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Camping is one of the best outdoor activity you can have here in UAE during the winter season (that is end of November until end of February every year). This is much more fun with a BBQ and to wake up watching the sunrise at sea. If you love beach then Fujeirah, Khorfakhan, Diba are the best. If you love mountains, trekking, hiking then Ras Al Khaima stays top. If youn’t experience gazing at stars in the night, try Liwa which is nothing but sand dunes and a sky full surprises.
I found many essential advice from Google for the perfect camping trip, thanks to many experienced individuals and organisations for sharing the information.
Check out some of the top camping tips for the perfect camping trip.
Know before you go
Be prepared, take the right gear, check the weather forecast, have the right clothing. Know about where you’re going. Try to research on local living, availability of supplies, emergency services etc
Use a checklist
There is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite only to discover you forgot your toothbrush (or the loo roll!). So always write out a checklist of all the items you will need to take and ‘tick’ them off as you pack each item. When you are leaving the campsite ‘tick’ everything off again so you don’t leave anything behind.
Practice in the garden
It is always worth practicing pitching your tent and sleeping in it, in the garden (or down the local park if you don’t have a garden). You may feel a bit silly but it is time well spent getting to know your equipment before having to pitch your tent on a dark windy evening!
Clear the area
Before pitching your tent always ensure the ground is free of stones, sticks or any other objects that may either damage your tent or cause discomfort whilst sleeping. It is always well worth clearing the area around your tent and the path to the toilets of any dog or cow mess too!
Protect your tent
Tents can be expensive! Look after it and it will look after you. On rough ground use a tough sheet of plastic slipped under the tent to protect the sewn in groundsheet. As once damaged this can be expensive to repair or replace. Once you get home always remove any dirt with warm water (no soap!) and a soft brush and ensure your tent is bone dry before storing it otherwise mildew will ruin the fabrics.
Many tents are now supplied with reflective guy lines to prevent being a trip hazard at night. If not, you can add reflective guy lines yourself. Always mark guy lines with electrical tape to make them even more visible. Also, in severe weather conditions make the effort to check guy lines regularly as a little discomfort in getting up to check them will far outweigh the huge discomfort of losing your tent!
Always take spare tent pegs as these are easily lost, bent or broken! A couple of spare guy lines in case of breakages, and some ‘duck-tape’ for quick repairs to your tent are all essential spares. Many outdoor retailers also sell small tent repair kits with pieces of tent fabric and silicon sealant to make more effective repairs in the field.
Avoid a soaking
When camping near a river, or on the beach, always ensure you are not going to be caught out by rising water levels and wake up either stranded or underwater! Flat, level ground will become waterlogged easily so try to select a pitch with a gentle slope which will drain more quickly.
Protection from the wind
Pitch your tent so any prevailing wind will be effectively deflected by the tents shape and design. If you have a tent with a single entrance then keep the entrance out of the wind to prevent a gust of wind lifting your tent or blowing rain inside.
Close but not TOO close
It is always desirable to be close facilities such as showers, toilets and water supplies. But don’t get too close as activities here can generate a lot of noise early in the morning or at night, not to mention the unwanted odours from the ablutions!
Use common sense
Avoid obvious dangers such as overhanging trees which could drop branches onto your tent, rabbit or badger holes that can twist your ankle. If you camp in a working farm always ensure you use the correct paths and close gates behind you, so as not to let a stampede of cattle escape from their field into a campsite!
Keep it tidy
Once you’re inside your tent keep everything organised and tidy. When you’ve used an item, such as the tin opener, stow it back in the same place. Being tidy and organised means you know where things are and don’t spend half your day emptying the contents of the tent to find something!
Keep it safe
Always keep any toxic chemicals, for example, stove fuel, lighter fluid, cooking gas canisters or bottles out of your inner tent. Many of these chemicals are highly volatile and can have ill effects once breathed in. Chemicals stored in your outer tent should always be kept in an air tight container. Proper fuel bottles should be used to store liquid fuel for stoves and keep all harmful chemicals and sharp implements in ‘child proof’ containers.
Always store food inside your inner tent, this will avoid your food being eaten by uninvited guests. Hedgehogs, foxes and badgers, can be quite bold around campsites as they have lost their natural fear of humans.
Always take plenty of bags with you for storing litter. Do not leave litter around a campsite as it is unsightly and damages the environment as well as attracting scavengers, such as foxes, into the area. Store litter in the inner tent to avoid scavengers and in sealed bags to avoid unwanted smells. Take everything out with you that you brought in, bury all excreta.
Use a head torch
Head torches that are worn on a band around the head are invaluable as, instead of holding a torch, they offer hands free illumination in your tent keeping both your hands free for tasks such as eating or getting dressed. The light always points at what you are looking at.
Avoid fire hazards
Never have candles or any naked flames in a tent. Many tent and sleeping bag materials are highly flammable and just one spark from a cigarette could result in disaster! In bad weather, sit in the porch of your tent to protect you from the elements but always keep your stove well away from your tent.
If you have to make a fire, make a fire ring [a ring of stones to keep the fire contained]. Every time you build a fire it damages the soil underneath. Try to find a place that’s been used for a fire before, not on virgin ground. Monitor the smoke is not disturbing your neighbours
Keep it handy
Sleep with anything you might need in a hurry close to hand, for example; torch, loo roll or any extra clothing you might want to put on if you wake up feeling cold. There is no better way to upset your friends than to take wake up and rummage around in the dark for ten minutes to find your torch and wake everyone else in the process.
Get into the habit of always removing your boots or shoes when entering the tent and leaving footwear outside. Many harmful germs, bacteria and diseases can be picked up around your campsite so avoid these coming into contact with your sleeping area.
Avoid the crowds
Do you really want to spend half of your weekend away sat in traffic jams on the motorways only to arrive at an overcrowded campsite? If the answer is ‘No’ then avoid booking your camping vacation during peak times such as bank vacation weekends or school half-terms. Booking a couple of weeks prior to a bank vacation means that local shops and restaurants will not have run out of goods (or their sense of humour!).
The last tip for enjoyable camping is to always be considerate to others. Consider how close you pitch your tent to other groups or families as people always appreciate some privacy and space. In addition be considerate with any late night music or parties when people are trying to sleep.
Don’t approach them, don’t feed them, don’t follow them and don’t chase them.
Leave what you find
Just take photographs and memories with you, don’t take anything else. Even shells should be left behind so they can be enjoyed by the next user.
Leave No Trace
Try to leave the spot you pitch up at exactly the same as you found it.
Happy camping :)