Clothing and shoe suggestions for Egypt in October?

Sep 20th, 2006, 06:09 AM
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My husband has 2 - one that is worn (????) alone and one that is long and worn with matching pants. I think he bought the one with pants in the Khan.

As for where to get them....when my husband's family visited us, we bought the gallibeyas in the Khan because we were there. There are some VERY nice and pricey ones... and then there are very basic ones. There were ones available at various little markets along the Nile cruise, but I found the boat shop selection to be sparse.

Best bet - if you happen to be somewhere and see one you it!
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Sep 20th, 2006, 06:48 AM
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Thanks...Sounds like that's the way to go. We leave in 20 the camel market worth the trip out there?
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Sep 20th, 2006, 09:08 AM
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Grcxx3, Yes there's a Cilantro by Volume I. There are 3 more in Ma'adi now and maybe 20 more throughout Cairo.

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Sep 22nd, 2006, 09:54 PM
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You are going to love every minute of this trip~And you do not need to take "dress" clothes as someone posted, no one cares after a long day of seeing the marvelous sites...these ships are very casual so no heels, dressy dresses, etc...Flipflops, sandles and sneakers will do fine and anywhere. Your head need not be covered for the mosque..the robes are given for those who are inappropriately dressed and should have known better! I wore a long gauzy skirt this day, trust me it's hot! Otherwise, most things are accepted especially at the temples etc., b/c of the extreme heat. I suggest you get a spray bottle and fill it with water, especially for the Valley of Kings/Queens..this was a lifesaver for us that day..!! BTW, we wore shorts and tee shirts, sleeveless etc. There won't be a problem...It's very hot!
Go for silver cartouches, the cut out kind, should run $12 a piece for good size, the girls in my family love them! We got ours in the hotel Silversmith store, excellent!

Everyone loved the STELLA beer we had no problem with any food/drink/ice...they are very very careful the Egyptian food is wonderful, everything was delicious and I ate mostly salds and meats and my children (18 & 21)ate it all and no one had any problem

We experienced this lovely country in April for 15 days and fell in love with it. The people are wonderful and so very welcoming.
You can change your money at the EAB (Egyptian American Banks) which are everywhere. Most likely in your hotel and we even changed on the ship.

in process of returning to Egypt in October for another two weeks and can't wait. Looking forward to see the sunrise festival at Abu Simbel that only occurs twice a year, your guide will explain to you and it falls on the 22 of Oct this year...

And in case you don't know We, you will be there during Ramadan which will be another experience and I hear it's wonderful!

If you have any questions, let me know. I know you're going to love it, it is truly a wonderful magical place that draws you in...
"He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world"
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 02:27 AM
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The post just above this illustrates the problem with asking what clothes to wear. There's a difference between clothes that are appropriate and acceptable and the clothes that you choose to wear despite their appropriateness.

I'm such a scold on this topic.

I saw a woman in the Khan with a crocheted top that left great amounts of flesh showing. Could she wear it? Yes. Is it appropriate? No.

Cover yourself. You won't go wrong & may avoid some unpleasantness. Especially during Ramadan.

My Egyptian friends tell me that a couple of my sundresses which are appropriate for the more upscale places are not appropriate anywhere during Ramadan.

As for cruise boats, they vary. We had one "dress up" night. Everyone wore something that was dressier than their sightseeing clothes. You can easily dress things up with some of the wonderful jewelry you'll find here.

Besides, if you go out to dinner in Cairo, etc. you may want to wear something nicer. You'll only need one thing and one pair of nice shoes.

End of lecture.

By the way, in my earlier post when I mentioned wearing tennis shoes to keep out the gunk in the street, the old fashioned light weight canvas Keds are fine. You don't need the heavier Nikes/Addidas, etc.

As for the other nights,
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:27 AM
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Thanks shar for your input and sending me the pictures from your trip. We'll be in Egypt from Oct. 10th-24th. How about you?

Sunshine, while I agree that for me personally, I will not wear shorts and tank tops etc. there because I know while it's accepted, it's not culturally respectful, especially during Ramadan. I don't think you should give someone THAT hard a time for following what many tourists there wear. This is the perfect forum for asking what's appropriate or not, and if a lot of those other people had asked beforehand maybe we wouldn't see so many people dressed that way!

I have to thank you though for the suggestion of close-toed shoes to avoid getting all the gunk in your feet, I must admit that hadn't occurred to me before you said that.
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:37 AM
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I think we saw the same woman in the Khan ;-) It was a hideous outfit, I could see almost every part of her bra underneath. Cool, yes...appropriate, no. Despite the heat, you will so much more comfortable in appropriate clothing with fewer leering eyes. Honestly, I, too, would prefer tank tops and mini skirts or even shorts. Who wouldn't in late August Cairo heat? But just don't, unless you're just staying in your hotel complex or just staying on the boat. Especially during Ramadan, edge toward conservatism. I'm with Sunshine, clothes are an instant indicator of character, whether you want them to be or not. Just be respectful and you'll love Egypt!

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Sep 23rd, 2006, 06:00 AM
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Okay- put me in the "scolding" category too.

Maybe it's because I've lived there (as Sunshine and Huladolphin currently do). I was also lucky to have several Egyptian friends (some who covered and some who didn't) to help me figure out what was and wasn't appropriate.

Not meaning to get political.....but the Middle East doesn't have the bet opinion of "westerners" and having visitors NOT showing respect for the culture doesn't help.

Okay - end of my soapbox....
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 08:16 AM
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I completely agree with you all that we should respect other countires culture...if you look at the OP you will see that was one of my main reasons for asking for input.

But not everyone does a lot of research beforehand, if they did I'm sure some would change their attire. Some however, will be arrogant enough to ignore it and be the kind of tourists the rest of us end up sufferring from.

That being said, I've even given conflicting advice from Egyptians and Middle Easterners about what to wear, so I can understand where some people might be a bit confused. That's why these forums are so valuable to people traveling to places so vastly different from our own country!
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 09:15 AM
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This is such a difficult topic because so much is dependent upon "non-written" rules.

Let me think back......
The way I was raised, I wouldn't even consider going into a Catholic church without a hat or head-scarf. I would keep my voice low and would minimize "photo-ops."

When my cousin's daugher showed up for mass with torn jeans, flip-flops, and revealing top.......was she denied admittance? No. Was she denied communion? No. Did my grandmother hear about it for years? You'd better believe it!!!!!

There is a very fine, but distinct, line between tolerance and acceptance.

As an ex-pat, my goal is to be accepted by the peopl/culture I am living among. I guess I also take that position among the countries I visit. When visiting a Muslim country, I keep a headscarf in my bag IN CASE it is necessary. My boys wear zip-off shorts/pants IN CASE long pants are required.

This is just the way we travel....constantly prepared for and respectful of the customs/cultures of others.

Would my boys rather wear shorts in hot bet! But they know that when travelling (including in and out of where we live) they must conform. No question.

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Sep 23rd, 2006, 09:57 AM
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So true. Part of the problem in general in our own country is that rules of dress are so largely ignored, it wouldn't even occur to most people to ASK what's culturally respectful.

I've just started my packing, and I don't have a single shirt that has sleeves above my elbows, and I am packing capri's but only for the three days we'll be in Hurghada by the beach.

I suppose we'll just have to agree to disagree with those who chose not to respect the culture of the country they're visiting.
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Hurghada will be filled with people in shorts & let your shoulders show & wear flip flops. The beach resorts are the one place where you can wear these things without being inappropriate.

Have a great trip!
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Sep 24th, 2006, 01:09 AM
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There is an obvious difference between what you can "get away with" wearing and what you should be wearing.
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:53 AM
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Heymo, I started to follow this thread today as I will be travelling to Egypt in December... Could I ask you that upon your return, you post some travelling comments??? This will be my first time in Egypt and I think you are a bit of a planner just like me, so I'd love to hear your comments , trips highlights, do's and dont's, etc... Cheers, Juliana.
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 01:11 PM
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I would be happy to, Juliana...I am going to attempt to post a trip report when we return, I've been given so much great advice on here it seems only fair! We leave next Tuesday and will return on the look for it somewhere around the end of the month!
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I hope you have a fab trip and look forward for your notes at the end of the month!!!!

Cheers, Juliana.
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I just got back from Morocco and wore my Merrill sandals everywhere, even on the Dunes. When they got grungy, I just washed them off and they were dry in the morning. I remember in Egypt, they sold a gauzy cotten Djlabba (sp?) that was very cheap. I bought several and I still have them. They are great to wear at home after a shower or on a hot day. I also got some great Egyptian cotton bed spreads, that work well as table cloths here..very heavy weight and wide. We found the food on our Nile cruise not great at all, the worst of British Colonial cooking it seemed...but this was also 12 years ago..or so...
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 05:19 AM
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Thanks, kleroux for the tips about shoes and such. How was Morocco?

I bought some lightweight day hikers for walking around the Pyramids and such, but am taking my Tevas for Hurghada and the Nile cruise. If you are going into a mosque, is the really the only time your feet need to be covered?
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