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Outfit Idea for Visiting Abu Simbel

Wondering what to wear for visiting Abu Simbel? This post explains!

Outfit idea for Abu Simbel

If you’ve been following along with my Egypt outfit posts, you’ll know the formula for dressing for these sights. However, Abu Simbel does have an extra element to take into account.

You’ll be in the hot sun, like anywhere else in Egypt, and, as a woman, it’s a good idea to dress modestly. For a trip to Abu Simbel, though, you’ll like be riding in a car for around 3 hours to get there, sweating like crazy, and then likely jumping back in the car for another 3 hours. FUN. (But SO worth it. Did you see my post about what to know before going to Abu Simbel?)

*Note: I was here during spring – if you are visiting during winter, the weather will likely be more comfortable!

Outift Idea Abu Simbel

So, out of all the outfits you pack for Egypt, wear whichever one will BREATHE and dry the best for Abu Simbel. You don’t want to be sitting in a puddle of sweat for 3 hours in a bus.

Abu Simbel photo fun


The dress I wore was actually perfect! I had only worn it previously with heels and a belt for a dressier occasion. However, it is a linen blend, so I figured it would work well for a day of sweating – and it did!

I had always sworn off wearing these smock dresses. (They remind me of a moo-moo!) So, I’ve been belting the couple I have. For this trip, though, I didn’t pack any belts – and I’m glad I didn’t. This dress looked fine without it, and it was super comfortable.

what to wear to Abu Simbel

There was always a nice breeze blowing through it, but I never once had a wardrobe malfunction. Plus, it’s one of the most modest dresses I own – which is perfect for Egypt.

Outift Idea Abu Simbel


For the most part, you’ll be on a paved path for walking. There are some loose stones and pebbles that can get caught in your sandals on the walk out to Abu Simbel, which might get a little annoying for some. I was comfortable wearing sandals for this adventure, though. (Just make sure they’re comfy enough for a couple hours of walking around, though!)

Hieroglyphics necklace

The coolest part about this outfit, though, is my snazzy new necklace. It’s my name written in hieroglyphics! How cool is that? I bought it when we first arrived in Cairo. (And paid about double what I should have, but more on that in a future blog post…) If you’re not going to Egypt in the near future, but are interested in a necklace like this. Check out this online shop – whose prices are actually better than what I found in Egypt!

Hieroglyphics necklace

Where to find it:

Dress: c/o* EvaTrends (No longer available. Similar sandals can be found here.)
Sandals: Blowfish (similar)
Necklace: Bought in Cairo (See a similar necklace here)
Bag: ModCloth
Sunglasses: Old (Similar sunglasses can be found here)

Outfit idea for visiting Abu Simbel

Outfit Idea for Visiting Abu Simbel
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  1. What's Katie Doing? says:

    You always manage to look so chic and cool even in the hottest places! I love how you are highlighting that modest dress doesn’t mean underdressed.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much!

  2. I love how this dress is the perfect example of chic but modest – such a great way to stay stylish but respect the location you’re adventuring in!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you, Sara!

  3. What a great place to visit and your dress, while still keeping you covered up, does look great for a hot day! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂

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  4. I’ve learned so much from you with this Egypt trip, Lindsey!!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      So glad to hear it, Jodie!

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