It can get pretty hot and tiring
Luggage and bags: If you are racing around all day like we did, make sure you don't lug too much around with you. A nice compact daypack/backpack is best.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will no doubt do lots of walking and standing around, so comfortable shoes are a must.
Also, you may be out in the sun a lot, so a hat is a good idea too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always make sure you carry some tissues to use as toilet paper and some anti-bacterial wipes are really handy too.
Oh, and don't forget the sunscreen!
Photo Equipment: I think it goes without saying that you will be taking plenty of photos in Luxor - everything you see is so amazing.
Miscellaneous: Bring some water with you. It can get really hot, especially inside the tombs at the Valley of the Kings.
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~ Things to Take ~
Luggage and bags: Its always good to take a small bag with you when you go out on excursions, make sure you take something to put all your belongings in.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Luxor is very hot in the Summer months so plenty of light clothing is needed, swimwear for around the pool area & a good pair of sunglasses as the sun is very bright :)
Make sure you take a decent pair of trainers/boots for walking around when on excursions because you do get tired.
Dont forget a light jacket for the nights out as it can feel cold when the sun sets.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A good insect repellent is needed so you dont get any nasty bites, i dont remember seeing any pharmacies in Luxor so take all the pills you need for example, paracetemol, diarrhoea pills, or any other pills you normally take on holiday.
And Ladies if you need Sanitary products such as Tampax or Always Ultra, get them at home before you go as they not as good quality as ours at home.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you take plenty of camera film as it can be expensive in Luxor. Anyone with a digital camera you can buy memory sticks really cheap from all UK airports.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunglasses & Swimwear are a must...... this is sun worshippers paradise!
Luggage and bags: Bring a normal sized suitcase but don't pack it full of clothes!!
Save some space for your souvenirs!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ladies, you know who you are, walking through the Valley of The Kings with high heels on!! You are not on a fashion parade so pack LOOSE clothes, cotton preferably, and trainers or comfy shoes. Also take a hat or buy one over there. Scarves are really cheap and will protect your shoulders.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't bother with anti-diarrhoea tablets as they won't work. When you get to Luxor go to the Pharmacy and ask for Entocid. These stop the trots dead!! Take your own tissues or be prepared to pay LE1-10 for a piece at the tourist sites. The toilets have to be seen to be believed!
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film as it can be expensive. A digital camera would be better but make sure you have plenty memory, you will be taking lots of photo's.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Shorts and crop tops are best left at home, or for round the pool. Remember to cover your head or you will suffer for it. Drink plenty of water which is dirt cheap anyway
Miscellaneous: Men in Egypt are permanently on heat, so ladies cover up when you go out if you don't want to be pestered. Men don't lose your temper at all the haggling, take it as a joke
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Luggage and bags: You will want to carry around plenty of water with you, so make sure your bag is not only roomy enough for this but that it's strong enough to hold a couple of 1.5 litre bottles too, in case you don't want to interrupt your sightseeing to find any.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It goes without saying that you will be glad of sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat, as not only is the sun itself blindingly bright here, the reflection from the sand and stone can be dazzling too. I would also advise bringing some plasters with you, as you will most likely be doing plenty of walking and if the sand gets into your shoes, it could irritate and cause a blister.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent is an absolute necessity; there were clouds of the creatures in any lit up area after dark. I used one of the natural citronella based ones, which seemed sufficient to put them off, or perhaps they found my vegetarian blood lacking in flavour! As a former beauty therapist, I must also advise you to look after your skin. Pack plenty of high factor sunscreen, not just to avoid burning but also to prevent the premature wrinkles caused by the sun's U.V.A. rays damaging your skin's natural elasticity. Also when you are away from the immediate area of the Nile, in the more desert like areas, such as those around the mortuary temples, the air is very drying to the skin, so take a good, rich body lotion, moisturiser and lip balm too. Of course, if all this is confusing, you could always consider packing me in your case and I would sort it all out for you!
Miscellaneous: I was delighted with, and would have been lost without, the small but extremely interesting book "Luxor: A Guide to Ancient Thebes" by Jill Kamill. Walking around alone, I found the book valuable in explaining everything I looked at,giving just the right amount of detail to allow me to understand everything I saw, without preventing me from forming and enjoying my own impressions of the place. It's a rather old book and is perhaps out of print now but if you can get hold of a copy, I'd really recommend it.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good pair of walking shoes/trainers as on the West Bank, there are many loose stones.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Apart from the usual camera, films/memory cards I would advise packing some refreshing wipes as the money there is very dirty and if you wish to eat during the day it is best to freshen up. Another good idea is a remedy for diahorrea!
As much photo and video as possible!
Luggage and bags: Don't forget to put 1 or 2 Gb memory card in your camera. Don't forget as many video cassettes as you may put in your bag. Don't forget to put money on your mobile telephone. Don't forget bathing suits and slips. Buy a bottle of "Sachara" beer.
Don't forget money and you will buy additional memory, videocassettes, bathing suits, slips, beer and make your phone alive...
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.
Your money or your Biros!
Miscellaneous: As many people have pointed out in their tips, there will be plenty of people harrassing you for money in Egypt. However, at certain tourist spots such as Karnak Temple, you may encounter small children begging. I met several forlorn little faces on one day trip, and automatically assumed they had been sent by their parents to play for sympathy and thus get more money. However, it was whilst trying to talk to them, I noticed one word being whined repeatedly : "Stylo, stylo!" , and it was then that I realised they were asking for pens. I was later told by a tour guide that the only pens available to the poorer school children are cheap and useless, running out very quickly. It was heartbreaking to think that all these children wanted to ask for was a pen, something we all take for granted back home. I was kicking myself for not having any on me. So, before you leave for Egypt, shove a few spare, decent pens in your suitcase. It's a simple item here, but to some kids it's a luxury.
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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.
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...
ORANGE Mobile Phones in Luxor
Miscellaneous: Please note, ORANGE phones do not work in Luxor (nor in Cairo). There is no service provider there. The best option is to go to the Vodafone shop in Television Street and buy a tourist SIM card and some credit. SIM card is about £25EP (£2.50 english) plus tax. Calls home and texts home are then very cheap! Approx 5p per text!
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.”
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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.
Luggage and bags: Take a small bag pack with you for day trips...you will want/need something to put your bottled water in...as well as your camera and anything you might buy during the day... It's safer to keep your camera in your bag when you're not using it too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take good walking shoes...you will walk a lot! And also take some comfortable cool clothes for the hot weather you'll almost definitely get there...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take plenty of sunscreen...you will need it and the sun in Egypt bites quickly, even very early in the morning!! Also take some toilet paper where ever you go...most likely you'll need it... ;)
Photo Equipment: Take heaps of film or memory cards for your camera...you will need it!!
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Good Books on Egypt
Miscellaneous: Advanced Reading has big advantages over reading after the vacation is over, particulary for Egypt. These books are very useful for putting things into perspective before browsing the ruins and tombs of Luxor and the West Bank. More books are recommended for the my packing list for Egypt in general, but these are essential for Luxor.
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