SAUDI ARABIA PACKING List: What To Pack For Saudi Arabia 2024

Packing List for Saudi Arabia Introduction

packing list for Saudi Arabia

Welcome to Our Ultimate Packing List for Saudi Arabia guide!

First off, Don’t overpack – traveling light allows you to easily immerse yourself and move around the country freely.

Focus on the essentials, like documents, clothing, electronics, toiletries, and footwear (don’t worry we cover all the essentials for each), and then get yourself ready for an incredible trip.

Traveling to Saudi Arabia, a land filled with rich cultural heritage and Islamic traditions requires careful planning and preparation. From navigating the hot desert climate to respecting local customs, having the right items in your suitcase can make all the difference.

In this comprehensive packing guide, we’ll discuss exactly what you need to make sure you have a smooth and respectful journey through the Kingdom’s ancient cities and sacred sites.

We even discuss the weather, essentials for both women and men, and what NOT to bring here!

Throughout the guide, you’ll find links to shop our recommendations, many of which we take with us on every trip.

With this guide, you’ll be fully prepared to visit Saudi Arabia’s diverse natural landscapes, including deserts like the Rub’ al Khali (Empty Quarter), stunning Red Sea coral reefs, beautiful mountains like the Asir Range, and unique rock formations in places like Al Ula.

After you get through the guide and get a better understanding of everything you need to carry with you, you can look at these already done Packing Lists for Saudi Arabia you should look through before packing your suitcase!

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Overview of Packing for a Trip to Saudi Arabia

It’s crucial to consider packing hacks, travel essentials, and avoiding common packing mistakes to ensure a hassle-free experience.

Organize your packing by using our checklist so you can pack light and have extra space for souvenirs to take back home!

When packing for Saudi Arabia, it’s important to include lightweight, breathable clothing that adheres to modest dress codes and comfortable footwear suitable for exploring historical sites and urban areas.

Take a look at the table below for a visual guide on what to pack:

Packing HacksTravel EssentialsPacking Mistakes
Roll clothesPassport and visaOverpacking
Pack versatile itemsTravel InsuranceNot checking the weather/not taking appropriate footwear
Use packing cubesSmall ToiletriesForgetting adapters/bug spray

General Saudi Arabia Packing Checklist Table For Everyone

Saudi Arabian Packing Checklist Table

General Saudi Arabia Packing Checklist Table By CategoryItems to Pack
DocumentsPassport + copies, visa (if required), cash to exchange, credit/debit cards, travel insurance
ClothingModest and loose-fitting clothing (long sleeves, pants/long skirts for women), head covering for women, lightweight and breathable fabrics for hot weather, shawl or abaya (robe) for women to cover up when necessary, light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings
ShoesComfortable walking shoes, sandals, or slip-on shoes (easy to remove for mosques)
ToiletriesSunscreen, insect repellent, medications, first aid kit, hygiene products, minimal makeup, toothbrush/toothpaste, lip balm with SPF, unscented toiletries (avoid heavily fragranced products for religious reasons)
ElectronicsCamera + batteries, phone, portable charger, universal adapter, batteries, laptop accessories (if needed), unlocked phone for local SIM card
Other EssentialsSunglasses, reusable water bottle, backpack/daypack, small travel towel, travel blanket + pillow (for flights), money belt or secure wallet, Saudi Arabian travel guide/phrasebook, modest and respectful attire for visiting religious sites

Additional Toiletries:

  • feminine hygiene products
  • contacts & solution
  • any prescriptions you may need while abroad
  • hand sanitizer
  • nail clippers, tweezers, shavers
  • comb/brush
  • makeup remover wipes
  • cleansing wipes
  • lotion with SPF


  • Lightweight, loose trousers or skirts for women (below knee length)
  • Long-sleeved tops/shirts- modesty & for cooler environments
  • Pashmina or scarf for women to cover their head when required
  • Lightweight jacket or cardigan for cooler evenings
  • Lightweight pajamas or sleepwear


  • Unscented deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Acetaminophen/ibuprofen
  • Travel-sized toiletries (under 3.4 oz/100 ml)

Unscented/light scented deodorant is recommended because of Islamic traditions as Islam promotes modesty and the use of heavy-scented deodorant or perfume is discouraged especially in religious settings like mosques.

Local customs of discretion in crowded areas go hand in hand with why it’s a good idea to ditch the strong perfume which can be overpowering.

Other Essentials:

  • Small travel iron (for pressing clothes)
  • Travel clothesline and pins
  • Small sewing kit
  • Spare glasses/contacts and solution
  • Ziploc Bags
  • packing cubes
  • Money belt or secure travel wallet
  • Arabic phrasebook or translation app
  • Collapsible water bottle
  • travel water filter
  • motion sickness medication, activated charcoal (treat diarrhea)
  • Snacks (dried fruit, nuts, protein bars)
  • Saudi Arabian travel guide
  • journal/book/e-reader
  • locks for luggage/Airbnb

Reorder/narrow down the list based on your personal needs and the length of your trip to Saudi Arabia.

Packing Checklist for Women Traveling to Saudi Arabia

The important thing to remember when packing as a woman for Saudi Arabia is to focus on versatile, lightweight clothing and shoes that are comfy and work for both beach activities and sightseeing.

For women traveling to Saudi Arabia the goal is to cover the body well so loose, long dresses or tops with long sleeves and skirts or trousers below the knee are essential. Go for lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, or silk so that you can keep cool even while covering up.

A headscarf or abaya (robe) is also necessary for women to cover their hair and body when visiting religious sites or certain public places.

Bringing a Saudi Arabian travel guide or phrasebook can also help navigate the local customs and culture.

Don’t focus on bringing flashy clothes or uncomfortable heels, my first trip abroad was in Thailand and I brought so many heels and extra items “just because” and I did not even wear/use half the items I brought with me!

So ladies please, you can dress stylishly but think minimally, creating a capsule wardrobe is a great way to mix and match outfits without necessarily replicating them.

The moment I learned to do this was a life-changing moment for me that allowed me to pack lighter and have interchangeable outfits regardless of the occasion.

Prioritize SPF, skincare products, moisture-wicking fabrics, and breathable underwear.

Pack feminine hygiene products, beauty essentials, and hair styling tools to maintain your routine.

Avoid flashy accessories and valuables that could attract theft.

Overall, use packing organizers to help save space, and don’t overpack!

Here is a comprehensive packing checklist table specifically for women traveling to Saudi Arabia:

Packing Checklist for Women in Saudi Arabia

Packing Checklist for Women in Saudi Arabia CategoryItems to Pack
DocumentsPassport + copies, visa (if required), travel insurance documents, travel itinerary, cash in Saudi riyals, embassy/consulate details, emergency contact numbers
ClothingLoose, modest clothing covering arms and legs (e.g., long dresses, skirts below the knee, long-sleeved tops), head covering (scarf, abaya), lightweight fabrics for hot weather, light jacket or cardigan for cooler evenings
ShoesComfortable walking shoes, sandals, or slip-on shoes (easy to remove for mosques)
AccessoriesSunglasses, modest scarf/shawl, small crossbody bag or purse, travel pillow, lightweight travel blanket
ToiletriesSunscreen, unscented toiletries, feminine hygiene products, first aid kit, lip balm with SPF, minimal makeup, travel-sized toiletries- pain relievers, Pepto/Immodium
ElectronicsCamera + batteries, phone, portable charger, universal adapter, laptop/accessories (if needed)
Other EssentialsReusable water bottle, small travel towel, Saudi Arabian travel guide/phrasebook, money belt or secure wallet
SafetyPortable door lock, KubotanTactical pen
RFID-blocking wallet & passport holder
A personal safety alarm
locks for luggage
TipsPacking cubes, concealed money belt, waterproof bags for documents, remember to wear bulky items/layers on the plane
Avoid (What Not to Bring)Valuables, designer/luxury items (purses, watches) heirlooms, too many shoes, irreplaceable sentimental items, expensive jewelry/accessories, revealing clothing (bikinis, outerwear)

Refer to the link to our direct storefront at the end of the post for all the links and recommendations on items mentioned in the checklist 🙂

Additional Accessories:

Additional Toiletries:

  • sanitizer/wipes
  • Q- tips
  • cotton pads (for the face)
  • beauty products
  • microfiber towel for hair/face

Additional Electronics:

  • Universal adapter (Type G electrical outlets)
  • Earbuds

Other Essentials:

  • backup Debit card
  • pen, notebook/journal
  • toilet paper (not always available in public restrooms)
  • Ziploc bags
  • dry bag

Packing Checklist for Men Traveling to Saudi Arabia

For men traveling to Saudi Arabia, it’s a good idea to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that is respectful of local customs.

Long pants or shorts that cover the knees, and long-sleeved shirts to cope with the hot sun or for air-conditioned spaces are recommended.

Breathable fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal for the hot weather.

Comfortable walking shoes and sandals or slip-on shoes that are easy to remove for visiting mosques are also essential.

Pack unscented or lightly scented toiletries, sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection.

Bringing a Saudi Arabian travel guide or phrasebook can be helpful when navigating the local culture and customs.

Don’t forget to pack a variety of T-shirts, shorts, and swimwear.

The key is to pack clothing that dries quickly for beach and water activities, and don’t forget your water shoes!

Here is a comprehensive packing checklist table specifically for men traveling to Saudi Arabia:

Packing Checklist for Men in Saudi Arabia CategoryItems to Pack
DocumentsPassport + copies, visa (if required), travel insurance documents, travel itinerary, cash in Saudi riyals, embassy/consulate details, emergency contact numbers
ClothingLightweight shirts, loose-fitting pants or shorts (knee-length or longer), rashguards, long-sleeved shirts, lightweight jacket for cooler evenings, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen
ShoesComfortable walking shoes, sandals or slip-on shoes (easy to remove for mosques)
AccessoriesSunglasses, hat or head covering for sun protection, money belt or secure wallet
ToiletriesSunscreen, unscented toiletries, medications, first aid kit, lip balm with SPF, travel-sized toiletries – motion sickness medication/antidiarrheal, sanitizer
SafetyPortable door lock, KubotanTactical pen
RFID-blocking wallet & passport holder
A personal safety alarm
locks for luggage
ElectronicsCamera + batteries, phone, portable charger, universal adapter, laptop/accessories (if needed), headphones
Other EssentialsReusable water bottle, small travel towel, Saudi Arabian travel guide/phrasebook
What NOT To BringValuables at high theft risk, irreplaceable sentimental items, expensive jewelry and accessories, luxury gadgets/watches

Additional Tips:

  • Bring copies of your passport, vaccine certificates, and travel insurance documents in case any get lost or damaged and in case of an emergency.
  • Bring basic shaving supplies to maintain your grooming routine otherwise, you will be able to find most of your products here.
  • Avoid packing valuables or accessories that could attract theft. Focus on functional, practical items that mix and match well.
  • Use packing organizers to stay organized and remember, don’t overpack!

Additional Toiletries if space allows:

  • Shaving kit (razor, shaving cream)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mini Body wash or soap
  • Mini Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (if needed)

Weather and Climate Considerations

Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with hot and dry conditions throughout most of the year.

The summer months, from June to August, are extremely hot, with temperatures often exceeding 40°C (104°F) during the day.

The winter months, from December to February, are relatively mild, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). There is a brief rainy season in some parts of the country, usually between November and May, but rainfall is unlikely.

The coastal areas along the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf tend to be more humid. It’s a good idea to pack lightweight, breathable clothing for hot and dry conditions.

It’s good to know that Saudi Arabia does not experience typhoons or hurricanes.

Hot Weather Essentials for Women:

Here is a table with hot weather essentials for women traveling to Saudi Arabia and the reasons to pack them:

Hot Weather EssentialReason
Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing (long dresses, long skirts, long-sleeved tops)Breathable fabrics help keep you cool and modest
Head covering (scarf, abaya)Required for modesty and cultural respect
SunglassesProtect eyes from intense sun
Sun hat or capShade face and neck from sun exposure
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)Prevent sunburn and skin damage
Lip balm with SPFProtect lips from dryness and sun damage
Lightweight, moisture-wicking undergarmentsStay dry and comfortable in the heat
Reusable/collapsible water bottleStay hydrated in the desert climate
Lightweight, breathable shoes or sandalsKeep feet cool and allow for airflow
Portable fan or misting fanProvide relief from the heat when outdoors
Lightweight shawl or scarfCan be used for extra coverage or shading
Feminine Hygiene Products (travel size)Helps you keep fresh in the hot weather
Hair ClipsKeep hair off neck and face
Styling products with humidity resistanceHelps maintain hair in humidity
Wide-brimmed hatsun protection/shade

Hot Weather Essentials for Men:

Hot Weather Essential for MenReason
Lightweight, loose-fitting pants or shortsBreathable fabrics help keep you cool
Long-sleeved, lightweight shirtsProtect from sun exposure while allowing airflow
Head covering (hat, cap, or scarf)Shade face and neck from intense sun
SunglassesProtect eyes from glare and bright sunlight
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)Prevent sunburn and skin damage
Lip balm with SPFProtect lips from dryness and sun damage
Moisture-wicking undergarments/socksStay dry and comfortable in the heat
Reusable water bottleStay hydrated in the desert climate
Lightweight, breathable shoes or sandalsKeep feet cool and allow for airflow
Portable fan or misting fanProvide relief from the heat when outdoors
Lightweight, long-sleeved jacket or shirtThe air conditioning in malls or restaurants can catch you off guard
Body powder prevents chafing from sweating
Dark shirts sweat stains are less visible
Stain stick for emergency touch-upsRemove stains quickly
Wide-brimmed hatsun protection/shade

Weather Essentials for Both Men and Women in Saudi Arabia:

  • Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing (long sleeves, long pants/skirts for women)
  • Head covering (scarf, hat for sun protection)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Breathable, comfortable shoes or sandals

For Summer Months (June – August):

  • Moisture-wicking undergarments
  • Lightweight, breathable fabrics (cotton, linen)
  • Portable fan or misting fan
  • Sun hat with a wide brim
  • Lightweight shawl or scarf for extra coverage
  • Electrolyte replenishment powder/tablets
  • Cooling towels or neck wraps

For Winter Months (December – February):

  • Sweater for cooler evenings
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Warm socks
  • Scarf for warmth
  • Thermal base layers or long underwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Beanie or warm hat

Remember, even during the winter, daytime temperatures can still be quite warm, so it’s essential to have lightweight, breathable layers that can be easily added or removed as needed.

Additional Items:

  • Lightweight, breathable footwear: Choose open-toed sandals or breathable sneakers to allow airflow and minimize discomfort from sweaty feet.
  • UV-protective accessories: Don’t forget to pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and a lightweight scarf or shawl for additional sun protection.
  • Oil-absorbing sheets: To help blot away excess sweat and shine from your face throughout the day.

Hot and humid desert climate year-round

Be sure to have these essentials for the desert climate in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Moisture-wicking fabrics: Choose materials like cotton, linen, or moisture-wicking synthetics to help manage sweat and keep you dry.
  2. Loose-fitting clothing: Select loose-fitting garments to promote air circulation and prevent overheating in the high humidity.
  3. Light colors: Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and helps to keep you cooler than dark colors which absorb heat.

Clothing and Footwear to Pack for Saudi Arabia

When packing for your trip to Saudi Arabia, ensure you have good sturdy footwear suitable for walking and exploring.

Clothing and Footwear Packing List:

ClothingFootwearTops for MenTops for Women
Lightweight, loose-fitting long dresses or skirts (below the knee for women)Comfortable walking shoes or sandalsLong-sleeved, collared shirts or tunicsLong-sleeved, loose-fitting blouses or tunics
Lightweight pants or loose trousersSlip-on shoes or sandals (easy to remove for mosques)Lightweight, breathable fabrics (cotton, linen)Modest, non-revealing necklines and sleeves
Light jacket or cardigan (for cooler evenings)Closed-toe shoes or boots (for cooler evenings)Avoid tight or sleeveless topsAvoid low-cut or form-fitting tops
Head covering (scarf, abaya for women)Bring a lightweight, long-sleeved layer for cooler eveningsBring a scarf or head covering for religious sites and certain public places

Tops to Pack For Saudi Arabia

For Women:

  • For women traveling to Saudi Arabia, it’s essential to pack tops that are modest and cover the arms, shoulders, and chest area.
  • Long-sleeved, loose-fitting blouses or tunics made from lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal.
  • Avoid tight-fitting or low-cut tops, as these would be considered inappropriate.
  • Additionally, women should have a scarf or head covering to wear when visiting religious sites or certain public places.


  • For men traveling to Saudi Arabia, it’s advisable to pack long-sleeved shirts, long loose-fitting pants, and short-sleeve tops (no tanks) made from lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.
  • While not strictly required, covering the arms and shoulders is seen as being more respectful in certain situations.
  • Loose-fitting, collared shirts or tunics are a good option. Avoid tight or sleeveless tops, which may be considered inappropriate.

Clothing Essentials Table

Here are some essential tips for selecting the right tops:

Clothing Essentials Table CategoryInformationImportance
Sun ProtectionGo for tops with UPF (fabric) protection to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.Protecting your skin from sunburn and potential long-term damage.
Beach EssentialsPack quick-dry shirts that are perfect for beach outings and water activities.Ideal for staying comfortable and stylish during beach excursions.
Casual AttireChoose breathable tops that can be easily paired with shorts or skirts for a laid-back look.Versatile options are suitable for various occasions, ensuring comfort and style.
Desert FashionEmbrace vibrant colors and floral prints to match the lively atmosphere of Saudi Arabia.add a fun touch to your outfits.
Lightweight FabricsPack breathable fabrics like linen or cotton to stay comfortable in the desert climate.Helps deal with humidity and heat & ensures comfort throughout the day.
Quick DryingLightweight and breathable materials are essential to keep you feeling fresh throughout the day.Ensures that sweat or moisture is quickly absorbed and evaporated, maintaining comfort.
VersatilityVersatile clothing allows you to adapt to various situations and environments without carrying excessive itemsDress up or down with shoes or accessories, invest in a few high-quality, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched for various looks.
ComfortRemember to prioritize comfort and functionality when selecting your tops for this adventure.Ensures an enjoyable travel experience without compromising on style or practicality.

At least one long sleeve for sun protection

To ensure adequate sun protection in Saudi Arabia, consider packing at least one long-sleeve garment in your travel wardrobe.

Here are some reasons why this is essential:

  1. Protection: Long sleeves provide an extra layer of defense against harmful UV rays.
  2. Beach essentials: Perfect for covering up during breaks from the sun or for water activities.

Bottoms to Pack for Saudi Arabia

For both men and women visiting Saudi Arabia, it’s important to pack bottoms that are loose-fitting, lightweight, and cover the legs modestly.

Men can wear long pants or knee-length shorts, while women should wear long skirts or dresses that extend below the knees or loose trousers.

Lightweight, loose-fitting pants or trousersLoose-fitting long skirts or dresses (below the knee)
Knee-length or longer shortsLoose trousers or pants
Lightweight linen or cotton pantsLightweight, breathable fabrics (cotton, linen)
Avoid tight-fitting or short shortsAvoid shorts, skirts above the knee, tight-fitting bottom
Lightweight, long jacket or abaya (robe) for modesty
Beach cover-up or sarong (for private areas)

Shorts, skirts, lightweight pants

As you pack for your trip to Saudi Arabia, include a variety of bottoms such as shorts, skirts, and lightweight pants to stay comfortable in the desert climate.

ItemWhy You Should Pack It!
1-2 pairs loose, lightweight pants or trousersEssential for modesty and comfort in Saudi Arabia’s warm climate. Choose breathable fabrics like linen or lightweight cotton.
Long skirts or dresses (below the knee for women)Women must cover their legs modestly. Opt for flowy, loose-fitting styles in lightweight fabrics for cooler temperatures.
Abaya (long robe) for womenA loose over-garment that provides full coverage when required at religious sites or certain public places.

Additional info:

Remember these packing tips:

  • Roll your pants to save space in your luggage and choose neutral colors for versatility.
  • Having 1 or 2 quick-drying pants should be enough to keep you comfortable during outdoor activities in Saudi Arabia.

Swimwear for Saudi Arabia

Packing bikinis would not be appropriate for Saudi Arabia as the country has very conservative dress codes and customs, especially for women.

Here is what would be appropriate attire for swimming in Saudi Arabia:


  • Full-body coverup swimsuits or burkinis that cover the entire body except the face, hands, and feet
  • A headscarf or hijab to cover the hair
  • Loose clothing like long pants/skirts and long-sleeved tops to wear over the swimsuit when not in the water


  • Loose-fitting knee-length or longer swimming trunks/shorts
  • A t-shirt or rash guard top to wear when not in the water

Overall, it’s important for both men and women to dress very modestly and cover up as much of the body as possible when in public in Saudi Arabia, including at pools or beaches.

The dress codes are strictly enforced based on Islamic traditions in the country.

Shoes to Pack For Saudi Arabia

When packing for Saudi Arabia, make sure to include a versatile selection of footwear.

Sandals are perfect for casual outings and beach days, while sneakers or walking shoes are great for exploring and hiking.

ActivitiesFootwear Required
Hiking essentialsSturdy hiking shoes
Beach activitiesSand-resistant sneakers or water-resistant walking shoes/ flip-flops
Exploring the cityComfortable walking shoes
Versatile Dress Shoes/LoafersConsider packing a pair of elegant sandals or fashionable sneakers that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Importance of water shoes:

  1. Protection: Shield your feet from sharp rocks, coral, or hot sand.
  2. Traction: Prevent slips and falls on wet surfaces.
  3. Comfort: Enjoy long walks on the beach without worrying about discomfort.
  4. Versatility: Suitable for various aquatic adventures like snorkeling, kayaking, or exploring tide pools.

Investing in proper water shoes will make your time in the sand and surf much more enjoyable and safe.

Accessories to Pack For Saudi Arabia

Sun Hat

Don’t forget to pack a sun hat for your trip to Saudi Arabia to stay protected from the desert sun.

Here’s why it’s a must-have:

  1. Sun Protection: Shield your face and head from the intense UV rays.
  2. Beach Essentials: Perfect for laying on the sandy shores without worrying about a sunburn.
  3. Outdoor Activities: Whether hiking, island hopping, or exploring a sun hat keeps you cool.
  4. Cultural Experiences: Blend in with the locals and protect yourself during cultural tours.

A wide-brimmed hat not only complements your beach attire but also ensures a comfortable and sun-safe adventure throughout the diverse landscapes of Saudi Arabia.

Additional AccessoriesImportance
Wide brimmed HatFace/neck protection from the sun, prevents sunburn/heatstroke.
SunglassesProvides eye protection from bright sunlight.
ScarvesVersatile for warmth or sun protection (as headbands, neck accessories, shoulder covers).
JewelryAdds style/elegance to outfits for different occasions.
Zippered Money BeltDiscreet storage for valuables like cash, documents, and cards against pickpockets.

Toiletries and Health Items to Pack for Saudi Arabia

Be sure you’re prepared for your Saudi Arabia trip with essential toiletries and health items.

SunscreenDon’t forget to pack a high SPF (30-50) sunscreen & lip balm to protect your skin from sunburn and harmful UV rays.Sunscreen is a must-have for enjoying outdoor activities in the intense heat in Saudi Arabia.
Motion Sickness Relief/First aid kitPack any necessary motion sickness relief to ensure a smooth journey while traveling in Saudi Arabia.ensures comfort and well-being during transportation
Travel shampoo, soap, toothpasteGo for travel-sized bottles to save space and comply with airline regulations.Include your favorite beauty products to maintain your routine during your stay. Don’t forget necessities like floss, and any specific products you regularly use.
Insect RepellentTravel-sizedGood protection against mosquitos & sandflies

Feminine Hygiene Products:

Menstrual Pads: Pack enough pads to last your entire trip.
Tampons or Menstrual Cups: Consider bringing tampons or menstrual cups for convenience.
Wet Wipes: Hygiene products like wet wipes can be handy for freshening up.
Feminine Wash: Include feminine care products for personal hygiene.

Motion sickness relief

Here are some tips to help you combat motion sickness:

  1. Natural Remedies: Ginger candies or ginger tea can help alleviate symptoms of nausea.
  2. Travel Companions: Engage in conversation or focus on distant scenery to distract yourself from feeling queasy.
  3. Local Cuisine: Avoid heavy or greasy foods before traveling to prevent aggravating motion sickness.
  4. Cultural Experiences: Embrace local practices like chewing on mint leaves, which some believe can aid in reducing nausea sensations.

Electronics and Accessories to Pack for Saudi Arabia

Electronic AccessoryImportance
Universal AdapterAllows charging devices by ensuring compatibility with Saudi Arabian outlets.
Portable Phone ChargerProvides backup power to keep devices charged during long days of exploration.
Camera & Extra BatteriesAllows you to capture special moments and sights during your Saudi Arabia trip.
Backup Storage Hard DriveStore files to make room for more travel memories during your Saudi Arabia trip.
Power BankKeeps devices charged to capture moments while exploring remote areas.
Power Bank FeaturesCapacityCompatibilityPortabilityPrice
Quick Charging10,000mAhUniversalLightweight$25
Slim Design5,000mAhApple & AndroidPocket-sized$15


Make sure to include headphones or earbuds in your packing list to enjoy your favorite music or podcasts while on the go.

When choosing your audio gear, consider the following options:

  1. Noise Canceling Headphones: Ideal for blocking out the noise of crowded streets. (I have and also recommend Beats Solo 3).
  2. Wireless Earbuds: Perfect for convenience and mobility during your travels.
  3. Waterproof Headphones: Great for beach days or water activities to keep the music playing.
  4. Budget-Friendly Earphones: Inexpensive options that still deliver decent sound quality.

Additionally, remember to pack a suitable headphone storage solution to keep your gear organized and prevent tangling. Some of the best headphone brands to consider are Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, and JBL for a quality audio experience.

Dry bag for electronics

A dry bag offers waterproof protection to keep your electronics safe from water damage while exploring diverse landscapes in Saudi Arabia.

Dry Bag BenefitsDescription
Waterproof ProtectionKeeps electronics dry
Tech OrganizationHelps in device arrangement
Gadget SafetyProtects electronics
Device StorageEfficient storage solution

Ziploc bags for organization

Ziploc bags can be your best friend when it comes to travel organization.

Here’s how to make the most of them:

  1. Packing Efficiency: Utilize Ziploc bags to segment different types of clothing or separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
  2. Travel Organization: Keep smaller items like chargers, adapters, or toiletries neatly organized within your luggage.
  3. Ziploc Benefits: Ziploc bags are transparent, allowing you to quickly identify the contents without rummaging through your entire bag.
  4. Storage Solutions: Store snacks or wet swimwear in Ziploc bags to prevent spills and keep other items dry in your luggage.

SafetyWing Travel Health Insurance For Saudi Arabia

When traveling to Saudi Arabia, securing SafetyWing travel health insurance is essential for your peace of mind and well-being.

With SafetyWing, you have access to reliable health coverage, ensuring that you’re financially protected in case of illness or injury while in Saudi Arabia.

Travel insurance is essential for international trips, providing health coverage as medical expenses can be high in a foreign country. SafetyWing offers emergency medical assistance, giving you the support you need during a stressful time.

Safety precautions are always recommended, but having the added security of travel insurance offers an extra layer of protection.

Whether you’re exploring the vibrant city of Riyadh or Jeddah, having travel insurance like SafetyWing can offer peace of mind so you can fully enjoy your time in Saudi Arabia.

Other Essential Items to Pack for Saudi Arabia

You’ll want to ensure you have your passport, copies, and extra photos handy for your trip to Saudi Arabia.

Remember your travel insurance, a reusable water bottle, and some cash in small bills (Saudi Riyal) for convenience.

Don’t forget to pack a small laundry soap for sink washing to keep your clothes fresh during your travels.

Travel NecessityInformation
Travel Health InsuranceTravel insurance provides health coverage, emergency assistance, and financial protection in case of unforeseen medical expenses during your trip.
Reusable Water BottleEssential for staying hydrated and reducing plastic waste, a reusable water bottle provides access to clean drinking water while contributing to sustainable travel practices.
Cash in Small BillsHaving local currency readily available can be very convenient ensuring you can easily pay for goods, services, and transportation.
Passport & CopiesThese documents serve as your primary form of identification and are necessary for entry into the country. Extra photos help expedite replacement in case of loss, and are helpful for visa applications or other emergencies during your trip to Saudi Arabia.
Laundry SoapHaving a travel-size laundry detergent on hand allows you to wash your clothes in the sink, ensuring you have clean and fresh clothing throughout your trip to Saudi Arabia.

Currency Exchange:

  • Set a daily budget to manage expenses and exchange money at reliable places to get the best rates. (avoid airport exchange)
  • Having small bills will also be helpful when making purchases at local markets, trying street food, or using various transportation options.

Laundry soap for sink washing:

When traveling to Saudi Arabia, having laundry soap for sink washing is essential for keeping your clothes clean and fresh during your trip.

Here are some tips to make sink washing effective and convenient:

  1. Sink Washing Techniques: Use lukewarm water and a small amount of laundry soap to wash your clothes thoroughly.
  2. Laundry Essentials: Pack a travel-sized container of laundry soap to ensure you have enough for your entire trip.
  3. Drying Strategies: After washing, wring out excess water and hang your clothes in a well-ventilated area to dry faster.
  4. Stain Removal Tips: Address stains promptly by pre-treating them with a stain remover before washing.


  • If you plan on driving, an international driving permit is recommended, and keep a list of emergency contacts handy.
  • Familiarize yourself with local currency exchange rates to avoid scams. Lastly, learn about local customs to respect the culture during your stay.

Extras If You Have Space to Pack For Saudi Arabia

Bring along a Lonely Planet or Bradt Travel Guide to help navigate the country’s attractions and local spots.

Don’t forget to pack some cash from your home country to exchange for Saudi Riyal and a travel journal or notebook to record your adventures.

Helpful Arabic Phrases to Know


  • “As-salamu alaykum” (Peace be upon you) – This is the traditional Arabic greeting.
  • The response to this is “Wa alaykum as-salam” (And peace be upon you too).
  • “Marhaban” (Hello) – A more casual way of greeting.

Common Courtesies:

  • “Shukran” (Thank you) – Use this to express gratitude.
  • “Afwan” (You’re welcome) – A response to “Shukran.”
  • “Min fadlak” (Please) – Used to make a polite request.

Basic Phrases:

  • “Kayfa halak?” (How are you?) – A common way to ask someone how they are.
  • “Ana ismi…” (My name is…) – Use this to introduce yourself.
  • “Hal tatakallam al-ingliziyya?” (Do you speak English?) – Useful if you need to communicate in English.

Navigational Phrases:

  • “Wayn al-hammaam?” (Where is the restroom?)
  • “Kayfa aamur ila…” (How do I get to…) – Use this phrase when asking for directions.

Dining Etiquette:

  • “Bismillah” (In the name of God) – Often said before starting a meal.
  • “Tfaddal” (Please, go ahead) – Used to invite someone to start eating.
  • “Maa as-salama” (Goodbye) – Said when leaving a place, especially after dining.

Learning these basic phrases can help you talk to locals and show respect for Saudi Arabian culture and customs.

Lonely Planet or Bradt Travel Guides or ebooks:

These travel guides provide valuable insights into the local culture, attractions, and practical tips for navigating your way around Saudi Arabia.

Lonely Planet is known for its detailed recommendations on accommodations, restaurants, and must-see destinations, while Bradt Travel Guides offer in-depth coverage of off-the-beaten-path locations.

Ebooks are great for on-the-go reference without adding extra weight to your bag or you can bring a physical copy to keep you busy during the long flight.

Having these resources can help you make the most of your adventure, ensuring you don’t miss out on hidden gems and unique experiences.

Small gifts for family/friends:

  • Dates: High-quality dates are a traditional and meaningful gift from Saudi Arabia.
  • Perfume: Fragrances, especially traditional Arabian perfumes, are highly appreciated.
  • Coffee: Arabic coffee beans or ground coffee, along with a dallah (traditional coffee pot), make for a thoughtful gift, especially for a coffee enthusiast!
  • Islamic Art: Small pieces of Islamic calligraphy or artwork can be meaningful souvenirs.
  • Camel-themed Items: Items like camel figurines or camel milk chocolates are unique to the region.

Saudi Riyal upon arrival:

  • Cash: Having cash on hand is important for small purchases, especially in traditional markets (souks) or other small shops.
  • Debit Cards: Debit cards are widely accepted in larger shops, malls, and restaurants in Saudi Arabia, especially in urban areas like Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. However, it’s always a good idea to carry some cash for situations where card payments are not possible, such as in smaller towns or for transactions with street vendors.
  • Local Transactions: Some smaller businesses or local vendors may prefer cash, especially for smaller purchases or in more traditional areas.

Research and check the currency exchange rate between different banks to get the best deal.

Have a mix of cash and cards, informing your bank of travel plans. Budget carefully considering conversion rates to avoid overspending.

Travel Journal/Notebook:

Pack a travel journal or notebook to document your adventures, cherish your travel memories, and take time for yourself if you feel lonely or stressed out.

Here are a few more reasons to bring a travel journal:

  1. Sketchbook adventures: Capture the stunning landscapes and vibrant scenes during your trip.
  2. Travel reflections: Reflect on your experiences, personal growth, and cultural discoveries in writing.
  3. Wanderlust writing: Let your wanderlust inspire poems and insightful observations.
  4. Stress relief: Jot down random thoughts, local insights, and memorable encounters you can look back on.

Final Packing Tips For Saudi Arabia

As mentioned before, use packing cubes to organize your belongings and maximize space.

Keep important documents in a waterproof bag to protect them from unexpected rain or water activities.

Don’t forget to secure valuables in a concealed money belt for extra safety during your travels.

Here is a summary table of packing tips for traveling to Saudi Arabia:

Best Packing TipsReason
Use packing cubesOptimizes space, keeps items organized
Place documents in a waterproof bagProtects important papers from water damage
Carry valuables in a concealed money beltEnhances security and theft protection

Packing cubes for organization

Packing cubes are a game-changer when it comes to organization and space-saving techniques.

Additional info:

  1. Packing Efficiency: Separate your clothes by type or outfit, making it easier to find items in your luggage.
  2. Travel Essentials: Pack essentials like toiletries, electronics, and documents in smaller cubes for quick access.

Place documents in a waterproof bag

Additional info:

Take a waterproof pouch to safeguard important papers and make sure yyour travel documents remain dry and intact.

Carry valuables in a concealed money belt

When exploring a beautiful country like Saudi Arabia, it’s essential to prioritize enjoying your trip while practicing theft protection.

Here are some practical tips to enhance your travel safety and money safety:

  1. Concealed Money Belt: Invest in a high-quality money belt worn discreetly under your clothes.
  2. Distribute Valuables: Spread your cash and valuables in different pockets or pouches within the money belt.
  3. Regularly Check: Periodically check your belongings to ensure everything is secure and in place.
  4. Avoid Flashing Cash: Avoid displaying large sums of money in public to deter pickpockets.
Waterproof GadgetsDesert Essentials
Phone caseQuick-dry towel
Camera coverMosquito repellent
Tablet sleeveSunscreen

Wear the bulkiest items on the plane to save space

Consider wearing your bulkiest items on the plane to save space in your luggage when packing for your trip to Saudi Arabia.

This clever strategy helps to maximize space but also ensures you have your essential items with you during your flight.

Here are some practical tips to help you make the most of this space-saving technique:

  1. Layering for comfort: Wear your heaviest clothing items, like jackets or hoodies, to keep you warm during the flight.
  2. Efficient packing techniques: Opt for versatile pieces that can be layered or mixed and matched throughout your trip.
  3. Travel wardrobe essentials: Choose items that are both comfortable for the plane ride and suitable for the climate.
  4. Practical outfit choices: Select outfits that can transition seamlessly from the plane to your destination.

Other Packing Tips

Remember to roll your clothes instead of folding them to save space and prevent wrinkles. Packing cubes also help to leave more space even if you have bulky items.

After 7+ years of travel so far, I find that rolling my clothes saves more space in my suitcase than the traditional fold method.

In case you encounter checked luggage delays, pack essentials in your carry-on.

Remember essentials like travel-sized toiletries and a portable charger.

What Not to Bring To Saudi Arabia

When packing for Saudi Arabia, avoid bringing valuables, irreplaceable sentimental items, and expensive jewelry like watches or diamond necklaces and other accessories.

A lot of times abroad, I notice the style is very simple as there is no competition when it comes to wearing the most luxury and name-brand items like it may seem to be in many Western countries.

Don’t Bring too many Shoes

To maximize space, try packing shoes that can be easily folded or compressed.

Placing socks inside shoes to save even more space and embrace minimalist packing by sticking to just a couple of pairs that serve multiple purposes.

A pair of secure sandals and comfortable walking shoes and maybe one pair of dress shoes will be more than enough for your trip.

Here are some tips to protect your valuables:

  1. Travel Insurance: Ensure your belongings are covered in case of theft.
  2. Hidden Pockets: Use clothing with hidden compartments to store valuables discreetly.
  3. Theft Prevention: Keep a close eye on your belongings in crowded areas.
  4. Security Measures: Utilize hotel safes or lockboxes for storing valuables securely.

Irreplaceable sentimental items

Leave behind sentimental treasures, personal mementos, cherished keepsakes, emotional souvenirs, irreplaceable tokens, and precious memories that hold a lot of emotional value.

While these items may bring you comfort, the risk of loss or damage during travel isn’t worth the sentimental attachment.

Instead, just take photographs of these special items to carry with you on your journey.

Expensive jewelry or accessories

Avoid bringing expensive jewelry or accessories when traveling to Saudi Arabia to minimize the risk of loss or theft during your journey.

Avoid bringing luxury accessories, designer handbags, statement necklaces, high-end watches, and fashion sunglasses.

These items are best left at home to prevent attracting unwanted attention.

Here’s why:

  1. Luxury accessories: These items can make you a target for theft.
  2. Travel jewelry: Valuable pieces can easily get lost or stolen.
  3. Designer handbags: Expensive bags may draw unwanted attention.
  4. High-end watches: Flashy watches can make you vulnerable to theft.

Choose inexpensive or costume jewelry instead to upgrade your outfits.

These packing hacks will help streamline your travel essentials and ensure you have everything you need without overburdening your luggage.

Other Items Not to Bring

Avoid bringing any non-Islamic religious materials, such as Bibles, crucifixes, or statues of religious figures, as they are prohibited and may be confiscated.

Additionally, refrain from packing any inappropriate materials, alcohol, pork products, or illegal substances, as these items are strictly forbidden and can result in severe penalties.

Be careful when packing over-the-counter items and ensure they are properly labeled and accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Final Saudi Arabia Packing Checklist

Saudia Arabia Packing List Items – Women

Saudia Arabia Packing List Items – Men

Here is the final comprehensive packing checklist for travel to Saudi Arabia:


  • Passport
  • Saudi visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Saudi riyals (local currency)
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Travel itinerary


  • Lightweight, loose-fitting, breathable clothing in modest styles
  • Long skirts or dresses below the knee (for women)
  • Long pants (for women)
  • Long-sleeved tops (for women)
  • Abaya (traditional black cloak worn over clothes by women)
  • Headscarf (for women to cover hair in public)
  • Loose-fitting shirts (for men)
  • Lightweight pants/trousers (for men)
  • Sandals or closed-toe shoes
  • Light jacket/cardigan (for cooler evenings)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat or head covering for sun protection


  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medications
  • Basic toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products (if needed)


  • Camera
  • Phone and chargers
  • Power bank
  • Plug adapters


  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottles (to stay hydrated)
  • Neck pillow for travel
  • Packing organizers
  • Portable fan (for intense heat)
  • Wet wipes/hand towels
  • Snacks
  • Travel guidebook
  • Phrasebook/translation app
  • unlocked Smart phone

Overall, pack lightweight, loose, modest clothing that respects local customs. Staying hydrated, having adequate sun protection, and having proper documents are all essential.

Travel Rule of 1 suitcase and 1 carry on don’t over-pack

To travel light and efficiently for your trip to Saudi Arabia, remember the rule of one suitcase and one carry-on to avoid overpacking.

Following the guidelines we established for ourselves several years back has helped reduce the physical toll on our bodies, as we travel on flights every couple of months to various destinations as digital nomads who travel the world.

Efficient packing involves maximizing your luggage space to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey.

Below is a table to guide you on what to pack for Saudi Arabia, ensuring you have everything you need without excess items.

Lightweight, loose-fitting clothesToothbrushPassport
Swimwear (for hotel pools)SunscreenMoney (Saudi Riyals)
Comfortable walking shoesDeodorantPhone & charger, Travel adapter
Hat or head coveringShampooTravel documents
Light jacket or abaya (for women)SoapSnacks and water bottles
MedicationsTravel insurance documents
Contact lens suppliesPhrasebook or translation app
Feminine productsPortable charger or power bank

Women must dress modestly in Saudi Arabia, covering their bodies from shoulders to ankles in public places. Men should also dress conservatively.

I hope you found this packing list guide helpful, we included everything we thought you would need to have a successful and fun trip while dealing with the intense heat here.

Remember to pack light, just the essentials, and carry versatile clothing and shoes.

Safe travels!

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