What To Wear When In Egypt

So you’re on your way to the land of pyramids, deserts and oases. Egypt is a beautiful place but have you ever wondered why locals wear layers of loose flowing robes? Should you wear the same or stick to your usual western attire when visiting? Here are some tips for what to wear in Egypt.


  1. Be mindful of the areas you will be visiting. In more rural or religious areas (like Cairo) it’s best to NOT wear sleeveless shirts and shorts. In more westernized tourist areas like Sharm El Sheik and Hurghada, shorts and sleeveless clothing are more accepted.

  2. Pack materials that are light, loose and modest. Egypt can get pretty hot so it’s a good idea to pack easy to wear, cool clothing. For men, normal trousers, shirts or t-shirts are fine. Woman should be dressed with loose linens and below-the-knee skirts.

  3. Bring comfortable shoes as you’ll be doing lots of walking. Dusty roads, desert sands and uneven floors are pretty much everywhere.

  4. Pack a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the Egyptian sun.

  5. Wear layers in winter. These can easily be take off during the day and slipped back on in the evenings.

  6. Sunglasses are a must. They protect your eyes from the strong Egyptian sun but more importantly, if you’re a female traveler, it also helps you avoid eye contact with some of the local prying men.

  7. Carry a light pashmina shawl with you. You’ll need to slip this on if you plan to go inside some religious places.

Have you traveled to Egypt? Do you have any tips on what to wear?

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I'm Shalinee - a Geminian scientist who loves to travel, write, draw and eat chocolate. I've visited over twenty countries, published a Environmental Science encyclopaedia and somewhere along the way started a science communication company to help students and corporates translate that hard-to-read data generated in a lab. Other than that, I'm just searching for the magic still hidden in the world.

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