Iranian food is, well, bland! The only time I had any meat approaching spicy was at the home of friends in the countryside. I would suggest that you pack a bottle of hot sauce, maybe some spices like oregano, anything with some ‘bite’ to it. Just to give you an idea, Iranians like to dip bread into yogurt. Bland and bland again. It all needs some pepper and chillies. So if you bring along some in your backpack you will not be disappointed. It’s still good food, just a bit on the bland side.
If you're man, you can have t-shirts for outdoor, but ladies can't. Men don't wear shorts. Ladies need scarf all the time you're outside.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy almost everything if you're in big city so make your supply before going to desert or mountains.
Luggage and bags:
I was on a 19 day tour, which included hotels and Camping, I carried a holdall on wheels and a smaller holdall, which I used for carrying stuff for our camping trips etc. A day sac for visiting the sights etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I carried light weight walking boots, walking sandals and flip flops (for the bathrooms - I don't like using the 'communal' pairs in the hotels. I had no problems with my open toed sandals (and I wore nail polish)
For women, it is compulsorary to wear a head scarf- I packed a variety of silk and cotton scarves. No need to buy a chador or Mantou - A loose fitting shirt or Jacket and trousers or jeans are ok, as long as the top covers your bottom. Locals advise that you don't wear black!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Carry all essential medicines with you and prescriptions. The cities and towns have pharmacies.
Eye drops and throat lozenges for Tehran to combat the effects of the traffic fumes
Photo Equipment: As much as you can carry! Most towns and cities have at least one photo shop. I had to buy more SD cards during my trip
Miscellaneous: Binoculars, presents such as sweets, chocolate, stickers, football memorabilia, badges
TO BE CONTINUED...........
All women must wear hijab in Iran. The strict observance that was once the norm is loosening but it is still mandatory.
It starts with your visa photo - your hair must be covered for that.
Don't get hung up about it. A scarf and a fairly loose coat (certainly covering your bottom) is all you need over trousers or full-length skirts.
If you're not used to wearing a scarf, you might find it easier to wear a cotton one than silk - cotton clings to the hair better. Resign yourself to every day being a bad hair day, pack some hairclips to hold it in place and just forget about it. You don't have to hide all your hair.
An unlined coat will serve you best - you can always add something underneath if it's cold, but you'll be so uncomfortable if it's hot, particularly if your coat is lined with the awful man-made fibres that is usual these days. Loose sleeves that you can roll back when it's very hot help.
Long trousers - no cutoffs or capris here. Shoes, not sandals, and socks - and you'll be fine.
Luggage and bags: Be sure to have a suitcase or bag with good endurance.... Luggage seemed me to be treated a bit more harsher on airports than in Europe. If you have black or dark blue luggage, mark it with a ribbon or a sticker, as all Iranians seem to have suitcases only in these 2 colours...
Luggage and bags:
What luggage you bring depends in large part on what time of year you want to come and what type of traveling you want to do. Regardless, pack sensibly and only bring your essentials. If you are traveling with an organized tour, I would suggest no more than two medium sized suitcases or one suitcase and a backpack. Backpacks, once frowned upon are now accepted and I would recommend a backpack especially if you are traveling alone or plan to spend alot of time outdoors. Hotel management personnel are very accomodating in holding your luggage if you plan to return later.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in spring and autumn is very comfortable throughout the country with the exception of southern Iran near the Gulf where the winter months are warm and the best time to visit.In the summer months lightweight, easily washable clothing is recommended.Hats and sunglasses are recommended for protection from the sun.women may wear a hat over a chador or scarf.Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
In the winter you should bring warm clothing. I would suggest layering your wearing apparal versus wearing bulky sweaters and heavy coats and jackets. Hiking boots or a nice pair of high top walking shoes should be considered.In the spring and autumn, a light sweater and lightweight jacket should be included for cooler nights. An umbrella may come in handy especially when traveling near the Caspian Sea.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Many essentials are easy to find in Iran unless you are going to spend alot of time trekking in remote or isolated areas. Such items as soap and toothpaste and other commodities are widely available. There are laundries available in most Iranian cities. Many hotels also offer laundry services. Packing a small medical kit equipped with antiseptic, bandages and cold remedies for minor injuries and illnesses is a good idea. Bring some toilet paper as it may not be available everywhere you travel.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring extra batteries,chargers and all essential equipment for your camera as camera stores may not have accessories for your make and model.Camera film such as Kodak and Fuji is readily available
Miscellaneous: Mastercard and Visa are being accepted in more and more locations but mostly in Tehran and Esfahan, so be prepared to pay cash in rials or US dollars elewhere.
As hotel management like to hold your passport
upon registration, I would suggest taking several photo copies of your
passport picture page to leave at the hotel desk if you prefer keeping your
passport in your possession at all times.
Bringing a few novelties from home to pass out as gifts to Iranian friends is also
...as there is probably not much of a domestic consumer market in Iran.
Most of the Iranian women I have seen, older and younger, painted face and bare face, have the longest, fullest, loveliest eyelashes I've ever seen, and the advert on this photo does not compare. It makes me wonder if the invention for mascara and fake eyelashes were inspired by the natural beauty of the eyes of Iranian ladies!
This is the book I had as a guide during my visit to Iran. As I was overland from Central Asia, This was my guide for Iran and Turkey.
Lonely Planet. I hope this book will be again used some day when I overland to Nepal from Istanbul...
PRICE for this book:
US$21.99 - AUS$33 - UK£13.99
Istanbul to Kathmandu
Paul Harding, Simon Richard
Published June 2001
608 pp / 24 pp colour / 90 maps
Ladies: Don't forget you hejab! By law all women in Iran (and that includes tourists) must wear modest clothing in public and in the company of non family members. The hejab includes a headscarf, a manto, ropush or chador (basically a large loose shirt that will cover you arms and and your bottom) and a long skirt or trousers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Iran is a consumer society and I found everything was readily available.
Luggage and bags:
Iran is inexpensive by international standards and also is a treasure house of exquisite handicrafts.Persian artworks and handicrafts are historic and famous. So take an empty suitcase with you to fill it with all your wonderful shopping and a backpack to take on trips.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Because of its size, variety of topography and altitude, Iran experiences great extremes of climate. so depend on the season and the places you plan to visit you should have proper clothes with you.remember Islamic codes of dress. Women should not forget to have a scarf to cover their hair and neck (take a cotton one, it's lighter) and the Islamic clothes (large cotton or linen pants and a long sleeves cotton shirt to the knees) with them.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always take your medication with you. But you can buy most common things in Iran.
Photo Equipment: While you are in Iran, there are many wonderful places worth to take a photo of.Don't forget to have your camera or camcorder with you specially when you are in Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd or kermanshah. also Caspian sea region boasts of its wonderful natural sights, attracting thousands of tourists both at home and abroad every year.
Don't worry for 35mm camera films, There is lots of photo-shops in Iran and the film is even cheaper than, for example, in the United States.But if you are using digital camera, take enough RAM and batteries. equipments( batteries, chargers , films, RAM,... ) for some branded digital cameras and camcorders can be found in Tehran but you would have trouble to find them when you are in other cities.
Miscellaneous: There are restrictions on both the import and the export of goods to/from Iran
Tourists can bring in and take out the following non-commercial goods, if they are recorded on the tourist's goods slip
upon arrival at customs: personal jewelry, one camera, an amateur video camera, one pair of binoculars, a portable tape recorder, a personal portable computer, first aid box, and a camping tent with its equipment. Iranian authorities allow the departing passenger to take an unlimited amount of Iranian goods and foreign goods up to $160 (US), and their personal non-commercial equipment. Air passengers may also take one carpet up to 6 square meters from Iran.Iranian authorities prohibit the export of antique carpets , antiques, original works of art, calligraphic pieces, different kinds of coins, and precious stones. They likewise prohibit the export and import of alcoholic beverages, weapons, ammunitions, swords and sheaths, military devices, drugs and illegal goods.
Luggage and bags:
(pic. Abyaneh village, Kashan, Esfahan province)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Iran is a vast country with a very diverse climate. In summer take enough light clothes with you. Walking shoes, and sandals. What you wear should be in harmony with the Islamic nature of the country. long sleeves and scarf for women, and not so tight shirts for men.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are under a special medication make sure to suply yourself with enough medicine. It is also good to have some sprays and ointments to keep yourself from insects. A good sunblock cream or lotion is also nessessary. It is easy to get sunburnt.
Luggage and bags:
CLIMATE AND CLOTHING.
My advise, plan your journey, decide the season and month and know little bit about the geography of the area that you want go. So, you won't end up with 4 luggages full of 3 seasons clothing ( lol). Spring and Autum are the ideal times to tour Iran. No doubt, Summer and Winter still pleasent to make a tour here but it need a little planning before left home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Head scarf and coat !! for ladies. That is the dress code every womena has to follow, whether they are Iranians or tourists.
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