Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 October 2020

Camping essentials and a few non-essential/luxury items

Get the gear

Adventure HQ, Times Square Center, The Beach, JBR and Yas Mall

Tactical Trading, next to Harley-Davidson showroom, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Gulf Camping, online store that delivers to your door

• Also try Go Sport, Ace Hardware, Decathlon and Carrefour

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ESSENTIAL: Firewood and matches/lighter

A campfire is a place to relax round after a hard hike, and can be used to cook on – and keep you warm, if needed. Firewood must be kept at least 4.5 metres away from your tent, and burning coal should never be left unattended at night.

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ESSENTIAL: Lightweight sleeping bag

Depending on the season and altitude this can vary in insulation.

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ESSENTIAL: Bin bags

There’s absolutely no excuse for leaving any rubbish while camping.

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ESSENTIAL: Tent

ESSENTIAL: Lightweight sleeping mat

There are some great ones that weigh 200g to 300g and help to keep you insulated from the cold ground.

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ESSENTIAL: Warm clothing

Temperatures can plummet during the winter months, with ice and snow common in some remote parts of the region.

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ESSENTIAL: Water gear

Include snorkel equipment, a paddleboard, fishing gear etc for beach camping.

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ESSENTIAL: First-aid kit

Make sure you have plasters and antiseptic spray.

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ESSENTIAL: Torch and spare batteries

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ESSENTIAL: Swiss army knife

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ESSENTIAL: Camping stove and burner

Keep it a safe distance from your tent.

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ESSENTIAL: A cool box

To keep your perishables chilled.

ESSENTIAL: Food and water

Don’t underestimate the amount of water you will need. In some remote parts, there are no shops to buy supplies.

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ESSENTIAL: An up-to-date map/off-road guide

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ESSENTIAL: Four-wheel-drive

A must for navigating the dunes. Make sure you fuel up before you go, and check your tyre pressure, too, because petrol stations are often few and far between.

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ESSENTIAL: Insect repellent

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NON-ESSENTIAL/LUXURY: Camping chairs

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NON-ESSENTIAL/LUXURY: Inflatable mattress/pillow

It might sound like glamping, but a blow-up bed can do wonders to help avoid backache in the morning.

Updated: December 17, 2015 04:00 AM

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