What not to do tourist in Egypt
Every tourist wants to spend an unforgettable vacation and not overshadow his troubles. In Egypt, travelers can expect many annoying surprises, and we will try to help protect ourselves from disappointments. Read below a list of what not to do tourist in Egypt.
Do not drink tap water
Each country has its own quality standards for tap water. For example, in Russia in Moscow they are very high, and drinking tap water is safe for health.
But in many countries it is not considered necessary to maintain high water quality. This has its own logic, because only a tiny part of the tap water is used for drinking. This high quality is a luxury that not every country can afford.
In Egypt, tap water is unsuitable for drinking. Water in the central regions of the country is poorly cleaned, and in the coastal areas water is desalinated. Many tourists at the resorts of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh noticed that the tap water is a bit salty.
Also, it is not recommended to rinse this eye or a wound with this water, do not use it with intimate hygiene, do not brush your teeth or caress your mouth. Even boil for tea and coffee is better than bottled water.
The use of Egyptian tap water is fraught with stomach disorders, poisonings and serious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Be afraid of the sun - use creams and do not stay under the sun for a long time
Let us turn to geography. The city of Hurghada is located at 27-parallel of northern latitude, and the slope of the axis of the planet Earth is 23.5 degrees. Accordingly, in Egypt in the summer months you are in one of the closest points to the Sun on our planet.
By the way, in Egypt is the most arid city on our planet - Aswan . It is located on the 24th parallel. If you find yourself in Aswan on the day of the summer solstice on June 21, you will be the closest person to the Sun on Earth.
In Egypt, you should seriously fear sunburn. This problem is very urgent in the summer months, in the autumn and spring the threat can be called "average", and in winter it is not worth seriously thinking about it.
Peak activity of the sun is observed from 12-00 to 15-00. From May to September at this time it is better not to appear on the street at all, especially for the first days of rest.
Actively use sunscreens to avoid sunburn. Try to stay in the shade. If you are exposed to direct sunlight, then try to move more actively, so that one area of the skin is not under the rays constantly.
Pay special attention to children. Baby skin is more tender than adults, and burns faster. For children's skin it is recommended to use creams with a protective factor not lower than 50. The most popular brand of such creams now is "My Sun". One tube costs about 100 rubles, you must agree, the money is small.
Also, many useful tips we gave in our article " In Egypt in Children ".
Do not eat everything, be afraid to poison yourself
We dedicated this topic to a separate article, read our review ' How not to poison yourself in Egypt '.
Be vigilant, beware of scammers
We also devoted this topic to a separate article, read the review of "Divorce" of tourists in Egypt . "
Do not forget to take a supply of water on excursions
This is a very common problem for tourists. Resting on the "all inclusive" system, tourists are used to the fact that drinks are always available. Going on a tour, it turns out that all drinks are paid. In addition, the bus stops at the shops rarely.
Do not forget to take a large supply of water with you on the tour. We recommend taking just bottled water, not carbonated drinks or juices.
Even if lunch is provided during the excursion, drinks are paid in most cases, this should not be forgotten.
Also, do not forget to wear a headdress on the tour, anoint sunscreen and wear light clothing and comfortable shoes.
Do not take laptops on a trip
If you can not imagine your life without personal electronic equipment, then take with you a tablet computer, smartphone or e-book. But we strongly do not recommend taking a laptop.
The laptop has huge disadvantages in traveling compared to the Tablet PC. First, the laptop is bulky, and it is often impossible to hide it in the safe. I'll have to leave it in the room outside the safe, and thefts in Egypt are a very pressing problem.
Secondly, the internal parts of notebooks heat up much more, and in Egypt it's hot. Wait for overheating.
Thirdly, many tourists like to read the book from the screen, play or spend time on the Internet when they are sunbathing. They take a computer with them. If you get a splash of water on the tablet computer, nothing terrible will happen, the tablets are well protected from water. The laptop may break.
Fourthly, in a plane in a confined space the use of a laptop is difficult. In addition, you can simply break it, if you put it on the table in front of you, and your neighbor in front decides to throw back the chair.
Fifth, often laptop chargers have a German Schuko format outlet, and the outlets in Egypt are Euro format, the plug may not stick into the outlet.
In any case, the laptop on a trip to Egypt is extremely inconvenient, it is better to leave it at home.
Do not rush into the bus from the plane, it will not leave without you
This is a common mistake of package tourists. When the flight to Egypt is already over, after leaving the plane they run convulsively - get an Egyptian visa faster, fill out a migration card faster, get on the bus faster.
Only a few tourists can answer the question: where to hurry? The bus will wait for the last tourist from the group, and you will sit in it and wait.
In the meantime, you can do some important things in the airport building. First, alcohol of foreign origin in Egypt can only be bought in Duty-Free, only within 48 hours after arrival. Do not buy now, you will take a taxi to the airport or "enjoy" local Egyptian alcoholic beverages .
The second. If you travel on the Internet, it's easier and cheaper to buy a SIM card in the airport building. Thirdly, if you want to change the currency and buy Egyptian pounds , then you can do it right here.
Do not be careless in the streets of the city
In Egypt, very poorly observed rules of the road. Even there are doubts, are they there at all? Drivers do not pay attention to pedestrians.
Even crossing the road to green light does not guarantee security. In the resort areas, this problem is not so urgent, as there are few cars, but in large cities it is necessary to "look at both."
Surprisingly, the statistics of those killed in an accident in Egypt is better than in Russia. At us on 100 000 people of the population 18,6 persons die, and in Egypt - 13,2 persons. But do not take this statistics seriously.
In Russia, there are 317 cars per 1000 inhabitants, and in Egypt there are only 45. Hence, such a statistic, which is safe at first glance, follows.
The conclusions from these figures are simple - in Egypt you have 5 times more chances to get under the wheels of the car than in Russia. Be carefull!
Do not touch the hands of fish and other marine animals in the Red Sea
In the Red Sea, there are about 1200 species of fish, including 44 species of sharks, about 1000 species of invertebrates and about 200 species of corals. In such a variety there are many poisonous specimens.
We strongly do not recommend touching any fish with your hands. The number of species here is so large that only biologists can barely distinguish them.
Have you heard about the famous poisonous fuji fish, which in Japan is prepared only by specially trained cooks, since it is poisonous? One mistake by the cook, and the client of the restaurant is dying from the poison of this fish.
In the Red Sea is found her close relative - "Masked Puffer" or "Arothron diadematus" (pictured right). This fish does not seem dangerous, but you should touch it with your bare hands, and you can not survive this meeting. Fishes in the Red Sea are really beautiful. Why touch them? Look at the distance.
Do not forget that such encounters with marine dwellers are not subject to tourist medical insurance. Speaking of insurance.
Do not be lazy, read the terms of insurance
This is the last advice. Do not be lazy, open your insurance policy and read the terms of insurance. So you will know which cases are insurance and which are not. If you do not want to, then read our article " Insurance in Egypt ", where we tried to talk about all this briefly.
We hope that the troubles in Egypt will bypass you, and read our other articles about this country ( links below ).
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