First time tenting? Here is all you could hit the dunes this tenting season – Doha Information

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Ready for this year’s camping season? Here is everything you need to know before heading to your sandy haven.

As the temperature in Qatar begins to cool and the degrees begin to drop, locals and residents alike move to the sandy landscapes of the peninsula to curl up by the fire, drink hot karak, and sleep under stars that don’t exist in the city visible.

Before heading out to camp this season, however, you need to prepare as follows.

Locations are the key to camping in Qatar. There are two options for camping – off-road sites that require a 4 × 4 vehicle or sedan-friendly campsites.

Some examples of places accessible by limousine are Wakrah Family Beach, Dukhan Beach, North Fuwairit, Ghariya, and Sealine.

As for off-road camping, you’ll need an off-road vehicle to get to the Inland Sea region, Ras Al Burooq, South Fuwairit, and deeper into Sealine.

Locations vary based on water depth and clarity, altitude, accessibility, and popularity, with some locations getting crowded on the weekends.

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Unless you opt for a company camp that has already been set up, you’ll need to pack a sturdy tent that will stay stable in the ground all night. Nights in Qatar’s deserts can be windy and sandy, so the stability of the tent is important.

Sleeping bags and all relevant bedding and blankets, folding tables and chairs, flashlights and a cool box full of food and drinks are part of the camping staple. In addition to your various types of meat, charcoal bricks, firewood, lighter fluid, and firelighters are all vital if you want to grill.

However, it is important to remember not to grill or light a fire directly on the sand as it is illegal to do so. To avoid a hefty fine, use a grill rack and dispose of the charcoal in the designated bins after extinguishing.

Disposable or easily washable plastic cups, dishes and utensils are important, as are pots and pans that are needed for the trip depending on the food choices. No camping trip is complete without snacks.

A first aid kit is required in all cases, in addition to cleaning agents such as garbage bags, soap, disinfectant liquid or tissues and handkerchiefs or paper towels.

You’ll also need a shovel, jump ropes, and a rope to use in case your vehicles get stuck in the sand – a likely case on any trip to the desert.

As for personal items, towels, comfortable spare clothes, sunscreen, phone chargers or battery packs come in handy during your trip.

When camping, reflective strips and objects are also useful for alerting night drivers to your location. Campsites usually have tire tracks in certain areas that can be used as a path in case you get lost.

All you have to do now is check your car for fuel, check that your tires are at the ideal pressure, and you’re ready to go on your camping adventure.