Yemen What to Pack

  • What to Pack
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  • What to Pack
    by erikute3534
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Yemen What to Pack

  • The Art of Building in Yemen

    The architecture of Yemen is truly extraordinary. It's unlikely that any tour guide will have any in-depth knowledge of the subject, especially since the variation between one region and another- or even between villages that are close together- is important.By far the best book on the subject is Fernando Varanda's Art of Buiding in Yemen. Not a...

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  • Jam tomorrow

    It is a bizarre travel habit of many Britons to lug quantities of their favorite foods half-way across the globe. I've never been a one for this myself: a major part of the joy of travelling is eating whatever is eaten locally. But if I ever revisit Yemen I will pack a pot of decent-quality jam (or 'jelly' as out North American cousins call it)....

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  • Dust in Your Camera

    Yemen is very dusty and a little windy in places so you have to be very careful not to get dust in your camera. I did and my lense got scratched which cost me a few quid when I got home.A plastic bag is the cheapest option and try to keep your camera in its case with the lense cap on when not in use.It is tempting to keep the camera handy round...

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  • Climate in Yemen

    Climate varies greatly Yemen as it ranges from sea level to 2800 metres high.The coastal areas are very hot and humid, especially along the Red Sea so you will need cool cotton and linen clothes and plenty of sun protection.Hadramaut is a desert climate mostly dry and hot, very hot in summer but not as hot as the coast.The mountain areas are...

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  • Cover Up

    Women don't need to wear the full Burka in Yemen or cover the hair when walking around. Although I have red hair and that did attract a lot of attention!If you wear loose fitting clothes, not too short and with long sleeves you will be fine most places. The highlands can be quite cool so you need a sweater for evenings, late afternoons and early...

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  • Sturdy Shoes

    You need strong sturdy shoes for walking up steps and on uneven surfaces. Flimsy flip flops or open toe sandals will not do the job. The ground is either rocky and slippery or muddy and slippery and the steps are uneven.

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  • Guide Book

    Some may argue against guide books - I have at times - but not for Yemen. Its a bit complicated getting around with permits etc and you need to plan ahead to give the police a schedule. Ive managed to borrow one - after a month of trying to find one out here - bring one with you!

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  • Travel Story

    Thorkild HansenArabia Felix ISBN: 0-140-09514-2 1985Dutch translation:Het Gelukkige Arabië ISBN: 90-445-0543-2 2005Most students of Yemen's history are aware of the famous Danish expedition sent to Egypt and Yemen in 1761 and popularly described in Thorkild Hansen's Arabia Felix (1962). The man we usually associate with this ill-fated expedition...

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  • Travel Story

    Wilfred ThesigerArabian Sands ISBN: 0-140-09514-2 1985Dutch translation:Woestijnen van Arabië ISBN: 90-450-0308-2 2004The deserts of Arabia cover more than a million square miles. The southern desert occupies nearly half of the total area. It stretches nine hundred miles from the frontier of the Yemen to the foothills of Oman and five hundred...

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  • Novel (Fiction)

    Paul TordaySalmon Fishing in Yemen ISBN: 978-015-1012-76-8 2007Dutch translation:Vissen op Zalm in Jemen ISBN: 978-90-6974-819-1 2007This is the story of Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist - for whom diary notable events include the acquisition of a new electric toothbrush and getting his article on caddis fly larvae published in 'Trout and...

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  • Sourcebook

    Leila IngramsYemen Engraved (Illustrations by foreign travellers 1680-1903) ISBN: 1-900988-70-4 2006Yemen has been a magnet to travellers for thousands of years, from the days of its reputed wealth through the trade of frankincense and myrrh and because of its strategic position on the southwest corner of the Arabian peninsula, linking east and...

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  • Field Guid (Birds)

    Ornithological Society of the Middle EastBirds of Yemen ISBN: 1996Written by RF Porter and RP Martins and illustrated M LangmanLanguage: Text in Arabic, Bird names in English and Latin

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  • Field Guid (Birds)

    Al Roya Publishing(J Eriksen and H Eriksen)Common Birds in Oman ISBN: 2005

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  • Guidebook

    Lonely PlanetArabian Peninsula ISBN: 1-74104-294-1 1st Edition november 2004

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  • Money Belt and other stuff

    JohnnyOmani said it and I will second it. Cash is king in Yemen and most wallets will not stretch enough to carry all the bills you will end up with. You can get most of what you might need in Sanaa and the other major towns or souqs but if you are partial to something it is probably a good idea to take it with you. I think digital cameras are...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    This is an absolute essential if you are going to travel to Yemen. The local pharmacies only handle after care which is no good if you are trying to stop the flies at night and depending on your hostel they can be persistant buggers! They are brutal and I heard they are extremely bad near the coast. Even the mid range hotel have beasties so be...

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  • A FEW THINGS TO TAKE WITH YOU !

    Do you want your own clothes? 5% of ALL bags get lost or delayed by airlines. Mostly because they do not have a luggage tag! Put the details of your hotel. They can find you! A good pair of shoes/boots and light coloured clothes, preferably a tan colour. You will get dusty and dark clothes show it more. Sterile wipes for sure and your own soap....

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  • Travel light

    Travelling light would be my advice for any trip, but the more so in a country that's hot in most places most of the year. Clothes of natural fibres obviously. Sturdy shoes (local replacement of them would prove to be sub-standard). Sweater (in the Highlands anytime outside summer, in the low-lying areas only in winter). Otherwise, everything is...

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  • some essential packing tips

    - hat- some warm clothing (even in the desert it can get very cold)- real walking shoes (no trainers) if you go hiking are a must! - sunscreen; the sun is extremely intense in the mountains and the deserts- toilet paper (if you stay in a "funduk") - there are virtually no book shops in Yemen, so bring enough reading stuff

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  • Money

    Credit Cards - with few exceptions - are not accepted. Traveller Cheques are unknown or uncommon either. So basically your only option is to change your currency into Yemeni Rial and to rely exclusively on paper money. As violent crime, theft or robbery are practically unknown, you should not be overly concerned.

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  • Film

    You should probably take about 3 times the amount of film that you would usually take on a regular trip because A. film is not available everywhere in Yemen and B. if it is available it is expensive. C. It is not accessible in remote areas. You can easily pick up most regular forms of film in Sana'a but if you are going on adventures ie Shaharah...

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  • Pillow Cases

    Most cheap hostels or funduqs in Yemen do not change their bedding often so a sleeping bag of some sort would be wise to avoid any potential problems ie beg bites etc. It is a common sense item but always overlooked and a great way to avoid the minor hassles of bites during your trip.

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  • Shoes and Earplugs

    Great shoes are a must in yemen as most places are either cobblestone or dirt making this place not the ideal area to bring cheap flip flop sandals and despite how easy the locals make travelling around in shower sandals look I wouldnt recommend it as my feet were damaged after just two days (learned the hard way and converted to my hikers)....

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  • Money Belts

    Money belts may be the way to go in Yemen because of the size of Yemeni bills. They are very bulky and take up alot of space making a moneybelt extra handy in this part of the world and if you carry a wallet leave it in the hotel or you may end up like the George Castanza character on Seinfeld carrying around a huge wallet until you get a sore...

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  • BABY WIPES ARE THE ANSWER

    yes, bring some. ; ) Ladies, bring something that covers your head- including your hair- such as a scarf and pick up a veil as soon as you can. It will make the differnce in you being stared at and glared at.Sandles.SLEEVES ON EVERY THING.NOTHING SHORT.Modesty is EVERYTHING. Baby wipes. Baby wipes. Baby wipes.your own tampons.little packets of...

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  • I cannot add more to Maykal's list

    The more you cover up your body the better especially women. Short sleeves are OK on male visitors but I would have preferred I took more long sleeves with me. A light jacket was also very handy because the evenings were often cool. I'd also recommend umbrella and/or raincoat plus a spare pair of shoes. Streets are often flooded after the...

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  • the right clothes

    for women:do pack long sleeve things, long trousers, just clothes, that don't show too much of your skin - remember, it is an Islamic country!

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  • Packing List

    Bring what you need....although bear in mind that suitcases are impractical for carrying...the roads just aren't suitable for pulling a suitcase on wheels!! A rucksack is easier to carry, as well as transport in taxis/buses. You would expect Yemen to always be hot, but because of the mountains, it gets surprisingly cold, even during summer. On the...

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  • Packing List

    Be prepared for all temperatures!The coastel area called Tihama is very hot (up to 50 degrees centigrade in the summer!) and humid. The warm winds from Africa pick up water vapor over the Red Sea. This hot, humid air then is confronted with a wall of 2000 to 2500 meters high, and cools of. This means a lot of rainfall during the rainy season in...

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