3 Things To Keep in Mind When Going Dune Bashing


3 Things To Keep in Mind When Going Dune Bashing

During these unprecedented times, as COVID-19 is starting its second wave, many countries are trying their best to do what they can to keep their people safe. From closing down interstate borders to having lockdowns, all these precautions are being used for global safety. Times like these, it is best to be safe than sorry. 

That’s why a lot of people in the Middle East have opted to forgo the cool international destination vacation they had previously planned with fun activities. Instead, they are choosing to go Dune Dashing. Especially, as the ideal period between November to April is approaching. During this time, it is nice and sunny during the daytime and there is a cool gentle breeze after sunset, with no fear of dehydration insight.

Here are 5 things you should keep in mind when planning to go for Dune Dashing.

1.     Get Yourself Ready

Before going on this adventure, get yourself ready. Carefully plan and mark the track you are going to be using, so you know exactly where you are going. As mobile signals are poor in the middle of the desert, knowing the route you will take and where you will stop will help ease your mind. Moreover, sharing these locations with a trusted friend or family member is a wise decision, as in case of emergency they will know where you are likely to be and can send out help if required. 

Make sure you have the appropriate clothes and shoes to protect you from the hot sand and little pebbles and rocks. Also, try to get as much rest and sleep as you can, since you will need to be alert and focused to drive across the slippery sand.

2.     Get Your Vehicle Ready

Just as you need to get yourself ready for the trip, make sure you also prepare your vehicle for the expected rough ride it is about to take. Having it fully serviced is a great idea so you know everything is working as it should, especially the cooling of the car. Having a full tank of gas/patrol along with an extra can and a tow rope, in the event you get stuck, is a must.

Examine your tyres and make sure they are the right kind with the optimal air pressure between 20 PSI to 15 PSI, so they can make the journey safely. You can buy truck tyres if your choice of vehicle supports it, but make sure to check if they are compatible with the route you are planning to take.

Also, try to stay on the pre-planned trail as wearing off course may be damaging to your car, and double-check that the toolkit has all the basic tools that you might require out there.

3.     Get Your Things Ready

Now that you and your vehicle are ready, make sure you have packed the essentials you are going to need for this trip. Things like a change of clothes, sunscreen, and sunglasses are a must. A few safety essentials include a first aid kit, flashlight, shovel, bandages, and a big flag to put on top of your car, in case you leave the car and get lost. Moreover, tying down the heavy things you are taking with you is a good idea, so if the vehicle gets out of control and things get tossed here and there, you are still safe. 

As mentioned, mobile signals are likely to be poor in these areas, having a satellite phone or any satellite-based navigation device is a good idea. Pre-downloading maps or even having a hardcopy of the route can be useful, in case you get lost since everything looks mostly the same out in the middle of the dessert. 

Don’t forget to pack lots of water, an assortment of snacks, and your favorite tunes for the dunes. One more thing, make sure to have enough storage on your phone for all the pictures and videos you are going to be taking. And remember to take your rubbish with you, let’s try to keep the desert clean. Be safe and have fun! 

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