what to pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swim suit
sturdy shoes (if you plan on going on any excursions to Luxor)
hat (very important)
Although, it wasn't enforced, be sensitive to the culture and the dress code. I witnessed plenty of tourists (European) traipsing around the major sites in nothing more than bikini tops, mini-mini skirts, or Daisy Dukes shorts. . .and we're called "Ugly Americans"??
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunblock (the sun can be quite brutal in the summer)
imodium-AD (because you just might get the runs if you're not careful on what you eat)
Photo Equipment: a disposable underwater camera was a great addition
plenty of film
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camelbak hydration system. I can't tell you what a lifesaver this was. It beats lugging your water around in those cumbersome bottles when you can take that same bottle to fill up your Camelbak and sling it across your back. Yes, it is quite pricey, but it's money well spent. There are different sorts of bags that are sold; you can get the basic model or you can go all out and get one that looks like a rucksack but also holds your water resorvoir.
Miscellaneous: believe it or not, PENCILS, they're great to give for baksheesh rather than money. I found it was very well recieved by the locals when I took their pictures. I brought 6 packs of pencils with me and was able to give most of them away.
General Things You Might Want To Bring
Luggage and bags: Backpack- many hotels dont like you bringing water and food in but you can pay less outside and its a good way to carry it around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy shoes for walking in the desert should you take a safari
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen with a high SPF factor, antibiotic ointment for in case you scrape you knees on the coral (ouch!)
Photo Equipment: Bring an underwater camera. The little disposible kind by Kodak work just fine. You will want to document the beautiful fish you see.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You dont have to bring it but you might want to purchase your own snorkel and mask.
- Arts and Culture
- Hiking and Walking
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I have never gone to Egypt and not gotten bit by one of the many varieties of insects waiting to gnaw on you. They usually come out in the evening until dawn. Do not forget to pack Bug Repellent (DEET) and Anti-Histimine medication for the itch.
- Family Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will hardly wear the clothes that you bring with you. Flip flops, swimwear, shorts and t-shirts. A hat is a must as well as a shawl or loose shirt to cover up. Believe me you will have had enough sun at some point during the day!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definitely factor 30 or above. Even if you tan easily. Drink gallons of water. The air is so dry you could easily become dehydrated without realising it.
General Kit Needed
Luggage and bags: Usual beach holiday bags!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing all year round, long sleeves for winter nights. Swimming costume, flippers, snorkel, mask.
A pair of strong shoes are advisable if you do any trips to Luxor/Cairo as you will be walking over stones etc!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent
Imodium (for diariha) a must as you can pick up some nasty stomach bugs from Egypt!
Photo Equipment: Underwater camera, I used the disposable Kodak Ultra Sport, waterpoof to 10 metres, enough for snorkelling! Compared to the Fuji Marine that I used in Maldives I found the Kodak better! You can see my results...
- Diving and Snorkeling
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Hurghada is sunny and mild almost all year. However some days and evenings are incredibly windy. When the wind does stop blowing, the weather usually stays cool.
For cooler evenings, pack a few long sleeved shirts, sweaters or a light weight jacket.
- Family Travel
- Spa and Resort
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light clothes, but something to cover in the chilly evenings if you are visiting out of the summer season
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lots and LOTS of sunscreen, after sun body milk, pills for diarrhea
Photo Equipment: besides the usual photo/filmiong equipment, be sure to have underwater camera! If you don't have it, you ca easily get one there, they are cheap, 60 to 100 pounds (depends if you want one time use, or to use more times), which is 10-15$.Then you'll be able to take pretty photos like this one!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hats against the sun, sun glasses, snorkeling equipment (flippers, masks, breathing pipe, even a diver suit if you prefer)
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!
Lot of things
Luggage and bags: A big valise for putting all your presents!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don`t forget your swimming suit!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For all people who are drinking water from the tap I advice you : take imodium (loperamidum) or another anti-diarrhoea with you.
I promise you that you need it!
When it is to bad you can take an antibioticum such as ciproxine (ciprofloxacine 250 mg)
And for stomach ache take motilium (domperidonum).
If you have only cramp on your intestine you can take ercefuryl (nifuroxazide).
Please don`t forget your sunmilk you shall need I promise!
Photo Equipment: Take enough films for photographs with you
A digital camera with 2-3 GB Memorycards/Aquapack
Photo Equipment: When you have a digital camera that can take movies also and you don't use a videocamera, you'd better take 3 GB memorycards with you when you do the Cruise on the Nile + Hurghada. I also take 3 extra sets of spare batteries with me.
When you want to take exclusive personal underwater pictures of the tropical fish you can buy an aquapack on ebay for your digital camera to shoot the fish :)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries & Medical Supplies:
Your only mediacal supplies would be pills for stomach problems and skin care and sun cremes. Medication is very cheap in Egypt but just get what you trust more.
Miscellaneous: electricity in Egypt is a 220 volts so make sure not to use the 110. Get the transformer or buy it from Egypt (less than 30 US dollars).
- School Holidays
- Work Abroad
A rundown of things to take
Luggage and bags: I found my money belt (which you wear under your clothes) quite handy. I don't know how likely you are to have your bag grabbed, but if your money is in here, you'll feel safer!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes, especially if you're going to do Cairo or quad biking. It's a hot country, but walking around in microscopic shorts and vests doesn't do you many favours with the Muslim locals. If you can get your hands on some long shorts, kaftans, long skirts or even a light pashmina to put over your shoulders, you should be ok. Sunglasses and a big hat! Swimsuit/shorts for all those sea-faring activities. Some areas are quite orthodox and prefer you to cover your hair, too, but it depends how far from tourist land you venture. Take a scarf for your head, anyway, because you might be glad of it for protecting your head from the sun, or your face from the sand if you do the desert safari (another reason for sunglasses)!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Diorreah tablets! I didn't need them but many tourists get a bit ill. TISSUES!!! 90% of public toilets have no toilet paper, or if they do it's provided by someone who expects a tip. Hand wash gel (which I used religiously). Suncream (factor 50 ought to do it....), mosquito repellent spray, aftersun. One of my favourite items was Malibu sunblock spray for scalps... I get a lot of sunburn on my scalp, and it works well!
Lip balm (sea dries out your lips). Your usual things - shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste. If you get friction burn from walking in skirts, take Savlon!
Photo Equipment: underwater cameras, if you're going diving or snorkelling! And your normal camera (although don't let anyone take "special picture" for you... they'll probably expect money)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're a serious diver/snorkeller, take your own equipment! At least your own fins and mask, as the ones our dive centres provided were a bit old and cheap. My boyfriend took his entire dive bag with BCD and regs and everything... a bit of a pain to get on the plane, but in the long run he was glad of it.
Miscellaneous: If you're likely to miss home, take some chocolate/crisps with you for munching in your room! Also, this is something for you to buy when over there, but always have water on you! It's very easy to get dehydrated in such a hot country, and the tap water isn't safe to drink.
Also, if you're into tipping, make sure you carry a lot of small change with you. Apparently you can tip with dollars/euros/sterling, or for children, sweets or pencils! I only tipped when I felt that I really had to, but it's very handy to have one pound (equivalent of 10p) notes on you; also, many people like to pretend that they don't have change, so it's good to be able to pay the exact amount. Your hotel or the nearest CIB (bank) will change your larger notes for you.
What to bring
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring some extra toilet paper. 80% of the tourists becomes sick in Egypt due to the unusual bacteria flora in the food.
Also bring some digestive pills.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of sun screen. Without it you will get sunburned in 5 minutes.
for summer voyagers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light clothes
comfortable walking shoes - for Luxor trip
some sandals for beach of course
something to cover your head as you;ll be exposed to sun a lot
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: what you use at home
and GOOD SUN PROTECTION (block, or 20up)
maybe antibiotics-i caught cold and was good to have them in my 'medi pack'
for the stomach cramps that some people get you do not bring stuff from your home. ENTOCID, local medicament works excellently fine when taken in time, costs 2LE and can be bought in any pharmacy (usually are opened 24hrs a day)
Photo Equipment: heheh
Miscellaneous: if you plan to have a drink with your friends on a beach or in your room (and plan not to buy it in hotell where the prices are who knows how high+the selection ain't really as in europe) pick some BOTTLE from duty free (at your hometown airport) or from your fav liquerstore ;)
Water sandals or diving shoes + snorkling gear
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Like you find sometimes cheap in supermarket Lidl once a year, sea-shoes.
Essential to step on the sharp rocks when snorkling. Also watersandals can be used.
Also some snorkling gear is advised if you want to see some fish.
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