Is your trip to Egypt booked? Will it be one week or maybe two weeks? We’re guessing you’re looking forward to sun, heat, salty seas and maybe a few excursions to Egypt’s many ancient sights.

Wondering what to include on a packing list for a trip to Egypt? You can probably easily figure out that you can leave that warm jacket at home. But, is swimwear and a few t-shirts enough? This article gives you all the answers.

Suggestions and packing list tips for Egypt

Below you will find a complete packing list for a trip to Egypt. It contains clothes, sun and bathing equipment, medicines and hygiene, smart things to pack and very important things you absolutely must not forget.

Of course, you may not need everything. Just cross out what you don’t need to pack. We’ve put together this packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything important!


  • Robust suitcase
  • Backpack/Cabin Bag
  • Crossbody bag
  • Foldable bag
  • Beach bag
  • Packaging cube
  • Wet bag
  • Dry bag

Clothing for holidays in Egypt

Clothing and equipment for sunbathing and swimming in Egypt

Technology and smart things

Travel pharmacy and toiletries

  • Toiletry bag
  • Travel bottles
  • Oral hygiene
  • Deodorant
  • Shower cream
  • Hair care
  • Makeup (Buy with an AllBeauty discount code)
  • Face wash
  • Sun protection factor
  • Aloe vera
  • Moisturizing after sun
  • Stick with SPF for face
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Sanitary products
  • Shaving razor
  • Glasses/lenses
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Wet wipes
  • Pills for upset stomach
  • Pain killers
  • Fluid replacement
  • Toilet paper
  • Prescription medicines

Important documents and money

  • Passport (valid for at least six months)
  • Copy of passport
  • Visa (automatic on arrival)
  • Some cash (USD)
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Terms and conditions of insurance
  • Tickets and reservations

More great packing list tips for Egypt

Packing of bag

Now you know what to include on a packing list for a trip to Egypt! Maybe you follow our list from start to finish, maybe you make a selection. Anyway, here’s a guide to help you pack smart.

A trip to Egypt doesn’t have to be complicated. However, there are a few things you might want to think about a little extra when packing. Keep reading to find out what!

Pack with room for souvenirs

You’ll want to buy nice things to take home. You can count on it. There are incredible markets with everything you could possibly want to buy to take home.

Jewellery, incense, handicrafts, papyrus and leather goods are some examples of popular souvenirs. And don’t forget to shop for a miniature pyramid or sphinx!

If you go wild in the markets, how will you get it all home? We can offer some good tips:

  • Maximise the use of hand luggage for more space in your suitcase
  • Carry your shopping (e.g. clothes) with you on your return journey
  • Use packing cubes to make the most of your suitcase
  • Don’t pack too much from home!

Explaining the dress code in Egypt

Inside the hotel or resort gates, a free dress code applies. You can walk around in swimwear and casual beachwear most everywhere. Outside the gates, however, you’d do well to think more conservatively. This is especially true for women.

The basic rule of dress in public places in Egypt is that you should not show your knees, shoulders and hair (women). So for a walk to the market or an outing, it’s a good idea to wear something a little more opaque. At the same time, it should be airy so that you don’t faint from overheating.

If you want to do more than sunbathe on the resort’s beach, you can pack your bags:

  • Three-quarter dress/long skirt
  • Cotton trousers/linen trousers
  • Sarong/cover-up
  • T-shirts/blouses covering shoulders and neckline
  • Scarf for hair

Make sure your travel pharmacy is complete!

It’s certainly not uncommon for visitors to Egypt to have stomach problems. It’s probably more the rule than the exception that the stomach gets a little upset. The solution? Pills against bad stomach of course!

It’s not just medicine for an upset stomach that should be in your Egypt travel kit. For the best possible experience of this amazing country, we recommend that you pack the following in your bag:

  • Pills for upset stomach
  • Painkillers
  • Axiety tablets
  • Fluid replacement

Can’t you just buy over-the-counter medicines on the spot in Egypt? You can. There are only two problems. The first is that you need to find a pharmacy. Problem number two is that you don’t really know what a tablet contains and how it works.

Buy a really good travel guide

If you make the trip to Egypt, chances are you’ll want to see more than the hotel pool and restaurant. You will want to go on excursions!

Camel rides, desert tours, boat trips, visits to bustling and slightly chaotic Cairo, Abu Simbel, the pyramids of Giza – you can see the possibilities are endless.

If you are staying in a hotel or resort, you can get good information on the spot. If you book your holiday through a tour operator, you can often get information and book in advance. However, it’s a really good idea to read up beforehand!

With a physical Egypt travel guide (the kind you hold in your hand!), you can read about different destinations and excursions. You can read up on history and culture to get the most out of your experience.

Buy the guide well in advance at home and spend a few evenings selecting destinations. Then take the guide with you on the plane and put it in your rucksack when it’s time to get on the bus or boat. A travel guide to Egypt is a very useful investment!

Bonus tip: Find out when Ramadan is celebrated

Ramadan is a Muslim holiday with a focus on fasting and togetherness. It lasts for a month and when it’s Ramadan, society slows down a bit.

Restaurants, shops and excursion organisers often cut back considerably, reducing the range of entertainment and shopping options. This is something that is good to know when booking your trip!