Wondering what to pack for a trip to Egypt as a stylish woman? This post is breaking down how to dress in this fascinating country + sharing some of my packing tips for this trip & outfits!
Packing for a trip to Egypt can be a bit tricky if you’re a woman, especially if you’re a woman who likes to look stylish whilst traveling. This post is here to help! I’ll offer my packing tips for Egypt + a rundown of everything I wore + brought along on this trip. (I was in Egypt for a full week on this adventure.)
How to Dress as a Woman in Egypt
When packing for a trip to Egypt as a woman it’s important to remember that Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country. Therefore, you should pack modest clothing that will work well in the hot temperatures of Egypt. By dressing modestly I mean, your shoulders, cleavage, and knees should be covered, and you should avoid tight, clingy clothing.
Now, it’s not the end of the world if any of these parts aren’t covered…it’s just not considered respectful to many of the people in this bustling country. It also might get you some unwanted attention (especially if you’re traveling solo) if you aren’t dressed modestly. You’ll notice in many of the highly touristic areas (Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Karnak Temple, etc.), though, that not everyone will abide by this dress code.
It is not necessary to wear a hijab in Egypt. Many of the local women will be wearing them, but it is not expected for women who are touring to wear them. (Unless you want to, of course. The locals will really appreciate your attempt at wearing one!)
If you plan to tour any mosques, though, it is a good idea to carry a scarf with you so you can cover your head. I almost always wore a lightweight scarf anyways, as I liked the added security it provided, to make sure my cleavage was never accidentally showing.
(Obviously) Keep in Mind the Heat When Packing!
Egypt is generally always going to be warm, no matter what time of year you visit. Cairo’s temperatures will be a bit milder, but if you’re visiting Luxor…even in winter the average temps are in the upper 70s (Fahrenheit)! (I have an entire post dedicated to how to dress comfortably and stylishly for the heat in Luxor!)
I had visited Egypt in May. This is just when the temps are starting to get nearly unbearable. This had its perks, though, as many places were quieter, with not as many tourists. (Except in Cairo – the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum were still bonkers busy despite the heat!)
Wearing lightweight, natural fabrics will be your best bet! This way you can still be covered but also comfortable. (Look for items that are 100% cotton, silk or linen.)
That being said, though, those items tend to be a bit pricier. Only about half of what I packed for this trip contained natural fibers. I did wear several dresses that contained synthetic fabrics – so, they were significantly less expensive – but were still perfectly comfortable (for me at least). I’ll talk more about exactly what I packed in a moment, though!
What I Packed for a Week+ in Egypt
*A good rule of thumb: Pack one change of clothing per day, and also have 1 or 2 additional outfits along that you can change into at night, after you’ve showered.
I had 7 full days in Egypt. (The 8th day I just woke up and hopped on a plane to Jordan.) Now, I like to wear dresses. I like the way they look, and I just feel more comfortable while wearing one. So, the vast majority of what I packed consisted of lightweight maxi dresses that had some kind of sleeve. (I also liked the added protection from the sun, as my sunscreen application throughout the day can be terrible!)
And, if you’re hoping to only pack a carry-on bag, this isn’t the packing list for you. Sorry. I am also a style blogger, so only packing a carry on rarely happens around here. (I also was heading to Jordan for 4 days after this, and did re-wear some of these outfits…if they weren’t too smelly!)
However, if you want to dress comfortably yet stylishly and still respect the Egyptian culture by dressing modestly, this is the packing list for you! (Who doesn’t want to look stylish in their photos next to the pyramids?!)
Here is exactly what I packed for clothing, and I’ll share each outfit with its corresponding post below.
- 8 maxi dresses (3 of them were these inexpensive ones)
- 1 maxi skirt
- 1 white T-shirt
- 1 white, lightweight, breathable button-up shirt (BEST investment ever)
- 1 pair of lightweight hiking pants
- 3 lightweight scarves
- 2 camis
- 2 pairs of running shorts (worn under my dresses in case of any Marilyn moments!)
- 2 pairs of comfortable sandals (these & these)
- 1 pair of sneakers
- 1 hat
- 1 watch + earrings + bracelet
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 satchel
- 1 camera backpack (my carryon)
- 3 pairs of jammies
So, yeah, I packed quite a bit! I did, however, wear all of this while in Egypt and rewore quite a bit of it while in Jordan too. And the reason there are more outfits than days, is because a couple of these outfits were just for changing into for dinner after I showered from being in the heat all day. (We had also taken a Nile River Cruise where most people showered and looked nice for dinner. Most people also looked nice at Mena House in Cairo after exploring for the day.) I’ll list each outfit below:
Egypt Outfit Idea for Dinner at Mena House Cairo
What I Wore to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
"The Mummy" Brendan Fraser/Rick O'Connell Inspired Outfit for Egypt
How to Dress Comfortably Yet Stylishly for the Heat in Luxor, Egypt
Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea
Outfit Idea for Visiting Abu Simbel
What to Wear in Aswan (for the Ladies)
What I Wore for Visiting Edfu & Kom Ombo
What I Wore to the Pyramids of Giza
Toiletries I Packed (and a Few Other Things)…
- My makeup (liquid foundation, eyeliner, mascara, powder, etc.)
- Shampoo & conditioner (I’m picky about this due to my thin hair)
- Moroccan oil (for my hair)
- Deodorant (Good grief did I need this! Haha)
- Sunscreen!!! (So important)
- Aloe (It’s inevitable that one of us was going to get burnt!)
- Face moisturizer & face wash
- Eye makeup remover
- Zit cream (my acne is the worst when traveling)
- Contact solution
- Bandaids + Neosporin
- Medicines, such as Advil, Pepto, Immodium, Tylenol PM, Benadryl, etc. (ended up needing ALL of it at one point or another on this trip.)
- Anti-itch stick (I got some horrific bug bites on the Nile Cruise!)
- Travel Steamer
- Straightener (Dual Voltage)
- Outlet Adaptors (Egypt is Type C – like most of Europe)
- Camera + lens
Again, I pack above and beyond for toiletries (even if they are all travel-sized)! This is also why I check a bag – there isn’t any way that’s all coming in a carryon bag with me. I’m high-maintenance – but, I still travel all the time. (There’s no changing me at this point!)
The majority of women would be able to pack half of this stuff and be OK – but, I’m being honest with what I all packed and used for this trip to Egypt. If you have any questions at all, fire away in the comments below!
*Click here to see all of my posts from Egypt.
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