Cairo, Egypt: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Cairo, Egypt? If you're planning to go to Cairo, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Cairo, Egypt

Based on the climate and weather in Cairo, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Cairo, Egypt by month

January

Traveling to Cairo in January, you will notice that it is chilly. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts

February

February is balmy and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear

March

Traveling to Cairo in March, you will notice that it is mild and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses

April

April in Cairo is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Skirts

May

May here is extremely hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses

June

June in Cairo is sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light shorts
  • Light dresses
  • Skirts
  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion

July

If you visit Cairo during July, you are likely to find that it is blindingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Light shorts
  • Light dresses
  • Tank tops
  • Sunglasses

August

If you vacation in Cairo during August, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses

September

If you go to Cairo in September, you will notice that it is consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

October

If you are traveling to Cairo in October, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts

November

If you visit Cairo during November, you are likely to find that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

December

Traveling to Cairo in December, you will notice that it is mild and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Cairo, Egypt

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Cairo, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Cairo
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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