That’s right, Saudi Arabia has made travel plans possible for vacationers as well as those taking on the pilgrimage to Mecca. There is much to be said of this beautiful country, but first, you must pack.
As with any desert country, you will probably be packing a lot of things for “just-in-case” scenarios. There is also the concern of whether you’re packing with plans of camping or not. Consider your plans carefully as you begin packing for your Saudi Arabia travel.
Always get your visa ahead of time and store it carefully with your passport, money, and ID.
Tame the Travel Beast
Don’t let your inner travel beast take over when you start packing. Yes, you’re going to a conservative country. But there are a lot of things you can wear, and you can always plan which time of year works best for you, and your wardrobe.
Because the most well-known travel spot in Saudi Arabia is Mecca, you should anticipate seeing many people in full religious garb. You want to pack as if you’ll be regularly attending a very conservative church.
Create a list of clothing items that you must have first. Other essentials you can purchase there if you have to, so they aren’t a total loss if you forget to put them in your bag.
Lists are the perfect solution to the travelling beast inside of you, so we’ve concentrated each section here with a short and manageable list.
Don’t Pack What You Can’t Wear
You won’t be tempted to put on shorts for hot weather relief if you don’t have them in your bag. Even men cannot wear shorts in Saudi Arabia. But, there’s a long-standing solution to the heat in Saudi Arabia, and it’s that more, isn’t necessarily more.
Many westerners think that hot heat calls for short shorts. But, the hot desert weather is actually better with light fabrics that breath well and allow you to cool down closer to your body.
Items You Need
These items are generally great to have when travelling to any conservative or desert country. But, in Saudi Arabia, these items are a necessity.
Although many people try to limit the number of shoes they pack you might want to bring a few pairs. First, you’ll want sandals for possibly being on the beach, and the second you’ll want shoes that are very comfortable to walk around in. The best way to experience Saudi Arabia is through walking, so good shoes are a priority.
Then you need a headscarf for women, and a thawb or abaya. You can always buy an abaya or thawb locally, but they can sometimes hike up the prices in tourist-packed areas. These items are just the start of your list of items you need. Here’s a complete list:
When you’re planning for a great trip, you don’t want to worry about what you packed to wear. Instead focus on taking your time packing before you leave, and keep your bag organized. You can bring a list or take a photo on your phone of everything you packed so that if you worry you forgot something you can quickly check without taking apart your bag.