Traveling to Egypt usually confuses travelers in terms of clothes and what they should bring or not. If you are asking about what type of clothes shouldn’t I wear in the streets? Is there a dress code? Do I have to wear a scarf? Should I bring light or heavy clothes if I am traveling this month? What is the common wear on Nile Cruises? And the questions about the clothes in Egypt don’t stop and it takes many shapes, visions, and answers as well. You need to relax as you will find here some useful answers constructed by previous tourists and their experience with the people and the weather.
Please keep in mind that there is no dress code in Egypt and there is no obligation to wear anything; although, it is a matter of respect and getting the whole Egyptian lifestyle experience. And you may not like to feel odd in the streets since it is very uncommon to see short or revealing clothes at the streets.
The tour you are going for can give you some hints about what you should wear. For example, clothes in late at night at cafes in Downtown should be different from what you can wear in the morning at the Pyramids. Desert environments usually requires long, light clothes, comfortable shoes, and sunglasses. You can’t put your shoes on at religious tours inside mosques for example.
When it comes to the weather, you should always check the forecast before you pack. Temperatures can soar to 50°C (122°F) in the summer in southern towns such as Aswan, and they don’t always drop at night. The answers that we are providing consider all the previously mentioned aspects, and some of them might recommend for you some pieces of cloth to pack.
You will find down below more information about the clothes and what Egyptian women traditionally wear to answer your question “How to dress in Egypt for women?”.