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How to enjoy your desert tour on a hot summer day

our cave during a hot summer day

Deserts are inhospitable places. They are known for the cold winters, hot summers, the harsh sun, dry winds, and little rainfall. You would not expect that these places have a magical attraction. But they do. Wadi Rum is like a magnet with its stunningly beautiful Mars-like landscape.

Each year over 250.000 people visit our beautiful desert. Most of them come on a ½ or 1-day tour in spring or autumn. If you want to beat the crowd and have the desert to yourself, you have two options. Go on a multiple-day trip during peak season so that you can visit more remote, and therefore quieter areas, or visit in summer or winter. In this blog, we give you five tips to make a summer visit to Wadi Rum desert an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. These tips for your desert tour on a hot summer day are universally applicable for all holidays to ‘hot summer’ destination.

Slow down

The most significant favor you can do yourself is slowing down. Slow down your pace, slow down your brain, and slow down on your ambitious plans. Accept the heat and adjust to it. This way, you can handle heat much better.

Stay hydrated

On a hot summer day, it is essential to keep your body hydrated at all times. Don’t wait until you get thirsty. It is a much better idea to start drinking right after you wake up. If you drink a little throughout the day, you will be perfectly fine. Preferably you drink water, juices, or tea. And try to avoid dehydrating drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. Make sure you always have something to drink with you. During our tours, we provide you with as much water as you need.

Wear appropriate clothing

A lot of people think that wearing less keeps you cool. But this is not true. Exposing your skin to the sun only increases your body temperature. Stay cool by wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved, preferably cotton clothes. And by wear a hat or scarf you protect your head from the sun as well. When you feel too hot, you can cool yourself by pouring water on your wrist and ankles—or soaking your scarf or hat in water to cool your head. Do you want to know what we wear to protect ourselves from the sun? Read our blog Bedouin wear: traditional clothes in modern times.

Avoid direct sunlight

We try to avoid exposing ourselves to the harsh sun as much as possible. When you visit Wadi Rum during summer, we do the same for you by adjusting the tour program. We try to visit most sites when they are shaded. And when driving or walking, we try to stay in the shade as much as possible too.

Relax during the heat of the day

We start early in the morning to finish most of our tour program before mid-day. Then we take an extra-long lunch break. We relax in the shade until the heat of the day passed. In the late afternoon, we continue our tour until sunset. After the sunset, temperatures drop fast, which enables us to enjoy pleasant evenings and a good night’s sleep.

We have provided you with tips to make the most out of your time in Wadi Rum during the hot summer months. However, there are more factors to consider when planning your holiday. To help you decide the best time to explore Wadi Rum, we have written a blog post titled ‘What is the best time to visit Wadi Rum?‘ Reading this blog post will provide you with more information and assist you in determining the perfect time for your visit.

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