My trip to the Middle East in January meant the weather would be predictable and therefore, easy to pack. I left Australia with my usual One Planet backpack and 12 kgs of gear which is a little more than I would normally take but knowing the weather was going to be cold I took some warmer than usual clothes.
And I still overpacked! Mostly because I got lazy and ended up wearing the same thing every day. Unlike my trip to Burma where the only think I didn’t wear was my raincoat, this trip the list was longer:
- Raincoat (didn’t rain)
- Down Vest
- Fleece pullover
- Towel (always one at accommodation)
- Sleeping Bag (was told I would need at Wadi Rum but blankets supplied were very warm despite -2 degrees)
- Insect Repellent
- Sunhat (never sunny enough)
- Soap (always some at accommodation)
I wish I had brought:
- Nalgene water bottle
- More moisturiser
My tip for travelling to Egypt in the winter months are two sets.
- One you’re wearing
- One you’re washing and it’s hanging up to dry
Firstly, I wear mostly black basics. Tops, shorts, pants, skirt, knickers etc. That way I can usually gain an extra day out of them because they don’t show the dirt. I add colour with scarves, a simple necklace or bracelet. I wear no rings, expensive jewellery or anything of sentimental value when I’m travelling in case I lose it or get robbed. Even a watch you can live without if you have a smart phone.
Everything went in the One Planet backpack and this time I took a One Planet satchel which is larger than the one I took to Burma and Fiji. Spacious, secure pockets for valuables and a little on the funky side.
Here is a list of everything that I took (including what I wore to and from Australia to Cairo) and return that covers all occasions for a January/February trip:
- 1 x North Face long black pants with lots of pockets, some with zips.
- 1 x Kathmandu long black pants with lots of pockets
- 3 x long sleeve black cotton t-shirts
- 1 x short sleeve black cotton t-shirt
- 3 x black cotton underwear
- 2 x bras
- 3 x pairs of wool socks
- 1 x sarong for multiple uses (used as a pillow, bath wrap tablecloth, tote bag, sun protection and blanket).
- 1 x 200 weight fleece jacket with zip up the front and 3 good pockets
- 1 x wide-brimmed grey hat with foreign legion flaps and a tie for under the neck (great when it’s windy) (not worn)
- 2 x scarves – one blue, one purple that complemented my clothes (lovely scarves in Cairo)
- 1 x Merrell light weight walking shoes (the only shoes I took and the only shoes I needed)
- 1 x swimsuit (worn once to swim in the Dead Sea)
- 1 x raincoat (not worn)
- 1 x glasses (which I wear all the time & 1 spare just in case)
- 1 x sunglasses (prescriptions)
- 1 x ear plugs
Apart from toiletries, the other items I brought were:
- Head torch
- iPhone, charger, headphones – click here for more info
- Ipad keyboard with blue tooth used in conjunction with iPhone 6+
- Plug adaptors
- Pocket knife
- Mini first aid kit – click here for more info
- 3 small karabiners to attach things to my tote bag
- 2 x small wallets – one for local currency and one that holds Australian currency & credit cards
- Passport in a wallet with travel documents
- Foldable bag (below)
- My travelling owl – click here for more info
When you put it in a list it looks a lot but it wasn’t much at all. Only 12kgs and that’s a very manageable weight to shuttle around airports, trains, buses and so on. On my return my bag weighted 16kgs because I’d bought three rugs which I was able to bring back with me.
Now it’s your turn. Share your stories on what you’ve taken away that’s been useful and what hasn’t in the comments below.