- You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. Walt Disney
Ride a Camel
There is no better animal to traverse the desert than the noble camel. But getting on and riding a camel, especially if you're a novice, is anything but noble. Let’s say this up front: Riding a camel is one of the most uncomfortable experiences you can imagine. Now that that’s out of the way, we should also tell you that riding a camel is fantastically fun and bound to be one of your favorite memories from your trip.
It’s best to know certain things before you embark on your journey. In an effort to educate the future camel-riders of the world, we present the following list of tips, in no particular order, on how to survive a camel ride:
Do what your guide tells you. Camels are not horses. Mounting a camel is entirely different from mounting a horse, and it’s just as awkward to dismount. The best thing you can do is whatever your guide advises. Ignore him at your own peril.
Wear long pants and socks. The motion of the camel causes your pants to creep slowly up your calves, exposing your legs to the sun, sand and camel. Make sure you’re slathered in sunscreen, and wear socks to prevent any contact itchiness that may occur.
Don’t forget the aspirin. While half an hour on a camel may not sound like much, it can be a lifetime on your hip joints or your knees—especially if they’re weak or prone to injury. Camel rides certainly won’t do any lasting damage, but the contorted stance they force may cause some minor discomfort if you ride for more than 30 minutes. Carry a light painkiller like Tylenol or Aspirin with you just in case.