My recent trip to Egypt has given me some great experiences to share. This is Egypt was the first post in this journey. Since Egypt is an Islāmic country, the first thought which will come to anyone’s head is, “Egypt is super conservative”. Though you believe me, after living for 2 months in Egypt, I can vouch for the fact that it is much more progressive than other Gulf countries.
You would find women wearing niqab or hijab while a lot of women choose not to cover their heads at all. The culture and dress code is not as strict as other Muslim countries but still one needs to dress in a modest way. The women in Egypt wear modern clothes like a long skirt, jeans, top but they generally wear a body suit inside so that even if their wear tight clothes, it wouldn’t look disrespectful.
Important things to remember while packing for Egypt
Egypt is a big country so what you should wear totally depends on where you are traveling to. In some region, you can wear shorts & bikinis while in others a long skirt or jeans top would be suggested. Surprising? For me also it was quite surprising but that is how it is.
Cairo which is the capital of Egypt is a bit conservative place. Few things to keep in mind: In summers, it’s really hot so carry breathable and light color clothes but no shorts, tank or crop tops because you don’t want unwanted attention.
Saint Catherine Mountain
It is cold even in summers on the way of the trek to St. Catherine so you would be needing a light jacket or cardigan.
Since these are the popular touristic spots so people are used-to of seeing a lot of tourists so you can wear whatever you want. Luxor and Aswan are generally hot even in winters also the temperature stays high so you should carry something to cover up your head and hands for your safety and to stay away from getting sun burns.
These are proper beach spots so you can wear swimsuit/bikini, short dresses, shorts/ crop tops no problem. In fact, one needs to carry swimsuit/bikini as there are many sports activities.
You should carry evening gown for some evening parties, summer dresses for day wear, smart casual, swimsuit, and hat.
List of important clothing to pack while leaving from your country:
- Cotton Pants
- Cotton Shirts
- Evening Gowns
- Summer Dresses
Sports shoes are the best for covering your feet from dust and heat and the most comfortable options for all the trekking, walking in sandy deserts and to different heritage sites. You can carry sandals for the Cruise or for the local market. Slippers for your hotel and for your room just to stay most comfortable at that time at least.
List of footwear:
- Sport Shoes
3. Other important stuff not to forget to pack
- Photocopy of Passport
When you go out it’s better to carry a copy of passport where it is not mandatory. Of course, at a lot of places your original passport is a must but while going out in the local market or to the mall or any club or just for a walk on the Nile, it is safer to carry to carry a copy of passport and to keep the original in your hotel room.
Sunscreen is a must as the sunburn is very common even in winters also, just one day of sightseeing without applying sunscreen can show YOU the results. Carry it from your homeland as sometimes it’s a struggle to find the same brand in another country. A sweat-proof and waterproof will be ideal.
A good quality sunglass with good UV protection shield is a must. The harsh glare of the sun and the reflection from the sea can be really difficult to look at. So, it’s better to keep your sunglasses handy.
Carry Forex card but International Debit and Credit card also work well. Carry US Dollars as at many places US Dollars are excepted but exchange some money to Egyptian Pounds at the airport as some places cards are not accepted. Carry small denominations also as it is required while buying water bottles, chips or gums, and for tipping as well.
- Medical Kit
Before traveling you should prepare a list of basic medicines you might need. Carry some of the basic medicines like for a headache, stomach pain, slight fever, anti-vomit, Dettol, Band-Aid etc.
- Universal travel adapter
Countries follow different power standards so it’s better if you carry a universal adapter with you so that you can charge your mobile and laptop without any trouble. Egyptians use round, two-pronged 220-volt plugs.
- Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is also very important so that if anything goes wrong, you should have your backup as the first thing asked in any kind of emergency is your travel insurance.
- Bug Spray
Bug spray is another essential item, if you want to enjoy your stay in the desert and to do the star-gazing, you need to apply the bug spray to stay comfortable.