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Tips for desert camping

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Tips for desert camping

8 of us have booked a desert camping in April for a night. The plan is to start from Cairo in the morning, visit Al-Agabat, El-Haiz, Old and New white desert and camp overnight. Next day, visit Crystal mountain and black desert; then get back to Cairo.

Any suggestions on what to take with us? Also, what would be the weather like?

Don't suppose there'd be restroom facilities, so any tips on that front? :D

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1. Re: Tips for desert camping

Dig a hole!!

Seriously though, is it safe?

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2. Re: Tips for desert camping

Safe enough, just don't step in the hole.

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3. Re: Tips for desert camping

If you have booked a tour perhaps someone will dig a hole for you. I would take some kind of vessel you can use as a chamber pot in your tent so you don't have to trek to the latrine in the dark.

Take some antiseptic wipes or gel you can use to clean your hands.

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Joking apart .....

The desert oases are linked by a tarmac road, alongside which are a few cafes with toilets and your driver(s) are almost certain to use them as "comfort" stops. There are two close together (only one might be open) between Giza and Bahariya and another between Bawiti and Farafra. The facilities may not be all you would desire but at least they offer privacy.

If anyone requires a toilet stop en route and cannot wait, ask the driver to stop - they are used to this. In the interests of modesty men usually drop to their knees - ladies are well advised to wear voluminous skirts under which they may squat with ease - and remember: "If he's a gentleman, he won't look - if he isn't, it won't matter." Ladies "won't look" either.

At the selected campsite, your driver/guide will indicate what spots to use - it might simply be "Ladies that way, gentleman the other way" - and a small shovel may, or may not, be provided. Carry your own toilet paper and wipes and bury them after use, don't let them blow away into the desert. If you need to go after dark, a torch will be useful.

The temperature in the desert drops considerably through the night - it is coldest around 0400 - so be prepared, improvise an extra blanketing layer, from your clothes, over the (provided) sleeping bag.

Wet wipes are invaluable for freshening up in the morning. Deodorant wipes may not be 100% efficacious but at least they make one feel less smelly. At very least, put on clean cotton socks and underwear after a thorough wipe down in order to feel refreshed and ready for another day in the desert.

Boiled sweets - especially mints - refresh the mouth between drinks, water gets very boring after a while.

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5. Re: Tips for desert camping

To be specifically, last winter break I went to Bahariya Oasis and camping there for one night - private tour with local agent. During the day, you will experienced breeze cold air with UV ray emitted to your skin. While at night, extremely cold weather with wild animal in the desert. Beware!

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" ... wild animal in the desert. Beware!"

But do not be alarmed, there have been several reports - and photographs - of a "wild animal", actually a fox, approaching the campfire in search of food. I trust that this is the "wild animal" to which mzubirahmed refers? If so, it appears to be curious rather than dangerous.

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I spent, seriously, like 6 hours one night out there listening to a skulk of foxes fighting with each other and basically tearing apart our campsite. They got into EVERYTHING and just seemed to decide that our spot was the place to be for the night. It was very cool for a few minutes and then slowly gave way to annoying. But certainly not dangerous. The only real damage they did was chewing through a friend's sandals, but we found an abandoned pair a few hundred meters away, so you know.... alhamdulilallah....

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8. Re: Tips for desert camping

Thanks a lot, huge help!

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