You’ve received your trip itinerary from your travel expert, your flights are booked, and you’re eagerly awaiting your departure date to visit Oman! All that’s left to do is pack. But, trying to decide what to bring to a place you’ve never been before can be challenging. Here are our tips to help you pack for your trip with confidence. (You will receive more detailed packing information with your trip itinerary, so consult those lists as well for extra guidance.)
1. For men: bring basic lightweight, long pants and comfortable, button-down shirts (short- or long-sleeved). For women: lightweight, loose clothing will be the most comfortable. Try to cover your elbows and legs with 3/4-length shirts and long skirts or pants.
2. If you enter a mosque or local home, you will remove your shoes at the door. Comfortable walking shoes that are easy to get on and off are a good idea in Oman!
3. Bring some sort of sun protectant. Sunblock, sunglasses, a hat with a brim, or a light scarf for women will all help alleviate the desert heat you may experience in parts of Oman.
4. Bring a light jacket if you are visiting the north of Oman during October-March. Bring a light waterproof jacket if you are visiting Salalah during Khareef (monsoon) season in July and August.
1. Bug spray, aloe vera gel, shampoo/conditioner. Most toiletries can be found here in Oman, but if you prefer to use certain brands that you are familiar with, it’s a good idea to bring them with you. Some products, like bug spray, can be difficult to find (we generally use bug repellant lotion in Oman).
2. Travel medications. It’s not a bad idea to carry melatonin or other sleep-aid products to help adjust to a new time zone. Over-the-counter pills and antibiotics can help if you experience digestion problems while traveling. Ask your doctor what he/she recommends before your trip.
1. Passport and travel documents. You’ll want to make sure that your passport will not expire within six months of your trip to Oman. It’s good to have your itinerary and trip information printed out and carried with you or saved on your mobile phone.
2. Plug adaptor. All of Oman uses the UK 3-pin electrical sockets, so buy a plug adaptor for your phone, camera, laptop, or other electronic items. Most international flights and airports will have USB charging sockets, so make sure you bring a phone charger that ends in a USB plug.
3. Money. The simplest way to get cash in Oman in to use a bank card at an ATM. Check ahead of time so you know what your bank will charge for foreign transaction fees and to let them know of your travel plans. You can also bring US dollars or euros with you to exchange for cash at currency exchange locations throughout Oman.
For specific packing questions, contact your Oman travel expert. Happy packing!
By Shanae Eddy
Shanae is a freelance writer from the USA. She has lived in Salalah, Oman since 2015. When not writing content for Experience It Oman, Shanae enjoys learning Arabic from local friends, exploring the Dhofar mountains during Khareef (monsoon season), and drinking tea.