When I was planning my trip to Egypt, the biggest question that I had was what to wear in Egypt because its a culturally-sensitive country.
Now, I tried to search on internet but really did not get anything useful. Trust me. So here I am writing about it so that girls travelling after me will have something to refer to.
Now, let me tell you how I planned it. I did not want to take the risk so I carried a lot of long dresses, skirts etc which are not exposing and look stylish as well 🙂 But I took a pair of shorts as well (just in case you know!) and thank God I took them.
When you visit The Pyramids, you can wear anything! I mean not bikini off course! But trust me there were so many foreigners who wore short dresses, skirt, hot pants and nobody really looked bothered about it!
The only thing is if you are planning to go in the internal parts of Cairo or even Giza, then please wear something that hides all your body parts. Those are little conservative areas. People of Egypt are extremely sweet and awesome! They will not say anything or do anything – you will just get a lot of stares which will eventually make you feel uncomfortable!
Now, if you are taking a cruise from Aswan to Luxor (I took a cruise) – then you DO NOT have to worry about anything! You can wear literally while on board. Most of the cruises have jacuzzis so carry your swimming costume – yes, I regret of not carrying a swimming costume! You can enjoy the evenings on the cruise in your bikinis ladies!
Now, if you are going to the temples of Luxor or Aswan, wear anything but try not to show cleavage! And do not wear dresses that are very short! Otherwise you can wear whatever you want – nobody cares.
I went in the peak summers in July, but it was dry kind of heat with extremely low humidity so it won’t feel as hot as it actually is.
Still, places like Cairo, Aswan, Luxor or the famous Valley of the Kings can become unbearable! So try to go prepared!
In the tourist regions or on the beaches or in the hotel or on the cruise it is totally acceptable to wear whatever you feel like. In mosques, women are required to cover their shoulders & wear a veil.
In markets like Khan el-Khalili, please wear something smart and kind of covered otherwise you will garner some unwanted attention. I will give the same advice while visiting museums as well.
Please plan it well in advance, I ended up taking 2 suitcases and more than half of the things were not even used. The problem was I really did not know what to wear there. All the blogs mentioned that you need to wear decent/covered etc etc cloths! So, I carried a lot of jackets, shrugs, scarves etc, which I did not use at all!
Now below is the list of clothes that you should carry:
- A pair of shorts
- Knee-length or little shorter dresses
- A pair of swimming costume
- Long skirt
- A long dress
- 1 Scarf
- Very very comfortable shoes – as you might have to walk a lot
- A pair of regular flat sandals
And Voila! you are done.
Do let me know how did you find this post. Also comment below if you have any questions 🙂
See you next time
Few pics of my dresses:
– Shivani Singh – Travel Blogger