Packing for desert tour

What to pack for a desert tour?

It all depends on what time of the year you are travelling.

From late April to beginning of September the days / nights are warm. You can pack only summer clothes. We recommend loose, comfortable clothes. June, July and August are the warmest months.

December, January and February are winther months and the nights are cold. Bring long-armed sweater, jacket and comfortable trousers/jogging pants and warm wool for the nights. The days usually have “T-shirt temperatures”.

The spring months March / April and autumn months September / October / November are warm during the days, but for the nights you should bring long-armed sweater, jacket and comfortable trousers/jogging pants.

Use warm clothes for the tour over the Atlas mountains during the early spring, late autumn and winter months.

Here is a list of useful things to pack:

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat/cap to protect head from sun
  • Loose and comfortable clothes, t-shirts, shorts. Long-armed sweater, fleece, jacket, trousers/jogging pants, wool underwear for evenings – adjusted to time of year
  • Note: It is not comfortable to ride camel in a short shorts. We recommend trousers or long shorts for this activity.
  • Swimwear for swimming in the hotel pool (if any) on the way to the desert
  • Sandals, slippers, sneakers, comfortable shoes
  • Sand tight plastic bags for your camera – in case of wind
  • Antibac, paper napkins, toiletries, own medicines

The sleeping tents in the camps we use in our private tours are equipped with comfortable beds, sheets and warm blankets.

Our camp tents in Erg Chegaga have light inside and outside the tents and wall-to-wall carpet on the floors.

It is possible to charge your mobile and camera in the restaurant tent.

If you are going on a customized wild camp tour (from camp to camp by camel), you might want to add:

  • Small flashlight or headlight
  • Small mirror
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Power bank to charge your mobile, camera or other things that need to be charged
  • Travel first aid kit


Average desert temperatures:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High °C 17 18 21 27 31 35 39 38 33 27 21 17
Low °C 3 4 10 14 18 23 25 26 21 16 9 3