The tickets are bought, the hotel is booked- and now it’s time to pack your luggage! What an awesome feeling! But wait, what are people actually wearing in Cairo?

Weather in Cairo

First things first, what month is it going to be when you visit? Temperatures range, so make sure to check the forecast. You can find information on the average monthly temperatures here.

• Coming to Egypt in the hot, summer months?

You’re probably thinking “I’ll take all my tank tops, so I don’t overheat.” In fact, the better plan is to wear long sleeved blouses and trousers. Cotton and other lightweight, breathable fabrics help to protect you from the sun, which is very harsh. Temperatures can range from 90-120 degrees. You can get a sunburn faster than you can imagine! Don’t forget to add sunscreen, a hat, and a bottle of water to the ensemble.

• Coming to Egypt in the winter?

Now you’re probably thinking “It’s Egypt, it’s hot all the time! I’ll just bring my summer clothes.” In fact, it gets pretty cold. Dress in layers as strong winds and even rains are possible. Make sure to pack a warm jacket or sweater, scarf, and even gloves.

Visiting the Pyramids

This wonder of the ancient world might be stunning to see, but you’ll need to take some precautions. There is almost no shade in the pyramids area so having a hat with you is a must. If you have small children, make sure they keep cool in a hat and lots of sunblock, as well. Pack your most comfortable shoes, but be prepared as they might come home full of Egyptian sand! Don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you-there’s no place to buy one after you enter.

• Planing to have your photo taken in front of the Pyramids?

To avoid any stress, it’s better not to wear a long, white dress. Wedding photos are forbidden, and you may be prevented from entering if your outfits might be mistaken for a bride and groom. You may get lucky and no one would say anything, but it can still happen.



Now that you know the season you’re traveling, let’s look at your wardrobe!

• Should I pack bright and colorful clothing?

Absolutely! We love colors here in Egypt. Whether it’s a daytime or nighttime event you will see women wearing all shades of red, yellow, and blue. Jewelry, even if it’s inexpensive is welcome, too. Even women who wear all black abayas (the islamic conservative dress that covers your hair and body) decorate their clothing with shiny elements and beading. It’s up to your own taste!

Jewelry, even if it’s inexpensive is welcome, too.
Jewelry, even if it’s inexpensive is welcome, too.


• Speaking of abayas, the big question! Should I cover myself as much as possible?

Don’t worry! Unless you’re visiting a mosque, you normally don’t need to cover your hair. You can wear skirts or pants, whatever makes you most comfortable. Though a skirt can help keep you cool, for your own comfort I suggest you avoid miniskirts or shorts. Most likely no locals would say anything, but you’ll find lots of people staring as you would stand out. Deep cleavage tops and bare shoulders should be avoided as well.

• What should I pack for Cairo nightlife?

During the day, it’s best to be more conservative in your clothing, but at night you can absolutely put on a shorter dress, if that’s what you prefer. You don’t need to cover up your shoulders, but you might feel more comfortable doing it. If you plan to wear high heels, don’t bring your whole closet! One pair is plenty. The streets of Cairo are not high heel friendly, and you’ll probably be walking a lot. Put them on for evening though-women here love heels while going to dinner, a party, or a club.

The streets of Cairo are not high heel friendly.
The streets of Cairo are not high heel friendly.


Your bag is almost packed! One last thing, if you’re staying in a hotel you’ll want to pack your bathing suit. Many nice hotels have a pool, but make sure to load up on the sunscreen to be safe.


Make sure to read the next post about the parks to visit in Cairo. Have a great trip!


It was my pleasure having you here. Thank you for your interest in my works and I hope to meet you soon!

Alona Koenig

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