The earliest understanding of desert in ancient China was from ancient poetry of the famous poet Wang Wei, which was described as the picturesque scene, "From wastes of sand one smoke plume rises sheer. Past the long river, the round sun sinks low." The impression of the desert is the ruggedness and desolation of it for most people. The mysterious and unique desert also attracts many people to capture its splendor. Besides the magnificent scenery, the desert environment is very harsh and cruel, so getting prepared well in advance and having a professional guide with you are necessary for most visitors.
If you are in a tour group, the guide will lead the way ahead, and there is no need to consider the routing problem, and you should stay in a group. It is very dangerous to leave the team without telling others when traveling in the desert.
It's very risky to travel alone in the desert. If you travel by yourself and your navigation equipment does not work, you may get lost, which is very dangerous. The navigation device can be GPS, map, compass, or even the track map downloaded by mobile phone, but only if you can use it. However, even for the professional, it's very challenging to cross the desert.
If you already get lost, you should calm down and stop to assess the current situation. Never sit or lie on the ground, because the sand temperature will be very high without any shade. Try to remember your last accurate location. Before deciding the next action, you'd better wait for rescue and set up a distress signal: you can take off your brightest clothes and put them high or use smoke in the daytime and a flashlight at night.
Lack of water is a serious taboo in the desert, which is easy to cause dehydration under high temperatures. To reduce perspiration, wearing proper clothes for the desert, which will help slow down sweat evaporation and keep your pace. Just don't guzzle it all at the first sign of thirst. A better tactic is to ration it for yourself, taking smaller sips throughout the day.
Walking at a high temperature for a long time can easily lead to sunburn and even heatstroke. Generally, the main symptoms of sunburn are skin redness and pain. In severe cases, swelling, blistering, and even fever and headache may occur. The temperature of the day and night in the desert varies a lot, especially in winter. Before departure, you shall check the temperature and make sufficient preparations and bring extra layers and blankets.
The probability of a sandstorm is very low, and it is mainly dust, which basically will not affect normal walking. What we need to do is to wear windproof glasses, masks, headscarves, and other sand prevention measures. Never go to the leeward slope of the sand dune to avoid it and the leeward of the dune is very dangerous during the sandstorm. If you are in the desert with a camel, the right way is to lead your camel to the windward slope, and then hide behind the camel. If you are around the camp, you need to reinforce the tent and put all personal materials in the tent or inside the vehicle and wait for the sandstorm to subside.
Suggestion on Safety - Travel with Professional Desert Tour Agency
Once these dangerous situations happen in the desert, it is very hard for travelers to deal on their own. Nowadays, there are many travel agency operating groups in the desert, with rich touring experience, you can just focus on sightseeing and enjoy a guaranteed high-quality safe trip, but the most important thing is to choose a professional one like us, China Discovery. If you are interested in our desert tours, please do not hesitate to contact us!
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