Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime and it is best to avoid heels - flat sandals for the evenings and preferably closed in shoes for the day as the streets are often uneven and dusty. We really like Hotter shoes, as they're so comfortable but light and stylish too.
If you're planing a trip into the dunes, take along a scarf or sarong to tie around your face to keep out the blowing sand.
Clothing Tips for Women
Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool,and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
Cotton or other natural fiber shirts or t-shirts, teamed with cotton pants or an ankle length skirt, are good and remember to cover your shoulders or you will be looked at.
Short tops, short skirts/shorts, tight or body-revealing clothes etc. should be avoided altogether.
Keep clothing loose - it has the advantage of keeping you cooler anyway and you will get less unwanted attention.
A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that you can use for sun protection or as a modesty cover-up - and it will 'glam' up the simplest of outfits for evenings too.
Remember some simple costume jewelry can dress up any outfit.
It is best to avoid high heels - instead choose pretty flat sandals for the evenings. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
When visiting any religious sites, use your pashmina to cover your shoulders and bare legs.
Clothing Tips for Men
There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
Pack for the Weather
May, June, July, August, September and October are the hottest months - avoid synthetic fabrics as they will be really uncomfortable in the heat.
September, October, November, December and January are the wettest months,when we advise that you pack a lightweight raincoat.
We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
Other Things To Pack
A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than a hard case when traveling around, or if you plan to travel with just carry-on baggage. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
Combine your bag with a fold away day sack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! You'll find a array of striking and interesting items in the souqs including jewelry, ceramics and Saharan sandals.
Last updated 28 April 2016.
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