1. Don't go hiking with my brother.
2. Take plenty of water. And drink it. In the desert your sweat contains lots of salt, so consume some salt in the form of electrolytes in a sports drink like Gatorade. Or eat Cheetos. Seriously, they will help you from becoming hyponutremic (salt deficient). (Good word for the day, see if you can use it in a conversation today).
3. Dress appropriately. Keep from getting sunburned with long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and a wide-brimmed hat. Wear ankle-supporting boots. Use sunglasses (you got this one right, Bobby).
4. Be in good physical shape. Overexertion in the desert heat can tire you out even faster. Know your limits and don't exceed them.
5. Have a plan. Know where you're going and how to get there. If you don't arrive within a certain time period, have a preplan that your contact will notify authorities and start searching for you. Trust me, helicopters are better than turkey vultures flying overhead when you think you might be dead.
6. Don't go hiking during the heat of the day. Seek shade and do your hiking during the cooler hours.
7. Don't go hiking with my brother.
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