What happens when two city girls drive an old car across the entire US and into the high desert? They start thinking about survival … ok, maybe that’s a dramatization, but we definitely start thinking about preparedness as our environment keeps shifting.
Being the design junkies that we are, our long car trips have been filled with brainstorming survival kits for each leg of the trip. Hatch chile roaster and tupperware that separates your leftover biscuits from gravy aside, we found ourselves in need of a few essentials either out on hikes, driving long distances or just taking in the sites. Here are some of the things you may be asking yourself (like we have) out in the desert...
- I think that my skin is leeching out water, my sweat evaporates before I even know that I’m actually sweating. Didn’t I just drink a bottle of water?
- It’s not winter, why are my lips sooooooo dry?!
- I loath the idea of being stranded on a desolate mountain road in the darkness of night without cell phone service. It could be days before we are found.
- No more sunburn please! Actually how about just no more sun? Thank you!
- North, South, East…wait what…I have no cell service. Where are we?
- Driving up another 2,000 feet? My head is spinning and I’m getting a headache.
- Mountain miles are not like other miles i.e. just because it says it’s gonna be a shorter route than the other doesn’t mean that it’s safe or is even a paved road, we’ll need to inform google maps stat.
Here’s what we’ve deemed the essentials of road tripping in the Southwest high desert. It’s designed to help you prepare for altitude, hot and arid temperatures, darkness, and navigating without your cell phone.
High Desert Kit Includes:
- Pocket knife
- Maps, preferably waterproof
- A few bottles of water
- Lip balm
We don't leave home anymore without pretty much all of the above! Have any other recommendations?