The joy before the next trip is great. Things get serious when you think about the equipment for a desert tour? What actually comes in the suitcase? Is a suitcase the right thing? What can I safely leave at home and what shouldn’t be missing? Uncertainty often arises, especially when it comes to the desert. We give you a few tips for your desert packing list.
The Luggage: Suitcase, Backpack or Travel Bag?
We swear on travel bags! They are malleable and can be stowed away wonderfully in the trunk. Many now also have roles that you can use to pull the bag behind you, and some even have a telescopic handle. Hard-shell cases, on the other hand, are large and bulky, take up a lot of space and are more suitable for buses than for an expedition in an off-road vehicle. They are also unsuitable for tents because you can hardly fit into the tent yourself and because the case lid on the sloping tent walls always closes. In large trekking backpacks, on the other hand, it is difficult to keep order – the pants or jacket you are looking for is guaranteed to be at the bottom and you spend half of your vacation unpacking and repacking. In our experience, travel bags are ideal!
On tent nights, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad are part of the basic equipment. On some tours, you need simple foam mats for sitting and sleeping and then write this down in the list of services for the trip in question. You generally do not need sleeping bags for hygienic reasons.
Since the heat of the day can hardly be stored in deserts, it can get very cold at night depending on the season, so make sure you have an adequate comfort area for your sleeping bag. Additionally, you may need inner sleeping bags – made of silk in the summer (cools & absorbs sweat), made of fleece in the winter – can increase sleeping comfort. Self-inflating models of mattresses are light, compact and comfortable. But be careful with stony ground: Clear away sharp stones to avoid damage to the sleeping mat.
As an additional tip, we recommend aluminum-coated blankets (commercially available as emergency blankets). If you like to spend the night without a tent under the particularly bright starry sky in the desert, you can put the emergency blanket under the sleeping mat. This keeps them dry and the material of the emergency blankets usually keeps beetles or other reptiles at a distance.
Wet wipes and outdoor soaps are practical for hygiene in the desert. Moisturizer, lip care and (for sensitive eyes) eye drops should not be forgotten, as the skin dries out easily in the desert. Of course, even more important is a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor and good sunglasses.
Clothing & Footwear
Body- covering, airy clothing and sufficient headgear is essential (the Bedouins show it!). Above all, the headgear must shade the neck, as it is very sensitive and can be prone to sunstroke or even heat stroke if the neck remains uncovered.
We generally recommend clothing made from natural fibers or modern microfibers. These clothes should be comfortable and fit loosely.
The question of the right footwear is particularly crucial. At this point, everyone has their own personal preferences. This is fine as long as the shoes are comfortable and solid. Here, for example, trekking sandals are suitable. The sole protects against the hottest sand and stones, while no sand remains in the shoe personal travel blogs. Closed trekking shoes offer even better protection – in particular, they give the foot support and prevent it from twisting, and they also keep insects away.
You should also take a water bottle with you (a simple reusable bottle that you can put back in your box after your trip is enough) or a hydration pack if you are planning longer hiking tours. The hydration packs have the advantage that you can drink through a tube while running without having to park your backpack. As a result, you drink more and more. However, if you mainly drive in the car, such a hydration system is a hindrance!
Last but not least, you should pack a head torch. If you have to crawl out of your sleeping bag at night and need both hands, or just want to eat something in the evening after sunset, a head torch like this is definitely worth your money!