Or, perhaps more accurately, access to water. A respect for its role in sustaining life in the desert is also a requirement a lot of people tend to forget.
2. Sunscreen because the sun is intense.
10 minutes outside in the summer and you'll start burning. Why risk the possibility of skin cancer?
3. Thick skin because Arizonans are opinionated.
Read the “Valley and State” section of the Republic or any comments section online. We can get hardheaded in our opinions whether or not we're right.
4. Patience and tolerance because of those stubborn opinions.
A lot of times, those opinions are completely contrary to what you think and just make you want to facepalm.
5. Oven mitts for opening metal doors on a sunny, summer afternoon.
Just kidding, no one actually uses these but keep telling newcomers we do. Most people seem to just suffer through the burn until they can no longer feel subsequent burns.
6. Common sense.
How many times do we see in the news people getting stuck in flash floods, getting lost on mountain trails, people experiencing heat exhaustion at the bus stop, or getting bitten by an animal each year? Common sense is free, so use it a little more often.
7. Understanding of your body's limits.
This is related to number six simply because of the extraordinary number of people who have died while hiking this year alone. Sure, a number of those deaths happened to visitors but plenty were Arizona residents as well. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion or, during winter in the cooler regions, hypothermia.
8. A basic understanding of how to interact with nature.
A significant amount of Arizona is wilderness or undeveloped areas and hopefully it stays that way. Because of this, learn how to interact with nature appropriately for the health of both you and our environment. A good place to start is to not litter and remember not to feed wildlife. It’s basic but something everyone can and should practice more frequently.
9. A driver's license and a vehicle of some sort because public transportation is terrible.
Unfortunately for most people, public transportation is not an option. Let’s face it; Arizona is a car-dependent environment whether you live in rural or urban areas. What public transportation exists could use a lot of improvement, like more frequent bus arrivals and more routes into the suburbs. Until those improvements are made, having a vehicle of some sort is helpful but don’t forget to share the road.
10. Some form of cooling, or heating, depending on where in the state you live.
Not freezing or frying from the weather just makes life a little easier.