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Luggage and bags: Military style bags ie dark green etc should be avoided and a backpack that can hold up to 10 days worth of clothes is advisable. You will get a lot of mini buses in Yemen, Oman, Syria, Jordan etc and a big bag will be a huge hassle and not worth it. The weather is pretty consistent in the Gulf so you will only need a few different outfits giving you more flexability for warm clothing and space in Syria, Jordan and Egypt.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A book could be written about what clothes to bring to the Middle East. Every country not only varies dramatically but every region within the country itself varies a lot. On the whole, modesty is advisable. Western Arabia is more relaxed than the Gulf, Saudi, Yemen and Iran so women can get away with wearing baggy pants and shirts. Wearing a hat will deter unwanted attention while a headscarf is a good idea in smaller towns and villages. If you are ever wander what to wear then look how the majority of the locals dress and adapt when necessary. In Iran and Saudi and I highly recommend in Yemen, women should wear the hijab and full clothing. (Saudi and Iran law requires women to cover everything but their hands). Men can pretty much get away with a shirt rolled up and cotton pants. Overall, be modest and you will be respected by most local people.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get almost everything you require while travelling but a few things that may be useful are multi vitamins (due to the same diet day in and day out), diarrhoea blockers like Loperamide when eating in Indian restaurants, insect repellent, vaseline to stop rubbing and itching due to the heat, iodine to dry out cuts (due to heat and humidity making it worse), and sunscreen and rehydration mixture.

Photo Equipment: Other than Yemen, you can pretty much get whatever you need in the souqs and shops.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is popular in Oman and the UAE so other than these two countries it is not really worth carrying around a lot of supplies.

Miscellaneous: Bring a lot of passport photos for visas, padlock, cord for drying clothes, tiger balm (for aches), English reading material, tampons if travelling to Iran, and backpack cover (can be used for many things such as sitting on it when in a dirty or dusty place).

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  • Updated Nov 6, 2007
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