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What to Pack for Egypt and Jordan: a complete guide

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Traveling to Egypt or Jordan is a dream for many. Seeing the pyramids – the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing – Cruising the Nile – Exploring the incredible, multicultural city of Cairo. There’s so much culture and history to absorb. Then, if you’re lucky, you visit the Kingdom of Jordan where you walk in biblical lands, camp in Wadi Rum, and explore the astonishing city of Petra. Our days in Petra were the highlight of our trip. Having a plan for what to pack for Egypt and Jordan made our travel so much easier.

Deciding what to bring on a trip to the Middle East can be difficult. The culture is quite different from what we are used to and the climate is a challenge. Much of what you decide to bring will depend on your time of travel, and your planned activities. We traveled in March when there was some rain expected in Cairo but otherwise the weather would be hot and dry in both countries.

What to Pack for Egypt & Jordan: Documents

Gear & Gadgets:

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What to Pack for Egypt & Jordan: Miscellaneous

What to Pack for Egypt and Jordan: Clothing

The culture in both Egypt and Jordan requires women to dress modestly. Though as a tourist you’re exempt from the dress code, it is always better to be respectful as you are a guest in the country.

Exceptions: Western dress is accepted in resort areas – beaches, hotels, etc. And Jordan is generally more accepting of western dress, but we still suggest dressing respectfully, eg., t-shirts are fine, spaghetti strap tops not so much…

Additional Suggestions for Women

We found the Egyptian and Jordanian people very friendly and appreciative of our efforts to respect their culture. We wore our shorts and tees on board our Nile boat but covered our shoulders and knees when out and about. A scarf works well for the inevitable dust AND serves as a head cover when you visit sacred sites. (One unfortunate confrontation on the streets of Cairo convinced us that covering our blond hair was a good idea so, after that, those scarves came with us everywhere…)

We traveled through Egypt with Abercrombie & Kent, but did the days in Jordan on our own. So very glad we had the opportunity to visit these storied lands. If you have the chance to see and explore Jordan and/or Egypt, GO, don’t put it off!!

On every packing list: Must Have Travel Accessories.

featuring Lakira jewelry , Scottevest Trench and Standard Jacket, Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Tom Bihn packing cube shoulder bag, Sunday Afternoon sun hat, Patagonia Kamala skirt, Columbia convertible shirt.

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