Packing List for Egypt by Wandering Wheatleys

What to Pack for Egypt + Tips on What to Wear in Egypt

So you’re planning a vacation in Egypt – woohoo! It’s an amazing, challenging, and beautiful country and it will be an experience of a lifetime. You’ll encounter incredibly hot days, a few chilly evenings, dusty and uneven roads, and a few other surprises along the way.

You’ll want to be prepared for a variety of weather and terrain conditions. And you’ll want to think about what to wear in Egypt – following the local customs and dressing conservatively. And, of course, you’ll want to shop!

I was able to spend 30 amazing days in Egypt and have compiled an Egypt packing list of the most essential things to take with you on your trip to Egypt. Enjoy!

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt by Wandering Wheatleys

Don’t forget to check out our web story: What to Pack for Egypt

Tips on What to Wear in Egypt

What to Wear in Egypt

The official religion of Egypt is Islam and 90% of those are Sunni Muslims. This means that most Egyptian women are dressed very modestly. They cover their shoulders, knees, and often their hair. This isn’t always the case, however, and some more upscale Cairo neighborhoods tend to have more progressive views on attire.

As a western woman traveling to Egypt, you will undoubtedly get a lot of attention from men. And if you choose not to cover up, you can expect a plethora of stares and catcalls. I would highly recommend that you leave the tank tops and shorts at home and opt to follow the local customs and cover-up as well.

Remember, you’re not here to change the culture, you’re here to experience a new one. 

TIP: If you are staying in a resort on the beach the rules do not apply. Foreigners often lounge in swimsuits and summer dresses in hotels and resorts around Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and all the coastal resort towns of Egypt.

Weather in Egypt

Egypt is considered to have a hot desert climate. Depending on where you go there will be variations but you can generally expect temperatures in the winter months to range from 60-72°F and those can climb well over 100°F in the summer months.

The sun can be absolutely sweltering in the summertime, so if you visit during this time you will want to be near air conditioning or a pool. But you’ll find that tourist sites are less crowded and prices are generally lower as it is the off-season.

October until April is considered the high season in Egypt as the weather is more bearable. While the temperatures are more manageable during the day, the evenings can get quite cold. You’ll want to be sure to pack a sweater and possibly a raincoat.

Check the dates of Ramadan prior to planning your trip to Egypt. Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During that month Muslims fast from dawn until dusk so it is considered very rude for foreigners to be seen eating or drinking in public. Many restaurants and shops close during that time and others operate on a reduced schedule. As a foreigner, it may not be the ideal time to travel to a Muslim-majority country.

Be sure to read about the things I wish I’d known prior to visiting Egypt to prepare for your trip!

Egypt Visa and Passport Requirements

Many countries are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival at Egyptian ports of entry, including the US, the UK, EU Nationals, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Your visa will cost $25.00 USD per person and will need to be purchased in cash. Specifically in US dollars. If you don’t have US dollars for the visa, you can exchange your currency at the same counter.

Make sure that the expiration date on your passport is at least six months from your date of entry to Egypt, otherwise, you may be denied entry.

What to Pack for Egypt

Luggage to Pack for Egypt

Travel Luggage

Choose luggage for your trip to Egypt that is easy to recognize on the luggage belt and also incredibly secure. This model by Coolife is durable, brightly colored, and super durable to survive those baggage handlers. Plus, it has a 2-year warranty!

Compression Packing Cubes

Whey packing for Egypt, keep your suitcase neat and organized with these compression packing cubes by LeanTravel. Not only will they keep your things separated but you can also compress each cube down for extra space in your suitcase. And you’ll definitely want more room in your suitcase so you can shop for Egyptian souvenirs!

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Compression Packing Cubes

Carry-On Bag

If you choose to check your luggage (which we would recommend due to TSA liquid restrictions), you’ll want a carry-on bag to have a few essentials on the plane with you.

This one by Pincnel has anti-theft protections, has lots of compartments for holding all of your important goodies, and can be worn as either a purse or a backpack. It is also small enough to be considered a “personal item” if you choose not to check your luggage when flying to Egypt.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Carry On Bag

Extra Duffel Bag

The shopping in Egypt is amazing and it is impossible to visit the country without grabbing a few souvenirs to take home with you. Ensure you have ample storage for all of your new treasures by investing in this “just in case” duffel bag by Bago. It’s super lightweight and folds up to take up minimal space in your bag. And it’s durable so you can cram it full of your new Egyptian souvenirs.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Bago Travel Duffle Bag

Travel Pillow

Unless you’re flying to Egypt in business class, you’ll probably have a difficult time getting any shut-eye during your flight. Keep yourself from dozing off on your neighbor’s shoulder with this compact, lightweight, but incredibly comfortable travel pillow.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Travel Pillow

Jewelry Organizer

There’s nothing worse than trying to untangle a bunch of bracelets and necklaces that you’ve piled together in your suitcase. Keep all of your pieces neat and organized in this compact travel jewelry organizer by Bagsmart. But leave your expensive jewelry at home, just in case.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Jewelry Organizer

Electronics to Pack for Egypt


There are so many amazing ancient ruins to capture in Egypt, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by sticking to your cellphone camera alone. Invest in a high-quality camera that is small enough to fit in your purse and that won’t break the bank.

The Sony DSCHX80/B has a 30x optical zoom range, a pop-up OLED Tru-Finder, which displays exactly what you’re recording, and a rotating LCD display to make snapping selfies easier than ever!  

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Sony Cyber Shot HX90V Camera

Universal Travel Adapter

If you’re traveling to Egypt from the United States, you won’t be able to charge your electronics without a converter. Invest in a universal adapter with multiple USB ports so you can use it in most countries and charge multiple gadgets at once.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Universal Travel Adapter

Power Bank

You’ll likely be using Google maps on your phone constantly throughout the day to find your way around Egypt. And nothing drains your battery as quickly as your GPS. Make sure your phone stays charged all day with a power bank. This one by Anker is super small and lightweight – it’s easy to toss it in your purse before you head out the door.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Anker Powercore Portable Charger


Earbuds sure have come a long way! You can now purchase Bluetooth wireless earbuds for the same price you would pay for any other earphones. So why would you choose to deal with those pesky wires if you don’t have to?

This set by Focuspower is super small and comfortable, fast-charging, and can connect to two mobile devices at once! They are perfect to pack for that long flight to Egypt.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Focuspower Earbuds

Travel Gear Organizer

Keep all of your chargers, cables, earbuds, and everything else that you’ve packed for Egypt all in one place with a gear organizer. Keep it in your carry-on so you have easy access to entertainment on the plane!

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Procase Travel Gear Organizer

Entertainment for the Flight to Egypt

  • Don’t forget to download offline maps of the cities you’ll be visiting in Egypt!
  • Download a few of our favorite podcasts to keep up with the news or for background noise while you gaze out the window of the plane.
  • Get a subscription to Amazon Audible for access to a huge selection of audiobooks in case in-flight movies aren’t available.
  • Bring a few Egypt travel guides and a highlighter on the plane to plan your must-see sites!

Toiletries to Pack for Egypt

Containers for Liquids

These leak-proof travel bottles are the TSA-approved size to carry with you on the plane. If you choose not to check a bag you’ll need to transfer all of your toiletries into travel-sized bottles. And even if you do check a bag, it’s nice to have a few things in your carry-on to freshen up during a long flight.


Egypt has plenty of pharmacies in pretty much every city so don’t fret if you forget to pack something. But here are a few health and beauty products that you’ll want to put on your packing list for Egypt:

Clothing to Pack for Egypt


Temperatures in Egypt can reach well over 100°F in the summertime and the sun is relentless for much of the year in the desert. Long, loose-fitting dresses will keep you cool while also keeping you covered up. KOH KOH has several pretty dresses and jumpsuits that are modest but flattering and won’t break the bank.

Pack at least four different comfortable, loose-fitting dresses so that you don’t have to worry about finding a laundry service during your vacation. Keep in mind that the men in Egypt are VERY forward so you’re best off not showing a lot of skin.

Don’t forget a pair of nylons to keep your legs warm if you want to wear a dress out in the evenings.

Warm Sweater

No matter what time of year you visit Egypt, you’ll want to pack a sweater, just in case. Either for chilly evenings or extra cover, you’re bound to use it during your trip. Choose one that is modest, lightweight, and not super bulky as it will take up a lot of room in your bag.

This one by Alexander + David is perfect to throw on over anything that you’ve packed for Egypt!

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Warm Comfortable Sweater

Long Pants

While temperatures are generally incredibly hot during the day in Egypt, they can drop pretty quickly after the sun goes down. Be sure to pack a couple of pairs of pants so you don’t freeze when you venture out in the evenings. Lee has a great pair that are boyfriend cut and roomy enough to be comfortable on your long plane journey.

And bring at least one more pair that are stretchy and comfortable and can either be dressed up or down depending on your activities for the day. This corduroy pair by Joe’s can be worn with tennis shoes and a tee for daytime exploring as well as boots and a dressy top for a fancy evening meal.

Comfortable Tops

Loose-fitting shirts that cover your shoulders and cleavage are best if you want to avoid the attention of Egyptian men. Bring at least one button-down shirt to throw on with jeans in the evenings around sunset when it’s too hot for a sweater but too cold for a tee.

Bring a few modest blouses like this one which is perfect for going to dinner and drinks in the city. Finally, pack at least 4 breathable t-shirts for days when the sun is unrelenting. Bare arms are okay in Egypt as long as your shoulders are covered.


Comfortable Closed-Toe Flats

The streets of Egypt can be incredibly uneven and dusty, so if you wear flip-flops you’re likely to have very dirty feet at the end of the day. And you’ll want to pack a few pairs of shoes for Egypt because you’ll be doing a lot of walking.

These Sorels are awesome because they are super durable, incredibly comfortable, and look great with everything in your suitcase. I’ve been traveling with this exact pair for years and cannot recommend them enough!

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Comfortable Ankle Boots Sorel

Pack one pair of boots to wear with dresses and one pair of casual shoes for days of long walking. Better to stay away from white shoes because it’s pretty dusty in Egypt so they won’t be the same when you get back home.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Comfortable Flats by Puma

Other Clothing Essentials to Pack for Egypt

  • Swimsuit and a cover-up if your hotel has a pool or if you are going to a beach
  • Flip flops for the beach or pool
  • Gym clothes and shoes if your hotel has an exercise facility
  • One pair of underwear per day
  • One pair of socks per day
  • Bras
  • Pajamas

Accessories for Egypt

Cross-Body Bag

While Egypt is an incredibly safe country, it is always a good idea to keep a close eye on your things in big cities. A cross-body bag with zip closures will allow you to keep your cash and credit cards close to your body and difficult to get to. Not only is this one a vibrant color but it also has 3 zipper compartments to help you stay organized.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Crossbody Purse with Zipper


Being that the predominant religion is Muslim, you’ll encounter many beautiful mosques during your stay. Be sure to have a scarf tucked in your purse at all times so you can cover your head before you enter. You may also want to throw it on if you are wearing a low-cut shirt or dress to cover your chest if you feel like you’re being stared at.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Flamingo Scarf

Sun Hat

When you’re wandering around the Pyramids of Giza during the heat of the day, you will need a hat and sunscreen. The sun in Egypt is intense and you should do what you can to shield yourself. This straw hat by JOYEBUY is foldable so it will keep its shape even after it’s been squished in your suitcase.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Joyebuy Packable Sun Hat


Speaking of sun protection, don’t forget to pack your sunglasses! Pick a polarized pair with UV protection to keep your eyes shielded from the rays. Don’t forget a sturdy case to keep them safe in your carry-on.

What to Pack for a Trip to Egypt: Egypt Packing List Polarized Sunglasses

Don’t Forget to Pack

  • Your passport!
  • To call your credit card company and release your card for use in Egypt
  • Better yet, sign up for a credit card with no international transaction fees!
  • A backup credit card in case you have any issues with your primary
  • Upgrade to an international cell plan during the month that you’ll be gone

Things to Leave at Home

  • Tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Knee-length dresses
  • Midriff-baring shirts
  • Laptop
  • Expensive jewelry
  • A lot of cash. There are plenty of ATMs in the airport and all over Egypt.

And of course, the most important items to pack for Egypt… a positive attitude and an adventurous spirit! Have a wonderful trip! 



  • Valerie Wheatley

    Val grew up in Portland, Oregon but moved to Oahu on a whim back in 2013. She sold her house and all of her belongings and bought a one-way ticket. Since then she’s taken two around-the-world trips and has visited 60-ish countries while living out of a duffel bag.

    Val started documenting the Wandering Wheatleys travels back in 2013 as a way to update friends and family about her whereabouts and to relay humorous daily interactions. The only readers were her mom and her mother-in-law but that didn’t stop her!

    These days you’ll find Val dreaming up future trips, creating new travel content, managing a team of amazing travel enthusiasts, and chasing around her two adorable but naughty kids.

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6 thoughts on “What to Pack for Egypt + Tips on What to Wear in Egypt”

  1. Thank you so so much for all of your Egypt posts! We’re heading there in 2 weeks and I was totally lost as to what to pack. What did your boyfriend/husband wear while you were there? Were shorts acceptable for men?

    1. Hey Nichole! So glad that you found our post helpful!

      Nick (my husband) wore pants for most of the trip. While it is perfectly acceptable to wear shorts – except when visiting a mosque – it seemed like almost all the locals wear pants. So if you want to stay cool wear shorts, but if you want to blend in wear pants. Nick likes ABC Pants from lululemon – they’re very comfortable even in hot weather.

      Also, we were there in December so it was not nearly as hot as it will be when you visit – we actually found it to be rather chilly a few evenings after the sun set. And if you’re visiting the coastal resort towns like Sharm El Sheikh or Hughada you’ll find it much more common to dress as you would in Europe or the USA.

  2. Hi, Thanks for sharing! You mentioned leaving your tank tops at home but in your photos youre wearing a tank top dress. Were there any issues (unwanted attention)? You must have felt comfortable exposing your shoulders and arms? TIA!

    1. Nick Wheatley

      Hey Reanna… Thanks for reading! Val only uncovered her arms for a quick photo, she always wore a scarf over her sleeveless dresses. She wouldn’t have shown her shoulders in public, or she definitely would’ve gotten some unwanted attention from Egyptian men.

  3. Thanks for all this helpful information! You mentioned leaving your laptop at home. Is there a specific reason for that or was it just easier to not have to account for the space it takes up when packing?

    1. Valerie Wheatley

      Hey Jon – I’d say it’s a combination of space in the bag, the potential of something happening to your laptop in transit, and general safety of having it on your person or in your hotel room. After a few years of travel we generally utilize the hotel room safe (just in case) and often laptops won’t fit inside. And, unless you’re working, do you REALLY need to bring it?

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