Egypt, with its majestic pyramids, is top of most people’s must-see list and a cruise from Luxor to Cairo, on the world’s longest river is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Temperatures range between an minimum of 14°C in winter (November to April) and a maximum of 30° C in summer (May to October) so here’s how to pack accordingly…
1. Sun Protection
The Egyptian sun is incredibly strong and if you’re planning a trip in summer you will need maximum sun protection to ensure you don’t return home red and burnt. Consider at Factor 50+ and include an SPF lbalm for the often overlooked lips.
Our pick: Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion Very High SPF50 Immediate UVA / UVB Protection With Water Resistant Texture – 200ml, £13.52, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/2uytq8p and Chapstick Sun Protection Lip Balm SPF35, £1.69, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/3y42j8k
2. Walking Sandals
Flip flops just won’t cut it on this sort of terrain. With excursions to temples and pyramids you’ll want sturdy walking sandals that allow your feet access to the elements – it can get too hot for closed shoes, but have good grip and support ankles.
Our pick: Merrell Men’s Cham Kahuna Sandal, £46.99-59.95, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/37n8xhv
3. Sun Hat
As well as coating yourself in sun cream, a good wide-brimmed sun hat is essential for protecting your head and neck. If you can, choose one with a loose weave so that your head can breath and you don’t get too sweaty.
Our pick: Scala Hats Crochette Seagrass Swinger with Shells, £18.95, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/2vpglk6
A handbag or backpack essential anyway but definitely keep tissues close by for times when you’re not on board – toilet roll isn’t always available!
Our pick: Kleenex Balsam Hanks Regular Singles (36 Pack), £19.08, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/38s9uoj
When you come face-to-face with the pyramids or sphinx, the last thing you want to be doing is squinting. Keep your eyes covered and protected with a good pair of UV specs.
Our pick: Ray-Ban Sunglasses RB4108, £76, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/3xg57ce
As Egypt is predominantly a Muslim country you need to respect local customs and discreet clothing is a must. Rather than revealing vests, opt for a good selection of cotton t-shirts that will keep you cool and considerate.
Our pick: Fruit of the Loom Super Premium T-Shirt, £1.25-3.15, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/357bo34
7. Scarf or Pashmina
Ladies, as previously mentioned, conservative clothing is key so keep bare shoulders covered with a pashmina or scarf when in town. It’ll also come in handy for cooler evenings sat up on deck.
Our pick: Plain Colour Design Pashmina & Silk Shawls, £11.99, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/352ou3m
8. Cooling Insect Repellent
Any hot country tends to attract mosquitos and Egypt is no different so a good insect repellent is a must. Keep a pocket-sized spray in your daypack and a cooling version will always feel nice on sun-exposed skin.
Our pick: Autan Insect Repellent Protection Cooling & Soothing Insect Spray – 8mls, £2.40, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/348ybs2
9. Diarrhoea Tablets
Don’t let a dodgy tum ruin your travels. Keep a pack of diarrhoea tablets in your daypack for emergencies. If you do suffer with diarrhoea at any time keep sipping a bottle of mineral water to stay hydrated.
Our pick: Imodium Plus Diarrhoea Relief CapIets – 6 Caplets, £4.08, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/25zr2ob
10. Digital Camera
A good camera is essential for any holiday but this is one destination where you’ll be snapping from the moment you depart to the moment you return. Don’t forget a spare 16GB memory card.
Our pick: Sony DSCW350B Cyber-shot Digital Camera – Black (14.1 MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD, £129.95, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/38qlduk and Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card, £17.53, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/3a4j7xe
BACK TO WHAT TO PACK
BACK TO EXPERT ADVICE
BACK TO HOMEPAGE