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 Post subject: Re: If not, why not? (RV)
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If you are stranded in the middle of a sandy desert, what is the best way to be dressed to maximise chances of survival:

(i) A white sun-dress (ladies) or white T-shirt and shorts (men), with full-brimmed white hat;
(ii) A white, long, loose-fitting, cotton cloak and full-brimmed white hat;
(iii) Khaki long pants/slacks and long-sleeved shirt, with khaki or white full-brimmed hat;
(iv) A black, long, loose-fitting, cotton cloak and full-brimmed white hat; or
(v) A black, long, loose-fitting, thick-woollen cloak with full-brimmed black hat?

Please explain your choice.

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 Post subject: Re: If not, why not? (RV)
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I would probably go with (iii) - deserts are both hot and cold so this needs to be taken into consideration. The long sleeve pants and shirt and hat would prevent sunburn and also still provide protection in the cold. Preferably I would have these in cotton or linen. I would not wear black at all as this would absorb more sunlight therefore making you hotter. This would rule out (iv) and (v) - which would also be ruled out from the materials. (i) would not be suitable as it would allow the wearer to be sunburned therefore preventing the body regulating itself and would also not be able to protect the wearer in the cold nights. (ii) might be feasible although I'm not sure how effective the cloak would be in protecting against cold on it's own.

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 Post subject: Re: If not, why not? (RV)
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Definitely ii. The Arabs do it, so it must be the way to go. White reflects the heat and the loose cotton cloak allows air to circulate and cool the body down. A white wide brimmed hat will also protect against the heat.(As a bonus, it will be much easier to get out of a cloak if you eventually arrive at an oasis and want to take a swim 8) )

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