Water Requirements in the Desert


Q.} How many quarts of water per person per day should you carry when packing in the desert Southwest in the middle of May?
Submitted by: David, Cedar City, UT
A.} The classic answer, and one I also believe is true, is to drink enough water to keep your urine clear—or at least close to clear. Say no to yellow. But that probably doesn’t help too much. Here’s another classic answer: 3-5 quarts per day for the average desert spring hiker. It’s a range because individual responses to desert heat and dryness vary, partially due to how acclimated you are to desert heat and dryness. If you’re new to desert travel, I strongly suggest you pack water on the heavy side instead of the light side, until you figure out how much you need to keep peeing clear.  —Buck
To add to this, Take your weigh divided it by two and this in the minimum water om ounces you will need for the day. It is always better to carry more water than you think you will need. Use the rules of three. 3 minutes for air, 3 hours of survival due to exposure, 3 days of survival without water, and 3 weeks of survival with out food.
If you have anymore questions you can contact me directly at 775 741 0735 or email me at josh@mountainsurvival.com.
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3 Responses to “Water Requirements in the Desert”

  1. Earth Whisperer Conservation Says:

    It doesn’t look as though you’ve posted since January 2014. Come back! Your blog is amazing!

    • Josh Ketcham Says:

      Been dealing with lymphoma cancer. I am back now. I will start posting again.com thanks.

      • Earth Whisperer Conservation Says:

        I don’t want to “like” your comment, at least not the first sentence of it, but I’m happy you’re back, making a positive difference in our world. I will send you healing thoughts.

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