Mosquito Repellant or suffer
Luggage and bags: Bags for carrying your souvenirs back home
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing - swinsuits and shorts during the day - smart light clothes for nightwear
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquitto repellant
Photo Equipment: Camera
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would say take swimming shoes with you. I tried my hardest not to stand on the reef at all because it damages the coral but its hard in places not to catch it with legs or feet mostly. The coral can be sharp and i see a few people with cuts on there feet from it. i had swimming shoes and they helped alot with this problem.
Medical supplies are a MUST!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The three things you should bring when you visit Egypt are-
* insect repellent
* bite cream
* diarrhea tablets
If you happen to need these while there but don't have them, do not buy them from the pharmacy on your all inclusive resort if you can help it. We paid about £6 GBP (60 LE Egyptian Pounds) for bite cream at our hotel pharmacy when the supermarket we later found 5 minutes away sold bite cream for a fraction of the price!!!
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bring your own snorkeling gear
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: it's better to bring your own snorkeling gear to Egypt rather than to buy it in Sharm. first of all the price would not necessarily be cheaper, second you might end up with a pretty disappointing quality. see my "what not to buy" shopping tip for more details.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Luggage and bags: In your bag put in those little hand gels you can buy from your chemist. Alot of people get a bad tummy when visiting Egypt or Turkey, and i've found that if you have the sanatisers, you can avoid this by using it frequently. After handling the money, as it gets quite dirty and after going to the loo, or pretty much after touching anything. Just use a squirt everytime you're going to eat and probably safeguard your tummy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember it's very hot in Egypt, so you need to travel light. Alot of things you can buy there for very cheap too. For men, alot of hotels ask that you wear full length trousers to dinner, and woman might want to cover up and not be too revealing if going out at night, away from the hotel. Although in naama bay you should be fine, as it's very cosmopolitan. Beach shoes are a good idea too, you can buy them in most shops. Haggle and get them alot cheaper.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Woman take your own sanitary stuff as you'll get ripped off out here. Take your own paracetamol and other normal day to day meds, as chemists will only sell you these at very high prices. That's if you don't get sold viagra, which every chemist seemed to be willing to give you.
Photo Equipment: You can buy cheap disposable underwater cameras for a few quid here and the photos actually come out really good and clear.
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Mosquito Repellent Wristbands
Miscellaneous: Whenever I travel to warm places or to the tropics, I carry a mosquito wristband repellent. It is organic and seems to get rid of the bugs. You can get it at most dept stores or even online. I usually get mine online at pestcontrol-store.com
Cheers and hope your bug problems go away.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
What do you need for ...sun, sea and sand
Luggage and bags: For this uncomplicated trip to Sharm al Sheikh you need not much more than a botlle of water, sunscreen, a book, reading glasses.
And of course don't forget your snorkeling gear, not only for your excursions to Ras Mohamed NP, but also for the beach.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimming suit, T-shirt for swimming or snorkeling in the sun. And in this hot climate I always like to bring long and thin cotton skirts and scarfs for the strolls in town or along the promenade
Photo Equipment: Don't forget to bring an underwatercover for your camera, when you have the intention to go for snorkeling or scubadiving. If not, I saw you can rent an underwater camera at several places.
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Taking pictures underwater: Olympus Stylus 770
Photo Equipment: Olympus Stylus 770 has been proven to be an excellent camera for taking pictures underwater. this pocket-size camera has 4 underwater modes that allow one to take pictures 33 feet (10 m) underwater. with Stylus 770 you can take portraits, landscape pictures (coral reef), action scenes - fish swimming by and close snapshots of single fish (check my travelogue). it also has additional 20 modes for taking other types of pictures, in short, it's good investment if you are looking for a new camera and fond of underwater photography.
P.S. make sure to buy a memory stick (1GB) as the internal memory is quite small (14.7 MB)
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- Water Sports
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~ Summer Clothing Needed All Year Round ~
Luggage and bags: A rucksack is needed for any trips or excursions to pack all your everyday needs such as water, sun tan lotions, aspirin/imodium, Towels, camera and money.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lots of Summer clothing is needed, swim suits, bikinis, shorts, t-shirts, sandals and flip flops. Long trousers and long sleeved tops are needed if you are visiting holy places such as Mosques or monastries. In the winter months i would advise to take a light jacket for the evenings as it does get a little bit chilly as you are by the sea. However during the day it is always very warm sun bathing weather.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries are widely available allover Sharm and are very cheap compared to England. You can buy them from the local pharmacies or supermarkets.
Photo Equipment: A good camera is needed for Sharm, there lots of beautiful photo opportunities and fabulous sunsets to get some excellent photos. Also an underwater camera is ideal for any boat trips or snorkelling/diving.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good pair of sensible shoes is needed for any excursions you do where you will be walking in the heat. Also sunhats/sun glasses are needed as the heat in Egypt can become very hot.
Miscellaneous: I would advise buying some hand sanitiser spray or gel as the money in Egypt is filthy, i have heard it is the money that can cause a bad tummy and not the food or climate like most people think. Therefore i always carry a bottle for when i cannot wash my hands.
Also take packets of tissues with you as not all public places have it in the toilets.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Stock up on rehydration salts either before you go or in resort, they are a lifesaver. Especially if you go during the hottest months. Both myself and a girl I met there suffered from dehydration and ended up almost fainting - 5 minutes after having a salt we were right as rain. It does taste like drinking salty water - but you get used to it!
Photo Equipment: Underwater camera is a must! Even if you just go snorkelling you can get some great pictures. We bought a disposable one there for 100LE. I'm sure you could get it much cheaper before you go.
Miscellaneous: Take LOADS of sun tan lotion it is sooooooo expensive in resort. Things like shower gel, hairspray, tampons etc are expensive too, so make sure you have plenty. You're not really in the mood to shop for the best price when you need particular toiletries pronto!
Plent of Sun cream, the sun is very strong
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cool and light clothes, you will not need a cardigan unless that is you decide to go up Mount Sini, it can be cool remember you go up there at night and wait for the dawn before you come back down
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Something for the dreaded runs, most people seem to get a dose while there
Packing for Sharm El Sheikh
Luggage and bags: You don't need a lot of stuff - you can easily wash things like underwear and t-shirts out in your hotel (do it while you're showering and help save water) and they'll quickly dry.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take an old pair of trainers or shoes that are closed and comfortable if you think you might travel beyond your resort - the desert is sand, of course, but also contains stones that are very annoying in your flip-flops!
Take a hat or something you can wrap around your head to protect yourself from the sun.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I recommend taking all your preferred toiletries and medicines, and include something for a jippy tummy - hopefully you won't need it....
Make sure you take high factor suncream - we used two bottles of factor 30 in a week.
Photo Equipment: An underwater camera would be fun if you think you might snorkel or scuba - or even to take photos of the coral and fish from the jetties.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You might like to take your own snorkelling gear but it is easily available and cheap to buy or hire in Sharm.
Miscellaneous: Make sure you have something you can wear that covers your knees and shoulders (and the bits between) if you think you may visit any religious places. Dressing conservatively will also mean you draw less attention to yourself when you are out and about - this is a Muslim country.
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Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I didn't have a problem with Mosquitos in September 05, but on returning in April 06 i was bitten quite bad, im not sure but think so could be because it was much greener after there winter.
I even had to purchase some Antihistamines from the local chemist to take the swelling away along with some gel total cost 100 EGP - (10 GBP) if you are thinking of traveling this time of year make sure to get some repellent and sting/bite relief.
On the other hand John didnt get bite once, they obviously sweater tasting blood.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lots of Bikinis, shorts its very hot even in the evening, and make sure to take a hat to keep the sun off, and something light to cover yourself if travelling in the sun.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure to take plenty of paracetamol / painkillers , i had terrible tooth ache and used the few we had. They sold painkillers at the Chemist but thay were very expensive approx ?3-4.00.
A good waterproof suncream is esential, if you plan on being in the water alot take a old T-Shirt you dont mind getting wet and wear it whilst snorkelling as the water magnifies the sun.
Photo Equipment: Water proof camera
Miscellaneous: Some good books to read, im already on the look out for a new one, think i will be investing in Jordans latest 'A Whole New World' can't wait to read it.
Prepare for Chilly Desert Nights
Luggage and bags: You might want to bring a spare suitcase if it's your first visit to Egypt, as you are going to want to buy all around you. I'll prepare a shopping tip soon, but for now I'll advise you to pack lightly on the outbound journey and be prepared for a possible excess luggage charge on the way home :-)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most recently I travelled in December/January and didn't bring any warm gear with me. It was a mistake. For the first three nights it was quite cold and I would have welcomed a cardi or sweatshirt.
If you plan to go on any of the trips you might bring a good pair of walking shoes or runners - for example, the trip to Moses Mountain or St. Catherine's Monastery both involve a lot of walking.
Again for the trips pack a long sleeved top as you will be required to cover up in the religious sites.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The pharmacy near our most recent hotel was excellent, but you really should pack some mosquito repellant - and use it!
Photo Equipment: I take hundreds of pics every time I visit Egypt, as there's just so much to see. I found it almost impossible to purchase additional memory discs for my digital camera in Cairo, so bring plenty with you.
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