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'stine
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Learning about dehydration

Post by 'stine » Fri Jun 18, 2004 1:50 pm

According to my 1992 Department of the Army Survival guidebook (worth the quarter at a garage sale), and assuming this info is still valid, here's what the desert survival section says:

Thirst is not a reliable guide for your need for water. A person who uses thirst as a guide will drink only two-thirds of their daily water requirement. To prevent this "voluntary" dehydration, use the following guide:
• At temps below 38 C, drink .5 liters of water every hour.
• At temps above 38 degrees C, drink 1 liter of water every hour.

Drinking water at regular intervals helps your body remain cool and decreases sweating. Even when your water supply is low, sipping water constantly will keep your body cooler and reduce water loss through sweating. Conserve your fluids by reducing activity during the heat of the day. Do not ration your water!

It also mentions:
• COnserve your sweat. Wear your complete uniform to include T-shirt,a scarf or similar item. These steps will protect your body from hot-blowing winds and the direct rays of the sun. Your clothing will absorb your sweat, keeping it against your skin so that you gain its full cooling effect. By staying in the shade, quietly, fully clothed, not talking, keeping your mouth closed, and breathing through your nose, your water requirement for survival drops dramatically.
• If water is scarce, do not eat. Food requires water for digestion; therefore eating food will use water that you need for cooling.
Just thought I'd share.

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Post by robotland » Mon Jun 21, 2004 10:14 am

...and you non-Fremen should keep your stillsuits on at all times, and stay off the open sand.
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Post by Wiskers69 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 11:53 pm

robotland wrote:...and you non-Fremen should keep your stillsuits on at all times, and stay off the open sand.
I think us fremen should wear our stillsuites as well. Its not Arakis but its still pretty dam hot. Also the still suitsuites conserve alcohol

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Post by robotland » Tue Jun 22, 2004 8:19 am

Well, the noseplugs DO keep the Playatators out....
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n00b questions

Post by careacter » Tue Jun 22, 2004 12:42 pm

Are there any places on the playa where firespinning is considered bad judgment?

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Re: n00b questions

Post by Last Real Burner » Tue Jun 22, 2004 2:07 pm

careacter wrote:Are there any places on the playa where firespinning is considered bad judgment?
Yeah, at the self-emolliation camp. They like to do it themselves.

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