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A Guide to summer outdoors in the woods and desert essentials

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This Guide to summer outdoors in the woods and desert essentials consists a very important and basic must have knowledge while you are in the outdoor wilderness. As much as i would like to explain and help you with these resources that’s been collected and mentioned here, i would like to tell you to stay away from causing any danger to the wildlife or the environment. Respect the surroundings. Do not put yourself or others life in danger for a selfie or a YouTube video.

Most essential items for outdoor during summer falls in to 4 categories

  • Items you on need to carry with you
  • Things you need to know to consume (food items in short)
  • You should know the climate you are in are going to be in
  • Learn to always know the signals to find your way without a compass or a GPS

Here we have covered the hot climate countries and the essentials in both types of conditions which are hot and marshy land as well as hot desert areas.

A check list that is very much important even for self learning

  1. First Aid kit (use as natural items you can as possible)
  2. Shoes – Full boots
  3. Multi-function Tactical knifes
  4. A good quality Hammock
  5. Having a pet is very useful – especially a dog or a hawk
  6. Canvas tent
  7. Solar lamp
  8. Water vessel
  9. Stay hydrated
  10. Lemons
  11. High visibility jackets in case of danger
  12. Dry foods , dry fish
  13. Perfume or a body spray
  14. Sleeping bag
  15. Printed map
  16. Torch or (skill to start fire from woods & stone)
  17. Sunscreen SPF 30 or more depends on how much your skin can take(test it first)
  18. A hybrid box with plate & stove if you want to
  19. A rope
  20. Additional cotton clothes

Items mentioned above can vary based on the country you are visiting in summer this is more towards the UK and Europe side of the world.

How do you beat this heat and the underground suffocation while traveling in London? Stay hydrated because if you get headaches and you get moody then it could possibly be due to dehydration.

Specific Item notes

The point of having a perfume is due to certain bugs stay away from the smell of perfumes as they like to get attracted to the sweat smell. Shoes should not be plastic one unless you are near the sea or the river side. It’s better if it’s breathable. If you’re in a marshy and muddy place it’s pretty good to have a high boots.

Take a look at the people living in the hottest countries. How do people in Saudi Arabia keep themselves cool in even in the harshest sun? They tend to wear more of light coloured clothes. The tent in the desert areas are different from the ones you may want to use in the woods or marshy land, they are more of thick jute cloth tend a fabric like jeans when you feel it. If you decide to camp near by the river side or by the beach remember to see the line which could show you that the water rises during the high tide or a part of the day.

So, Just try to camp on a high and good enough distance from the water, you can see the water is more than enough or even better if it is walking distance but not too close 10 mins walking distance could be fine too. It all depends how you do your due diligence and find a right spot.

Note: always make sure you clean up when you leave the camping site.

hot climate clothing

hot climate clothing

You must learn the necessary skills that could be useful for your summer outdoors :

Skills you need to know to survive in the hot climatic conditions are as follows:-

Having all of the above items will not make your outdoor summer proof. You need to know the skills to survive in the climate as well. It might sound foolish for some but try and learn to climb on the trees. Can you identify which cactus you can use to drink water from? What is the antidote in case of a bee sting or antidote for an allergic itch caused by a plant?

Knowing the swimming skills could be quite rewarding too. Just as people practice for a marathon you should practice these skills too. Learning how to use these items are equally important as there are some skills such as looking for food. How to hunt in case your food supply finishes.



Wild animals you should be prepared for in the hot climate countries

  • Lions
  • Scorpions
  • Snakes
  • Vultures
  • Hawks
  • spiders
  • lizards
  • chameleons
  • Bear attack
  • A greater Bilby
  • Sand foxes
  • Poisonous bugs
  • Wild dogs

These are some of the creatures you might want to stay away from prepare you escape route in case your are in places where you might be interrupted or you interrupting them.

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This is not to scare you but you can find a general camping site to camp and your wouldn’t have to worry so much.


Foods that help you cool down in summer are as follows:-                    

  • Dates
  • Honey
  • Pomegranate
  • Lemon
  • Coconut water
  • Cucumber
  • Melons
  • Pineapples
  • Aloe vera
  • Poppy seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Butter milk

There are some instances where Indian and Arabian references also mentioned such as dates which are found in the Middle East especially mentioned here due to its nature. People of the Arabian Peninsula also tend to use camel milk as their source of nutrition in the harsh weather.

These lists of fruits are proven to be the cool and very good for health.  They are not only good for your body but also they are equally good for your skin too.  So, in case if any of you concerned of their beauty side of thinking then don’t worry. Dates especially have a high amount of glucose hence if you are hungry for a long time and if you have them then you can get instant energy. Consuming ample amounts of water and staying hydrated can also reduce your fatigue.

Having a raw mango can do as much. You do not want to get sick. Just was winter making you feel sick such is also the case with summer as you can suffer from flu? You may fall. You may have seen a lot of videos probably about how you can keep your body cool during summer. Even the outdoor tent building etc.

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arabic culture clothing

Arabic culture clothing

Same way if you’re in India and reading this article then you might know what I am talking about. This is because every year prior to the approach of summer people gets ready to deal with the summer season. There are people whose job is to work in the outdoors. The profession such as police, road workers in short a lot of manual labour work consists of being in the outdoor for a long time and it could be quite a daunting experience especially if you’re.

Whereas we in the UK try to dress less and try to stay cool. Take a look at the hottest countries and you will notice the clothing they wear is not short at all. They are breathable but full dresses. Take a look at the Arab people they wear long thobes. I would say if you need to survive the summer then ask the person who is or has lived in the hot climate countries.

There is definitely a lesson there to learn on the dressing sense about the misunderstanding people have on long clothes and heat. Important we notice is about their breathable fabric which they use. Definitely a colour also plays a very important role because black coloured clothes can make you feel hot faster than any other colour. They also tend to cover their face due to the hot air that blows and in the UK the climate isn’t so hot that you may want any thing to cover your face unless you are on the beach camp. The clothes are not very tight and they seem to be more comfortable.


If you think UK has the hottest weather or heat wave then think again:

Libya & Tunisia is one of the places you would want to go for a summer but you need to know how you can manage the heat. Going in a hot climate without making your body a bit used to could make you sick for a while. This is because it could take time for your body to acclimate with the new weather conditions.

According to ‘India’s hottest climate recorded was in the west of India in the Rajasthan State and that was 50.6 degrees Celsius’.

We do not know how accurate this is however the point to be mentioned is to make you use to changes in climate. It may feel uneasy in the beginning.

However, look at the people that migrate from the hottest countries in the world and see how they can learn to survive in the cold countries.

Top hot countries you might want to know…  

  • Sudan
  • Tunisia
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Death Valley (USA)
  • Nigeria
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Oman
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Algeria
  • Ethiopia
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Mexico

This list is not limited to only 12 countries mentioned above because there are many other countries which are quite as hot as them. Here due to quick readability purposes only some are mentioned. This will give you an idea about the summer essentials necessity for anyone.

Iran and Death Valley California had one of the highest temperatures with highest being around 70 degree Celsius which is 158 Fahrenheit and this was so viral that people were trying to find out the truth.  Sahara desert is also considered one of the hottest places in the world.

This link is going to show you what you need to know about countries that are hot or cold directly from NASA’s website itself, you can play around with it as its quite user friendly.

Identifying which plants work better for you as medicinal plants in case of first aid

  • Aloe vera
  • Mints
  • Turmeric
  • Chillies
  • Rosemary plant
  • Ocotillo plant
  • Wild berries
  • Cydonia oblonga
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Wild onions

This is for all you guys who think they don’t know how to cook because they are busy enough to do any of those kitchen works. Remember knowing a skill can really help you one day, you never know. Chillies may be even useful for digestion, It will also help reduce some weight of yours. Of course having chillies would make you to drink quite a lot of water.

If you know how to identify them before hand then it can be quite rewarding for you in case you are somewhere and you need some medicine or spice for your food. Identifying a plant can also help you in case the food is running out then you can still survive in these regions.

The poisonous plants to watch out for during your summer outdoors

  • English Yew
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Cactus
  • Daffodils
  • Oleander
  • The suicide tree
  • Castor beans
  • Anthurium
  • Wisteria plants
  • Stinging tree
  • Strychnine tree
  • Dolls eye plant

These are just some of the well known plants. It is better not to just touch directly if they appear to be strange plant. There are plants that are also very useful in order to ward of bugs such as mosquitoes and flies etc, which could become a nuisance. All plants mentioned above are not from the desert regions but they are also found where there are hot climatic conditions such as equatorial regions and forests.

Simply put the above mentioned points were important to mention. This is because after reading this you will actually go online and check some things which will give you a lot more information on that particular point. There are some carnivorous plants as well that can harm your pets if its with you because is really.

Best thing is to try not to travel in the outdoors for camping alone, its nice if someone can accompany you. Camping in a group could also prove to be safer than being in the outdoors all alone. This is because when you fall ill or injure yourself then there will be at least someone to take care of you.

Here I have tried to point out as many useful information as possible on the summer camping essentials and made it ready for you. Please share and like this article if you find it useful. Also please let me know if there was something interesting topic that you would like to know about. Thank you reading.


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