Getting Ready for Your Trip to Egypt
You may not be leaving for Egypt for a number of months, but there are things you can get started on now, like securing a passport if you don’t have one already! Below is a list of travel gear, books, and other things to pack.
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• PASSPORT and VISA
The expiration date on your passport needs to be sometime AFTER May 24, 2020 for the Nov 2019 tour and September 8, 2020 for the March 2020 tour. US and Canadian citizens can receive a tourist visa upon arrival at Cairo airport. The current fee is $25 USD in cash or equivalent in other foreign currencies.
You do not need any immunizations to go to Egypt at this time. This is a personal decision as to what feels good and safe to you. Doctors often recommend hepatitis and tetanus shots for traveling.
• TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel insurance can bring you some peace of mind and be very helpful if something unexpected occurs. Which insurance company and types of coverage selected, or even whether you purchase travel insurance at all, is your choice. Here is a good article you can use as a guide in making your decision.
• ATM CARD
If you don’t already use an ATM card, it would be good to get one for traveling. You can set this up with a separate account that will not affect your other bank accounts. Travelers’ checks are no longer used, and cash advances with your credit card can have hefty fees.
Check the weight of the luggage you intend to buy. Lightweight but strong is the best combination. You are allowed 1 checked bag, 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item (ex: purse) on the flights. Having wheels is important.
*Note: You do not need to buy luggage tags. You will receive All One World luggage tags from us.
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• CAMERA, Memory Cards, extra Camera Battery, Camera Case (You may not want to be carrying your iPhone while sightseeing in a foreign country.)
A small lightweight camera that is easy for you to operate is a good choice. Be sure to buy this well in advance and practice using it ahead of time. Here are some suggestions.
It’s also good to have a case to protect your camera from sand and impacts.
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• TRAVEL LAPTOP, TABLET/iPad
A small, lightweight travel laptop is a good way to back up your photos each night, go online, or watch a movie on the long plane rides. Tablets/iPads are also good travel companions.
• FLASH DRIVES and Laptops give you a way to back up your photos.
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• UNLOCKED MOBILE PHONE (see above)
Your mobile phone service can tell you what their rates are for calls you make from outside the country (and data used for the internet). An Egyptian SIM card is inexpensive and will enable you to call home, text and check the internet. You will need an UNLOCKED phone to do this. Your Verizon, Sprint or ATT phone will not take another SIM card. If you travel to other countries, you can use the unlocked phone there, too (by buying a local SIM card).
• BACKPACK, WAIST PACK, Messenger Bag, Travel Vest, Money Belt
You may want a money belt underneath your clothes for your credit cards, money, etc.
Things you may be carrying with you during sightseeing: Water carrier, flashlight, camera, money (Egyptian pounds, US $, ATM card and credit card), passport, mobile phone, Kleenex, moist towelettes, sunscreen, lip protection, journal, snacks, light jacket, sunglasses, sun hat, binoculars, your All One World tour booklet.
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• SUN HAT, SUNGLASSES
Please bring a 2nd pair of sunglasses. People tend to lose them or break them.
It is best to have hats which are easily packed and have a chinstrap for the wind. Having an extra hat is good, too.
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Many of these will be available in your local library. Only prep ahead of time if you feel the desire. Many people like to arrive in Egypt without preconceptions and do the reading afterward. Others enjoy researching before they go.
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• TRAVEL CLOCK – As part of a group, you will want to be punctual for leaving in the mornings.
• EARPLUGS for the plane and/or to help with sleeping at night
• ADAPTERS for your devices – phone, camera, tablet/iPad, etc. Egypt uses 220 V, TWO ROUND PLUGS
• PENS – small gifts for children. The kids will often ask for pens.
• PET TREATS – Life is hard for most animals in Egypt. You won’t see any pampered pets. But you will see friendly dogs at the temples and various cats here and there. It might be the high point in a furry friend’s life.
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• COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES for sightseeing
• SANDALS for relaxing in the evenings
• SWIMSUIT – The hotels have pools, but we won’t be spending much time lounging there.
• JACKET that will break the wind.
• SWEATER for cool days or evenings
• SHIRTS/TOPS – Sun protection is good, no matter what the temperatures are. No plunging necklines, please.
• PANTS/SKIRTS – No short shorts, please, but knee-length shorts are fine.
• TOILETRIES, MEDICATIONS – Please bring any medications or remedies you normally use. It’s unlikely that while you are in Egypt you will be able to buy the brands you like. Also be aware of the 3-1-1 policy for carry-on items while flying.