Sharm El Sheikh What to Pack

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    ~ Summer Clothing Needed All Year Round ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Written May 15, 2007

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    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.

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    by LizzyBetty Written Jul 20, 2006

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    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!

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    Packing list for holiday in Sharm

    by belgrade03 Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack some light clothing since the temperatures are very high from the end of April till the end of Sept. Something with long sleeves too if yu get sunburnt.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Many people get diarrhea beacuse of the sun, the water and food altogether and there is only some Egyptian pills that will help. They can be bought in every pharmacy and tourist guides always warn people about this problem.
    Bring the strongest sun factor cream you can find, the sun in Sharm literally burns.

    Photo Equipment: Underwater cameras can be bought in many shops in Naama Bay, but if you have one bring it along since the underwater world is stunning.

    get ready for Sharm
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    Third World

    by gabriellefox Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: My trusty wheeled duffle made another trip!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Daytime Bikin and sarong for the beach
    If uyou are going shopping wear long flowing trousers and a light scarf to cover shoulders and chest.
    Evening wear trousers and a warm wrap.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take everything you need from home. First aid equipment and medicines are scarce and expensive.

    Photo Equipment: You can buy underwater cameras here but they are expensive. Take all electrical equipment and entertainment from home.

    Miscellaneous: I could not find anywhere that sold headphones or DVDs

    Bring everything you are goind to need

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    Prepare for Chilly Desert Nights

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jan 22, 2006

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    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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    sharm essentials

    by joolssss Updated Apr 23, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: take a rucksack in your suitcase, its handy for putting all your swimwear in when you go to the beach, or for taking on trips. You can also then fill it up with anything that you buy over there for the way back!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals and closed in shoes (for coloured canyon, quad biking or st Catherines) Also a long sleeved shirt and trousers for any monasteries/temples you may visit or for protecting you from the sun.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Dyrelite rehydration sachets are great to keep in your medi box, and can be a real life saver if you have had too much sun. Piriton anti hystemines for any allergies or reactions you may suffer ( kids can take them too) and of course plenty of sun lotion.

    Photo Equipment: usual cameras, videos, underwater camera a must!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: snorkel, mask and fins for definate, though you can hire them there at a reasonable cost, on our beach you could hire the lot for about 85LE for 5 days hire

    Miscellaneous: Beach Shoes! there are lots of sea urchins here, dont wade into the sea without beach shoes! They can be bought locally if you cannot find any at home.

    long clothes required for St.Catherines Monastry
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    by beccyandjohn Written Feb 8, 2006

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    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.

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    Packing for Sharm El Sheikh

    by tissie Written May 30, 2006

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    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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  • The day burns and the night chills

    by jje80 Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Daytime-minimal clothing, its so hot!!! BUT, I am naturally olive skinned (never use sun screen) and very rarely burn , but boy did I burn in Sharm!!! Slap that sun lotion on, serioulsy.
    In the evenings it can get a bit chilly, so bring a couple of jumpers.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you climb Mount Sinai, wear lots and lots of layers. It is freezing!!!!!!! Hats, scarves, jumpers, coat, etc. BELIEVE ME

    Miscellaneous: Have Fun

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    All You need is

    by LotusV8 Updated Nov 20, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Rucksack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T-shirts,shorts,sandals (long sleaves and trousers are required for monasterys and so on)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Something for Your stomach, sunoil.
    The medical care in Egypt is exellent - Sharm has a brand new hospital.

    Photo Equipment: Camera of course, and batteries

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkeling equipment (mask,fins & snorkel)

    Miscellaneous: Batteries & pencil (quite expensive in Sharm), creditcards or $$$$$

    New hospital of Sharm
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    Hand sanitiser.

    by shizzler Written Jun 24, 2008

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    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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    Hot Area

    by fouads Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The best clothes here is lightest because the temp. here is too high all the year and some swming clothes

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It, s better to bring some anti sun medicine because the sun here is too hard

    Photo Equipment: As usual bring some lens filters for desert and beachs and some dark lens .

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you like to have a camp here is the best area to camping near the sea and on the sand .

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    Taking pictures underwater: Olympus Stylus 770

    by om_212 Updated Dec 3, 2007

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    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)

    school of athenia red sea coral a pair of masked buttefly fish
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    Dont bring warm clothing

    by claus9000 Written Jun 18, 2003

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent can be useful.

    Miscellaneous: Never forget, it never rains in Sharm and even the winter has temperatures of 25 degrees at daytime. Summers are hot with more than 40 degrees in the shadow. You will need warmer clothing maybe in the airconditioned restaurantt of your hotel.

    Sun and beach weather all year long
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    women and men

    by catherineneill Written Jan 10, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: jumpers or shawls for nights as it can get a little cool. also men need trousers and longer shirts for mosques, as do women, as well as a veil/headscarf

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring immodium! just in case you get the stomach churning disease that nearly everyone had when i was there. or just don tdrink the water, clean your teeth or eat fruit or veg! or ice cubes
    also, ladies, i could find tampons in only one shop in the whole bay so stock up!

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