Listen, there are already A LOT of blog posts about Egypt full of amazing and well-organized tips. This ain’t that. These are some of my most random tips for visiting Egypt:
- Cairo is a HUGE city and it’s very VERY busy. Pack your patience b/c that means not a lot of personal space plus lots of traffic, noise, and pollution. If you’re going to be in Egypt for a week or less, you only need about 1-2 days in Cairo.
- If your flight lands late at night, stay at Le Meridian hotel near the airport for your first night. It’s connected to the airport and easy to get to.
- Carry cash and toilet paper for public bathrooms b/c a) it often costs to use the bathroom and b) they don’t always have toilet paper
- Speaking of the bathroom, definitely take some oregano oil or pepto tablets just in case your stomach can’t handle the food.
- Try a bag of tomato or mushroom-flavored chips (or crisps) while you’re there, they have so many uncommon flavors at every store.
- Definitely visit a market while you’re there and get some souvenirs.
- Your “no, shukran” game will have to be strong bc the sellers be selling HARD. “No shukran” means “no thank you” in Arabic
- Take some lidocaine patches or tiger balm with you. You’ll be on your feet for what feels like a full week. There are so many sites and monuments to see and they are MASSIVE! The lidocaine patches were a lifesaver for my lower back!
- Take hydration multipliers with you to stay hydrated. Also, take a facial water spray. It’s a different kind of hot here, I swear!
- Speaking of the what, be sure to take some really good sunscreen, a bucket hat, and sunglasses…maybe even take a personal fan. You’ll be getting full-on sun your whole visit!
- Have lunch at the 9 Pyramids Lounge, it has an incredible view of the pyramids. You’ll need to make reservations.
- Many tour guides will skip over the Nubian history of Egypt and will walk right past the darker statues and monuments in the museums. Book a tour guide who doesn’t shy away from the Nubian history of the country. I recommend my “little sister” Noura Khedar or the folks at High-End Journeys. Both are incredible guides who are super knowledgeable. Please tell them I sent you!
- If you’re a Black woman, you’re going to hear “brown sugar” or “Nubian Princess” or “Nubian Queen” a whole lot!
- ENJOY YOURSELF
Be sure to check out my other blog posts on Egypt:
- Best Places to Stay In Egypt
- Best Cities to Visit In Egypt
- A Hidden Gem AirBnB In Egypt
- Best Places to get a view of the Pyramids in Egypt
- 10-Day Itinerary Egypt
- Top Things to Do In Egypt
- A Guide to the Best Souvenirs in Egypt
- Adapter for Egypt
Don’t forget to pin this to your Egypt board so you can come back to it!