The Ultimate Packing List for Your Trip to Dubai

Dubai, the glittering gem of the United Arab Emirates, beckons with its futuristic skyline, ancient traditions, and limitless adventures. Whether you're preparing for a long flight to this vibrant city or planning your stay in Dubai, a well-thought-out packing list is your passport to a seamless and unforgettable journey. From must-have in-flight essentials to attire for special events, we've got you covered.

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Essentials for Your Long Flight to Dubai:

  1. Neck Pillow: Comfort is key during long flights. A neck pillow ensures you arrive in Dubai well-rested.
  2. Blanket: Stay cozy in the often chilly airplane cabin with a lightweight travel blanket.
  3. Eye Mask: Block out distractions and catch some much-needed rest with an eye mask.
  4. Compression Socks: Keep your feet happy and reduce the risk of swelling with compression socks.  If you have circulation issues or other health problems, you should consult your doctor regarding compression sock use.
  5. Headphones and Earplugs: Noise-canceling headphones and earplugs are your in-flight entertainment companions.

Packing for Your Stay in Dubai:

  1. Electricity Converter: Ensure your devices stay charged with a universal travel adapter that can be used for all international trips.
  2. Toiletry Items: Bring your preferred toiletries and a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste.  For the bathroom, don't forget air freshener and poo-pourri.
  3. Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the intense Dubai sun with a high SPF sunscreen.
  4. Umbrella: Prepare for the occasional rain or protect yourself from the rays of the desert sun by packing a compact umbrella.
  5. Cell Phone and Camera: Capture your Dubai memories with your smartphone and camera.
  6. Chargers & Cords: Keep your devices powered up with all the necessary chargers and cords.
  7. Handheld Fan: Beat the heat with a portable or handheld fan.
  8. Hat: Stay cool and shielded from the sun with a stylish hat.
  9. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Pack breathable clothing for hot summers and slightly warmer layers for cooler winters.
  10. Passport and Other ID: Ensure your passport is up to date and carry photocopies of important documents.  Keep documents organized and handy with a passport and document holder.
  11. Wallet, Credit Cards & Cash: Notify your bank of your travel plans and carry a mix of local currency and international credit cards.

For Mosque Visits:

  1. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes while maintaining style with a pair of shades.
  2. Scarf: Ladies, carry a lightweight scarf for mosque visits.
  3. Abaya/Kandura: If you'd like to wear the traditional clothing for your visit to the Grand Mosque, you can buy an abaya or kandura while in Dubai.  It is not a requirement.  You can still visit the Mosque, with a long sleeve shirt, long pants/skirt and a scarf to cover your head.  While inside the mosque, you must remove your shoes.  You may want to wear slip resistant socks if you don't wish to walk in bare feet.  
  4. Long Pants or Skirt and Long-Sleeve Shirts: Both genders should dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

For Indoor Locations with Air Conditioning:

  1. Shawls, Jackets, or Sweaters: Be ready for chilly indoor locations with a light-weight jacket or sweater.

Special Event Attire:

  1. "Shades of Blue" Outfit: When traveling with Cruise Jet Travel don't forget to pack your blue-themed attire for our special events and themed pool/yacht parties.
  2. "White Night" Outfit: White hot is the name of the game your all-white farewell attire.


Attitude for Fun and Adventure:  Perhaps the most important item on your packing list is your attitude. Dubai is a city known for its vibrancy, and there are countless opportunities for adventure and fun. Keep an open mind, be ready to try new things, and embrace the rich culture and experiences Dubai has to offer. Dubai offers a wealth of experiences for everyone!

With this comprehensive packing list, you're ready to hit the streets of Dubai, so pack your bags, bring your spirit of adventure, and embark on an unforgettable journey. Dubai, here you come!