How Do You Protect Yourself From the Desert Sun?

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Individuals who will be exposed to the elements in a desert climate can protect themselves from the sun by wearing sunblock and appropriate clothing, including long pants, wide-brim hats that cover the face and neck, and sunglasses. Those who find themselves in an emergency situation in desert conditions may need to take additional measures to build a sun-proof shelter; this may require the use of manmade gear rather than found objects.

A makeshift lean-to can be fashioned out of a stick or pole and a tarp, silver thermal blanket or other material that is large and opaque. It may be necessary to exercise an overabundance of caution prior to traveling in the desert to make sure appropriate sun protection devices are on hand in case of emergency.