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    Pens and Gum

    by Yogues Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    Miscellaneous: All of the children in the towns I visited asked for one thing - pens. They needed them to do their school work. Of course, I had forgotten that when I went to Kenya, all of the kids there wanted gum and pens. Bring some packs of Bic pens - easy to pack and will make lots of kids happy.

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  • Wipes, wipes, wipes!

    by Tahera Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: I just got back from a AMAZING week in sharm el sheikh, Egypt and as person who tends to over pack i found 1 piece of luggage sufice and atleast one sacthel style bag a must to keep all your money, toiletries and personal belongings safe

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: i visisted in november and its still very hot during the day and cool and breezy in the evenings. Pack a cotton floaty skirts/linen trousers and cotton, loose fitting tops/T-shirts. reframe from tight fitted tops or jeans as they get uncomfortable. Although Egypt is a muslim country and i myself am muslim, i found the people to be open minded and not so offended by short sleaves or shorts. however out of respect women should wear mini skirts or bikini tops when out and about the markets or smaller towns or in Cairo. Most of the time within the resort i was in a swimsuit with a long kaftan top and that was fine. Pack comfy sandles.flip flops and maybe a nice pair of comfy evening shoes, although i stuck with Gladiator sandles the whole time. you may want to take a light jacket or a peshmina as it can get quite breezy in the evenings in winter and also to help cover up sleevless/low tops when in Cairo or out. A sunhat wasnt a must for me but sunglasses are- the sun can get very hot

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Imodium in a MUST! you WILL get a dodgy tummy at some point in your stay! when visiting Cairo/Luxor and the market places i found Insect repellant essential. Bacterial wipes and lotion are also a must especially when eating out in Naama Bay or Cairo etc... these were a life saver as you tend to get that 'sticky' feeling everytime you touch anything in the shops. Face wipes also are a good idea as is a very high cream- the sun is blazing hot even in November! If you require anything else the resort or hotel shops usually have 99% of the products you find in Superdrugs/Boots at similar prices.

    Photo Equipment: Take with you your Camera! especially if visiting cairo- the town itself is not that glamourous - think London- but the Pyramids are a sight to behold... you'll want to capture any safari trips and boat rides you take also
    If Snorkling or Scuba diving they usually have shops at the beach it self that sell special camera's for under water at a reasonable price- well worth buying- snorkling in Dahab was by far my best memory!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: take with you a couple of swimsuits, flip flops, Sarongs or Kaftans to cover your modesty when walking back tot eh hotel etc, sunscreen. no need for towlea as the hotel provides these daily

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    Egypt: March Packing List

    by mjleynes Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: I only had a backpack. No extras

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: April weather is perfect! Not so hot. Sunny yet a 'lil bit chilly.

    Cargo Pants
    Sunglasses and Scarf


    Swimsuit (just in case)

    Photo Equipment: Camera, Filter, spare battery

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    A Question of Money

    by Maria81 Updated May 15, 2010

    Miscellaneous: Money

    Travel is often about adventures. However, having your cash stolen is something you can live without. What you've to do? The best option is a credit/debit card. They're widely accepted, just watch for the window stickers in shops telling you what kind of cards that particular establishment will accept. The universal rules include:

    - Check with your bank before the departure whether your card is usable in the particular country and request a PIN if necessary. Also, informing them beforehand reduces the chances that your use of the card abroad will be treated as suspected case of stolen card and the said card would be blocked. I bet you can live without that one on your vacation :)

    - Know the difference between a credit and a debit card. If you insert them into an ATM, a debit card will withdraw money from your account. A credit card will provide you with a cash advance from the local bank. See the difference? The fees thend to be much steeper if you use the latter.

    - Always carry some cash and travellers' cheques in case your card is lost or stolen

    - Report the theft or loss of the card to the issuing company and to your bank as soon as possible. Get the required phone numbers in advance

    - Try to take out money few times but in bigger sums so as not to accumulate fees

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  • It's very dry and dusty!

    by tmiles2 Written Mar 31, 2010

    Luggage and bags: Dry and dusty. Pack accordingly. Hot during the day; cool at night. No humidity, no rain. Extremely dry. Dust and sand in everything. Lightweight, moisture wicking clothing is best. Layers
    work for temperature variations. Sun glasses , sunscreen and hat are musts. Practical shoes, not flimsy sandals or flipflops. The terrain is very uneven and rugged, even in the cities!

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    Power adapters

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Nov 3, 2009

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    Miscellaneous: Egypt uses 220 voltage so be sure to bring a power adapter and a power converter if your appliances don't work on this. The power adapter allows the item to be plugged into the wall and the power converter allows the voltage to be changed from 220 to 110 (which is what is used in the USA). If your item doesn't have an internal converter built in, then you will need a both. The plugs in Egypt are usually 2 rounded prongs.

    Here is a link to a lightweight voltage converter suitable for using for hairdryers, curling irons and the like. It is NOT useful for electronic items like lap tops.


    Here is a link for plug adapters.


    See my tip on laptops for more information.
    Posted by Megypt

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    Tissue Paper and Currency

    by Court94403 Updated Oct 13, 2009

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Wherever you go in Egypt don't forget 2 things: A package of tissue paper or bathroom tissue, and small bills. 50 Piastres or 1 L.E.

    Both will come in very handy when using public bathrooms. No public bathroom EVER has tissue paper, and most often than not you will have to pay for using public facilities.

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    Travel Light!

    by Court94403 Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: When traveling overseas most of us tend to over-pack. I once went to Egypt with two large suitcases! By the fourth day I was tired of lugging around all those bags! What I realized was that I was usually wearing the same items over and over again. I washed the clothes I felt most comfortable in. If you are traveling within Egypt you will find that at most hotels have laundry service. Laundry service at hotels is very quick and inexpensive, your clothing will be picked up and returned by the following day. Some Nile Cruise ships even have laundry services. Many hotels charge per each item slacks, shirts and skirts (1.00-3.00 L.E. ) I usually spend 5.00-9.00 U.S.D. having 3-4 shirts and 3 pairs of slacks along with a few pairs of socks. I love using the hotel's laundry service they do a better job ironing my clothes than I do!
    Do yourself a favor, pack your favorite comfortable clothes in the smallest suitcase possible. Enjoy your visit, without worrying about keeping up with all your luggage.

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    Decent clothing!

    by DunaKal Updated Apr 24, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Small bags are easier to fit in the small Taxies!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are visiting Egypt by summer make sure you got plenty of T-shirts beacuse they will get dirty everytime you go out!

    If you are a female make sure to bring decent clothes if you don`t want to be harrased.
    Cottons are the best bring light cotton shirts and long pants to wear.No to wearing shorts,and tank tops or above the knee skirts.
    unless you are going to a night club by a car and wearing a scarf over your shoulder,until you reach the night spot.
    Wearing open toed sandals are ok.*
    If you are visiting it by winter ,don`t expect it to be very cold,so one jacket is more than enough,or one over coat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most medicines are available in Egypt,but if you are on some kind of medication you should bring your own,just to be on the safe side.Plus imported medicines are very expensive due to TAX.

    Photo Equipment: Most of the photo equipment are available in Egypt.It would be very cheap if you want to develope your film in Egypt,I always develope my films before leaving,many photo shops develope your film in less than an hour.they also can deliver your pictures to where you are staying(just tip the man who delivers it).
    I also had my digi pictures saved on a CD,Doesn;t cost much
    (I can`t remember how much exactly ).

    Miscellaneous: If you`re a smoker,,bring your own packs of ciggies,unless you really want to try a diffrent taste of Marlboro in Egypt(and it`s cheaper)it`s about 1$ per 20 ciggies pack.

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    Toilet Roll

    by graeme83 Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever country I go to, I always carry a toilet roll. In fact my packing list goes : passport, money, towel, toilet roll. Most of the toilets that I used were western style, but only a couple provided paper. There was a hose instead in most cases.

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    ATMs in Egypt

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Dec 17, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: Atms can be easily found in the major cities in Egypt. Travellers checks are a hassle. ATM bank cards gave the best security/convenience.


    1. Bank card should have a FOUR digit pin code.

    2. Different bank ATMs in Egypt accept different cards: some take MC, others Visa, some take both.

    ATM Locater for VISA

    ATM Locater for Mastercard/Maestro/Cirrus

    3. ATMs provide money in Egyptian pounds at the day's exchange rate with minimal exchange fees, the usual charge for being from a different bank.

    4. There are ALWAYS security issues in ANY country. For ex. in USA it is not unheard of for employees to steal customers card numbers from receipts. Here is a neat feature:

    Pre-Paid ATM Cards

    5. In case you lose a card, it is advisable to have a 2nd card on a 2nd bank.

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    Winter in Egypt

    by bdougherty Written Dec 7, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared - it can get unexpectedly chilly in January. I wore a light coat throughout end of Dec and all of Jan the year I spent in Cairo. Light layers will work just as well if you'd like to avoid packing something you may not need.

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    What to take?

    by viddra Updated Jul 8, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: 1. A small rucksack
    2. Some luggage on wheels
    3. An extra bag for souvenirs

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 4. Layers of clothing
    5. Comfortable shoes

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 6. Some anti-diarrhoeric medicine

    Photo Equipment: 7. A camera and/or a video camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 8. A swimsuit

    Miscellaneous: 9. An umbrella
    10. A sewing kit

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    by MikeySoft Updated May 19, 2008

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: .
    It can get very HOT in Egypt. Southern Egypt got well into the 40s C, well over 100F when I was there in April 2008. It is also very dry, so dry you don't realize how much you are perspiring.

    In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, your body needs salt. It may be hard to find salt while traveling. Most of the hotels have a hard boiled egg as part of breakfast, but many times it is hard to find salt at the breakfast table.

    So maybe you should stop at your local fast food restaurant before you leave and get some salt packages to take on your trip.

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    Bring Real Sunglasses or clip-on.

    by MikeySoft Updated May 7, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: .
    My prescriptions glasses have "Transitions" lenses. You know, the ones that turn dark in the sun. That way, I don't have to worry about carrying second sunglasses or clip-ons.

    I never had a problem then them. However, there was a heat wave when I was in Luxor, something like 45C or well into the 100s F. My glasses were only getting slightly gray. They were not getting dark.

    First I felt there was something wrong with my glasses. Maybe they wore out. In a few days, after the tempture went down to the low 90s F, they worked again. So, for some reason, Transitions lenses don't work well in high tempture.

    So, it is a good idea to bring real glasses or clip-ons.

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