The 4 Deserts constructs and manages campsites in multiple locations along each event course. The campsites, all teeming with activity, are used as a kind of "home base" during race week and allow competitors to eat, drink, sleep, recouperate and socialize between stages. Campsites include specially designed competitor tents that fit between 8-10 persons. The tents are generally named on local geographic landmarks, cultural highlights or items of importance in the area. The campsite also includes a campfire, tables, stools, generators, lighting, medical tent, Cybertent and tents for local and international volunteers and staff. Each campsite must contain one flag for every country represented in the race - this is typically more than 40 country flags. The campsites must be taken down, moved to new locations and set up again every day. Camp set-up must be completed before the top competitors reach the finish line each day (normally within four hours). On average, there are between 35 and 40 tents at each campsite and between 14,000 - 20,000 liters of water used during the event.