July 23, 2011
-- There are two main aspects to put in your mind, if you are thinking of what to wear in Egypt, the weather and the culture. Egypt is a Muslim Country. Although it is not as strict as other Muslim countries, but still best to be modest. Especially for ladies. Try to show kind of respect for other culture. First, the weather in Egypt is hot in general. Light cotton clothes is the best to wear in Egypt, except if you went there in winter you will need a sweater or jumper as well. But luxer and Aswan are hot. Even in the winter, temperatures are generally high during the day so you will need light cottons at any time of the year. In some months, around October – March, it can get cooler in the evening and overnight, but you may need to your jumper on the boat or in the train because of the air condition may be switched on cool.
Second, the culture, for men; Normal trousers, shirts and T-shirts are fine. You can wear shorts on beaches or resorts or in Cairo or Alexandria or Luxur or Aswan, but it still preferable and more appropriate to wear full-length trousers in towns especially if you go to visit a mosque. For women, in Luxur and Aswan you can wear freely there, as the local people are getting used every thing which really are not appropriate. The best advice is to being modest, far away from the need to respect local customs and religion, that will protect your skin from the sun and the more modest you are the less attention you will attract. It is important to cover your shoulders, chest, belly and knees. Then, it is ok to wear T-shirts, blouses, trousers and long skirts but make sure that all clothes are not transparent. However, you will almost never need to wear sleeves to your wrists and cover your hair, unless going into a mosque.
You need Comfortable shoes or trainers with sturdy soles. Sandals are OK in the hotels, cruises and towns, but in luxur or Aswan you have to trample over unmade ground to get to many of the sights, so they will become uncomfortable. When the coarse sand gets into sandals it can very quickly create blisters. Finally, do not forget to remove your shoes before entering mosques.
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