What Should You Know Before Visiting Egypt – Egypt Travel Tips
Since the word vacation was invented, Egypt has always been the destination to be for tranquility, peace, and entertainment. So if you found yourself in Egypt then here are a few Egypt travel tips to make sure you have the perfect vacation:
- If you decide to do a tour by yourself, we highly recommend you take note of main info like hotel name, exact address, and phone number.
- It’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes during your visits because heels and open toe shoes will not comfortable for you as the floor of most sites is either sand or rough stone floors.
- The best time to visit Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the atmosphere becomes a bit tropical, warm weather with a winter breeze.
- If you visit Egypt in summer take plenty of water with you during your tours because it’s usually hot, and you will need to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.
- Sunblock, hats, scarfs, and sunglasses, plus light clothes are recommended during summer time.
- Comfortable footwear like a closed toe shoe is a good choice.
- Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.
- If you decided to get inside one of the pyramids, wear trousers (or jeans) because you will descend ladders and walk through narrow passages.
- When you visit the Egyptian Museum, it’s highly recommended to have a tour guide because most statues and monuments do not have a label guide to know about the monument so your tour guide will provide you with all information you want to know about the Egyptian Museum.
- The food is good, and frequently safe. Mulukhiya, Shawerma, and Kushari are the most famous delicious food, you should try them, plus make sure to stay hydrated at all times.
- It’s good for you to buy a local SIM card for your mobile phone, this will help you make calls to your hotel or travel agency or your guide, there are no prepaid phones or prepaid cards to make your call and a universal charger will be quite essential and quite useful during your holiday in Egypt.
- During your Egypt tours, it would be very useful known some word and phrases like Salaam Alaykum (hello), Ma’is Salaama (goodbye), min fudlak (please) for male and min fadlik for female, Shukran (thank you), lu samaht (excuse me), Aiwa (yes), laa (no), Yalla (lets go), mashy (okay), Afwan (you’re welcome), Em’shee (go away).
- Tipping in Egypt is Called ‘Baksheesh’ And Is Expected From Locals And Foreigners Alike, 5 Egyptian Pounds For A Small Service, Such As Carrying Bags, Is Fine and, 10% In Restaurants Is Acceptable.
- Always expect to bargain when buying souvenirs, but remember to maintain a polite friendly attitude to get the best prices, in most cases, the original price is 50% less than the initial price so make sure you don’t get hustled.
- It is not advisable to drink the tap water because it is highly chlorinated and tastes terrible so buy bottled water instead and when it comes to food don’t even think about buying any street food.
- Visitors to Egypt do not require any vaccinations officially unless you are coming from infected areas so we recommend getting against typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, and rabies.
- Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt and most Arab countries so keep in mind that you could expect a large crowd at your tourist attractions.