The desert provides plenty of wonders, but it is also a dangerous place. If you are not entirely prepared, you may suffer considerably. So, here are 15 essential tips to survive in the desert so that you can make your stay as pleasant as possible.

  • Inform Others of Your Destination & Timeframe
  • Plenty of Water
  • Protection from the Sun
  • Seek Out Shade During the Heat
  • Have an Emergency Phone

Survivalist Tips in DesertThe most important tip is to let others know that you are in the desert and when you are expected back. Help will be on the way if you do not check-in. Water and bringing along sunscreen, a good hat, and other protection will keep you from dehydrating quickly in the heat. The key is to conserve the water than you have and not wonder around. Be sure to find shade and if you are stuck have an emergency phone to get help quickly which may save your life in the outdoor.

  • Make a Solar Still
  • Build Fires at Night
  • Watch Out for Snakes
  • Keep Eye Out for Flash Floods
  • Stay Near Your Vehicle

A solar still is a simple device that creates drinkable water. Unless you are creating a signal fire for nearby rescuers, fire-building should be only at night for heat. The rattlesnake is the most deadly creature you’ll face, so keep an eye out for them. Plus, if it rains, stay out of low-lying areas because flash flooding is possible. Also, stay near your vehicle for shelter and to help rescuers spot you.

  • Beware of Dust Storms
  • Cactus Water only as Last Resort
  • Find Edible Plants
  • Limit Expenditure of Energy
  • If You Must Move, Do So at Night

As flash-flooding is an issue, so are dust storms so have a bandana for your face. Learn about the edible plants and only drink a few drops of cactus water as it causes diarrhea. Conserve energy always and if you must travel, do so at night. If you follow these tips, you can greatly increase your chances of survival in the desert.


My name is John Winger, I was born and raised in Virginia. I spent a good part of my early adult life in the US military, namely the Army and served in Iraq. I saw my fair share of combat missions and thanks to that experience I have a better understanding and appreciate for what my country means to me and the world.