that you should also be in a reasonably good state of health and have a decent level of fitness before deciding to visit a desert country. The often hot and dry conditions you’re likely to face can be quite physically demanding, and can certainly take their toll on you if you’re not ready for them.
With the conditions in mind, you need to make sure you arrive in your chosen desert country with the right clothing and equipment. To protect you from the ranging temperatures, during the day you need:
- A sun hat
- High SPF sunscreen
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Breathable outdoor clothing
In the evening, temperatures can drop dramatically so you’ll need:
- Spare clothing
Other extra safety gear includes:
- Emergency contact/GPS
- Reflective materials for signalling
- Full water canteens
If you require more detailed information, you should be able to receive a comprehensive breakdown of everything you require from your chosen travel provider.
To return to a key point, visiting a desert country can be an incredible and unique holiday experience, but this primarily hinges on having the right preparations in place. Simply follow these tips and soon you could be making the most of your once-in-a-lifetime desert experience.