Tips for desert camping-February 2008-LETTERS TO MR.U
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I am starting to think that i like you very much--which explains why i am going so far as trying to mail you a survivor's guide in the desert...The doctor in me just had to say this..LOL
Mosquitoes--Bugs--Adequate bug protection
Hydration--Large stocks of pure water or water into which you dissolve salt and sugar yourself-Bananas and oranges can make sure you get back your lost potassium and sodium aka the electrolytes-(the last thing you want to drink is gat ora de or other drinks loaded with preservatives, artificial colors, citric acid etc etc---)
Nutrition-Yet again bananas are good...Eat well.Some fresh tomatoes and somegood pasta would do the trick too .Cucumber and tomato and cold pasta salad perhaps?
adequate clothing that covers as much of your body as possible--That helps prevents sunburn and its carcinogenic effects..Sunscreens are great--but then, long sleeved and full length pants can easily be the best or in this case the better option for protection from the sun.With your kind of skin.. please stop worrying about trying to tan it and start worrying about protecting it from the sun .
SnakesThe desert is teeming with snakes.. kraits..and they crawl up your vehicle too..so hmmmmmm...I have no idea..no tips in this dept..but i am worried about the snakes...please be careful..
yeah btw..don't forget to take a lot of books with you ...please do so ..and yeah your camera too ....
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MY 2012 POSTNOTE for the blog!!!
The thing is, I wrote this email to him in 2008, and quite forgot that i even wrote it..Funnily, in 2012, he is focused on nutrution,water,bug protection and a camera, just like i adviced, even outside the desert..LOL..sadly, we are both in places that are far , far away from each other.so,anyways,atleast, my advice stays close to his heart.that's good enough :)))
Also,sometime from 2010 to 2012, he also finally started COOKING his own meals and well, the "full sleeved shirt" shirt advice is also being followed TOO.