I. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION. 1. Equipment.
Money. A small sum of money for the early part ofthe journey
may be taken in English or French gold, but large sums should
always be in the form of circular notes. Thèse notes, which if kept
separate from the 'letter of indication' cannot be cashedby a Etranger,
are issued by the principal London banks and by Messrs. Tbos.
Cook & Son. Fresh supplies may be forwarded from England by
post-office order, in sums not exceeding 500 fr. (comp. p. xviii)..
European bankers in Alexandria and Cairo, see pp. 8, 33. The
chèques issued by the great American Express Companies are also
EauiPMENT. For ail ordinary purposes a couple of light tweed
suits, a few fiannel and soft cotton shirts, a supply of thin woollen
socks, one pair of light and easy boots, one of shoes, and one of
slippers, a moderately warm ulster or long travelling cloak, a pith
helmet and a soft felt hat, together with the most necessary articles
of the toilet, will amply suffice. It is advisable, for the prévention
of colds and chills, to wear a woollen fabric next the skin ; but
light underclothing, with an Oxford shirt, will be found more
suitable to the climate than a heavy fiannel shirt. Evening dress is
usually wom at dinner at the principal hôtels. A light silken (or
muslin) cloth tied round the hat and allowed to fall over the back
of the neck and ears is an indispensable protection against the sun.
In prolonged riding tours a sunshade is a fatiguing encumbrance.
AU articles should be new and strongly made, as it is often difficult
to get repairs properly executed in Egypt. Few travellers walk in
Egypt, except for very short distances, but sportsmen should add a
stout pair of waterproof shooting-boots to their equipment.
Among the most important extras to be brought from Europe are a
drinking-cup of leather or métal, a flask, a strong pocket-knife, a thermo-
meter, a pocket-compass of médium eize, and an electric or acétylène lamp
for lighting caverns and dark chambers. — Photographie materials, dry
plates, films (not very practical iu the hot season), etc., can be obtained
in Cairo, but it is préférable to bring a good stock carefully packed from
home, taking care to attend the customs examination in person.
Companions. The traveller canhardlybe recommended to start
alone for a tour in a country whose customs and language are so
entirely différent from his own. Travelling as a member of a party
is, moreover, much less expensive than travelling alone, many of
the items being the same for a single traveller as for several to¬
gether. — In spring and autumn Totjrist Parties are organized for
a visit to Egypt and the East by the tourist-agents Messrs. Thos.
Cook #$ora(Ludgate Circus, London) and the Hamburg-AmericanLine,
programmes of which, with full information, may be obtained on
application. Travellers who join such parties are enabled to inspect
the principal points of interest with the minimum expenditure of
time and trouble, but must naturally surrender, to a great extent,
both their freedom of choice of companions and the disposai of their
time. The expenses are not much below that of an independent tour.