Travel Essentials: Clothing and What to
What to pack
In addition to your clothing, following the
guidelines above, we recommend to pack the
Very good, comfortable walking shoes: You will be
doing a considerable amount of walking, and shoes
should not be just comfortable, but comfortable to
walk long distances.
Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that
provide not only a head covering but also a certain
amount of shade will come in very handy in the hot
Egyptian sun during summer. In addition, scarves or
other apparel should be taken along to cover
shoulders and arms, and again, or not only important
for visiting religious sites, but also to keep the
sun off during treks. In very hot weather, a cloth
hat or scarf that can be soaked will also help keep
your head cool.
Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in
Egypt, you might prefer to bring your own favorite
Sunglasses: Another item that may be necessary to
avoid the direct sun rays coming direct into your
If you wear prescription glasses, bring an extra
pair or at least a copy of the prescription. If you
wear contact lenses you may wish to bring a pair of
glasses along, as the fine sand dust in the air in
Egypt may irritate your lenses.
Also useful are cool wipes and moisturizing creams
to protect your face from the hot, dry climate.
Medication: Of course, bring your prescription
medicine. There is no problem with bringing
prescription medication into Egypt. It is also more
convenient to bring your favorite non-prescription
Camera: Refer to the section on Photography
Binoculars: Bringing your own binoculars might be a
nice idea for those who like to use them.
Flashlight: To view artworks inside dimly lit tombs
and temples. Pack a few extra batteries, too.
Power Adapters: Power Adapters come in two different
varieties. Some electronic equipment have switches
to allow you to change the power input type. For
these, a simple wall adapter is all that is
required. However, other electronic devices do not
have such switches and in this case, you not only
need a wall adapter, but also a power converter.
Egypt uses 220 volt and plugs are two prong rounded.
An Extra Bag: A bag, preferably soft, which can be
crunched up and carried into Egypt in another bag
will be handy for most people. The bag will then be
used to carry back souvenirs.