As you travel through Egypt, you will find that the temperature can vary widely from one location to the next, and even within a single day. The desert areas are much hotter than coastal cities, and even at night in September when temperatures were in the 70s F (21–22 C), I was still able to add another layer of clothing for warmth.
The best way to stay comfortable is by dressing in layers that you can remove or add as needed—this way you’re prepared for whatever climate happens along with your changing needs throughout your day.
If you’re traveling to Egypt in the winter months, you might want to pack some warmer clothes. The weather can be unpredictable and it would be wise to bring a jacket or sweater for those chilly nights. Lightweight shirts and trousers are also good options if you plan on taking excursions outside of your hotel—these will be more comfortable in the heat than jeans or other heavy clothing.
Long sleeves and pants
Wearing long sleeves and pants is a sure way to protect yourself from sunburn, which is why it’s best to wear lightweight materials like cotton or polyester. If you prefer jeans because of the way they fit, opt for the breathable kind that has a little stretch to them.
The problem with wearing shorts in Egypt is that most people opt not to wear them at all, regardless of whether they’re men or women. You may feel self-conscious about showing off your legs when everyone else has covered theirs up—but trust us when we say that no one will be looking at yours if they’re covered up!
Scarves and bandanas are a great option for covering your head. They can also be used to cover your hair if you don’t want to wear a hat, or as a scarf or shawl in the heat of Egypt.
You’ll find that there are many different fabrics available at the markets, ranging from linen to silk to cotton. You might even come across some natural materials like hemp!
You want to be comfortable and mobile for the whole trip, so I recommend sandals or closed-toe shoes. The temples are hot and dusty, so you’ll want something that will protect your feet from the sun and sand. The streets of Cairo can be dirty too, so it’s best to have something with a thick sole in case you step on some poop or other grossness. Your feet should feel good at the end of the day!
Use these tips to plan your packing list!
If you want to be prepared for the warm temperatures in Egypt, here are a few tips:
- Wear layers so that you can easily adjust to temperature changes.
- Protect yourself from the sun and winds with hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Choose comfortable shoes that are easy to slip off at security checkpoints. Many sites will ask visitors to remove their shoes before entering so make sure to pack socks that can easily be taken off in case it’s required!
- You’ll likely be walking for long periods of time each day—pack comfortable footwear!