By ME RA KOH | January 22th, 2013 at 6:21 pm
Up until a couple weeks ago, whenever I thought of visiting Egypt I pictured the pyramids, lots of desert sand, and hot-hot sun. Now that we are taking the kids for a month-long adventure, I’m shocked at what we are actually packing!
As I’ve stated before, it’s important to me that my kids see all parts of the world – good, bad, and ugly. For our family, living a rich life includes letting go of fear and stepping into the unknown. And believe it or not, there is a way to prepare for uncharted terrains. It’s a whole lot easier to be courageous when you’ve taken some precautions.
With the help of Egypt Uncovered, our tour company, I’m learning that there are a handful of necessary items to bring that I never would have guessed. I mean truly …. never, in a million years, did I think we’d bring winter down jackets to the desert!
People may think I’m crazy for taking my kids to a place currently deemed unsafe, but that things aren’t always what they seem. If you really want to be a world traveler, there are ways to educate yourself about where you are going so that you don’t unnecessarily step into harm’s way. Use resources like reading the State Department’s website for any updates on travel alerts, immunizations, visas, contact info for embassies, hospitals, etc. But don’t stop there. It’s important to also connect with people who are educated and experienced with where you are going, like a solid tour company. We decided on Egypt Uncovered for a myriad of reasons; their website was thorough, user friendly, the company is based in London so they have a Western idea of what a family may or may not need when traveling, and they started their business in Egypt fifteen years ago which makes them leading experts on how to see the country in my mind. We also look for people to talk with who have recently visited the country or might have a friend that has just returned with up to date news versus people who have never been but have a lot of warnings for you. (know what I mean?)
Life is about taking (calculated) risks and this is how my family does it.
Here are 7 things we learned you need in the desert …
p.s. You will notice that cameras are not one of these seven items. Holy smokes! Wait till you see ALL the camera gear we are bringing! I’ve decided to save that for a separate post … coming soon!