Packing List

Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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Trip End Aug 22, 2009


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Monday, August 3, 2009

Tomorrow I will be off to the Middle East on an 18 day trip that
covers Athens, Greece; Egypt; Jordan; and New York City. As a result of
the extreme temperatures in August at these places, my packing was
pretty simple to accommodate. Temperatures in Egypt range 95 to 110F
and temperatures in Jordan range anywhere from 80-100F depending on
the location. Unlike my European Packing List, packing for the Middle East had to take in mind the conservative nature of the culture, as well as trying to not outright label myself as an American tourist.

Additionally, the tour company that I will be traveling with has asked for light
packing so baggage can fit easily on the overnight trains and wont
weigh us down while walking. This is also necessary for budget
airlines, in which Aegean Airlines requires bags to be below 20kg when
checked. Unlike when packing for Europe, by packing very thin and light
clothes in a small bag, the total weight was only 7kg! Not bad for
overpacking.

The packing list I used for the Middle East is as follows:

Carry-On:
Digital Cameras w/chargers (3)
Ipod w/charger
Power Adapters
Tripods (2)
1 copy of information
Moneybelt
Passport
Travel Pillow
Memory Cards
Extra Camera Battery
Kleenex Tissue
Tour Journal
Extra Pens
Lip Balm
Glasses w/Case
Sunglasses
Maps w/Marked Sights
Pack of Cards
Umbrella
Toilet Paper

In Moneybelt:
Passport
Luggage Keys
Memory Cards
Extra Battery
Credit Cards
Gap Information
Credit Card Cancel #
Emergency Contact #

Checked Duffel:
Boxer Shorts (3)
Socks (8)
T-Shirts (8)
Button Up Shirts (4)
Shorts (2)
Long Pants (2)
Swimsuit (1)
Night Pants (1)
Zip Up Jacket
Water Sandals (1)
1 copy of information
Toiletries
Sink Stopper & Line
Alarm Clock
Travel Towel
Kleenex Tissue

Toiletries:
Toothbrush & Paste
Deodorant
Face & Body Soap
Shaving Cream & Razor
Shampoo
Q-Tips
Nail Clippers
Tweezers
Daily Vitamin
Claritin
Sunscreen
Laundry Soap Packet
Lip Balm
Bandaids
Hand Sanitizer
Immodium
Contact Case & Solution
Orajel

A few of these items may be a bit excessive, those are the 8 t-shirts and
8 pairs of socks. As I learned from trekking Europe for an extended
period, a fresh pair of socks were most welcomed. As a result I was
packing a bit extra to have fresh pair. The t-shirts may not be
necessary, but since they are small and I have tons of room in the bag,
I thought it would be ok to have. Some of the carry-on items could be
put in the checked bag, but I am very protective of my camera equipment
and prefer to keep it with me at all times. The night jacket is purely
for the felucca instead of a sleeping bag and for climbing Mount Sinai
which is supposed to be pretty cold at night.

Upon return I realized that most of this packing was pretty good.  Packing long pants was almost completely unnecessary.  Most people in the culture could not care less what you were wearing, except the females got a comment or two for uncovered shoulders [tank tops] at the port in Jordan.  The rest of the cities were semi-touristy and very friendly and welcoming and the clothing choice did not matter.  The only time long pants were necessary were for the churches and mosques, but for respectful dress in other times, it was not needed.
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rosey
rosey on

Good to know...
Hi Jeremy

I'm doing this same tour in 3 weeks time. Good to know about the pants and culture's views on clothing. It will be slightly cooler at night for my trip. How did you do without a sleeping bag?

jeremystravels
jeremystravels on

Re: Good to know...
Ooo you are going to have a blast. I will be updating my travelogue here this week and should be done by the weekend insha' allah. Definitely will be done before you go.

Honestly it was so hot even at night that you will not need a sleeping bag or heavy clothing. Climbing down Sinai got to about 22°C [~70°F] in the middle of August at the lowest and the night on the felucca semi-thick blankets were provided for us. I never even used the jacket. Some people were a little cool coming down Sinai and put on a jacket but since I am from the northern part of the US I was quite comfortable after 40°C weather all the time.

If you have any questions at all regarding the trip please msg me or email me: alchemistenigma@yahoo.com The blog will be updated quickly now that I am back but if you have specific questions I am free to answer them. You will enjoy it a lot. One thing to note, they probably wont be doing the hot air balloons in Luxor. There was a bad accident and the whole city shut down the balloon operations until proper safety procedures could be made. They offer another excursion instead, but no one in my group took it.

GoingThereToo on

It may be easy to think that women won't be harassed for wearing shorts, tank tops, but that's not always the case, especially out of the cities. It's a sign of disrespect and if you cover up, you'll even get better prices on things. I've been harassed even in Paris by an Arab for wearing a mini skirt and tank top! I would say, cover up, why take a chance?

jeremystravels
jeremystravels on

I don't think it is a sign of disrespect for a tourist to wear shorts and a tshirt when its 45 Celsius outside. If you go into a mosque, yes, dress up for respect, otherwise its really not that big of problem. No one is going to over charge you for not dressing properly, they're going to over charge you for being a foreigner. If you want to be uncomfortable while in the desert heat for the sake of not offending one or two people and to get a good deal, go right ahead, but comfort there is very important/

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