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Pre-Arrival

This is a basic list to help you with ideas for packing and preparing for your time at AUC, but make sure you take into account your personal style, comfort, and needs. Most things are available in Cairo, so don’t weigh yourself down with things that can be purchased abroad. Remember that in Cairo you will find a drastically different climate, as well as a very different culture – we suggest reading up on Egypt to help you decide what to bring. Remember, this gives you a basic idea of what you might need while in Cairo, but is not exhaustive – you will be your best judge of what you need to bring!

  • Airline Tickets
  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • SIC Card/Student ID (You will be issued an AUC Student ID as well, but it is helpful to bring your home institution’s ID along too! Having a Student ID will make it easier to get reduced fees for many tourist destinations in Egypt.)
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Photocopies of Important Documents (passport, ATM/credit card, medical documents, immunization records, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Important phone numbers (Bank, Home Institution/Study Abroad Advisor, Parents, etc.)
  • Itinerary
  • Guidebooks to Egypt and/or Cairo
  • Money belt or pouch

Remember to look into what is considered culturally appropriate when choosing what to pack. If you think you will feel uncomfortable in something, or if you think you will stand out, you probably will. Layering is a great idea, as the weather tends to change throughout the day. Also, don’t overload yourself with clothes. Pack light – you can purchase clothes in Cairo, as well as use the University’s laundry services. 

  • 1 pair dress shoes
  • 1 pair comfortable sneakers
  • 1 pair sandals
  • 5 dress shirts
  • 5 casual shirts
  • 1 nice outfit for special events
  • 2 pair of dress pants/skirts
  • 2 pairs of casual pants/jeans
  • Pajamas
  • 10 pairs socks/underwear
  • Workout clothing/footwear
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 warm coat or jacket (it can get cold at night, even in Cairo!)
  • Sunglasses (the desert sun can be harmful to your eyes, you will definitely need these!)

Most toiletries can be purchased in Egypt, so pack only name brand items you think might be hard to get abroad. A good idea might be to bring a small or travel-sized amount of toiletries, then buying more once you get to Cairo from a store or pharmacy.

  • Comb/Brush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses/Contact Lenses (with contact solution, spares, and carrying cases)
  • Prescription medication (see Medical Section of Information Packet)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Hair Products
  • Soap
  • Razor
  • Travel towel/hand towel (If you are staying in the dorms, towels are provided with your linens)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit and medications (Advil/Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Immodium, etc.)
  • Sunscreen

Remember, if you think you can’t live without something, you might regret not bringing it. We suggest only packing essentials and avoiding extras or irreplaceable items. Don’t weigh yourself down with things you don’t need!

  • Watch
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Backpack/bag for school, day trips, or exploring the city
  • Camera/Film/Digital Card Reader/Chargers
  • Laptop
  • mp3 Player and headphones
  • Adapter plugs/Convertor (These are also easily available in Cairo – Egypt uses European style, two-pronged plugs)
  • Refillable water bottle (We recommend students ONLY drink filtered or bottled water in Egypt, but the New Cairo campus has filtered water fountains that are safe for drinking.)
  • Bug spray
  • Journal
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Sewing kit
  • Arabic language phrasebook and/or dictionary
  • Special school supplies
  • Addresses and photos of family and friends

Note: If you are planning on traveling around the Middle East or North Africa a great deal, it might be a good idea to invest in an internal frame or backpacking pack – it might not always be easy to carry a large suitcase, and it will give you more flexibility when traveling.