What to expect when visiting Egypt

Egypt is an ancient and mystical land filled with incredible attractions and a rich cultural heritage. From the iconic Pyramids of Giza to the Sphinx and the beauty of the Nile, its little wonder millions of people flock to visit this wondrous land year after year. In order to get the most out of your trip to Egypt there are a couple of things you need to know:

Plan your wardrobe
Even in winter the temperature sits at around 29C and the tombs and pyramids can be even hotter inside. Pack cool, light clothes that you can layer and that will dry quickly to save yourself space and baggage constraints. Women may want to dress more conservatively as the attentions of Egyptian men can be relentless and unwanted. Out of respect for Egyptians it is recommended that more conservative clothes and a scarf or hat are worn when visiting religious sites.

Buy an Egyptian SIM card
To avoid International roaming charges on your mobile buy an Egyptian SIM card at the airport. You will find there is signal in most places and you can even access the internet and play your favourite games at http://www.gamingclub.co.uk when you are relaxing by the pool or lazing in bed. Purchase prepaid credit for your mobile as needed and simply discard the SIM when you leave.

Prepare for poor hygiene
Egypt is not the cleanest of countries so prepare yourself for some less than sanitary conditions. There is a very sporadic refuse collection and rubbish litters many areas, especially as you leave the city centre. Squat toilets are in abundance and at the pyramids you will need to pay to use the western bathrooms. Take a toilet roll with you wherever you go and invest in some mini hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Haggling is expected
Egypt is a fun filled destination that has a huge tourist influx every year and locals expect you to haggle for goods and services every step of the way. Haggling in markets or for souvenirs is common practice and the first price you are given is never the selling price. Taxis or a Caleche (horse carriage) both require haggling before you settle on a fare and Egyptians seems to think haggling is a requirement for purchase, and the better you get at it the more bargains you will strike.

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