Tips Before Travel

If this is your first time travelling abroad or you just need a refresher.
The following travel Tips have been compiled from questions that people regularly ask
They help make your trip as enjoyable as possible

  • Bring Copies Of Your Passport:

    Before you even head out on your trip, you should make multiple copies of your passport – that's the page with your picture, your date of birth, etc. and keep them safe and separate from your passport. By making copies of your passport and other travel documents you can save yourself time and grief should those items go missing.

  • Entrance / Exit Fees

    Check the country’s entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travellers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket.

  • Always Have Local Cash:

    Not every place takes credit cards and therefore it’s always advisable to have local cash before you leave home to handle your immediate expenses – especially on arrival, you may need it for that first coffee or meal before you get to an ATM. And also throughout your trip you are sure to come across smaller businesses, markets or bars and restaurants that don’t accept debit or credit cards. And make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting.

  • Charger Adapter:

    Bring a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage, so if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it. And check the voltage of your electronics.

  • Power Bank:

    With your power bank full, you can get through the day comfortably! You can’t afford to have your phone die halfway through the day. It’s perfect for anyone travelling far away from an outlet and needs always to call or to use phone for directions or to take pictures, and so much more. It’s extremely packable without taking up much room at all. And don’t forget to activate your phone’s global capabilities.

  • Medical-Kit:

    Make up a small "medical-kit" before you go! Include things like safety pins, plasters (different sizes), antiseptic cream, diarrhea tablets, headache tablets and sun cream.

  • Research Events:

    Research events going on while you’re there. This will help you make sure that you’re not missing out on fun experiences and that you won’t be surprised by crowds or closures. Also, be sure to research a few national dishes. You don’t want to leave the country without experiencing its specialties!

  • What to Pack:

    When visiting Egypt, travellers should pack clothing made of lightweight material (cottons, linens and silk) for the summer and warmer clothing for winter and for cooler evenings. Revealing clothing is not permitted in mosques and other religious sites. It is advisable for women to pack a shawl or long scarf when visiting religious sites.

    Being a desert country, sun protection is very important in Egypt and comfortable walking shoes are important as most tourists do a considerable amount of walking in Egypt. Wear sensible footwear when visiting the various sites. High heels and open toe shoes are not advisable.

  • Currency in Egypt:

    It is the Egyptian pound (referred by LE - Livre Egyptienne). If you want to use an ATM machine, the most accepted are Visa and MasterCard. The banks are open from Sunday to Thursday; working hours being 0830 to 1400, though banks at the airports and the major entry ports are open 24 hours daily. If you at any point during your tour, run out of money, and your credit cards are not accepted, you still can get money wired to you from abroad. In Egypt, there are plenty of Western Union branches; it takes just a few minutes to get any sum of money sent to you from abroad.

  • Water:

    Never drink the tap water! It is okay to wash, shower and clean your teeth with it, but not advised to drink. Bottled water is cheap and plentiful; use it instead!

  • Visa:

    Get your entry visa at your destination airport; it often works out cheaper than getting it at home. Also you can exchange your $, £ or Euro at the same time – the conversion rate is far better in Egypt!

  • Flashlight:

    Take a small, pocket, flashlight with you when visiting the sites. Many tombs, temples etc. use the natural light for illumination (including a local with a large mirror, reflecting the light!) and a small flashlight can be very handy. Please do not take one of the really bright halogen torches; you could cause damage to the monuments! Many monuments have signs that say “No Flash Photography", please obey these signs (you can be ejected from the site if you ignore the sign!). The very bright flash can cause serious damage to some of the ancient paintwork!

  • Gratuities and Tipping:

    Tips are not an obligation on you. It is redemption for a good service. However wages in Egypt are very low. So most people depend on tips to survive. That’s why there is a rule in all Nile Cruises that Guest should not pay any tips for anyone during the Nile Cruise Trip. You put your tips in an envelope and leave it at the Reception of your Nile Cruise. It is about 5 US$ Per Person per Night. All Tips of the guests will be divided to the whole Cruise Staff. This is a Fair solution for everyone.

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