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10 days on a bike in the desert: what should I bring? I'm totally set for the arctic but <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> about snakes and cactus spines, etc.<br><br>
(Of course, I'll check once there but am looking for a heads up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )<br><br>
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xpost w/Utah
 

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Some tweezers maybe...just in case you run into a cactus? Some sunscreen and maybe some Aloe in case you get sunburned anyways. Lots of water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
That's all I can think of......
 

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First, where are you going? Northern deserts (Utah/Nevada) or Southern (Southern UT/NV/AZ) Depending on which route you go, you'll need different stuff.<br><br>
Some sort of insect bite stuff - like bactine. You could also use it for cacti and/or goatheads.<br><br>
Electrolytes. Or little packets of salt/sugar to add to your water to keep you from getting dehydrated.<br><br>
A spray bottle. You're going to be covered with grimy dust. You can spray it in front of your face and inhale if the dry air becomes too much for you. Also, the northern parts of the state are at a high altitude and the air is very dry, so if you aren't used to it, you may become winded pretty fast. Just be prepared for that.<br><br>
It can get very cold and windy at night in the high deserts, so bring a couple pairs of sunglasses and warm stuff to sleep in.<br><br>
And one more VERY important tip: Remember to shake out your shoes if you leave them outside!<br><br>
That's all I can think of right now. I grew up in rural Nevada...if anything else comes to mind I will post.
 

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I think tape might work for this, but often people use elmer's glue for taking out those little cactus needles. Let it dry over the spot and then peel it off. Tweezers are a must, but there are some that are not removable with tweezers.
 

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Awesome--thank you!!!<br><br>
Moab <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> My yard is still knee high in snow so we're pretty psyched to go.
 
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