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Suggested packing for a desert expedition




This list is not meant to be exhaustive, it is simply a guide to the essentials that you should bring on a desert tour — you should also add any items to meet your particular needs:
  • loose-fitting cotton trousers
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long-sleeved cotton shirt
  • comfortable walking shoes with thick soles
  • cotton socks
  • warm jacket, especially for winter nights (Nov/Dec/Jan)
  • sunglasses (2 pair, good ones that block UV rays)
  • moisturizing eye drops
  • moisturizing nasal spray/drops
  • sunblock lotion, including lip lotion
  • sleeping bag - required (not supplied by Saga Tours)
  • rugged water bottle(s)
  • a torch/flash light, with extra batteries
  • a good hat or cap
  • you should probably also buy a turban locally, to protect you from the sun, the wind and blowing sand
  • a towel and personal toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • water purification tablets (only if you will be going into the deep desert, for several days; otherwise bottled mineral water is available)
  • a personal medical kit

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