Cleo had her own ceiling fan in ancient Egypt: a lithe, semi-clad Nubian slave with a giant ostrich feather. He was at her beck and call silently cooling her regal countenance. Not a modern wonder, but it worked. I think that is better than any of these fans reviewed here haha. It kept her fresh in that dry desert heat and saved her beauty. If you venture into that part of the world, you at least have something whirling away fueled by electricity. In between visits to the great tombs in the pyramids and the Sphinx, you can take a rest knowing you will only wilt and not die of exposure.

Those who have been to Egypt know it is better to go in the winter time when it is mild and pleasant. Being outdoors is much more tolerable, and is in fact recommended. Most of us who like to travel during the summer while the kids are free have to suffer the consequences. It is preferable to not going at all I suppose. Moderate temperatures come from sea breezes from the Mediterranean. Winter nights can even approach chilly. When booking your trip, do a little research first to pack appropriately. It will help you select the opportune time to enjoy the sights.

Tourist hotels and restaurants are air-conditioned for the most part unless they are very off the beaten path, but the dryness can still take its toll. Your skin starts to look like that mummy you just viewed. It feels crepe-like and desiccated. That is a very good word to use in this country of funereal objects and bitumen-coated bodies. Covering up to protect from the sun and the elements is very wise. Travelers love shorts and tees, but your legs will not enjoy the effects of a local sandstorm (fortunately not all year round). Keep footwear comfortable and simple.

I love the look of a ceiling or room fan in desert locales. Some of the best-designed fans really bring a place to life, not to mention making the room bearable. They go with the territory for sure. You feel you are out there in the wilds, and it reminds me of old movies of the French Foreign Legion before there was even such a thing as a swamp cooler. The fans often grace bars as objects of décor and they are ubiquitous. Remember those lone world travelers (desert rats) in North Africa wearing khaki cotton and Panama woven hats sitting beneath a mechanically-produced breeze. Egypt is similar in its remoteness, strangeness, and aridity. You are far from your normal habitat.

If you are tempted to ride a camel during your stay, you may well want that broad-brimmed hat. Wear long pants before sitting astride the ungulate. They are used to heavy loads so rest assured you can be accommodated. Avoid the full sun. Skies are bright and it makes for great photos, but it can be damaging. Protect your eyes with dark glasses as the glare is significant. An enjoyable experience awaits the adventurous in a land of exciting monuments and a rich cultural history. There is much to do and no time to spare in planning your visit.