Essential Travel Tips for Your Egyptian Adventure

Touring the historical sites and museums of Egypt and the dynamic culture of Cairo is a bucket-list item for avid travelers. To assure your travel is memorable and easy, we have come up with five vital pieces of advice   we hope will guarantee you the trip of a lifetime.

Stay Hydrated and Protect Yourself from the Sun

Although winter is a popular time to visit Egypt because travelers can catch the cooler, winter months, many in the West can only make time during summer vacation (June-August) to visit the country. That’s when the weather in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan is more mild and pleasant. In the summer, temperatures can easily reach the triple digits and outdoor sightseeing requires that you drink plenty of water. Opt for reusable water containers and refill them throughout the day rather than use disposable ones so you don’t have to constantly purchase water. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen that is waterproof and with the proper SPF level to your face and hands and anywhere else your skin is exposed; remember to reapply every few hours as the potency of sunscreen diminishes over time. However, there is no better alternative to protection from the sun by wearing light, breathable clothing. Drinking lots of water and wearing clothing that is geared to keep you cool and comfortable is your best bet to avoid sunburn and heatstroke. Bring along a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that are designed to protect you from UVA and UVB rays.

Respect Local Customs and Dress Modestly

Although Egyptians are used to tourists and foreign travelers from all over the world and all walks of life, it’s important for visitors to respect the ways and customs of the local region. Not all areas of Egypt are the same–people living in different sections of Cairo and Alexandria will dress and behave either more or less modestly, depending on the cultural standards of that area. Nevertheless, dressing modestly is not only respectful but also helps you blend in and feel more comfortable everywhere you go. Men and women should plan to wear clothes that cover their shoulders, arms, and legs right below their knees, especially when visiting mosques.

Plan Your Visits to Popular Sites Wisely

Because Egypt is home to the iconic Pyramids of Giza and adjacent Sphinx as well as the Great Egyptian Museum, the foot traffic at these sites can be overwhelming. To make the most of your visit to these popular destinations, organize your itinerary so that you get up and out early–visit these attractions in the early morning hours or closer to the evening. Not only will it be less crowded, but you will also find the weather much more pleasant. Don’t skimp on hiring a tour guide–no matter how much you know about history and culture, or refer to a pamphlet, a local professional Egyptian who knows the ins and outs will give you the best experience.

Be Prepared for Security Checks

Security is taken seriously at major tourist sites and public areas in Egypt. Be aware that you are required to go through a security check at the entrance of museums, archaeological sites, and even some hotels. Some travel companies recommend making a copy of your passport and carrying it with you as your tour and leaving the original copy in a safe place where you are staying. Travel lightly throughout your stay, keeping only the most important items in your purse or bag so you can move quickly through security checks.

Embrace Local Cuisine and Stay Cautious

Eating in Egypt is definitely an experience. Its cuisine is distinct and some popular dishes worth trying are koshari, ta’miyyah and fresh seafood. Be cautious where you dine or pick up a meal. Patron restaurants known for their cleanliness and reputable for hosting tourists. Drink only bottled water and request drinks to come without ice cubes, since often the ice is made from non-filtered water.

Final Thoughts

Traveling to Egypt is an incredible journey through time, offering a blend of ancient history and vibrant modern culture. By following these tips, you can ensure a safe, enjoyable, and memorable trip. Happy travels!

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