Egypt Travel : Things To Know Before Traveling To Egypt
I knocked Egypt off of my Bucket-list and If you’re planning a trip to Egypt,here are some important things you should know before you go:
1. Visa Requirements: Visitors to Egypt require a visa, which can be obtained on arrival at the airport or online before traveling. It’s important to check the latest visa requirements before you travel.
2. Safety: Egypt is a relatively safe country, but travelers should exercise caution, particularly in crowded areas and tourist hotspots. Avoid political demonstrations and stay away from areas where protests are taking place.
3. Dress Code: Egypt is a conservative country, and travelers should dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Women should cover their shoulders and wear clothing that covers their knees.
4. Currency: The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP). You can change money at banks, exchange offices, or withdraw cash from ATMs. It’s also a good idea to carry some small bills for tipping.
5. Language: Arabic is the official language of Egypt, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. It’s helpful to learn some basic Arabic phrases before you travel.
6. Health: It’s important to take precautions to avoid getting sick while traveling in Egypt. This includes drinking bottled water, avoiding raw fruits and vegetables that haven’t been washed or peeled, and getting any necessary vaccinations before you travel.
7. Culture and Customs: Egyptians are generally friendly and welcoming to visitors, but it’s important to be respectful of local customs and culture. For example, it’s polite to ask for permission before taking photos of people or religious sites.
8. Transportation: Cairo and other cities in Egypt have a range of transportation options, including taxis, buses, and trains. It’s a good idea to agree on a price before getting in a taxi and to use licensed taxis whenever possible.
9. Climate: Egypt has a hot desert climate, with temperatures reaching over 100°F (38°C) in the summer months. It’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen if you’re visiting during this time.
10. Sightseeing: Egypt is home to many famous historical sites, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings. It’s a good idea to plan your itinerary in advance and to book tours or guides for these sites.
The ultimate packing list for Egypt
From my observation and time spent in Egypt here are some essential items that you might want to consider packing:
1. Clothing: Egypt is a warm country with hot summers, so lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended. Loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs is also recommended for visits to mosques and other religious sites. It’s also a good idea to pack a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and air-conditioned indoor spaces.
2. Sun Protection: Since Egypt is a sunny country, it’s important to pack sun protection items such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
3. Comfortable Shoes: When visiting Egypt, you’ll likely do a lot of walking, so it’s important to pack comfortable shoes that can handle different terrains.
4. Travel Adapter: Egypt uses the Europlug type C and type F electrical outlets, so if you’re coming from a country with different electrical outlets, you’ll need to bring a travel adapter.
5. Medications and First Aid Kit: Make sure to pack any medications you need and a small first aid kit that includes items such as bandages, antiseptic, and pain relievers.
6. Washcloths: I don’t know what it is but Egypt is not the first country I have been in where when you ask for a washcloth for your room they look at you like it’s something foreign when you try to explain to them exactly what it is. So I highly suggest you pack a few of your own.
7. Anti Diarrhea Pills : Let me just have a moment of transparency because I actually experienced needing them in another country so it’s definitely a thing ! Due to the change of food or cuisines in a different country you could possibly experience an upset stomach causing diarrhea so don’t get caught slipping with them.
8. Toilet Paper/ wet wipes: Some public restrooms in Egypt may charge a small fee for toilet paper or have limited supplies, so having your own supply can save you time and money. Overall, packing toilet paper for your trip to Egypt can provide a sense of comfort and convenience, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time exploring the country’s historic sites and public spaces.
These are just a few items to consider when packing for a trip to Egypt. It’s always a good idea to research the weather and activities you have planned to ensure that you pack accordingly.
#1 question I received was Is it safe to travel to Egypt for US citizens or solo travel ?
Egypt is a fascinating destination that has been attracting travelers for centuries with its rich history, culture, and stunning landscapes. However, concerns over safety have deterred some travelers from visiting this remarkable country. So, is it safe for US citizens to travel to Egypt, especially for solo travel?
It’s important to take precautions when traveling in Egypt,especially when traveling alone. Here are some tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip:
1. Be aware of your surroundings: As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking alone at night, and always stay in well-lit and busy areas.
2. Respect local customs and laws: Egypt is a conservative Muslim country, and visitors should respect local customs and laws. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites, and be mindful of public displays of affection.
3. Use reputable tour operators: If you are planning to take a guided tour,make sure to use a reputable tour operator. This will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.Our tour guide Hend was amazing.
4. Take precautions with food and water: Drink only bottled or purified water, and be careful with street food. Stick to reputable restaurants and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods.
5. Carry appropriate documentation: Make sure to carry your passport and other important documents with you at all times,and keep them in a safe place.
In conclusion, Egypt is generally considered safe for US citizens to travel to,including solo travel. However, it is important to take precautions and be mindful of your surroundings. By following these tips and using common sense,you can have a safe and enjoyable trip to this remarkable country.
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