Luggage and bags:
You can almost find anything in Riyadh, if you are willing to pay the price!
Because of the high prices of some imported goods and because sometimes it can really be hard to find everything you usually have , it is a good idea to bring an extra supply of particular items or brands you don't want to do without.
Just be careful that these items wouldn’t fall into the restricted categories.
Pinoy Packing List: (items nonexistent in Riyadh)
E.g. Choc Nut, Beef Bulalo Noodles by Maggi, Goldilocks Polvoron, Pusit at Daing na Super Duper ang Laki
Luggage and bags:
Upon entering Riyadh you should refrain from bringing unnecessary materials and items that might hold or penalize you , especially if you are a travelling alone. These items could be non-Islamic religious materials, pork dishes, books with pork in them, alcohol, adult art/literature and obscene belongings.
Photo Equipment: In some instances, magazines, posters of people, pictures of wife, friends or even plain teenagers without covering, when spotted in your luggage can be confiscated.
Occasionally, officer in the check-out/x-ray luggage asks if you brought hard disks, cds or other devices that could bring in ‘un-Islamic’ influences .
Besides, on some days, officers demand you to open up your suitcases for inspection. Suspected items are searched for unnecessary files or articles. After an awkward scrutiny, only then the item will given back to you.
Unfortunately, I happen to bring a computer harddisk on that unusual 'new officer in-charge' day, the officer asked me to leave it in the office nearby and claim it on a later day.I thought I reserve the trouble for another life.
Miscellaneous: Anywise, if you happen ‘to need’ to bring in some restricted stuff, if it is a life or death issue then have it compressed to non-readable or non-visible.
On a second thought, if you get caught, the item would be confiscated plus a fine which could amount to few or more thousand of riyals, which may not worth all the effort .
*Photo taken from the internet* not by me.
Of course, during winter months - October to April you have to get ready with your winter clothes like jackets, sweatshirts, coat, turtle neck shirts or blouses, long sleeves and long pants. To add, you can also wear gloves.
For summer, cotton light colored clothes. Still, no shorts or sleeveless allowed when you go to public places even when you're wearing abaya on top.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Moisturizer and lotion - esp during winter months. Your skin will be very dull and very dry. So, you need to moisturize and hydrate your face and body.
Sunblock - for extra protection against the sun.
In our experience when we arrived here last jan 2006 the weather was extreme cold but we were ready as my hubby told me to bring our jacket and a thick jacket is very necessary...
Nov. starts of winter season to feb or somtimes untill march is still cold.
Photo Equipment: yes those who love photography and member of this site he..he
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you love camping, beaches be prepared for this... camping or picnic is a way to enjoy your life in saudi arabia... do bring your the best cooler just like we did.
Before you go:
• Know how to use the vehicle's jack
• Make sure you can undo the nuts on the wheels (Often tightened far too much for any normal human to undo)
• Know where the front and rear tow point are
Recommended packing list (even for short trips) that comes to mind.
1) Basic tool set
2) Jack and something to put under it
3) Tire puncture repair kit (The can style you put into the tire to seal a leak)
4) Tire pump compressor
6) Drinking water. At least 1 litre per person for every hour you are out in mid day heat. Alcohol dehydrates. Going two hours before sunset, probably 4-5 litres.
7) Water for your vehicle. At least 10 litres
8) Radiator sealant
9) Tow rope (Strap style is better than the steel rope). If the latter snaps someone will probably be killed if it hits them
10) Jump leads
12) Rubbish bin to take your rubbish home in
(You could always keep all these items in your car apart from the water)
For women, wear tarha (scarf) to cover the head and abaya (the black gown) to cover the whole body. No flesh should be seen as much as possible. Men should not wear shorts.
Photo Equipment: Always bring camera (but beware of taking pictures in public)
- long, warm trousers/pants like a jeans
- warm socks and proper shoes (best prevention to flus)
- warm jumper/pullover
- jumper or shirt covering your throat to prevent flus
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Import of medical supplies is restricted
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It would sound strange in a country where max temperatures are over 20 the whole year, but especially in the summer I recommend long sleeves because of aircon. The temperature difference between inside and outside can be up to 35 degrees, and you may get cold when you get in offices or places.
Photo Equipment: If you are a B&W photo buff, and develope your own photos, be warned that Riyadh does not have a good supply of papers, chemicals, film, or darkrooom supplies. Supplies are sporadic at best, and relatively expensive. Everything can be ordered through certain stores, but delivery time is measured in months.
Miscellaneous: If you take any photos of you wife ,girlfriend etc,in a bikini or anything similar,that to will be taken away.Any magazines with women displaying flesh,adverts for underwear or cosmetic surgery ,they find that offensive,take it from you...and keep it for themselves.
Miscellaneous: Normally when writing these things you talk about what to bring. In this case, I'm talking about what not to bring: alcohol of any kind (don't even try), pornography (this includes advertising material as tame as a woman in a bikini) and pork products. As for CDs and DVDs, you can bring these but expect them to be checked; but this is quite inconsistent, sometimes they check, sometimes they don't!
Luggage and bags:
A good suitacase is preferable, if possible of the sort that can survive anything.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sun glasses are essential.
Long, light summer trousers.
Light long-sleeved shirts.
If yoiu really must wear a suit, chose it light to survive the temperature.
most hotels have a gym so take the necessary t-shirts and shorts if you want to go.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun cream for the face.
Photo Equipment: UV filters are essential if you don't want your pictures over-exposed.
Slow film for outdoors: there is a lot of light.
Luggage and bags:
suitcase does fine, may need a backpack if you plan a trip to the desert.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sandals, shirts, shorts (knee length). It gets very hot in the Summer time
sweaters, jacket, scarf in the winter time as it gets very cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Drink plenty of water every day.
Photo Equipment: It is not allowed to photograph in public where women can be seen although it is okay if no one is around. Be careful as Government buildings are not allowed to be photographed.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack plenty of water, have a mobile phone with you and advise the embassy where you are going and for how long.
Miscellaneous: Do not attempt to bring alcohol into the country as you will be arrested. Alcohol is illegal in Saudi Arabia.
Luggage and bags:
Follow airline guidelines.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As I'm sure everyone knows, it is very hot most of the year in Saudi. After first visiting from April 'til July and enduring the heat, I was pleasantly surprised when I returned to very mild temperatures in December and January.
Photo Equipment: We were told by the military that govt. buildings and Mosques were off-limits to photographers. I didn't abide by this rule, but I suppose my equipment or at least my film could have been confiscated.
Miscellaneous: I can't stress the importance of researching muslim customs thoroughly, prior to visiting the Kingdom.
Miscellaneous: Riyadh (which is the plural of an Arabic word meaning garden) enjoys a winter climate that is cool and pleasant with moderate temperatures. Rain is not unusual in the winter, nor are sandstorms. Summer is dry and hot, but without the uncomfortable humidity of Jeddah or Dhahran.