Can I Wear Capris in Egypt? (Or a Complete Egypt Packing Guide for Women)

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When I was preparing for my tour in Egypt, I had so many questions about what to pack.

This was going to be my first time in the Middle-East (2 days in Istanbul back in 2012 doesn't really count), and I knew I would need to be more conscious about dressing conservatively than I ever had been before. But, as a non-Muslim woman, just how conservative did I need to be?

Did I need to cover my hair?

Were long sleeves required, or would t-shirts be acceptable in hotter cities?

Could I wear capris?

Did all my clothing have to be super baggy?

Would a cross-body purse accentuate my boobs too much?

It was easy to find the answers to some of these questions online, while other searches brought up nothing useful. So I decided to write my own guide to packing for a trip to Egypt as a woman.

The Great Temple of Abu Simbel
My favorite outfit at Abu Simbel

First, let's address those questions about what to pack for a trip to Egypt! (Unless you just want to skip ahead to my full packing list – if so, just scroll down!)

Questions about what to wear in Egypt

As a non-Muslim woman, do I need to cover my hair in Egypt?

In short, no. As a tourist you aren't expected to wear a hijab or any other hair covering in Egypt. The only exception to this is if you're visiting a mosque – in that case, you do indeed need to respect the fact that you're entering a religious building and cover up. Usually just using a regular scarf to cover your hair will do.

Some women choose to cover their hair at all times in Egypt, though, especially if they're traveling independently. This is definitely not necessary – but it's based on what you feel comfortable with!

Do I have to wear long sleeves all the time?

Again, no. Tank tops and strapless tops are generally frowned upon, as are tops that reveal too much cleavage. But as for arm coverage, the general rule is to make sure your shoulders are covered.

Covering your elbows is polite, but you won't get too much unwanted attention if you go out in a normal t-shirt. I mostly wore tops with 3/4-length sleeves.

Some of the other outfits I wore in Egypt: Left, my go-to outfit for dinner and other stuff at night; Center, an outfit I wore to a couple temples (sometimes paired with a lightweight scarf); Right, what I wore to the Valley of the Kings!

Can I wear capris in Egypt?

Yes! Just like you don't always need to wear long sleeves, you don't always need to wear long pants in Egypt. Capris are acceptable for women as long as they cover your knees. (For men, longer shorts are fine, but I personally wouldn't wear shorts as a woman.)

Does all my clothing have to be super baggy?

While skin-tight clothing isn't always considered modest, you don't have to pack baggy, shapeless clothes as a woman in Egypt.

Obviously the more you emphasize your curves, the more attention you might receive, but I know from experience that it's sometimes impossible to find clothing that will “hide” big boobs and a backside without making you look like you're wearing a sack. (And I don't know about you, but I wanted to look at least mildly cute in my Pyramid selfies!)

Pyramid selfie

The good news is that most local Egyptian women dress quite modern – you'll see skinny jeans everywhere! I tried to make sure that if I had on slightly more form-fitting bottoms that I wore a looser, more flowing top. I didn't have any issues.

Can I wear a cross-body purse in Egypt?

Any woman with a larger chest will know that you can't wear a cross-body hand bag without the strap strongly emphasizing The Girls. It doesn't matter how heavy the bag is; if you have boobs, they're going to stand out when wearing a cross-body purse.

My go-to travel bag is, of course, usually a cross-body one (they're much more secure, as they're more difficult to steal while you're wearing them), but I wasn't sure I would feel comfortable wearing one in Egypt. I opted for a pickpocket-proof backpack instead, which made me feel more comfortable when out sightseeing.

I did bring a small cross-body bag with me, though, for going out to dinner or for instances where I didn't need to carry my camera or water bottle or other heavy things. I didn't experience any harassment wearing this bag, though I did often wear it paired up with a jacket or scarf.

What to wear in Egypt
Capris AND a cross-body bag in Cairo

I don't have a definitive answer on this one, but I would say that if you're worried about it, go with a theft-proof backpack instead.

Is there any time I can just wear what I want?

Generally speaking, I always try to adhere to local customs when I travel. It's just respectful, and also makes your travel experience more positive. This isn't to say that I didn't see tourists wearing tank tops or short shorts in Egypt – I did. I even saw one woman at a temple in a short, strapless romper!

But I wouldn't recommend wearing your normal American or European summer clothing in Egypt. It's just kind of rude.

The one exception to this is if you go on a Nile river cruise. Things are generally more relaxed on these cruise ships since you're surrounded by other tourists (you can, for example, wear your bathing suit on the sun deck and in the pool). BUT, remember that the crew will be all Egyptian, and that there may be Egyptian or other Muslim families on the boat, too. I found the topless sunbathing on my cruise boat to be a bit insensitive.

Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Temple
Me wearing a t-shirt over a long dress at Karnak

Interested in booking a tour in Egypt?

These are the two tours I recommend:

Or you can combine Egypt and Jordan in this 19-day trip.

Egypt packing list (for women)

Now that we've covered the packing FAQs, here's what I actually packed in my bag for my 12-day trip to Egypt.

I visited in November/December, which is “winter” in Egypt. Temperatures were mild (even cool in the evenings), but I would probably have packed similar things for a trip during the warmer months, since you can't really wear less clothing in such a conservative country!

My bag

My bag for this trip was a hard-sided, carry-on size spinner from Delsey, with an extra front pocket and TSA-friendly locks. Yes, this is a small bag, but I really didn't need anything bigger since I was mixing and matching my clothing and wearing things more than once!

For longer trips, I'm a fan of Osprey's rolling bags. I've had an Osprey convertible bag for about 5 years now, and it's traveled to 4 different continents with me! I like the Osprey Sojourn – it comes in 45L (carry-on size) or 80L, both with detachable backpack straps.


  • 2 dresses (midi/maxi – I LOVE this maxi dress, which has pockets!)
  • 1 maxi skirt (if you like the flowy type of skirt, this one is an affordable option – I have it in blue and wine)
  • 2 pairs of capris (like these or these)
  • 1 pair of skinny jeans for evenings
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 1 tunic top
  • 2 long tops with 3/4-length sleeves
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 tank top
  • 2 long-sleeved jersey wrap tops
  • 2 bras
  • Breathable underwear (these ExOfficio ones are my favorite)
  • 1 light jacket (I took a denim jacket)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (I love my SUAVS, which are lightweight and breathable)
  • 1 pair of walking sandals
  • 2 scarves (one a hidden pocket travel scarf)
  • 1 packable sun hat (I like this one and this one)

Toiletries / first aid

  • Lifestraw water bottle (which makes most tap water safe to drink)
  • Travel toilet paper rolls (they take up even less room than tissues!)
  • Hand sanitizer (crucial for bathrooms in Egypt)
  • Toiletries like sunscreen, contact solution, and moisturizer (OMG bring a good moisturizer or lotion – it is SO DRY in Egypt!)
  • Solid shampoo/conditioner – I like the solid bars by Ethique; you don't have to worry about liquid rules, AND they won't explode in your suitcase (plus, eco-friendly!)
  • First aid kit with Band-Aids, motion sickness pills, pain killers, Imodium, and rehydration salts (and I sadly needed some of this – our group passed around a stomach bug!). You also may want to consider taking a probiotic in Egypt to help ward off any tummy troubles; I've used Travelan on other trips, and it does seem to work!


Portable wifi

If you don't want to rely on patchy hotel wifi, you might want to look into traveling with a portable wifi hotspot like a Skyroam. Skyroam works by connecting you to a local mobile network – but no SIM cards are required. You can buy or rent a device, and then purchase day passes for your Skyroam, only paying for what you use. You can connect up to 5 devices to a Skyroam, which is perfect if you're traveling as a couple or a family. Learn more about Skyroam here.

(And, as a reader of A Dangerous Business, you can save 10% on Skyroam products by using the code ADBSKYROAM!)


I also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for the entirety of your trip in Egypt. You may be covered under your regular insurance plan, but if you're not, I recommend buying coverage through World Nomads. They offer the most affordable basic travel insurance out there.

(Most tour companies will require you to have travel insurance in Egypt.)

What if I'm going to Egypt in summer?

If you're traveling to Egypt during the summer months (which can be extremely hot), you'll still need to cover up – so make sure to pack light, breathable fabrics, and some extra pieces in case you need to change outfits during the day.

For ladies like me who have never known what a thigh gap is, I recommend trying the following if you'll be wearing skirts or dresses to combat chafing:

  • Jockeys Skimmies – These moisture-wicking slipshorts are perfect for under just about anything; I wear them constantly in the summer! (Recently I've also been liking these yoga shorts by Baleaf – they don't ride up at all, but are heavier than the Skimmies.)
  • Gold Bond Friction Defense Stick – Don't want to add an extra layer? Then pick up one of these “friction defense sticks,” which really do work wonders to combat chafing!

What were my Egypt packing must-haves?

I packed pretty well for this trip – I wore everything that I brought for Egypt and don't feel like I took anything unnecessary. That being said, I was happy to have a few specific things:

Hidden pocket scarf

I got two new hidden pocket travel scarves from Speakeasy Travel Supply, and took one of them to Egypt with me. I LOVE these scarves for travel – the pockets are large enough for your passport and money, making them excellent to wear on travel days. And they make them in all sorts of materials, too, including a lightweight rayon, which doesn't make you super hot.

Amanda at Philae Temple
At Philae Temple with my hidden pocket scarf

I also used my scarf at temples when I needed a pocket (sadly not all women's clothing comes with pockets!). You'll want pockets in Egypt since nearly every temple, tomb, or other historic site you visit will give you a paper ticket that you may have to show more than once.

I also tucked my phone into my scarf once or twice when I was lacking a pocket but didn't want to have to keep digging in my backpack in order to do in Instagram Story.

Good shoes

I take my Tevas Verra sandals with me almost everywhere as long as the weather isn't supposed to be cold. Not only are these sandals comfortable and supportive for walking, but they're also perfect for a destination like Egypt. Why? Because everything in Egypt is DUSTY (it is mostly a desert, after all), and unlike my sneakers I could easily rinse these sandals off in the shower every night. (Plus, even though they're technically “hiking sandals,” I don't think they're hideous!)

If you prefer covered shoes, check out the Zilker Knit shoe by SUAVS. I love these shoes because they're light and super easy to pack, AND they're machine washable, meaning you can easily wash all the dirt and sand off when you get home. 

Pacsafe backpack

Lastly, taking my Pacsafe theft-proof backpack on this trip was a great idea. I didn't have to worry about the cross-body strap of a purse accentuating things I didn't want to accentuate, and I could fit everything I'd need for a day inside it (including my camera, wallet, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and scarf), and I always had extra room for a souvenir or two.

The bonus of taking a Pacsafe bag is that you don't have to stress about pickpockets since all the zippers are lockable and the material is slash-proof. Even when we were in areas where our guide told us to keep an eye on our bags, I wasn't worried about anyone getting into mine.

I usually travel with a camera-specific Pacsafe backpack, but the following ones are great too:

And if you want to keep your things *even safer* (or, if like me you usually travel with a laptop and expensive camera that don't fit into hotel safes)? Consider taking a packable, portable safe with you, so you can lock things up in your hotel room.

PS – Don't forget to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when you're traveling. It helps keep your private details (like passwords and other sensitive data) safe when you're using public wifi networks. I use NordVPN, which is easy to install and use.

Interested in visiting Egypt for yourself? Check out these posts about my trip there:

Have you ever been to Egypt? If not, do you have questions about traveling there? Feel free to ask me in the comments below!

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  1. I was so happy to see this appear on my Twitter! I’m heading to Egypt this Saturday and have been wondering about appropriate dress, especially since I also have trouble finding anything that doesn’t accentuate the girls ? Thank you so much for this!

      So happy to be able to help – I hope you have an amazing time in Egypt!

        Thnx a ton Amanda, for the very useful tips, on Packing, Wearing comfortable Clothing, etc which will help us a great deal when we plan to travel to Egypt from 3rd Dec. Excited about my holiday, shall keep in touch once we are back, till then bye, bye

    I’m so happy you wrote this! Egypt has been my dream destination for as long as I can remember. But whenever I think about going I get stressed out trying to make sure I wouldn’t offend anyone.

    This post was super helpful. Thanks!

      I was really nervous about it, but once I was there it wasn’t really that big of a deal. As long as you’re respectful and more or less covered up, you’ll honestly be fine! One girl in my group wore t-shirts and yoga pants the whole time and also didn’t really have issues with harassment. (Though, we were on a tour with a local guide, which I do think made a difference!)

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve had similar questions but found it hard to get a good answer – this post has helped a lot!

      Happy to hear it, Kate! I love being able to write these sorts of posts that will (hopefully) help future travelers!

    “I always try to adhere to local customs when I travel. It’s just respectful, and also makes your travel experience more positive”


    Which cruise ship were you on and who was sunbathing topless?

      I was a tourist cruise ship from Aswan to Luxor (there a tons of them sailing that route). And there was at least one woman sunbathing topless, and another who completely stripped down in front of people to change from her bikini into a robe. They were European (and I do understand that Europeans are less prudish about nudity than us Americans), but I just thought it was a bit inappropriate given where we were.

    Sometimes I am very happy to have A-B cups XD I dress pretty “Middle Eastern tourist” all the time lol, I wear mostly men’s clothes and almost never wear shorts, so probably I would just bring my usual clothes here. I get the idea that Egypt (at least the parts that any tourists would visit) is actually pretty chill about what visitors wear

      Doesn’t sound like you’d have any trouble packing! And yes, in the touristy places most locals are indeed pretty chill about what visitors wear – though I still think it’s nice to be respectful and dress conservatively!

    thanks for the detailed article and you are looking beautiful

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve had similar questions but found it hard to get a good answer – this post has helped a lot!.

      So glad to hear it! That’s why I wrote it in the first place. 🙂

        Thank u very much Amanda, i read all u wrote about your visit to my country, and i am very happy by the good experienc that you had about egypt, l appreciate very very much your care and your respect towards our tradations and religious habbits, and your percise choosing for your dressing and clothes, really Thank u
        , we have the honour by your visit, and i hope all tourists behalf like you, as in egypt, there is some touristy places which we are as an egyptian families cant go to it because of unsuitable wearing and behaviours of great majority of tourists,
        Thank you again and you are most wellcome in egypt again and again

    This is a great post Amanda!

    I’ve been to Egypt 4 times! But it’s funny, I didn’t even think about my clothing when I went! I just wore what I normally wore at home – summer dresses, T-shirts and jeans!

    I think one of the reasons that I didn’t think about it, was ‘cos in those days, Egypt and Tunisia was considered to be just a warmer extension of Europe, and we would go there to dive and snorkel, as a winter beach destination, and exotic river cruises! Moreover, both Egypt and Tunisia are just 4 hours away!

    However, since the Arab Spring, sadly, things have changed…

      It’s still similar in the really tourist places (and especially at the beach resorts), but I was definitely conscious of what I was wearing in many places!

    Thank you for your insight! I am planning to do the same Intrepid itinerary as you next year. My fiancé is very tall [6’6”] so naturally his clothes take up more space and don’t always fit comfortably in a carry-on sized bag]. Did anyone in your group have a checked bag? How often were laundry facilities/services available?

      Most people on my tour had larger-sized bags; I went with a carry-on just because I don’t like to carry more than I have to! I brought enough clothing so that I didn’t need to do laundry, but I think it was offered at a few of the hotels we stayed at; I would just ask your guide!

    This is really helpful Amanda – just what I’ve been looking for. I’m going on the exact same Intrepid trip in October. But I’m a bit worried that it will be a whole lot hotter then and I just don’t think I could cope with 3/4 sleeves, leggings etc in 35+ heat. Good to hear that t-shirts are generally fine, with longer skirts or capris. Do you think the solo supplement was worth it? It seems quite a lot but as a 60+ solo traveller not sure I’d want to share with someone else, especially if they were much younger (or they with me!). Good to hear there was a range of ages on your trip.

      It will still probably be hot in Egypt in October (especially in the south), but you can absolutely get away with a conservative t-shirt and long skirt on the hotter days.

      I did pay for the single supplement simply because I really like to have my own space and could afford it! But I would have been happy to share with any of the ladies on my tour, as they were all awesome!

      I am glad to see what to wear as a woman over there. I will be over there middle of October. Rosemary I too am a 60+ solo traveler.This one of my bucket list to cross off. I hope you have a wonderful time.

    Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for the information. We will be going on a very similar tour at the beginning of September. What were the temperatures while you were there? Did you need a light jacket at night? Also, being from Texas my husband lives in shorts year round….were many of the men in shorts?

      Shorts on men are fine as long as they are to the knee (if they cover knees, even better!). And it will probably still be fairly warm in September. I went in late November/early December, and it was pretty warm/hot during the day, but I did indeed need a light jacket at night.

    Thank you very much for your advices! Some of them really helped us. Me and my husband spent 2 weeks touring Egypt in May, 2018 and had a wonderful time there!

    Hi Amanda,

    I found your posts very informative
    I am planning a trip to Egypt later this year

    My tour includes a two day sail on a felucca unless I upgrade to the expensive option of a Nile cruise and forced to pay the single sup price. I am undecided on which option to choose. Will I miss out by taking the cruise ? Do you have any insights to


      My trip was the more expensive version, where I was on the cruise instead of a felucca. I thought it was just fine, and definitely liked that I had a bed to sleep in as opposed to sleeping on the open deck of a boat!

    Hi. How cold does it get at night especially on the Nile
    Would I need a fleece jacket and thermals especially in Jan?

      If you’re on the Nile, you’ll likely be in the Luxor area in southern Egypt, which generally tends to be warmer than Cairo. In early December, I only wore a light denim jacket at night and was fine. I don’t think you’ll need thermals unless you are used to a really warm climate – the coldest it got in December was in Cairo at night, and even then it was still in the 60s F.

    Hi Amanda!

    You saved me with your article! I was so desperate for looking for a quite honest and straight what-to-pack-list. My concern is I am going in July! (oh yeah), although I love long skirts, my thighs are pretty closed to each other and when sweating it’s not a funny thing, and I don’t know how comfy it will be for visiting tombs. A question I have, as you went to the cruise in the Nile, how is it dinner for dressing? Cause I am going for honey moon, and I would love to wear something nice for dinner (not too glam, I am not like that). Thanks again!

      Happy to be able to help! It will be HOT in July, so I definitely recommend the lightest layers you can manage. As for skirts, I combat thigh rub with either a pair of compression-type shorts (Jockeys makes moisture-wicking shorts called Skimmies that are my go-to), or a deodorant-style stick (Gold Bond makes a “Friction Defense” stick that works great!).

      As for the Nile, some people did put on a nicer outfit for dinner, but it’s not required.

    Very nice article! Did you require a visa to be in Egypt? Even just for a week?

      Yes, I did need a visa, but as an American I was allowed to just get the visa when I arrived in Cairo.

    THANK YOU!!!! This was so informative! We are heading to Egypt for our honeymoon next month, and I has no idea what to wear. You helped me tremendously! Thanks again!!!

      So glad to be able to help!!

    We just booked a trip for this November! Your posts have been so helpful. Can’t wait for our adventure!

      That’s great! I went at the end of November last year, and it was a great time of year to visit! Hope you enjoy your trip.

    I am travelling to Egypt in September. I have been googling like crazy and every piece of clothing I buy is with Egypt in mind. This is by far the BEST and most helpful thing I have read so far. Thank you so much. I am so glad I came across this. Excuse me while I read everything else you’ve written on Egypt!

      I’m SO glad to hear that, Hayley! I tried to make this as comprehensive as possible, because I couldn’t easily find the answers to many of the questions I had before my own Egypt trip!

    Hi, so shorts are a “no”? I have to. Cover to the knee is this correct ? I know you said people wear them but I would like to go with the norm.
    We are going in 4 weeks

      That’s correct. You of course can wear whatever you want, but if you want to be respectful of the local culture and not invite unwanted attention, I would definitely make sure your knees and shoulders are covered.

    Thank you so much for your informative and honest postings. This is exactly what I was looking for. I will be traveling to Egypt next month and I am wondering about budgeting; particularly if credit cards were widely accepted in the tourist spots? You mentioned the tipping in another article can be in Egyptian pounds or American dollars. Was wondering any recommendations you might have for a 10 day trip and budgeting? Any insight is greatly appreciated.

      Hey Steph! I went on a tour where many things were included (including entrance to most tourist sites), so I didn’t have need to pay for a lot beyond food and souvenirs. I found it definitely easier to use cash for those things, though. Egypt is pretty affordable – even when tipping, I was only tipping a dollar or less (USD) per interaction, so you don’t need a ton of cash on-hand.

    Thanks for this very informative blog. I’m traveling to Egypt in April and am browsing around early to see what may be needed on the trip; specifically, appropriate clothing to pack considering weather and cultural expectations.

    I want to thank you again Amanda for letting us know what to wear over there. I was looking at their cultural and traditional to see what was allowed. Will be leaving Oct. 15th.

    What shoes are you wearing in your picture by the pyramid? They don’t look like TiVo sandals, but they look really cool.

      They’re the Teva Verra sandals recommended in this post! I wear these things everywhere.

        Thank you for answering so quickly. I’m going to Egypt at Christmas time and your travel packing list has greatly helped me; I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas. I love the secret scarf. I went on a shopping spree last night because of you! I was just wondering how much cash you recommend I take and where should I stash it?

          Great to hear, Diana! I wrote this post in hopes of helping people just like you! As for your question about cash, because I went on a tour where many things were included, I didn’t take a whole lot of cash with me to Egypt. Maybe $200 USD total? Whenever I travel with cash, I usually keep most of it tucked away inside my luggage (one of my bags has an inside pocket that I usually use), and only carry smaller notes on me when I go out. When I went shopping for alabaster and papyrus, those stores accepted credit card, so I didn’t need a ton of cash.

    Hi Amanda, do you take wrinkle free clothing or do you take what you like and pack an iron, or maybe a few wrinkles aren’t that big of a deal. I have some cotton shirts but they would be wrinkled after spending days in my suitcase. Does it matter whether I iron or not? I bought a couple of wrinkle free tunic tops, but I hate the fabric so I’m returning them.

    Thanks again for providing all this excellent information which is making my trip so much easier. Oh one more question, I was told the hotels in Egypt do not have Laundry facilities and that I will have to do my own. Is that true? I’m hoping I won’t have to do much laundry. What do you do about that? What do you think of those portable washing Bags like Scrubba?


      Hey Diana! I tend to travel with clothing made of materials that don’t wrinkle a lot – but in general I don’t worry about it. Unless I’m going to a really fancy dinner somewhere (which isn’t something I did in Egypt), I don’t fret over a wrinkle or two. Then again, I barely ever iron things at home! Haha.

      When going to conferences or other things, I travel with a little bottle of Downy Wrinkle Release, which usually helps get rid of the big creases.

      As for laundry in Egypt, the only thing I did was wash some underwear in the sink in my room; I packed enough other clothing that I didn’t need to wash anything. I *think* there were laundry facilities at one or two of the hotels we stayed at, and maybe on the cruise ship as well? But again, I didn’t do any laundry while I was there! I also don’t worry about wearing things more than once when I travel – as long as they aren’t smelly, who cares?

        Good advice. You and I are on the same page! Thank you. Shukran.

    Did you have to purchase airfare and then meet up for the tour? It looks like you had a great time.

      Yes, generally with tours like this you make your own way to the meeting point (though some tour companies can help you book your flights, too, if you need them to).

    For me, packing is always very stressful and I go through a lot of anxiety just to get my stuff packed. I remember one trip I just threw everything into the suitcase at the last minute. So I was wondering, how long does it take you to pack? Do you prepare things in advance, if so, when do you start preparing? Your list really help me a lot and I’m gathering my travel stuff even now. I leave for Egypt on December 26.

    I have one more question. Do you Have just a wash and wear hair style that you don’t have to spend a lot of time on? How much time do you spend on doing your hair every day? I just plan on taking a small travel hairdryer and a round brush. What’s the best way to look good with minimal time and effort?

    I love your blog! Your information is so helpful and makes traveling easier when we know what to take and what to expect. Thanks again

      For bigger trips, I’ll start setting clothing items aside and making a list of all the things I need to pack about a week before I leave. For shorter trips, I usually start packing 2 days before I leave – or sometimes the day before!

      As for hair styles, my hair is extremely straight, so it really only does two things: it either hangs down straight, or goes up into the ponytail in hot weather. I don’t spend a lot of time on my hair at home, so it’s the same when I travel! I usually travel with a brush and travel hair dryer and that’s it!

    It’s me again, Amanda. Thank you for responding to all my questions so promptly. I have another question. I read that in Egypt, tipping is expected for everything. How did you handle this situation? Did you change some American money into Egyptian money, and give out small tips or did you just use American money and hand out dollar bills? How many times a day did you have to tip people?

      Tipping is indeed expected for almost everything in Egypt. I was on a tour, and our guide often handled the tipping for us (we all gave him $35 at the beginning of the tour, and he handled the main stuff like tipping drivers and such). Otherwise, I just had a stack of $1 US bills, and used those to tip.

    I was just wondering where you were going next Amanda. Next summer I am going to Jordan and Israel. I plan to take a few days at the end of the tour to go snorkeling in the Red Sea and swimming with the dolphins. You should come there

    Amanda, this has been an extremely helpful blog and list. Many thanks for posting.. We are going the middle of next month, November, on a cruise up the Nile then a few days in Cairo. Will we need insect repellent ?
    Also, you suggest the Lifestraw Waterbottle. My doctor friend who is traveling with me, thinks it won’t be enough protection from tap water. Did you use it in places other than your hotel? In other words, out and about while sightseeing? Thanks.

      I traveled in November/December last year and did not use any insect repellent. As for the Lifestraw, I only filled mine up in hotel rooms, but they claim you can drink water from anywhere safely in it!

    Hi Amanda, I have another question for you! Did you pack everything in your Kelty? Or did you have another larger suitcase? How many pieces of baggage did you actually take on the airplane? Did you check your baggage or was it all carry-on ? Again thank you for answering all my questions. You are a real lifesaver! I’ve got two months to get ready for my trip to Egypt and with your help I think I’ll be ready.

      I only took a carry-on suitcase on this trip (the one I took is linked in the post; it’s a Delsey suitcase). So on the plane I had my small suitcase and my Pacsafe backpack, and that’s it. Depending on what airline you fly, you might have to check the larger bag (for example, I flew Emirates, and they have a 1-carry-on-only policy, so I did have to check my smaller bag on one flight).

        Admit it, you are a magician. How did you fit all that stuff in a small suitcase? I think you should make a video for YouTube! You probably didn’t plan on buying a lot of souvenirs or gifts for people so you didn’t need the extra room, is that right? You are so amazing!

          Haha, not a magician – just have lots of practice! I also don’t bring more than I need, and plan to wear a lot of things more than once so everything takes up less room! And no, I don’t really buy gifts anymore since I travel so much, and only brought home small souvenirs.

    Yes, I could Google this question which I probably will, but I wanted to ask you anyway: what is your best recommendation for dealing with jet lag?

      I don’t have any secrets, I’m afraid! I try to drink lots of water on travel days, and try not to give in to the urge to nap when I arrive somewhere; try to stay up as late as possible on that first day, and it’ll make the jetlag easier.

    I don’t think you passed around a stomach bug, you got Egyptian food disease! I go to Egypt 3-4 times a year for the last 7 years and there isn’t one time I haven’t gotten at least a mild case of food poisoning. You’d think I would have built up an immunity by now! I recommend people take antinal which is available over the counter there. Get a stash to carry around with you and take at the first sign of distress!

      I definitely thought it was food poisoning at first, but every single person in our group got it – but not at the same time. And our guide got it, too, and he’s a local Egyptian! So I’m not really sure what it was! Immodium was definitely my friend for a couple of days.

    Hi Amanda!

    Thanks for such an informative post, I’ll be in Egypt the middle of December and I was concerned about it being cold. Were the temps pretty mild when you visited? BTW your Instagram page is so inspiring!

      I was there in late November/early December last year, and yes, temps were pretty mild. Up north it got cooler at night (like down into the 50s/60s F), but down south in Luxor it was actually bordering on hot during the day! I would just make sure to bring a sweater or jacket for the evenings, and you should be fine!

    what to pack in December especially when temperatures are low?

      I visited Egypt in December, so this list covers what you’ll need!

    Thanks for sharing this info. I’m going in February with a tour group. I’m wondering if I will need money to tip public bathroom attendants. Should I get some Egyptian coins? It looks like I’ll be able to use American $ for tipping and credit cards in restaurants. Thanks so much for your help. 🙂

      Yes, in most places you won’t be able to use the restroom or get toilet paper without tipping a bathroom attendant. I got a little bit of Egyptian currency out of an ATM at the airport and used it so I could have some coins on me. Otherwise fresh $1 USD bills work, too, though that’s more than a bathroom attendant would normally get.

        Thanks for responding. I’ll bring singles but still get some coins at the airport currency exchange. How much Egyptian money did you get? Did you get bills as well as coins. Thanks again.

          I took money out of an ATM – probably around the equivalent of $100 USD, but I don’t remember the exact amount. If you change money at the airport, they likely will give you mostly bills. But you can always go buy something at a shop to get some coins.

            Thanks again. I have never used an ATM (I know that’s strange) I use credit cards or cash. I didn’t know ATMs give out coins. I know I’ll buy bottled water so I imagine I’ll get coins back in change. Wish I had a currency converter to take. Doubt I’ll have WiFi. Another question, is it safe to eat salads? I’ll be staying at the Cairo Marriott and then on a cruise. We will eat out occasionally for dinner and most lunches will be out. I don’t know that they serve salads or raw vegetables. Cooked dishes should be safe although I don’t plan on food from street vendors. I want to be able to really enjoy this trip and food is an important part of traveling.

            ATMs don’t give out coins – but again, it’s easy enough to get coins by spending some money and getting change. 🙂 As for salads, you will find them in Egypt, but whether they’re safe to eat or not is something you’ll want to ask your guide. In my experience, your guide will know the best places for non-Egyptians to eat. Some restaurants will use bottled water to prepare dishes, while others will not. But in Egypt, it’s not a bad idea to travel with some Imodium just in case!

    Hi Amanda!

    I’m late to the party but this blog was super helpful! Planning a 14 day thing to Egypt and then Jordan and am a tiny bit stressy about clothing.

    Thanks for sharing all the info!

    Thank you so much for this article, and for your article about traveling with Intrepid. I booked a trip to Egypt & Jordan with them back in August for this coming December, and even though I had researched them thoroughly, I was nervous about going with a company I didn’t know much about. But your articles really put me at ease and I’m so excited for the trip! And your packing list is PERFECT and answers all of the questions I had. Thank you! I can’t wait!

    Thank you! Thank you! and Thank you!

    I am traveling to Egypt and have been “worried” about what to wear. Your information was so helpful and it was great to hear about it from another curvy girl. I am going shopping now and have a better idea of what to look for. Thank you again!!!

      So happy to be able to help!

        Thanks for all your detailed information. I am travelling to Cairo and then onto Luxor for a cruise to Aswan in November. Your list is really useful. Thank you

          Happy to be able to help, April! I visited in November/December, and think it’s one of the best times to go to Egypt!

    I am going to Egypt as well, and I have the same questions as you did. But I am not so worried about my outfit. I am more concerned with the internet connection. I am using NordVPN for a while, I know that it is necessary to use it with public wifi networks, but how about Facebook and Instagram? Are they blocked in Egypt or not?

      I had no issues accessing Facebook or Instagram or any other website in Egypt.

    I use Facebook and Viber when in Egypt a couple months ago. I had problems with Wi-Fi on some areas. Also had problem with my cell provider so end up buying cheat cell at old market that put simm card in it. I was there for 2 weeks so it came in handy to keep in contact with my family in the U.S.. Only regret was at that time buying cell was ask if I want egyptian phone number and I said no.

    Really useful article Amanda. But I do have a question. Articles I read recommend all sorts of vaccinations including but not limited polio, typhoid, hepatitis A, diptheria, rabies! Did you have vaccinations for your trip and if so which ones did you have. We are going to Egypt for 2 weeks and Jordan for 1 week.

      I’ve had some vaccinations for previous trips, but I did not get anything special for Egypt. Nothing is required for Egypt or Jordan, so any vaccines you might get are at your discretion!

    Thank you for your help! Question, what kind of bathing suit should I bring with me? I suppose it depends on where I will be, but assuming that I will be in an area with western tourists, what type of bathing attire is acceptable? Thank you so much. B.K.

      Assuming you’re visiting a place where wearing a bathing suit is acceptable (like at a tourist resort), I don’t think it matters. I usually travel with a one-piece, but that’s personal preference.

    Amanda, I’m a 72 year old American woman & consider myself an experienced international traveler. Making my first visit to Egypt next month and, lucky me, I just found your blog. Thank you for a GREAT article – some stuff I’d never thought of (like the pocket scarf) – and all the photos that you generously share. You’ve been so helpful

      Happy to be able to help, Judy – this is why I write this blog! This time of year is a great time to visit Egypt, and I hope you have a great time!

      Wikipedia and some of the other geographic sites says otherwise. It is also acknowledged that Egypt is located within the N. African continent but is considered one of the 17 middle eastern countries.

    Thanks for sharing your list it was really helpful. You seem like a thoughtful and kind person so I want pass on a bit of information. Egypt is Africa… no question about it and when it is attributed to the Middle East it fails to honor and respect the African people of Egypt.

      Hi Toni. No disrespect meant. In political and cultural terms, Egypt is generally included in the Middle East region, and people searching for info on traveling there also usually consider it part of that region.

    So I came across your page and was blown away at how accurate and informative you were in advise traveling to Egypt!!! Wow many thanks I will be using your ideas and tips for a number of trips but this one especially I can’t believe how easy it was again my thanks to you and your page saved me hours of stress Keep on traveling!!!!

    thank you! this was very well written and helpful!

    what about tattoos?

    i have quite a few upper body tattoos, very visible if i wear anything without sleeves/a neckline (and extra awkwardness- they are all egyptian themed…). as a female, would i be better off covering them?

      That’s a great question! I have a few tattoos on my forearms/wrists that are visible, and I never noticed any attention paid towards them in Egypt, nor got any comments about them. But if you’re going to be worried about it, then I would suggest just covering up for your own peace of mind.

    Hi Amanda, your post is very helpful. I am going to Egypt in two weeks and I haven’t known what to pack into my suitcase. Thanks again!

    Egypt is not in the middle east. You lost me at Hello. Get a clue

      Technically speaking, the “Middle East” is not a formal region of the world. The American Midwest, similarly, can be debated – my home state of Ohio sometimes is or isn’t included, depending on who you ask. Physically, Egypt is in North Africa. But politically and culturally speaking, it usually is included by the rest of the world in what is collectively known as the Middle East. I guarantee that the majority of travelers looking for info on Egypt are likely to consider it a Middle Eastern instead of an African country; in my opinion, both are correct in different ways.

    Was stressing over trip to Egypt and Isreal coming up and what to wear. Found your information very helpful and feel just about ready to go! Ordered some of your suggestions, the surge protector and the life straw. Thanks for sharing!

    I thank you so much for this article. We are planning on going to Addis Ababa for our son’s wedding iin June then take a day trip to Cairo. This information is extremely helpful. I do have a question about the Cairo Airport. I have read so many negative things about it. How did you maneuver that part of the trip? Thank you

      I didn’t find the airport too terrible, honestly! But I also booked a transfer from the airport to my hotel ahead of time through the tour company I was traveling with, so it was super easy as they met me and helped me out with my visa and everything.

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