What to Bring


From our many travels to Egypt, we ladies have discovered there are a few things you should never leave home without:

  • Valid passport and driver’s license or other government ID
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Cash (US dollars) (must be crisp, unmarked bills with no stains, nicks, or creases)
  • Traveler’s checks
  • Copies of your medical insurance cards (call to check your coverage in foreign countries)
  • Copies of your travel insurance documents (Get lots more information on travel insurance. NOTE: we have no arrangements with AARDY.com – it’s just a helpful website.)
  • Camera, extra memory cards, extra batteries or charger
  • Plug and voltage converter
  • Sunscreen
  • Small packages of tissue
  • Umbrella or hat for sunshade
  • Scarf (to protect from sand and dust and to cover your head inside a mosque)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (Get top travel shoe recommendations from Travel + Leisure)


  • Cell phone (check with your service provider for a reasonable data plan), and sign up for WhatsApp (free text messaging, voice messages, and free video calls)
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard most widely accepted) — accepted in major cities in restaurants, large department stores, and “modern” shopping areas; call your credit card company to alert them you’ll be using your card in Egypt
  • Journal and a nice pen
  • Baby wipes or antibacterial wipes in small packages
  • Business cards to give to new friends in Egypt
  • Paperback novel to read and leave in the hotel or on the cruise ship
  • $1 bills and individually wrapped candies to give out as “souvenirs” — the children in Egypt especially love this
  • Postcards or little souvenirs from your home city or state to leave as a memento with your new friends in Egypt (we found these very helpful!)
  • Peel-and-stick labels pre-printed with the addresses of friends and family (to send postcards from Egypt to friends back home)
  • Resealable plastic bags in several sizes