Giza, Shisha Cafes and King Tut’s Treasure – What to Wear to Cairo, Egypt
Arriving in Cairo for the first time, be it day or night, is like stepping onto another planet. Surrounded by old buildings, street markets, crowded cafes, street rubbish and heavy traffic is enough to make anyone beg for the Four Seasons and a strong cocktail. But I highly recommend the experience, which is sure to make you stronger. Keep in mind that Cairo is pretty warm throughout the year, and extremely hot from May to October. The city is also surprisingly accepting when it comes to showing some skin, and by that I mean knees and elbows.
Short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts are more than acceptable, as are shorts and skirts. I would not however, wear the two together. If you choose to wear shorts, make sure to wear a light cotton, long-sleeved blouse on top. If you choose short sleeves, or a tank, it is best to wear a long skirt or long pants on the bottom. Comfortable shoes are a must because you will be doing a lot of walking n uneven streets and sand. Tom’s or sandals are perfect in my opinion. Make sure you have sunglasses, and a scarf (think silk snood) or hat to protect you from the intensity of the sun while you are visiting the Giza pyramids. Shade is scarce there, and severe sunburns are not the Wardrobe Wire way.
Carry a handbag that is large enough to keep face wipes, water, sunscreen, a camera and an umbrella. Yes, you heard me correctly – an umbrella. Although the chance of rain is about as likely as a blizzard here, an umbrella will provide some shade, as well as some serious sun protection. It also looks cute, and smart.
If you happen to be there during Ramadan, by the way, it will be difficult to find a bar that serves alcohol. The Web site, www.baladibar.com will point you in the right direction as far as bars that serve alcohol during their holy month. Other than that, prepare yourself for long days, and nights. If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Cairo is definitely the city that just takes a light nap before staying awake into the wee hours of the night. Enjoy the adventure!
By: Heidi Plumb