Recommended Packing List for Egypt and Jordan
- Camera and lenses – highly recommend a camera with a viewfinder, whether a dSLR or a bridge camera. I traveled with a basic point-and-shoot and regretted not having a real viewfinder. The sun is very bright and made the LCD panel impossible to use.
- Dust cover for camera
- Travel Tripod – Geekoto 58″ is a well reviewed, ultra-light tripod, but we did fine with one of these small, flexible stands
- Lots of memory cards!
- Binoculars – our guide was thrilled to use our binoculars to examine the hieroglyphs on monuments. We recommend the compact Swarovski CL line.
- External charger ( bonus points if it has SD card backup capability like the RAVPower FileHub)
- Headlamp – if you’re going to Petra, DO go to Petra By Night, an exceptional experience where you walk the narrow siq lit only by luminaries. It’s an uneven path so a headlamp would have been a great help.
Recommended for men and women:
- Shirts, light colored*, long sleeves which roll up if necessary (Columbia Sportswear offers affordable convertible shirts for men and women)
- Pants, light colored, with fold up or zip off to knee length (women – look for the slimmer fitting versions of these pants – i.e., Columbia Aruba, which will work best transitioning from touring to dining)
- Tees and a light sweater, merino wool recommended for its lightness and odor resistance
- sturdy shoes*
- sun hat
- midi or maxi skirt in lightweight material
- a lightweight scarf – brightens any outfit and covers your head in places of worship
- avoid short shorts and form fitting clothing unless on private boats or at resorts
- * we chose to wear black in Cairo as to better assimilate to the culture
My favorite easy-to-pack travel clothing for women.
All travelers need good walking shoes. Sneakers will do, but will immediately identify you as a tourist. To blend in better (and not get ripped off by touts!), bring shoes that are more fashionable or subtle.
Two of my favorites –
- Ecco Damara gladiator sandals are remarkably comfortable with a cushioned footbed, yet are elegant enough for dinner.
- Chaco Outcross is an athletic shoe, but has the advantage of being waterproof. Perfect for exploring temples!
Note: showing the bottom of your feet, shoe-d or shoe-less, is considered an insult in Arab countries.
Our experience packing for travel to the Middle East