In a very modern Egypt with a severe lack of tourism, all dress codes have gone out the window. That doesn’t mean don’t dress with respect, but the local women vary in their levels of coverage, and the country won’t be offended by an overseas visitor dressing to feel comfortable while they are there. This means that for plus-size ladies, there is less to fret about. There is no need to find an unflattering mumu to cover every inch of your body. You can flirt with Western styles a bit more, while still finding a balance and honoring the culture of Egypt. Here are some of the packing essentials for your trip to this glorious and historic country.
Because it is always hot in Egypt, no matter the season, you’re going to want to go for something airy, but modest. While tank tops won’t get you accosted, it’s better to cover your shoulders if possible and you can do that with a cotton top that lets the breeze in a bit with some cutouts along the arm or a bell-sleeve. Basic tees are great for Egypt, but if you want to be a bit more fashion-forward, printed tops with fun, colorful patterns will make an outfit pop.
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Maxi skirts will become your best friend for Egypt. It’ll give you coverage to feel like you fit in with the culture, but is billowy enough to allow for airflow on hot days. Bring a few with you to play with so you have some color or print options. For the days with a lot of walking or if you encounter a slightly cooler day or evening, a pair of black jeans works best and goes with any outfit.
The fewer shoes you weigh your bag down with, the better. Skip the boring sneakers and take a pair of comfortable and chic combat boots. They’re great for trekking through the sand and keeping your toes safe. If you spray a waterproofing solution on it before you go, they’ll stay nice and clean no matter the environment. And for the hot days with less walking, a cute pair of flat sandals with a back strap will hold your feet in place and feel super Egyptian.
To avoid ruining your day with chub rub, you’re going to want to grab a pair of bike shorts to wear under your maxi skirts. They’ll be your biggest lifesaver. And any outfit is made 100 times better with a dope pair of sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from the hot Egyptian sun. If you’re visiting a resort on the Red Sea, a bathing suit is a must. It won’t be strict in these areas in terms of how much body you can show, so rock a bikini or a one-piece.
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You Can’t Leave Home Without…
Before you leave, pack a nice hefty supply of tissue packs in your bag. Many bathrooms won’t have toilet paper available, so it’s always good to have tissues with you to avoid a nasty situation. And speaking of gross moments, many restrooms also don’t have running water or soap, so this is where carrying a small container of hand sanitizer will be your best friend. And if you’re going to be spending a lot of time near or on the Nile River, mosquito repellant will help your skin stay a little safer from itchy bites.