The desert is hot - and it wants to kill you. If you want to stay alive in an extremely hot, dry place, you need at least 5 litres of water per person, per day.
That’s just enough for you to stay hydrated, wash yourself and have some left over for cooking and camp purposes.
DO NOT GO INTO THE DESERT WITHOUT WATER.
WHERE DO I GET WATER?
As you should know, many areas in South Africa, including the Western Cape, face water restrictions due to prolonged droughts. So, if you’re coming from parts of the country that aren’t affected by shortages, get your water there. If you’re coming from an area that is faced with shortages, try to source water from springs or at a push, stock up on bottled water, ethically sourced from places where water isn’t an issue. If you cannot carry water at all, now would be a good time to start planning with your camp mates, so that your allocation of water is planned into your general camp / crew stock and carried for you.
HOW SHOULD I STORE IT?
Plastic 25-litre bottles are good, if clean and there’s a little bleach added to keep it clean and prevent algae. Store your water out of the sun, in your vehicle or camp.
TIP: do not pack your water load over the rear axle of your vehicle – this will cause your vehicle to sway and can result in accidents.
Always balance your load in the middle of your car or trailer.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH EXCESS WATER AT THE END OF THE EVENT?
If you’re headed back to a water- scarce area, that’s a no brainer: take it back with you. If you’re not, then share your spare water with those who could use it. If you have sealed bottles of water, you’re welcome to drop those on exit at Collexodus for DPW – anything they can’t use will be donated to worthy causes in the Northern Cape.