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26 Top Egypt Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

26 Top Egypt Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring
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Egypt is renowned worldwide as a land brimming with ancient history and culture. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the bustling city of Cairo, any trip to Egypt is sure to be packed with excitement. Though this region has warm to mild temperatures year round, its religious roots require more conservative dress. This can make things a bit tricky when it comes to knowing what to pack!

To help you out, we’ve put together this complete packing list with what to wear in Egypt, what NOT to pack, and answers to all your top Egypt frequently asked questions.

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What to Pack for Egypt – 26 Essentials

  • 1. Egypt Power Adapter

    If you’re coming from North America or countries outside of the Middle East, you will need a power adapter to plug in your electronics while in Egypt. This universal power adapter will have you covered in Egypt as well as in 100+ popular countries throughout the world. With a built-in fuse protector, you won’t risk your phone or camera on shotty outlets. Plus, it comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee!

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  • 2. Pashmina Shawl

    A pashmina shawl is an invaluable item to bring with you on your trip to Egypt. Whether you’re entering a holy site or mosque and need to cover your head or shoulders or just want to wear it as a wrap on a chilly evening, you’ll be glad you packed one! I also use it as a seat cover, packing cushion, picnic blanket, etc.


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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    In the wake of several Egypt cybersecurity attacks – A VPN is beneficial for for travelers going abroad. Use it to prevent hackers from stealing your sensitive information whenever you’re connecting to Wi-Fi in public places (like hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, airports, etc.) It will act to mask your IP address for a truly private connection. We learned the importance of this first-hand when my credit card number was stolen from an Airbnb in Paris.

    A quality VPN will also grant you access to websites from home that may be geo-blocked or censored by the host country. We use NordVPN because they offer unlimited data, faster streaming, no pesky ads or pop-ups, and an extensive server network to choose from (more than 6,000 servers in over a 100 countries). They also offer a no-logs policy for an anoynmous IP address, which is invaulebale for privacy-concious users.

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  • 4. Neck Wallet

    A neck wallet is a total game-changer in any destination that’s particularly touristy or crowded. Between strolling through the markets in Cairo and visiting the iconic pyramids, you’ll likely find yourself surrounded by crowds and tourist traps. Wear a neck wallet tucked beneath your shirt to secure your passport, wallet, credit cards, and smartphone against pickpocketing and petty theft.

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  • 5. Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

    Though the tap water in Egypt is not safe to drink, you won’t want to keep shelling out money for bottled water. Plus, single-use plastics are awful for the environment. Instead, use this reusable Grayl water bottle that comes with a built-in filter so you can ensure the water you’re drinking is safe. This one is a little pricey, but it’s worth it to us for top-quality filtration that removes harmful bacteria, pathogens, viruses, chlorine, sediment, dirt, microplastics, and more.

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  • 6. Travel Insurance for Egypt

    There is almost nothing more important for your Egypt trip than reliable travel insurance. Travel in Africa can be unpredictable, and you’ll need to make sure you’re covered in case of a medical emergency, lost luggage, evacuations, flight cancellations, theft, rental car issues, etc.

    Faye has beat out any provider we’ve worked with because they add that rare ‘human’ touch to insurance. As the first 100% digital provider, their 24/7 support is like having a travel concierge in your pocket. Claims are handled through their mobile app for efficient reimbursements, and we’ve never experienced hidden fees with them. They also have affordable add-ons like ‘adventure & extreme sport’ and ‘trip cancelation for any reason,’ which can save you a ton in the long run.

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  • 7. Packing Cubes

    Make your life easier by using packing cubes for your trip to Egypt. These travel organizers will help you avoid overpacking and stay in order so you won’t have to dig through your luggage searching for your last pair of clean socks. Simply label each cube (tops, bottoms, shoes, essentials, etc.), and you’ll love that this set includes extra cases for shoes and laundry!

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  • 8. Jet Lag Relief

    If you’re visiting from North America, Egypt is a long way from home! Avoid the unpleasant symptoms of jet lag by taking these homeopathic jet lag relief pills. They work as both a prevention and a cure and will keep you on your feet during the first day of your trip. We like that they’re formulated with chamomile and other botanicals rather than the caffeine and stimulants of similar products.

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  • 9. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

    We never travel without these TSA-approved luggage locks. You can usually trust your checked luggage to arrive intact, but we learned first-hand that things can be stolen from your suitcase when it’s not in your possession. Keep these locks handy for bags, backpacks, lockers, or to leave things in the hotel as the cleaning staff comes through.

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  • 10. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    You don’t want to be stuck in Egypt without access to your smartphone since you’ll be relying on it for communication, navigation, or photos. We’ve dealt with a dead battery at inconvenient times (when stranded far from the hotel, unable to call for a ride or help). Now we travel smarter by tossing this lipstick-sized portable charger in our daypack. You can quickly charge up your devices while you’re out and about.

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  • 11. Luggage Straps

    Don’t allow your weak zippers to sabotage you! I’ve seen plenty of suitcases bust open mid-transit due to rough mishandling or the crazy conveyor belt system at the airport, which shows no mercy.

    Baggage loss or damage is actually way more common for international trips (happening about 800% more than for domestic trips). I reinforce my luggage using these adjustable straps that can withstand more than 700-pounds of force tension. They offer support to keep the zippers shut, the retractable handle in place, and the weight centralized. I also get through baggage claim way faster since my colors are easy to recognize from afar. With heavy-duty belts and a lightweight design, they’re backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee, so you can trust the quality craftsmanship.

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  • 12. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    If your accommodations don’t provide a towel, or if the towel provided is unclean, you’ll be glad you packed your own lightweight, compact, microfiber travel towel. This one is great because it dries 10x quicker than cotton and isn’t bulky and heavy like a regular towel.

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  • 13. Mosquito-Repelling Wristbands

    Mosquitos are relentless and you’ll find them extra ravenous here in the summertime. Egypt does not generally have cases of malaria, but they do face other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue, West Nile virus, etc., so play it safe with mosquito-repellent wristbands. These are deet-free, which means they’re safe for kids and you’ll be protected without choking on harsh chemicals all day.

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  • 14. Cooling Towels

    Rainfall is almost non-existent in Egypt, and the high temperature in the Sahara Desert can reach 120°F/49°C. Beat the heat with a set of cooling towels. These magical babies drop to 20-30 degrees colder than the outside temperature, staying cold for up to an hour! Simply add water and enjoy the chilly, refreshing sensation wrapped around your neck or head (when the effect diminishes, just add more water). We never travel to warm destinations without these and can’t recommend them enough.

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  • 15. Long Skirt

    It’s important to be respectful of cultural norms during your time in Egypt. That means women should be sure to cover their knees, shoulders, and everything in between! The weather in Egypt can get HOT, so a long flowy maxi skirt is the way to go as far as blending in and keeping cool.

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  • 16. Daypack

    As you’re spending the day strolling through the streets of Cairo or cruising down the ancient waters of the Nile, you’ll definitely need a daypack to carry everything you need with you. This pack is durable and large enough to hold your camera, jacket, snacks, sunscreen, and anything else you might need for exploring. Plus, it’s super lightweight and folds into its own pocket when not in use.

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  • 17. Discounted Tickets to Egyptian Attractions

    Get Your Guide is our preferred booking service for local tours that are reputable and authentic. Since you can read reviews and cancel within 24-hours of your tour, you won’t get caught in a lackluster experience or be limited to an inflexible itinerary.

    While in Egypt, you absolutely must discover popular antiquities like the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx of Cairo, and the Luxor Valley of the Kings. A river cruise down the Nile is also a fan favorite, with options for dinner cruises or 3-day journeys.

    Outdoor fanatics will love snorkeling through the Blue Hole National Park or stargazing in the Hurghada Desert. And if you have the time, we recommend day trips to historical Alexandria, tropical Marsa Alam, or the magnificent Abu Simbel Temple (built in 13th century BC).

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  • 18. Modest Swimsuit

    There are tons of stunning beaches to hit in Egypt (Naama Bay, El Gouna, Dahab Lagoon, etc.), but keep in mind that 90% of the population is Sunni Muslim. The dress code is considered much more conservative than Western attire, so a modest swimsuit is best. Dressing appropriately will make your hosts and the new people you meet feel more comfortable and at ease with you, which will lead to a better time for all involved!

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  • 19. Activated Charcoal (Food Poisoning Remedy)

    It’s important to be extra cautious of food and drink in Egypt, as cleanliness standards might not be up to what you’re used to at home. Travelers commonly get sick because the bacteria is completely different than that at home. So if you feel like you might have eaten something that doesn’t agree with you, take these activated charcoal tablets to quickly expel the toxins in your system to keep you from getting sick.

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  • 20. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    Egyptian bathrooms can vary from resorts to Airbnbs to rustic sites. But one commonality is the general lack of countertop space. Plan ahead for limited storage with this hanging toiletries bag. It has 4 giant pockets that hold more products than you would imagine, neatly folded up into a compact case. We haven’t had any luggage leaks or spills since using these, and you can hang it on any door, hook, pole, branch, etc.

    It’s made by Eco Sun, an awesome woman-owned brand based in Hawaii that supports female education and environmental sustainability. Their products are thoughtfully designed and made to last – they come with a lifetime guarantee to prove it! If anything goes wrong with your hanging toiletry bag, you can send it back, and they’ll replace it at no extra cost.

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  • 21. TSA-Approved Toiletries Bottles

    Don’t forget that TSA will require bottles under the 3.4-ounce at the security checkpoint. Any liquids, gels, creams, and pastes need to be in travel-sized bottles, or you will be asked to throw them out. We favor these silicon tubes since they have a 3-layer leakproof design and are super easy to fill up.

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  • 22. Electrolytes

    When you’re spending long days adventuring in Egypt’s dry desert heat, it’s important to keep hydrated! Add some of these electrolytes to your drinking water to help your body absorb the vitamins and nutrients you need. Electrolytes will also come in handy to soothe a hangover or to help get over food poisoning, boosting your hydration significantly faster than water alone would.


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  • 23. Deodorant Wipes

    Instead of feeling sticky and icky while discovering the best of Egypt, use these deodorant wipes to keep smelling your best. I find them incredibly refreshing since they use pre/probiotics to restore the skin’s natural barrier and reduce odors. They’re pocket-sized wipes in individual packets, so you can throw a few in your daypack and wipe down freely to get rid of any funk. You’ll feel a lot better and your travel partners will thank you!

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  • 24. Maxi Dress

    The land of ancient history and majestic pharaohs is also one of the best hot-spots for nightlife! You’ll be enjoying dinner cruises, the opera house, the sound & light show at the Giza Pyramids, discotheque clubs, and more – so bring at least one gorgeous evening dress for nights on the town. This one is long and modest but still fitted for a flattering silhouette. It’s thin enough material that you won’t overheat, and the built-in pockets are just the cherry on top!

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  • 25. Sturdy Sandals

    Skip the blister-inducing and sweaty shoes that will only slow you down. Instead, opt for breathable sandals that suit the arid climate of Egypt. These are very cute and lightweight yet still offer plenty of support with a shock-absorbing sole. I also like that they’re quick-drying if you get any water on them, and they have enough traction for slippery or muddy areas.

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  • 26. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

    We recommend avoiding the tourist trap of crappily made souvenirs (typically sold near the pyramids or in tourist bazaars). But! So long as you stick to reputable workshops and retailers that sell authentic goods, there are SO many gorgeous things you will want to take home (for yourself or as gifts for loved ones).

    Treat yourself to the likes of Egyptian perfume, Papyrus, textiles, handmade jewelry, spices, inlay work, and precious stones. This “just in case” bag counts as your personal item for the flight home, making it easy to do a little shopping without paying double fees on your checked luggage.

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What to Wear in Egypt


Expect daytime temperatures in Egypt to be mild to hot throughout the year, while cooling off a bit at night. Keep in mind that Egypt is a Muslim country, which means more conservative dress than you’re used to will be required. Despite the heat, avoid shorts and tight or revealing clothing, and instead opt for loose, flowing pants, skirts, and shirts everywhere you go.

Egypt is known for being dusty and sandy, so avoid wearing white clothing, as it’ll turn to brown quicker than you can imagine! As a general rule, both men and women should remain covered from their shoulders down to their knees, as this is the cultural expectation in Egypt and will be important both for blending in and for your own safety.

What Should WOMEN Wear to Egypt? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

Women in Egypt’s big cities, like Cairo and Alexandria will often opt for more modern, westernized dress, while still keeping with conservative customs of covering their shoulders, chest, and knees. At more touristy resorts and beaches, you’re free to wear shorts and bathing suits, though you still might be a bit uncomfortable on the streets with men catcalling and yelling at you. Throughout the country women are expected to dress more conservatively, so try your best to respect the culture both to blend in and for your own safety.

What Should MEN Wear to Egypt? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

Men visiting Egypt should also dress relatively conservatively and cover their knees and shoulders with longer shorts and a t-shirt. Try to avoid wearing tank tops or particularly tight fitting clothing. It’s common to see men in the bigger cities like Cairo and Alexandria dressing in modern, westernized clothing, so you’ll be comfortable dressing similarly.

Packing for the Seasons in Egypt

Egypt has an arid desert climate, meaning winters are mild to cool but rarely cold, and summers are intensely hot. Regardless of the heat, locals and tourists alike will be expected to cover up to keep in line with the region’s cultural customs. Opt for loose-fitting, flowing, breathable clothing that will keep you cool but will also help you blend in.

WINTER – December, January, February

Winter in Egypt enjoys mild weather, and temperatures rarely drop below 50°F (10°C). Winter can get windy, so avoid wearing white or light colored clothing, which is sure to get dusty and dirty! Prepare for temperatures to be warmer during the day and cool down a bit at night, which will require a light jacket.

SPRING – March, April, May

Spring in Egypt can be unpredictable, but expect temperatures to rise starting in March. Again, be prepared for warmer or hotter temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night. Sandstorms can also be prevalent during this time, but they mostly occur outside of major cities. Pack lightweight long and short-sleeved shirts and layers to adjust to changing temperatures.

SUMMER – June, July, August

Summer in Egypt is HOT, with temperatures averaging around 104° F (40° C) daily. Be prepared for the intense heat by packing plenty of lightweight cotton or linen clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a good sun hat to protect you from the sun’s rays. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, too.

FALL – September, October, November

Fall in Egypt is much more mild, with pleasant temperatures averaging around 85°F (29°C). Due to the improved weather, fall is one of the most popular tourist seasons in Egypt. Expect higher prices and bigger crowds at major tourist attractions during this time. You might also experience some rain in the fall, so pack your umbrella!

How to dress for different activities in Egypt – (Click to expand)
Pyramids and Historic Sites – Though these locations are more touristy, it’s important for both genders to show respect for the local culture by keeping covered from your shoulders down to your knees. Opt for long skirts and flowing pants and tops that will keep you cool in the heat. Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen, too!

Nile River Cruise – Nile river cruise attire is a bit more relaxed than many of your other Egyptian destinations, as you’ll likely be surrounded by other tourists in western dress. Bare shoulders, shorts, and swimsuits are fine, but as a general rule, try to remain respectful of the crew and local Egyptians by proceeding with caution when it comes to overly revealing clothing.

Exploring the Cities – In the bigger cities like Cairo and Alexandria, many locals tend to opt for western style clothing like skinny jeans and t-shirts, as long as they are covered from the shoulders down to their knees. As long as you keep with this general rule and don’t wear overly tight or revealing clothing, you should be absolutely fine with western style clothing in the big cities.

Beach Resorts – Beach resorts in Egypt will also be a bit more relaxed when it comes to what to wear. Feel free to wear shorts and bathing suits as you’ll likely be surrounded by majority tourists. That said, consider opting for a more conservative swimsuit like this one to ward off unwanted attention and to show respect for the local culture.

Mosques and Holy Sites – It’s essential to dress appropriately and conservatively when entering mosques and holy sites in Egypt. That means women may be required to cover their head with a scarf or shawl, and both men and women will need to make sure they’re covered from their shoulders down to below their knees.

What NOT to bring to Egypt

  • 1.DON’T PACK white clothing

    Egypt can get windy and dusty, so leave your white and light colored clothing at home! You won’t want to walk around in a dirty, dusty, brown outfit, so opt for darker colors instead.


  • 2.DON’T BRING a winter coat

    Egypt enjoys warm to mild temperatures year round, and even in the dead of winter it likely won’t get cold enough to warrant a winter coat. Instead, bring clothes that will work for layering so you can easily adapt to the weather.


  • 3.DON’T TAKE full-size liquids

    The last thing you need is to have your expensive jewelry or electronics lost, stolen, or broken during your trip to Egypt. Save yourself some stress (and maybe even some money) by leaving your valuables at home and only bringing what you absolutely need.

  • 4.DON’T PACK too much stuff

    Egypt is a country with amazing things to do and see from north to south. Save yourself the hassle of lugging around excessively heavy, overstuffed baggage by using packing cubes to stay organized and avoid overpacking.

  • 5.DON’T BRING revealing clothes

    Egypt’s culture requires visitors to dress more conservatively than they may be used to. This means avoiding wearing tight or revealing clothing, and instead opting for loose fitting clothes with more coverage.

  • 6.DON’T TAKE full-sized liquids

    Don’t risk having your expensive liquid toiletries dumped out by security at the airport or having them leak and spill all over your luggage during the journey. Instead, pack your liquids in these TSA approved travel-sized bottles and bring only what you need.

What clothing should I NOT wear to Egypt? – (Click to expand)
Avoid wearing white and light colored clothing in Egypt, as it’s likely to get dusty and dirty right away! Instead, opt for darker, neutral colors which will have a longer shelf life in the sandy desert. Leave your tight fitting and revealing clothing at home, too, as Egypt is a conservative Muslim country where it’s customary for both men and women to be fairly covered up and dressed modestly at all times. Doing so will keep you safer and feeling more comfortable, and will ensure you’re respecting the local customs and norms.

Travel FAQs and Tips for Egypt

  • 1. Is it safe to drink the water in Egypt?

    Egypt archaeological site

    No, it is not safe to drink tap water in Egypt. Instead, opt for bottled water or fill up your reusable bottle with filtered water which you can find at many hotels and higher-end restaurants and cafes. Avoid eating fresh fruit and vegetables without a peel, and be wary of drinking beverages that come with ice, as the ice was likely made with tap water.

  • 2. Should I take public transportation in Egypt?

    No, it’s not advisable to take public transportation in Egypt. Trains are prone to crashing and often result in casualties. Busses are overcrowded, slow, and get caught in the crazy traffic and congestion of Egypt’s larger cities. Using any public transportation option will be chaotic and difficult to use unless you have a good knowledge of Arabic. We recommend taking taxis or even Uber instead.

  • 3. Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

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    It is currently safe to travel to the more touristy parts of Egypt, including Cairo and the Great Pyramids. That said, it’s always important to remain cautious and keep your wits about you at all times, keeping wary of pickpocketing and petty theft. The majority of the Sinai Peninsula with some exceptions is considered to be dangerous for tourists, and visitors should proceed with extreme caution.

  • 4. Do you need vaccines to visit Egypt?

    As long as you are up to date with the standard vaccinations, no additional vaccines are required to visit Egypt. That said, it’s always prudent to check with your healthcare professional and make sure you’re all set before you go.

  • 5. Do I need a visa to visit Egypt?

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    If you’re visiting from the US, you do need to get a visa to enter Egypt. You can obtain a visa by paying $25 USD upon your arrival at the airport. If you’re visiting from Europe or other nations, you will also need to obtain a visa for entry to Egypt, though you’ll need to check online for the details specific to your country of residence.