So, you've booked your flight to Egypt, secured your perfect accommodation and you've got kiteboarding, delicious Egyptian cuisine and ancient Pyramids on your mind. Now it’s time to figure out what you're going to pack. If you’re a seasoned traveller you’ll have your own check list at the ready, but hopefully our suggestions will help ensure you’ve got everything you need. From clothing and accessories suitable for the climate to cultural considerations and travel essentials, here are our top tips on what to pack for Egypt.  


What you wear on your holiday will depend a little on whether you are staying solely in the beach resorts or exploring the wider country. Although the dress code is more relaxed in hotels and tourist resorts like Sharm El Sheikh, many travellers will feel more comfortable covered up. Always remember Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, and it’s important to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or local markets.

Weather Considerations

Egypt experiences a desert climate, with hot summers and mild winters, but temperatures can vary depending on the region and time of year. During the summer months (June to August), temperatures often soar, so pack lightweight and breathable clothing. In Winter (December to February) it can be significantly cooler, particularly in the evenings, so it’s a good idea to pack a light jacket or jumper. Even in the summer, you'll want to bring layers for any early morning hikes, overnight camping trips, or for air-conditioned travel. It’s also important to consider the weather in specific destinations. For example, if you plan to explore the Western Desert, or take a Nile River cruise, pack warm clothing for the cooler desert nights. If you’re heading to the coastal areas, such as Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, don’t forget your beachwear and high factor sunscreen.


When it comes to clothing, it’s important to strike a balance between comfort, modesty and practicality. As a rule of thumb (especially for women) chest, shoulders, and knees should be covered when not at beach resorts, so it’s a good idea to pack tops with sleeves, long dresses and skirts and loose-fitting trousers. Men can opt for lightweight trousers and short-sleeved shirts. You can still stay cool by taking a tip from the ancient Egyptians and wearing light, breathable fabrics like linen.


A scarf or light shawl will be useful especially if visiting mosques or churches. You’ll only need to pack one as you will find so many beautiful versions on sale while you are in Egypt. Don’t forget to pack a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses; even if you’re not visiting in the scorching summer, you’ll want to shield your eyes from the sun. Comfortable walking shoes are another must, especially for exploring archaeological sites and markets.


A swimsuit is essential if you plan to take a dip in the Red Sea or visit resorts along the coast. Many trips to Egypt also involve taking a cruise down the Nile (may we point you in the direction of the Steam Ship Sudan). These boats often have amenities like pools, so bringing swimwear is a great way to enjoy the cruise and cool off after a long day of sightseeing.

Travel Essentials

There are several travel essentials you should pack to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip. Carry a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining and take copies of important documents such as your passport, travel insurance and accommodation reservations, and keep them in a separate place. Egypt’s currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP), and it’s advisable to carry a mix of cash and cards. ATMs are widely available but it’s always good to have some local currency to hand, especially when visiting markets or smaller shops.

Top Tech

Egypt uses European-style two-pin plugs. Packing a universal adapter means you can always charge your electronic devices, no matter the destination. Some also have USB slots, which come in very handy if you are mainly charging phones, cameras, and tablets. Also pack a step-down converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (220V). If you’re going to be out and about all day and using your phone to navigate, take photos, and more, you’ll want to pack a light, fast power bank with multi charging ports. Most importantly you’ll want to be sure you have your camera or phone for all those incredible photos you’re set to take. And anyone planning water sports and diving could invest in a GoPro Camera for next-level adventure footage.

Medications and Toiletries

Pack any necessary prescription medications, as well as a basic first aid kit. Sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitiser are also essential. It’s advisable to take a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic pollution and stay hydrated, as the tap water is not recommended for drinking. Rehydration salts are worth packing as it’s easy to dehydrate when you’re out and about all day.

Bags, Bags, Bags

A small bag is useful for carrying essentials during your daily explorations. Look for one that’s lightweight, secure and comfortable to carry. If you're planning to travel around the country, a soft-sided rucksack is more practical than a hard suitcase as it's easier to fit into transfer vehicles. Using packing cubes can help keep your belongings tidy and compact. Finally, it’s always a good idea to have a change of clothes in your carry-on bag so you’re prepared for all eventualities.

Now you know what to pack for Egypt, you’re all set to embark on an epic adventure, immersing yourself in its rich history, vibrant markets, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Safe travels!

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