There are many things to consider before you start a camping trip! To make sure you get off on the right foot and have everything you need to enjoy your adventure, you should be sure to make an exhaustive checklist and double check everything along the way.
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- MREs are packed in a hermetically sealed environment which makes sure that the quality of food inside remains unaffected by the external environment. This feature makes them perfect for an adventure in the sand dunes given the climatic conditions change drastically on a daily basis.
- MREs are impact resistant and ruggedized for rough usage. You don't have to carry them with the care with which you have to carry other packaged and canned food items.
- MRE day food packs contain 1300 calories that are sufficient for one person for a day. The food inside the packets is brimming with nutrients. A full day MRE meal keeps you healthy and energetic.
- MREs come with a self-activated heating feature. If one night you decide not to set up the campfire because you are too tired, that's okay because you can still eat hot food. All thanks to this wonderful feature.
- Another added benefit of choosing MRE food packs over canned food items is that they are lightweight. If you are backpacking then, you wouldn't want to carry unnecessary weight on your shoulders.
- Full day MRE meal packs come with the all three meals for the day which include desserts, beverages, and snacks. You don't have to carry separate supplies for breakfast, lunch and dinner for all the days you will be in the desert.
- MREs have a long shelf life. You can buy packs that will last from 3 days up to 5 years. So, no matter how many days later you consume them after buying, the food will never go stale unlike canned and packaged food that requires specific storage conditions without which they go stale.
- Most MRE packs also come with water supplies. Water is going to be the primary need of your body when in the sand dunes. The hot and dry wind will make you feel dehydrated too quickly, and you will need to replenish the water content of your body by drinking water regularly.
- Don't forget to pack a cozy sleeping bag for the cold nights.
- Sometimes, it may get too cold to be able to sleep comfortably. Carry some firewood and fuel to light the campfire.
- Carry a wide brimmed hat and a bandana to protect yourself from the sun during the day.
- A good quality sunscreen lotion with a high SPF will be your best friend during the trip. Make sure you apply it before you begin your day.
- Whenever you feel a little too dehydrated, have some extra water that you can splash on your face.
- For the lowers, you could take joggers or cargo pants. Wearing shorts is not advisable for you may end up getting rashes or blisters because of the rough camel skin sliding against your skin.
- For the footwear, carry hiking boots, gaiters, hiking socks and trekking sandals. Sandals will come in handy when you want your feet to breathe a little after they have been packed inside shoes for the whole day.
- Carry walking poles. Sand dunes can present some tough challenge when it comes to hiking them. The slippery texture of the sand does nothing to help you. Instead, it takes you a step backward for every two steps you take. Walking poles cab be quite useful for such situations.
- Sunglasses are the way to go when in the desert. Make sure they are tinted.
- A magnetic compass, a GPS, and a map will come in handy when you need to find your way back onto the right path. This is when all your research and studying the map will bear its sweet fruits.
- Have a whistle that blows aloud. This whistle will be your call for help in case of an emergency.
- A Swiss army knife because when nothing helps, a knife surely does.
- In your first aid kit, apart from all the medicines have anti-diarrhoea drugs and rehydration sachets.
- Don't think that the desert comes without its necessary supply of insects. There are plenty of bugs to annoy you and bite youl. Have an insect repellent to keep them away.
- The quality of the tires: There are different types of tires available in the market, they are mostly all season ones and the winter tires. If you have all season tires, you have to ascertain that they are good enough to take you through the planned route. If you have the slightest doubts, it is better to buy winter tires. Decent quality tires will make sure you don't get stuck in snow ever so often.
- The quality of the windshield wipers: A satisfactory quality windshield wiper will make sure that it clears out all the ice rather than smearing it all over the windscreen.
- Anti- freeze in the radiator: You cannot imagine travelling around in your car during the winter without a radiator that will keep you warm. A radiator works on anti-freeze so, naturally, make sure that is there in adequate quantity.
- Ice scraper: All you need is $5 to get yourself a good enough ice scraper. There is no way you won't need it on a road trip during the winter season.
- Jumper Cables: The cold of the winter makes it quite easy for the car's battery to wear out. Witnessing a car's engine not starting is not an uncommon experience. Leaving just a single roof light on inside the car for the night only means you will be greeted by a dead car battery in the morning. As long as you have jumper cables with you, the dead car battery will never be the kind of pause you want on your road trip. All you need after that is instructions on how you should use them and another car to give yours the boost it needs. While you're putting the jumper cables to use, remember to give your vehicle a good run. This run will help in recharging the battery.
- Extra washer fluid for the windshield: Storms and sleet are common during the winter. Though you should already have a full windshield tank, you should also have an extra bottle with you, just in case.
- Cell phone and charger: Get a cell phone charger that you can easily plug into your cigarette lighter. If you don't have a lighter, get that too. Not having a charged phone during an emergency is the worst kind of situation in which you can find yourself.
- Sand or kitty litter: Snow is stubborn. Once your car gets stuck in a challenging pile of snow, it's tough to drive the car out of it. For this reason, you must have a bag of kitty litter or sand so that whenever your car gets stuck in snow, and the wheels are slipping on it instead of moving ahead, you can put the bag under the power wheels and make your escape.
- Maps and GPS: They are essential take-along for a happy and fulfilling road trip. Once you get lost, finding your way back with the sun shining brightly and the clear roads is a challenge that's big enough. Now, dull the brightness of the sun and cover everything with snow and imagine getting lost. Frustrating right? With the map and the GPS right there, not so much. You'll need paper maps along with the GPS too because just in case it loses signal you will still know which direction you are supposed to take.
- Initially created as food for the military, MREs are impact resistant and ruggedized for use. The external environment, no matter how extreme it gets, will never affect the quality of the food inside an MRE pack.
- Food inside each MRE meal has 1200-2000 calories that keep your body healthy and functioning optimally for the day.
- MREs are packed in hermetically sealed environment. This packing ensures that no loss in the quality of food and the nutritional content is incurred over time.
- Retention of food quality and nutritional content is further assured by the long shelf life that ranges from 3 days to 5 years. You don't have to worry about not having edible food to eat even if you are eating a month after you bought the meals. Just make sure you have a look at the "consume before" date.
- Eating a hot meal in the cold winters, away from home on an outdoor adventure is something that will make your day. With MREs as your food, you don't have to worry about building a campfire or setting up a stove. The MREs come with a self-activated heating feature that heats up the food as soon as you open the packet. Eat hot food on the go!
- MREs have their utensils which include plates, spoons, and fork.
- MREs have a huge variety of food, including Halal and Kosher option. If you buy a pack for the day, it will include all the three meals along with snacks, beverage, and desserts. This feature makes MRE the best combination of food and eliminates the need for you to carry anything extra.
- Most MRE packets come with water supplies. If you do not buy a food pack with water, then you can purchase the latter separately. You can get an adequate number of packets depending upon how long you will be on the road.
- Weather forecast: Everyday, before you check out of the hotel room including the day you begin your trip the first prerequisite is that you know the weather forecast. Knowing that the weather is going to turn bad in the next few hours will help you plan accordingly. You want to be in a warm blanket by the fireplace and not sitting in your car when it's storming outside.
- Fill your gas tank as frequently as possible, which means that you will have to stop more. But don't let comfort come in the way of what will be more convenient and helpful in the long term.
- Do not compromise with safety at any point. From the driving point of view, this will include driving slowly, always clearing all the ice off the windows and the car.
- If you get stuck in the snow, which is a possibility when there is too much of it on the road, do not spin the wheels. Instead, press the accelerator and then remove your foot from it. Repeat this procedure several times till the car begins to rock. This rocking will provide the momentum you need to go forward.
- If you see a snowplow, the wiser choice to make is not to pass it. It is only pushing the thick snow out of the way so just stay there and let it finish the job.
- Replacement boots because you don't want to resume your climb after falling into the water with drenched boots, they will only weigh you down and drain your energy
- Chalk bag
- Clothes: Shorts and comfortable t-shirts are ideal for the sport.
- Abseil rope (this will be helpful if you need help to start your climb)