How to survive the Arizona Desert in May

May 5, 2018

Picture this, May in the Sonoran Desert: daily highs in the 90's, 0% chance of rain, and 31 days of blistering sunshine! If you aren't careful, dehydration and sun burned skin are going to be your close companions here in the desert!!

With just a small amount of pre-hydration, preparation, and knowledge, you can enjoy adventuring outside during the summer here in Tucson, Arizona.


The first steps to any outdoor adventuring here in the desert actually begins the night before, with pre-hydration. You want to make sure that you are properly hydrated before you ever start your adventure by drinking at least 2 liters of water the day before you head out!! This will allow your body to properly repair itself while you are getting a good nights sleep!


Pre-hydrating is also your first taste of the preparation it takes to survive in the heat of the Sonoran Desert. You'll need to assemble your summer adventure essentials to take with you, these include things like sunscreen, ample water, carbohydrate and protein rich snacks, and clothing that loosely covers your skin!


Once you have a large hat, sunglasses, and a loose fitting, moisture wicking shirt, you are ready to finish planning your adventure with some additional knowledge.


Things to know in the desert: it's hottest in the afternoon between 12 and 4 pm, you lose at least a half liter of water for every hour you spend just breathing (this number factors up once you add in physical exertion), and you are unlikely to find a water source on your adventure!!


We want to make sure we are adventuring at the right time of day! Starting out in the early morning, or waiting until the hottest part of the day has passed is the right way to do things! This makes night hikes and moonlit mountain bike rides perfect for this time of year!!

We also want to make sure we are properly hydrating the entire day of the adventure!! Now this doesn't mean chug water every minute, but it does mean taking many small sips throughout the duration of your outdoor activity! And don't forget to replace those electrolytes every few hours or so!


Lastly, make sure you bring more than enough water with you for your activity and a little more just in case the unexpected happens! That amounts to about 2 liters per person for a day's activity. 


So there you have it, some quick tips to help you survive the summer out here in Tucson, Arizona without having to stay inside!


If you'd like to learn more about surviving in the desert, schedule a private guided adventure with us during the months of May and June! We have plenty of trips available for Sunset and Night hiking, mountain biking, and road biking!!




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