First written by Mabrouk and 3 others, on Wed, 2008/01/23 - 1:55pm, and has been viewed by 10787 unique users

This is a general-purpose Checklist for use in most Safaris preparations in Egypt and perhaps anywhere. Find here a list for you to compare to yours (and add to if you're subscribed).

Tip: bring items that could double for another like Bedouin "shmaaq" for towel, headdress, rope, etc.


  • Hiking shoes and walking socks
  • Sandals/light shoes: for camp
  • Day backpack: for hiking carrying essential things
  • Sleeping-bag
  • Sleeping-bag mat
  • Tent
  • LED Flashlight (+ spare batteries). LED Headlight is good to keep your hands free
  • Snacks
  • Food/water bottles
  • Camera (Memory cards and spare batteries)
  • Notepad + pen
  • Waist-bag
  • Swiss knife
  • Passport / ID
  • Alarm clock
  • Mobile + additional batteries + charger (Battery operated is better)
  • Walky talkies (+ spare batteries)
  • GPS (+ spare batteries)
  • Maps of area
  • Spare eyeglasses + hard shell case
  • Sunglasses
  • Laundry bag/plastic bag
  • Deodorant
  • Paper tissues/wet ones/toilet paper
  • Own Mug (camping not car's)
  • Non-glass thermos (maybe also thermal insulation for water bottles)
  • Own utensils (fork, spoon, and knife) and steel plate
  • OFF! (insect repellent)
  • Raid (insect killer)
  • Money (+emergency money)
  • Spare car keys (leave them with another person during trip)
  • Tooth brush + toothpaste
  • Hair brush
  • Small mirror
  • Sun oil/cream/sun milk
  • Face towel (small)
  • mp3/ipod (+additional batteries)
  • 1 T-shirt for each day
  • Trousers (dry fast)
  • Swimming suit
  • Shmaaq/Sun Hat
  • shorts
  • Underwear
  • 1 socks for each day
  • Pajama
  • Whistle (for extreme emergencies only)
  • Gifts
  • First-aid kit
  • Gloves for manual work on ropes or wood
  • Candles and matches
  • Garbage bag to share with others
  • Own book (eg, Quran/Bible or novel that you'll never find time to read)
  • Fieldguide books (Mammals, etc.)
  • Cologne or alcohol (for personal hygiene)
  • garbage bag


  • Fleece top
  • Coat (down-filled for extreme)
  • Ice-cap
  • Thermal gloves and socks
  • Additional blanket (inside sleeping bag)
  • thermal wool underwear (sold in Tawhid & Noor)

If 4x4ing long-range cross-country:

  • Your car spare-key
  • indispensable car spare-parts (engine belt-سير المروحة for instance). Ask on Forum for your car's parts, where to get them, tools used to change them and how to learn how to do it yourself.
  • Satellite phone
  • car chargers for all sorts of things you have
  • Spare GPS with batteries and chargers AND with ROAD MAP of area travelled for emergencies
  • Fuel Jerrycans. (ask on SaharaSafaris Club for all related issue for this V. Important part
  • Good trusted 4x4ing Leader (it's dangerous not to)

If travelling in Europe and using hostels:

  • small lock for own lockers
  • bedlinen, pillow cover
  • plug multiplier (مشترك كهرباء)
  • quick charger for AA batteries (eg, NiMH 2450mhA)
  • area maps for navigation

Camel Treks Day-backpack

When hiking in Egypt, it's mostly Camel-treks where most kitchen and camping luggage is carried by Bedouins Camels to the agreed camping-spot. During the day, a Hiking Day-backpack's typical checklist is:

  • Water (3 litres per day per person)
  • Part of cold lunch: cheese, plates, bread, etc.
  • Torch-light: when sunsets (because of delays or as planned) you'll need that for the trails are natives trails
  • biscuits (and other dry snacks)
  • Camera: tripod, extra memory card, extra full batteries for the day
  • water filter: purification tablets
  • Binoculars
  • GPS: maps, compass
  • spare shoes (if yours can doubtfully complete the day's journey)
  • Garbage bag
  • Toilet-paper
  • Hand cleaning gel
  • personal medicine
  • first-aid kit
  • <more to be added>

Medical Checklist

Tip: all medicine mentioned here should be explained only through first-aid courses

Warning: watch your first-aid box every month or two for items that has expired. On trips where your first-aid box has suffered you may consult with pharmacist on medicine/items to change.

  • Betadine (antiseptic)
  • Alcohol (for disinfecting)
  • Gauze sponges (Arabic: شاش. shaash)
  • Plasters (Band-Aid)
  • Scissors
  • Aspirin
  • Antihistamines
  • Sedatives
  • Antidiarrheals (Arabic: مضاد للاسهال)
  • Tourniquet
  • Carbon pills
  • Panadol extra (le 30 as of Feb 2012)
  • Burns ointments (Arabic: مرهم حروق). In Egypt Mebo ointment for le 16 as of Feb 2012.
  • Dehydration powder (ma7lool mo3alget elgafaaf. Arabic: محلول معالجة الجفاف)
  • Local Anesthetic Spray (Arabic: بنج موضعى). For example, in Egypt: Lignocaine Spray (LE 10 as of Feb 2012)
  • Antibiotic Spray for bleeding cuts to kill potential infections. For example, in Egypt Bivatracin Spray (LE16.5 as of Feb 2012))
  • Case/Bag good to keep all the above in good condition
  • (medications for any personal medical conditions such as insulin for diabetes, thyroid medication, etc)
  • Lips moisturizer (Arabic: زبدة كاكاو - Zebdet Cacao): it's quite dry in the desert

How To Use Checklists:

  1. Print this page. Add or delete items for personalization/customization (dont' forget to update the additions to here with notes on where to use).
  2. Before a trip, open the Checklist paper, and put--in the trip bag--items mentioned in checklist one after another as you see them in the list. Mark (check √) with your pencil. Mark '?' for those you have to get from elsewhere until you bring them to the bag and check them a final (√). This way, you'll never FORGET anything important again if you consult checklists before you go.
  3. IMPORTANT: During trip, you'll think of new things to bring next times, write them down in this checklist paper (you keep it in wallet, right?) so that they're checked next time you travel. Those additions 'personalize' the Checklist which is very practical. Don't postpone the addtions, you might like to add reasons for their inclusions too.

Checklists MUST be sufficient but with all necessary items for all your trips.

To bring in fresh ideas for your checklists, share them with others in SaharaSafaris Club on the Forum on Yahoogroups. They might email it back with their items added. Check the latest checklists on: /checklists




Tip: check expiry date of medicine every time

its better to throw any left up medicines after hikes as they might be spoiled by sun and hot weather.

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