Camping in Oman is a unique incredible way to experience the country. Whether you’re falling asleep listening to the waves crash on the sand or watching the sun rise over the rim of the Grand Canyon of Arabia, there are some things that you can only experience if you go camping!
Most visitors to Oman don’t know that it is actually possible to camp in Oman year-round. The winter is the best time to camp at the beaches, and summer is the best time to camp in the mountains.
Here’s a map of all our wild campsites in Oman (wild, as in out-in-the-wild-not-formal-grounds, not “Spring Break!!” wild):
Camping here is very easy to do. You can basically camp anywhere that is not private property or military land. You literally drive down a road, find a spot that looks good, pull over and set up your tent. It’s awesome.
If you have lightweight camping gear, you can bring it to Oman in your luggage and then buy whatever else you might need at The Sultan Center in Muscat. Most major stores in Muscat, like Lulu and Carrefour, have camping supplies, but The Sultan Center has the best selection and carries firewood (which can be impossible to find).
I have a comprehensive camping checklist document that I print before each camping trip, and we store most of our camping supplies in two big plastic containers. We go through the containers and make sure everything on the list is there, gather up tents and cots, fill the water bladders, buy food and firewood, and that’s generally it.
Here are the checklists we use:
- Coffee pot + coffee
- Plates + cooking gear + utensils + cups/mugs + removable handle
- Bottle opener + corkscrew
- Aluminum foil
- Grill glove + hot pads + trivet
- Cooking utensils (knife, scissors, potato peeler, spatula, serving spoon, wooden spoon, tongs, cutting board)
- Dish soap + sponge + wash basin
- Paper towels + cloth towels
- Salt + pepper + olive oil
- Water bladders (full, at least 2)
- Trash bags
- Wood + charcoal + newspaper
- Long lighter + matches + chimney starter
- Cooler + food + ice packs
- Extra plastic containers + Ziplocs
- Grill grate + skewers
- Gas canisters
- Gas burner + jet boil
- Sleeping bags (2)
- Sleeping mats or cots(2)
- Pillows (2)
- Pack n play + sheet + blankets
- Dust pan and hand broom
- Head lamps + flashlight + lanterns
- Camp chairs (3)
- Good camera
- GoPro + accessories
- Portable charger
- M toys and books
- Kindles (3)
- Clothes + diapers + toiletries
- Sun shower
- Oman Off-Road
- 1st aid kit
- Trauma kit
- Hiking backpack
- Beach tent
- Plastic beach mat
- M floaty + swim suits + hat + swim diapers
- Toilet tent + toilet
IF BRINGING ATHENA
- Athena bed + food + meds + bowls + toys + e-collar + leash
Obviously, you don’t need to bring this much stuff. But if you follow these lists, you will generally find yourself to be well-prepared for almost any situation with both a dog and a toddler.
A note on toilet facilities while camping: there are NONE. So far we haven’t had to use a toilet tent, but there were some situations when it would have been nice. Your mileage may vary depending on where you are and how many other people are there. Mostly we’ve been lucky because we’ve camped in places when no one else was there. But any time you expect other people to be anywhere nearby, you’ll need a toilet tent. Particularly when you’re beach camping because there are no gullies or bushes to hide in.
Also: creepy-crawlies. You will find bugs and insects, like scorpions and camel spiders. The latter, while appearing ugly and terrifying, actually eat scorpions and are not poisonous to humans. So don’t kill them! We have yet to come across a scorpion, but almost everyone else who’s gone camping, particularly in the mountains, has seen them, so be careful.
If you have any questions about camping in Oman, please feel free to reach out!