When you think of camping, sleeping on a tent must be the first thing that comes to your mind. The idea of camping is actually a good one. Staying over night in the middle of nowhere, peace and quiet, barbecue, bonfires, starry skies and cold nights! When we were preparing for our camping night, Mr. B and I were looking forward to the peace and quiet. Just the two of us, grilling some barbecue and watching a movie under the stars (we brought our laptop to watch a movie). But guess what, it isn’t what we expected. (lol!) After couple of times of camping here’s what I learned not to expect:
1. Putting up a tent is not just in one swoosh.
Ever wonder how the tent sat there and doesn’t move? Thanks to the peg (nail-like thingy) that holds down our tent. Yes, you have to hammer down the pegs like nails on the ground to keep your tent in place. I always thought that you just connect the rods together and slide it between those covers and voila, your tent is up! But no, my friend. If the odds are not in your favor and the spot you found for your camping grounds arent the sandy one then you need to hammer them down. Prepare yourself to sweat a little and spend couple hours figuring out (or fighting) how to put up the tent.
2. You’re the only one camping this weekend
Yes!! There are other people who plans the same thing as you on weekend, just like there are others who dressed as Harley Quinn last Halloweens. Anyway, the thing is you don’t get the place to yourself. Others even brought speakers, playing indian/arabic tunes all night long and partying like it’s the end of the world (seriuosly). There are families who brought their screaming kids (I can understand why). So yeah don’t expect the peace and quiet all too soon until 3 in the morning not unless you camp on a weekday.
3. Fire is just one click of a lighter away
Mr. B’s favorite when camping is the bon fire! We bought the “economical, easy fire, no kerosene needed, no smell” type of wood for our grilling and bonfire. We even brought the Bear Grylls fire starter my dad gave us thinking that “ooh finally we’ll be able to see if it works!”. But no, we were not able to use it. If we insist on using it, I think the sun will be up before there will be fire. I honestly didn’t think it was that difficult or we just don’t know how to use it. Oh well, after couple of deep breaths, muttering and sighs of frustration we were able to start a fire. I remember back when I was young, my family used to sell barbecues and we love having barbecues on the weekend, and I realize that starting the fire on wood and charcoal isn’t in an instant. It requires some effort. So forget about what that “economical wood” said in the cover, you need to blow some air until the charcoal lits up and fire decided to actually show up.
4. Sleeping on the ground is uncomfortable
Believe it or not I got a good sleep that night (after all the music died down). I’ve braised myself that I will be up all night since it would be uncomfortable. Surprisingly, I enjoyed sleeping in the sleeping bag and there were no insects, mosquitoes or whatsoever at night (whew!)
5. It’s boring
You will be surprised how you will enjoy camping even if you are not the camping type of person. I enjoyed the barbecue the most and watching the stars at night. After a week of work, a different kind of scene is a good idea. Knowing Dubai life, it’s always about brunches, clubbing, bar hopping or malling. A change of environment is sometimes all we need. You may be worried at first on what you will do to make yourself occupied at the desert. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to do anything! Relax your mind and enjoy your time alone or with the company of your friends and take a break off the social media.
Holidays are coming why not head over to the desert for camping? Let me know your experience!