In many ways, Egypt can almost be the perfect travel destination for kids. You can go on a few Egypt tours, go off the beaten path to witness some of the country’s natural beauty, or just go to one of the many attractions Egypt has to offer.
However, if you don’t want your trip to turn into a logistical nightmare, there are some things you have to be prepared for. In this article, we’re going to give you a few simple tips on how to travel through Egypt with kids like a pro.
Plan for Inside and Outside Activities
Most people imagine Egypt as this sort of desertic place where it’s sunny all the time and never rains, but bad days are a possibility there as well, so you have to be able to plan both indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained.
Finding great things to do outdoors in Egypt isn’t hard and there are literally too many attractions to count. You could go on a camel ride through the Western desert, check out one of the country’s many monument sites or go and lounge on one of the country’s stunning beaches. But if you want to shield yourself from the heat and the elements, you could also visit one of the country’s many museums, which are always a winner with the kids. Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, in particular, is a great place to check out some ancient mummies and see what life was like in ancient Egypt. Luxor’s mummification museum and Aswan’s Nubian museum should also be must-stops on your list.
Understand Local Cultural Norms
While the country doesn’t have as many child-oriented infrastructures, like baby changing tables or playgrounds, you shouldn’t assume that the country isn’t child-friendly; it’s quite the opposite actually. All of this is made up for by the wonderful attitude people have about children in the country. Restaurants will gladly accommodate you and your family and don’t be surprised if your child changes hands multiple times for hugs and kisses or gets offered sweets wherever you go.
A Few Safety Tips
It is important to state here that Egypt is one of the world’s safest destinations for kids. However, there are some precautions that have to be taken. First of all, while most restaurants and street vendors will abide by strict hygiene rules, be careful when eating out. Try to stick to well-known establishments and try to avoid street food if you have little ones, no matter how tempting it might look.
And if you see any stray animals around, which can be common in certain areas, make sure that your children do not pet them or come close to them since they could be carrying diseases.
Stock Up on Supplies When You See Them
If you need things like baby formula, you should be able to find it pretty easily in and around resort towns, but don’t expect to find any in more remote areas. And while snacks like sesame seed bars, peanuts and dried fruit abound, always make sure that you stock up before you go anywhere since the options might be limited in certain areas.
Egypt can be one of the greatest destinations for any family and it is one your kids will remember forever, so consider it for your next holiday destination if you truly want to experience something special.