For centuries, Egypt has captured every traveller’s imagination, with its pyramids, legendary pharaohs, and myths of the mummies’ curse. And has been continuously named one of the world’s top holiday destinations.
Regardless of when you plan to visit this timeless country, it’s important to pack right. Here’s our guide on what to take with you, and what to leave behind!
There’s so much to see and do in Egypt that it’s important to dress comfortably based on the weather, and the activities you want to do, so that you get the most out of your trip.
What to Pack for Women
In general, it’s best to dress conservatively when you’re in Egypt, in respect to the local culture. You do not have to cover your head but your shoulders and knees (till mid-calf) should be covered unless you are at a beach resort.
Pack layers so that you’re dressed for the warmth during the day and prepped for windy or cool evenings.
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Loose-fitting blouse/t-shirts
- A pair of loose-fitting pants
- A pair of jeans or nicer pants
- Cardigans (for chilly evenings)
- Jackets and sweaters (for winter months)
Pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be outdoors for most of your day when in Egypt, visiting sites like the Pyramids and taking tours around museums and other sites. They will need to keep ubiquitous sand at bay while offering enough grip for a horseback or camel tour of a site. Whether you are exploring the city of Cairo or hiking the Valley of the Kings, sneakers will prove to be your go-to shoes. You can also pack a pair of sandals to wear on the beach if you’re heading down south.
What to pack for men
Men can pack shorts and lightweight shirts or t-shirts to wear during the day, and long pants, light sweaters/jackets for chilly evenings. Like women, it’s best to pack layers for the trip. Like women, it’s best to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a pair of flipflops for the beach.
What Not to Wear in Egypt
Wherever you travel, it is important that you dress with cultural sensitivity. Women should avoid wearing shorts, miniskirts, and revealing tops, as should men. Modest loose pants along with cotton t-shirts or a shirt are ideal.
Accessories and toiletries
Carry your favorite brands with you as you may not be able to find them easily in Egypt.
Soap, Shampoo, and Conditioner: Your hair will experience the dry weather more than your skin. You must carry your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner. Pack solid shampoo and conditioners as they are lighter and pose no threat of spilling.
Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss sticks. Your toothpaste brand might not be available in Egypt.
Although you can easily get a razor for a local pharmacy in Egypt, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to carry your razor. We would not recommend using the razors found in your hotel bathroom.
Heat, hiking, hanging out with camels…do we need to add more?
Face wipes and hand sanitizers
As Egypt’s climate is dry and hot, and often windy, it’s best to keep face wipes/baby wipes at hand in order to keep your skin clean and refreshed. Hand sanitizers are a must.
Sunscreen and Chapstick
Sunburn is a real concern for tourists visiting Egypt, which is why you need sunscreen. If you are planning to dive into the ocean or go snorkeling, buy your sunscreen wisely as the chemicals in most sunscreen lotions are really bad for the ocean. An SPF chapstick will keep your lips from drying out.
You will need one when you are visiting Egypt. A quality mosquito repellent will save you from the bites.
While pads are easily available in Egypt, but if you use speciality menstrual cups or tampons then it’s best to pack them.
A quality face moisturizer is a must as your skin will be dried out by the sun and you will have to hydrate it often.
Minimal jewelry, waterproof phone pouch, hairbrush, bobby pins and your favorite perfume-pack them too.
What to Pack: Electronics
You will need it more than you can anticipate. If you are a frequent traveller, you already know how important power banks are. You will be using your phone to take pictures, navigate and call all day which will drain its battery.
Universal travel adapter
Not every kind of plug works in every country. Pack a universal travel adapter and you won’t have to worry about plugs anymore.
Phones are awesome to take selfies, but when visiting a land like Egypt, you need to take high-quality pictures. Take a DSLR camera for high-quality shots, and if you are planning to take pictures underwater, go with the latest GoPro.
Pack a quality pair of Noise Cancelling Headphones to take your music with you.
Not an electronic but still necessary. First, a VPN makes your internet connection secure in an unknown country. Second, there’s a fair amount of sites blocked in Egypt. A VPN is a reliable solution for both.
What to pack for kids
When packing for kids, remember to pack rehydration salts, sunscreen and most importantly sun hats. If visiting with infants, you will need a sling or back carrier. Strollers are not advisable as it will be difficult to get around with them. If you will be travelling by car don’t forget to bring your own car seats.
What to leave at home?
A lot of cash (There are plenty of ATMs in Egypt)
With its history and heritage, Egypt remains the go-to destination for an adventure back in time. No matter where you go in Egypt, if you pack right to keep you comfortable, a treasure trove of discovery and delight awaits you in this timeless holiday destination.
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