Egypt is a fascinating country filled with thousands of years of civilization and cultural history. However, before you go rushing out to see the pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, or the Al-Azhar Park; make sure to pack your bags appropriately. With a little pre-planning and these 5 packing tips, you can make your Egyptian getaway more enjoyable.
1. Always Dress Appropriately
When traveling in foreign countries, always be respectful and follow their dress customs, especially if your visit is business related. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if you get plenty of stares (or even harassed) for wearing a more revealing outfit. Locals aren’t used to that much skin, and women are to dress conservatively. For a general guide, always keep your shoulders and knees covered.
2. Wear Breathable Materials
As surprising as it seems, most people wear long sleeves, pants, or floor-length skirts. This helps to protect their skin from the sun’s violent rays, while wearing a breathable material helps to keep you cool and refreshed. A good rule of thumb is to avoid synthetic materials while traveling in the Middle East.
3. Follow Local Style
Wearing local attire is a great way to fit in, and it can help prevent tourist scams or crimes. However, many of the popular beach resorts, like the Dreams Beach Resort, aren’t as conservative; and you can find plenty of people in swimsuits, shorts, etc.
4. Bring a Hat
Whether winter, spring, summer, or fall, always make sure to have a hat. Sunburns are very common, no matter what season it may be. However, to avoid standing out like a tourist, try to avoid wearing baseball caps. If you aren’t comfortable in a hat that blocks your face and neck, make sure to have something to protect your neck from the sun.
5. Headscarves Aren’t Necessary
Although headscarves are a common practice in the Middle East, they are not required for women in Egypt. Plus if you really want to use a headscarf, buy one on your trip. Egypt is known for their beautiful (and inexpensive) scarves. Plus they make a great souvenir.