If United Arab Emirates are on your travel list, good for you. You definitely should go, since there are so many things to see and do there, that you’ll probably love every moment of it. However, you should know that climate isn’t the only thing you should bear in mind when it comes to packing for such a trip, but also the culture and the tradition of your destination of choice. Of course, Dubai is a huge international city, where people are used to seeing tourists wearing all sorts of clothes and are reasonably liberal about it. On the other hand, there are parts of UAE where people aren’t so accustomed to seeing western fashion and aren’t as forgiving about you disrespecting what they consider normal. So, here are some guidelines to help you with your packing.
What you’ll wear
As a tourist, you won’t have to cover yourself like the local women do, but you will have to assume more modesty when choosing your outfits than you do when back in Australia. It would be advisable to cover your shoulders and your legs, although, in most places, it’s fine if your ankles show. Nevertheless, in case you’re planning on visiting one of their famous mosques, you will need to follow the dress code, meaning that you’ll be required to cover your ankles, arms and shoulders, as well as your hair. So, when packing, bring along several maxi dresses and skirts, some short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts, but also a jacket and a scarf. The jacket and the scarf will come in handy when you want to cover yourself, but also when the winds are strong and the nights get chilly. Otherwise, you should opt for loose linen or cotton clothes to keep you as cool as possible in the unbearable heat.
Things you’ll need at the beach
One thing that can’t really be stressed enough is the blazing heat of the UAE summers. The sun can be strong and relentless and the humidity makes the whole situation even worse. So, one of the first thing you should pack is sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more. Also, a hat and some sunglasses will be of great use. When it comes to what you’ll wear at the beach, you should purchase everything at home and bring it along. You’ll probably save some money and time if you go shopping prior to your trip and get your quality swimwear in Australia, since you don’t want to end up wasting a day in UAE searching for something you both like and can afford. The beaches and swimming pools definitely aren’t places where anybody will ask you to cover yourself, but although you can wear a bikini, perhaps it would be wise to choose a not-too-revealing one, or simply get a one-piece swimsuit. Just don’t forget your beach bag.
Another thing you should probably bring from home are the cosmetics you use on a daily level. Again, remember the weather you’ll be facing there, so bring some deodorant to help you control the sweating and to neutralize any odors. Also, if you know that you sweat a lot, some waterproof makeup might help you look your best while staying in UAE. As for your shampoo and conditioner, they should be moisture-rich ones, since you’ll be bathing and showering with desalinized water, which may cause some damage to your hair. Next, you might need some moisturizing cream to keep your skin healthy and soft if the sun dries it. If you can get one cream for your hands and face, you’ll safe some space in your bags. Tissues and wet wipes are also great for traveling anywhere, so bring some of those, too. Finally, you pack some sanitizer as well, and preferably keep it on you the whole time, since public places can be covered in all kinds of dirt, visible or invisible.
Useful tech stuff
The UAE beaches are famous for their beauty, and the only thing that can make sunbathing next to wonderfully clear water better is a good book. And since all the airlines operating in Australia have baggage limits, perhaps an e-reader would be a better choice. Similarly, if you don’t need it for work, you should probably leave your laptop at home and take a tablet or just your phone instead. It will save you some precious carry-on-luggage space for some of the more important things, and it may distract you less, allowing you to have more fun exploring the UAE. However, whet it comes to a camera, if you have one which will do a better job than your phone, it’s definitely something you’ll regret leaving at home, since there are many incredible things you’ll want to take photos of. A portable charger is also something you’re likely to need, and you should also inquire about the type of the electrical sockets they have and if you might need an adapter.
Packing the right things can make your trip much more relaxing and enjoyable, so make sure you follow these tips and have a great time in the UAE.