Over the years I’ve done a fair amount of camping, both complicated trips to deserts, jungles etc and holiday camping at the seaside. As we begin to plan our first desert trip with friends I thought a list might be helpful for anyone thinking of making a desert trek in the future.
A suitable 4 wheel drive vehicle. Without going into details, not all 4 wheel drives are equal, or good on sand. Brands that we are considering are: Toyota Land-cruiser, Nissan Patrol, and Landrover defender or Discovery. DH would like a pimped out truck.
Tent, size depends on who you want to sleep in it. It must stand up to wind.
Camp Beds, do not sleep on bare ground, it won’t end well.
Sleeping Bags, and or liners. It can get very cold in the desert at night.
Long steel tent pegs, about 10 ins and thick.
Plastic ‘Ice’ blocks
Waterboy and pump/jerrican(s)
Personal water bottles
Fuel jerricans (only needed on some trips)
Tyre pressure gauge
Wheel changing kit (check it is all there and works)
At least one spare wheel preferably 2.
Car fire extinguisher – somewhere to hand
Gloves, to handle hot cars
Personal first aid
String, repair kit, bits and pieces to taste
Car charging leads for phones etc
Dried emergency rations
Food & Water as calculated by itinerary
snacks for on route
Pans and Utensils. (2 saucepans and 1 frying pan)
Personal washing kits
Music etc for car
Stove, gas and wind shield
Car registration istimara
Passport / iqama
Car insurance docs