Luxor and Central Egypt
Luggage and bags: I would recommend that you pack all your belongings into one bag if you travel with someone, and keep the second open for souvenirs on the way back. Another great idea is to pack the second one with hand me down clothes, and give them to the poor kids!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes and breathable clothing are a must! Buy some Egyptian cotton when you get there!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring some Piastres for the bathroom attendants!
Photo Equipment: Bring as many rolls of film as possible... or at least 128Mb of digital memory.
Water, toowels and a fan
Miscellaneous: We brought several bottles of water with us. Our bus driver had smell refrigerator in the bus and he always had some water (0.5 liters bottles) to sell us.
Other things we brought were small towels which we soaked with water and put under our caps.
Nina, also, brought fan with her.
Fighting the Heat - Part 1
Miscellaneous: Travels to places like Egypt involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Hereýs a list of useful items to take:
- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.
- "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!
- Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Egypt, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ýgets usedý to it), and thereýs not guarantee youýll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!
don't become a mummy yourself...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Loose-fitting cotton clothing and a decent sunshade hat and sturdy tomb-and-desert-trekking shoes...these are what every living being passing through Luxor requires!
Miscellaneous: If you learn nothing else here, remember to carry as much DRINKING WATER with you as you can stand. You will go through bottles upon bottles of the stuff without even thinking. And if you come across one of those silly little battery-operated fans on a cord to wear around your neck, even if they only come in purple or limegreen, buy one! These cheesy things will save your very life, mark my words...
Don’t take any wooden nickels!
Luggage and bags: Lock it up with a pad lock folks. No joke.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take some crapy clothes with you. Then replace them with new cool new ones you buy alone the way. Donate you old ones to a hostel.
Miscellaneous: And of coarse there’s this old one: “Lay out all the clothes you want to take with you. Take out half the clothes and double your money and you should be fine.”
- Road Trip
Miscellaneous: There is a limit of 1000 Egyptian pounds per person that you are allowed to bring into the country, although they didn't check at the airport. However, cash is readily available in Luxor from cash points in most of the main hotels. At our hotel we got a better exchange rate than we got in the UK anyway.
The ultimate guide for Luxor
Miscellaneous: The Illustrated Guide to Luxor. Tombs, Temples, and Museums. By Kent R. Weeks. See for details my General Tip.
What To Take?
Miscellaneous: You'll do a lot of walking, so put on comfortable walking shoes, wear layers of clothing and always have a bottle of water with you!
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