Dry river beds in tropical regions can become raging torrents overnight
due to rain falling tens of km from where you are. River banks can become
submerged within the hour. BELIEVE IT. Don't be tempted to camp very close
to water in tropical regions. Traditional 'dry seasons' are often no longer
In regions subject to occasional drought, trees often have fragile branches.
Don't be tempted to camp in the shade of them.
In dry areas (if fires are permitted) clear a large area around the fire
so that sudden breezes cannot carry sparks to dry tinder. Cover the fire
with earth when you leave. Small pieces of candle are excellent fire lighters
when dry tinder and matches are in short supply, or the breeze is too
Discarded food, attracts animals at night
- ranging from ants to large mammals.