Tips for First-Time Travelers to Egypt

Egypt The Mosque of Rifai and Sultan Hassan

Visitors traveling to Egypt are fascinated by the jaw-dropping marvels, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Pharaohs’ tombs, the colossal temples, and its amazing attractions, such as sailing in the ever-thrilling Nile river.

And though a gruesome picture has been portrayed about Egypt stating that it is not safe, especially for solo female travelers, you’ll find out yourself that it’s not true.

So, if you are a first-time traveler to Egypt and are looking for some travel tips, look no more! This is the right post for you with almost everything you need to know, starting from its attractions, what to wear, and what to pack for your trip!

5 Tips for First-Time Travelers to Egypt

#1 Try using the Egypt e-Visa system

Egypt, as many other countries, uses an electronic visa system to make the process of visa handling easier.

Egypt eVisa is an electronic visa that allows a 30-day stay into the country and can be obtained as either a single or multiple-entry document.

Remember to submit your eVisa application at least 7 business days before heading to Egypt since the processing of such document may take up to a week.

The whole application process can be completed online and can be done from home or any other place using any working device.

Visit to apply for your Egypt eVisa and enjoy an effortless visa handling experience!

#2 Visit during the cooler months

The best time to visit Egypt would be from November to March when the weather is cooler just to be able to explore it without overheating.

From June to August the weather is warmer, making it quite uncomfortable even to stay indoors. The temperatures can rise to 55°C, so it is best to avoid it.

#3 Wear loosely fitting comfortable clothes

You should wear loosely fitting but comfortable clothes because the climate can be primarily hot and dry. Remember to wear shoes and not flip-flops when walking and hiking in the sands.

Moreover, for women traveling to Egypt, you may have pay extra attention to what you wear, especially in the religious places. Make sure that your clothes are not too revealing – chest, knees, and thighs. You can wear long pants, long-sleeved tops and carry a headscarf just be sure.

Touristic places are often a bit more forgiving in that matter, but it’s still better to be a respectful traveler and adjust to the place you’re visiting.

#4 Carry Enough Cash with You

You have to keep lots of cash since you will be paying the entrance fees, restaurant bills, and in shops with cash.

You should be prepared for tipping almost everywhere, whether you take a group photo of the camels, the houses, or if you are eating at a restaurant, tipping is expected.

#5 Don’t drink and eat everything

Make sure to try out the national dish of Egypt – Kushari, made of rice, lentils, chickpeas, and pasta!

It is highly advisable not to try raw vegetables or half-cooked meat or anything you are not sure about (melted ice-cream, frozen food). Bottled water (ensure the seal is not broken) is also recommended over tap water.

What to pack? 

Lastly, make sure to check our must-pack items when traveling to Egypt:

  • long dresses and pants,
  • comfortable tops,
  • a headscarf,
  • toilet paper,
  • hiking shoes,
  • flip flops,
  • sunscreen,
  • moisturizer,
  • hat and sunglasses,
  • universal power adaptors,
  • power banks,
  • hand sanitizers,
  • bug sprays,
  • purifying water bottles,
  • cameras and batteries.

Egypt is a beautiful destination suitable for travelers of all kinds. We hope that this post will help you understand the dos and don’ts in Egypt when being a first-time visitor.

There are many other things to know, and these tips are just the basics. So, what are you waiting for? Pack up and get ready for your first trip to Egypt!

Featured Photos

1. Obelisk in Karnak, Luxor by Kristina Tamašauskaitė on Unsplash

2. The Mosque of Rifai and Sultan Hassan by Omar Elsharawy on Unsplash