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Bring A Sunblock Lotion
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: late may to october, this is the hottest months Egypt, and in Cairo, where the temperature rises up to 52 degrees celsius (125 fahrenheit) as it is in the middle of the sahara desert after all, it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn on these areas and off course the important hat and eye shades (which I have separate tips for them). you can just buy the sunscreen lotion at any supermarkets and stores near your hotel if you are staying in Cairo or Giza or just bring one from your home country.
Plus don't forget to bring lip balm to protect your lips from dryness too.
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Over the counter medication
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most medication is available without prescription from pharmacies. Malaria prevention is not necessary as there is no danger usually from malaria in Egypt. Tablets for diarrhoea or gastric upsets can be found, or bring your own brand.
Most other prescription drugs for high blood pressure or diabetes, for example, are readily available and quite cheap.
Toilet tissue is often not found in toilets, or an attendant hands a piece on entry - in expectation of bakhsheesh. Poor quality tissue and that available in the market is also poor quality. Best buy Kleenex and bring with you, or use wet wipes, though most toilets do have sprays for washing a la Islamic custom
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Presonal items a must.
Luggage and bags: Something you can put a small lock on to keep someone from picking through it when your not there.I doubt they would take the whole bag but they might take small items you would not notice right away.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is a little cool in March I wore a hoodie even during the day.And comfortable shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some feed back I got from former travelers helped me decide to take my own towles,T.P. and soap.I was glad I did,the Gresham had none.
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Take Paper Tissue for the Loo!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Overnight sleeper trains can provide a fairly decent ride to cities all over Egypt. However, keep in mind that some trains carrying many passengers rarely re-stock their bathrooms with tissue and the like. Always carry paper tissue with you before boarding the trains.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: wear sport shoes rather than sandals!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toilet paper!! granted that most toilets would have a person handing out toilet papers to u for a small fee but having to drink loads of water n having to go to e loo so many times.. it's kinda hard to alwaz have small change around so bring ya own papers n u can avoid paying them..or bring cheap pens n give them out instead of $$$...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: tons of sunblock!!! a sunglass a hat a scarf r essential....
Sun Block not a problem here but shoes are!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do not buy shoes in Egypt!!! Most of the shoes you see are poorly made, even if they look good they won't last. Any shoes that are logo type are probably knock offs. Bring your own. For evening bring low heels or nice sandals. Sidewalks are not great for high heels and the driveways are lower than sidewalk level. Locals walk in the street.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is now a product here by Biotherm that is 100 SPF sun block. Most of the better pharmacies have it. It costs about 105 LE. As far as medicines go, bring any prescription drugs you use with you. Some drugs, like Fosamex, Zanax and others are here now. Others are not. The laws regarding dispensing of drugs will be changing so it might be a good idea to bring a prescription from your doctor for any drugs you take that are not over-the-counter.
Miscellaneous: Although drinking water is no longer a big problem, it's better to buy bottled water to be safe.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear runners everywhere, you might look like a dag but, the roads and sights dont do to much for your Italian shoes. Comfort is important if you want to do the Km.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: make sure you bring something to block you up. Nearly everyone gets a loose bowel at sometime in Egypt. The moment you feel that rumble in the belly, hit it straight away. Dont fight it! you will lose! take the tablet!!!!
Sunblock and immodium
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunblock-- order of the day. DO NOT forget it as they are not that readily available here. Garnier's range is very effective; try SPF 50+.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Food poisoning,to lesser or greater extents, is a very common problem so pack immodium or your medicine of choice for this. Salt replenishment tablets are also recommended.
Photo Equipment: Tripod is good for those intending to do night photography at the Giza pyramids during the light show. Fantastic results guaranteed!
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Recommended Items to take
Luggage and bags: Its good to take a small handbag or backpack to keep all your things in when your out on excursions. I usually take a small rucksack & keep all my things in such as camera, sunglasses, suncream, money etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Egypt is a very warm country all year round during the day so make sure you take plenty of light clothes to wear, i tend to wear long gypsy skirts when i go, that way my legs are covered but its light linen that im wearing to keep cool. In the months between Nov-Apr you will find that the nights in Egypt are abit cooler so you would need to wear a small jacket to keep warm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries are very cheap in Egypt, i bought all my stuff from Boots before i went & it cost me a fortune. Since then ive always bought it in Egypt, you can get all the well known brands of shampoo, conditioner, deodrants etc.....insect repellent is a bargain in Egypt, only cost 10 Egyptian pounds. I bought some water spray which comes in a can & its really good for the time you will spend in the pyramid area in the desert camel riding, you can spray it allover your face & body to cool down.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you buy plenty of camera film before you come to Egypt, many places in Cairo sell film but its expensive & looks old, so you dont know if you will get good quality pictures.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure you take a pair of sunglasses, always needed during the daytime & also lots of beachwear for the pool.
Always carry tissues!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: When you are in Egypt, always carry a travel-size pack of tissues/kleenex with you. They can be a life saver, because most public bathrooms do not have toilet paper in them.
You can buy small packs of tissues at any grocery or convienience store in the country. People also sell them on the side of the street. *I have given this advice to people before, and they always call me later to thank me. This really saves people from embarassing situations.
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Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Yes, this may sound weird but in Egypt / Cairo (including cairo airport) most toilets have running water instead of toilet paper. This is designed with orthodox Muslim rules but become a bit pathetic to foreigners. So keep a roll of toilet paper handy even when you are at hotel and few tissues if you are visiting a toilet.
Weird things I pack
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sponge - you never know what the bathroom will be like in budget accommodations, so I always bring a good sponge, just in case!
I also bring a couple of extra towels, really small ones like dish towels, easier to wash , rinse out and dry than a full size towel, in case the towels are not to one's liking.
Photo Equipment: THree camers, Digital, 35MM and the throwawy variety. The throwaway is good if you are going on a drunken spree and don't want to be held responsible for ruining or losing the camera. I once did at a traditional Polish dance in Gdansk in 1987.
Miscellaneous: Photocopied maps, I make photocopies of the maps from the guidebook and carry them around, as much as I love my Rough Guide, it gets heavy at the end of the day.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cruise
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Water in Egypt is not drinkable from the tap! Stock up lots of mineral bottled water upon arrival!!!
Try not to eat anything that's not cooked - many in my tour group was having a hard time after eating salad from the cruise ship. So do bring some form of medicine for those with weak stomach... You may also want to bring some biscuits or cup noodles.
Digital camera, viewcam or panaromic camera & batteries are a must even if you're not a photographic fanatic like I'm! Egypt is a great subject for all! Think of 45 centuries of civilization!
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