A Traveler’s Guide to Egypt: What to Take on Your Trip

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Egypt is no doubt a great tourist destination. Immersing yourself in the sights and culture of this nation can be a deeply satisfying experience. For those traveling for the first time, there is a checklist that you can use to ensure that you have the best possible experience. Although the items listed here are available in the country, they can be expensive, or add to your traveling cost and cause you to overshoot your budget. Below are some of the things you should take with you for your trip to North Africa.

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A Traveler’s Guide to Egypt: What to Take on Your Trip
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Hats and Body Coverings
Egypt is known for its hot sun, and a large hat would do you some good considering the elements. For women, scarves are a requirement especially when visiting sites of religious significance. The women are often required to cover their hair, shoulders and arms when visiting these sites. In addition to this, the coverings can offer great relief from the hot Egyptian sun.

Sun Block
This goes hand in hand with sunglasses. Although these are both available, there could be a particular brand that you may prefer. In this case, you are better off bringing your own. Sun block is a must in the hot Egyptian sun, otherwise you would be asking for trouble. Also, insist on a pair of sunglasses with a high UV rating.

Comfortable Shoes for Walking
Sightseeing is a big part of the Egyptian travel experience, and you will need good walking shoes for this. Because of the terrain there, you might want to avoid climbing or hiking shoes, and instead opt for trainers or tennis shoes. The shoes should be light, and as airy as possible. You might also want to consider that there are plenty of steps that you will be climbing when sightseeing.

Medication
This applies to both prescription and non-prescription medication. Although you can easily find your prescription medication in Egyptian drug stores, there is a good chance that the medication will be referred to by a different name. There is no problem bringing in prescription medication, so there is no reason why you should not bring your own. Non-prescription medication such as that for heartburn may be found in the country, but you might not be able to find your preferred brand.

Travel Alarm
Most hotels will have a wake-up call on request, but it is still a good idea to bring your own travel alarm. This is especially great if you want to wake up early for sightseeing or to catch the sunrise over the Nile. Alternatively, you could purchase one cheaply in the country if your hotel doesn’t offer a wake-up call service.

Alcohol and Cigarettes
Again, these are available in the country, but you might want to bring your own bottle or two of your favorite liquor. Certain brands if liquor are extremely difficult to find in Egypt, or extremely expensive. You can bring in two bottles of liquor into the country, although there is the option of purchasing more at the Egyptian airport. Similarly, certain brands of cigarettes can be extremely difficult or altogether impossible to find. It may be wise to bring your own favorite brand to avoid this problem.

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Tiffany Brock
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Tiffany Brock is an active business lady with more than 10 years in the sales and marketing fields. A mother of two, she is currently managing her own network of marketing agents. She is often dedicating her time to write for different websites and blogs about her work and hobbies. She speaks fluently 5 languages, so it’s no surprise that she writes even for a danish travel site (such as Startour’s Book ferie til Egypten campaign)

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