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Packing List for Jordan – Your Ultimate Guide What to Wear on Holiday in Jordan

Packing List for Jordan – Your Ultimate Guide What to Wear on Holiday in Jordan

 

Are you looking for the best packing list for Jordan? Most packing lists I have found are seasonal in nature, and so too can be what to wear in Jordan. What to wear in Jordan in October or November could be quite different than things to pack for Jordan in March. While the country is conservative in nature, the climate is vastly different by season.

By reading this guide you will have a good base for things to pack for Jordan and a lot of these items are ideal for traveling in the Middle East as well.

Packing List for Jordan | What to Wear in the Middle East

What to Wear in Amman? This is Amman’s Citadel in March. It was finally warm enough in late March to go out without a heavy coast in Jordan

What to Wear for Women in Jordan

What to wear in Jordan when it is hot? Here is a great example of what I would typically wear in Jordan when it is hot! Button up shirts are great for modesty and you can trade the booties for sandals. While this will work in October, what to wear in Jordan in November will include a scarf and a jacket as the temperature is quite cool in the morning and evening.

Are you wondering how I would suggest you visit Jordan? If time is a constraint, consider one of these tours to get the most of your time in the country.  

Is there a dress code for tourists?

The most common question I get asked after “is Jordan safe?” is,

“Should you cover your hair with a scarf?

or

did you have to cover up?

The answer is simple, No. Not completely.

You do NOT need to cover your hair, nor should you do it, unless you want to, or are Muslim.

Jordanians are very accepting of other religions and a little under 10% of the population is not Muslim at all, they are Christian and they do not cover their hair. The only place where you should cover your hair, arms and legs is when you are entering an Islamic religious site such as a mosque.

Petra Treasury - Petra Safety

Petra’s Treasury from Above – A modest T-shit and jeans is what needs to be on your Jordan packing list. This was a sunny day in March, but in November, I took a heavy coat and scarf for the shady areas in the morning!

However, modest dress, or more modest compared to our western culture is expected. Bare shoulders should be avoided in most areas as should your chest. Low cut tank tops are great for base layers, but cover up your chest with a button up shirt or scarf.

That is not to say that tourists do not go walking Petra in tank-tops, because they do. Wearing typical western dress you will likely fit in with other tourists, but it does not mean that you are fitting in with the cultural practices of Jordanians.

If you are hiking and do not want to wear typical hiking pants, choose long tights or leggings for hiking. Don’t show up in the latest lululemon shorts (as much as you want to)

Leave your short shorts at home. I do not even bring knee length shorts. Also leave the adorable sundresses. Save those for the beaches in Europe. I wear mostly jeans, linen pants or maxi dresses. Despite the summer heat, you will see the locals in long pants and long sleeves all year round.

When visiting the Dead Sea, a bikini is fine, but bring a cover-up for walking to and from teh water or around a hotel pool. Read more about visiting the Dead Sea here

Here is an example of my favorite OTBT boots and what you typically see me wearing in Jordan when the weather is nice. In the winter I have a down jacket and warm sweater!

Here are my favorite boots for travel! They are super comfortable for all day walking. You can check them out here >>> OTBT Boots

Shoes to Wear in Jordan

If you want to know what to wear in Jordan when visiting, then comfortable shoes is a must, on your packing list. But if you are like me and prefer sandals, comfortable sandals are just fine unless you are doing a lot of hiking. I have walked Petra in sandals just fine, but prefer sturdy hiking boots for long trekking where ankle support and good grip is needed!

My suitcase contains flip flops for the pool or super casual moments, comfortable sandals that can go with jeans or dresses, booties for cooler months that go great with jeans and a decent pair of hiking boots.

Maybe I am not the usual visitor, who would say to make sure you pack a pair of running shoes, but it depends on your travel style.

If fashion is important, you know you will pick the shoes that complement your outfit. Just be warned that COMFORT is super important as you will spend a lot of time on your feet in Jordan.

If you are not planning on multi day trekking, you can leave out the hiking boots and just bring what you are comfortable in. If walking 5 or more kilometres in Petra is not going to work in sandals, then make sure you bring a pair of runners.

Outside the Treasury in Petra, Jordan – You can see the boys in Sweaters and I have a light Jacket on. This was early March and it was quite cool in the shade! Jackets and sweaters are a must to pack for Jordan in the Winter.

What to Pack for Petra

I included this topic specifically because of what I see on instagram. Women in short dresses and big floppy sun hats. I get it, that might be your style, or even your isntagram brand, but you are in a Muslim country and should respect their style and their culture.

While walking Petra with my kids on our last visit a large tour group passed me including women in mini dresses and heels. YOU ARE IN PETRA, not a nightclub. Sorry for my bluntness, but I do not really care what you are comfortable wearing, you should take your comfort in mind, and also remember that you are visiting another country, and should respect this.

It also depends on the season of your visit. If you are visiting in the winter or early spring, it is quite cold in the shade, and there is even rain and flash floods in Petra every year! Make sure you bring along a jacket in the cooler months.

Now full disclosure, I was one of those teenagers that wore short shorts in places in the world where I probably should not have, but I am writing this to tell you, because now I know better!

What to wear in Jordan for Women - long sleeve shirts are perfect for cooler months and always dress in layers

Hanging outside the Treasury in Petra – Long sleeve shirts are great for spring weather in Jordan and always dress in layers!

Useful Accessories in Jordan

 

Headlamp

I always travel with a headlamp and it is great if camping in Waid Rum or Petra is on your itinerary. My kids also loved using them at Karak castle to peer into the dark rooms.

 

Electric Convertor

Jordanian hotels have an assortment of plugs and adapters. Some hotels even have international style plugs, but most have the 2 pin or the UK style 220V receptacles. If you have a universal converter you will be fine in any situation. Look for the convertors that also have a USB charging port to make it easier to plug in all of your electronics!

This is the one that I have here. It is cheap and works anywhere in the world. But I will be getting one with a USB port like this one. For just a few dollars more, it is worth having the USB ports!

 

Hat

Whether a baseball cap or a wide brimmed sunhat, bring something to keep the sun off your head while in Jordan.

Wadi Rum Hiking

Hiking in Wadi Rum – I probably would not have hiked in just a tank top had I been with a local guide, but since we were alone on our hike and it was HOT, this is what I was hiking in

Sunglasses

A staple wherever you go, pack your sunglasses

 

Chapstick

The air is dry in Jordan and I am constantly reaching for my chapstick. I am a fan of the white tube of Blistex, but whatever you love, bring it along with you.

 

Sunscreen

I recommend the lotion style sunscreen sinner skin gets so dry in Jordan for most people, but any sunscreen will do!

 

Battery Pack

I personally carry this one, as it gets at least a few charges of my phone and other devices. You can see my full review of the Zendure external battery pack here.

 

tour group in Jabel al Qaia

What you are going to see in cooler season on a typical tour group. Long Pants and jackets. This was the end of April and unseasonably cold at the Citadel in Jabel Al’Qaia

Microfibre Travel Towel

If space is a premium in your suitcase of backpack, make sure you grab a microfibre towel. Not only do they dry really fast, they take up much less space in your suitcase. Some camps in Wadi Rum and Petra do not provide towels, so it is a good idea to have one. You will also want it for the Dead Sea and for Aqaba.

 

Dry Shampoo

For mornings in Wadi Rum, I would much rather spray somedry shampoo into my hair that screw around with what might or might not be a hot shower!

 

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Kleenex or Wipes

Toilet paper is often not provided in washrooms. I have found even hotel lobbys are often devoid of toilet paper. Bring your own small pack of kleenex or wipes for the road stops, places like Petra and Wadi Rum. Most washrooms will have an attendant who will offer toilet paper to wipe and to dry your hands for a tip of about half a dinar or one dinar. They are responsible for keeping the washroom clean and providing the toilet paper etc. You can easily purchase these in stores in Jordan as well.

Hand Sanitizer

Asmall bottle should suffice. My kids each have one of these ones on their packs so they are always accessible, but they have been known to not close the lid properly which means you have an empty bottle at the end of the day. This can also be easily purchased in Jordan.

Camera in hand!

Camera and Extra Battery

I do not go anywhere without my phone and my goPro. The goPro is small and great for wide angle shots, videos and time lapse. The photo above my kids took with the goPro! I can set it up for sunsets (and still have my phone handy. I have this one). Make sure you bring an extra battery because I find they do not last long or hold a charge very well.

 

Jordanian head scarf

Traditional Jordanian Coloured scarf, Red is worn by the Royal Palace and the Military and that is why it is typically known as Jordanian colors

Wrap or Scarf

Ensure you bring a wrap or scarf to keep your shoulders covered or to cover your hair if entering a mosque. Men also like scarves to keep the sun off their neck, to keep warm, or to tie on their head to keep the sun off. You can get a traditional Jordanian style one when you arrive into Jordan and any souvenir shop!

 

Tripod

I have two. One is a small one that is good for table tops. It is here. The other one is for my Canon Camera and I use it for long exposure shots when you cannot have your camera hand held. It is the Manfrotto one.

 

Grayl Water Bottle

In an effort to cut down my personal use of plastic bottles I now carry a Grayl water bottlewith me when I travel. It means at airports, in hotel rooms and even from fresh water streams I know I am getting clean water for me and my kids and avoiding the dozens of single use plastic bottles I would have used on each trip. When my family drinks around 5 litres a day, we are going through almost a case of the small water bottles every day. It amounts to hundreds in a trip and none of these are recycled. I have found dozens in streams, in the Dead Sea and on the tops of cliffs in Wadi Rum. One choice on my part cuts down on those plastic bottles.

You can read more about how to use less plastic on vacation.

Sleep Sheet

If you are creeped out by the prospect of clean blankets, bring yourself a sleep sheet if you are camping in Wadi Rum. I don’t ever pack one, but always wonder when the last time the blankets got washed!

 

Traditionally Tied scarf for women in Jordan

Traditionally Tied scarf for women

More about What to Pack for Jordan

  • Cash is king, bring cash or use the ATMs (readily available – even before customs). Hotels and high end shops have been the only place I have ever used a credit card. You do not have to bring Jordanian Dinars, you can bring USD, CAD, GBP, EUR and they can easily be converted at any of the currency convertors.
  • A good camera and battery pack. I recently upgraded to the IphoneX and use it for my walk around camera most of the time. While I also have a Canon 7D and carry two lenses with me, they are getting less and less use with my iPhone always readily available. I also have a go pro for hiking and snorkelling. Don’t make the mistake I did and check your external battery in your suitcase or they will take it away.
  • any medications, make sure they are in their original package.

What to Leave at home

  • Your drone. While insanely popular, I have the DJI Spark, it is illegal to bring a drone into Jordan and your luggage is x-rayed at customs before you exit the airport
  • short dresses and short shorts. As a muslim country, modest dress is encouraged. You will not see anyone except a few tourists who choose to ignore the local custom wearing short dresses and shorts and tank tops
  • coffee and tea. Are you like me and travel with a few packs of instant coffee or tea bags, you can likely leave them at home. Instant coffee (mostly nescafe) is in most hotel rooms (and if not in your room, they will have it at breakfast) as well as tea options. If your hotel has a kettle, you will have coffee and tea. On the highway and during your day, there are places to get tea and coffee everywhere.
  • cigarettes. If you are a smoker, cigarettes are likely cheaper in Jordan than what you are used to paying. They are about 2JD which is about USD 3 a pack. There are lots of brands available, but if you really want your own brand, consider bringing them.

What’s in my First Aid Kit

It does not matter where I am in the world, I always pack Imodium. You never know when you are going to need it and generally, getting to a store or chemist to find it, is not what I want to be doing!

Advil and Tylenol are always in my arsenal as well. Just a few if I need them. I always have a bottle of Children’s Tylenolas well for my kids.

  

Packing List and Clothing for Women

When I am packing my suitcase for Jordan I always include:

  • a maxi dress
  • button up tunic
  • loose fitting linen pants
  • a light cardigan
  • a couple of base layer tanks
  • two button up shirts
  • a couple t shirts
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • leggings
  • hat
  • scarf
  • packable down jacket for December to April
  • Bathing suit for floating at the Dead Sea (and the hotel pools). Also bring a coverup as walking through a hotel in a bathing suit is taboo
  • Ensure you bring a diva cup or tampons (they are often hard to find, even in Amman, unless you are in a large store, and even then, there is one option). Outside of Amman, you will be able to find pads at any pharmacy, but not likely tampons.

 

 

 

  

Packing List and Clothing for Men

Most men in Jordan will rarely wear shorts unless they are vacationing at the beach. However, tourists can get away with wearing shorts in the hot months and while hiking. Longer shorts are more appropriate with t-shirts. Otherwise jeans are appropriate as well as other pants. Breathable base layers are great for hiking, and can be washed a dried in a hotel room by morning. SAXX are great for hiking, and once you have tried them, you might not want to even wear anything else again.

If I am visiting Jordan between November to April I also bring a packable down jacket (It gets really cold in the desert and also in Amman) and a warm scarf.

Outside the Citadel at Jabel Al Qaia

Outside the Citadel at Jabel Al Qaia

What to Pack for Jordan with kids

As simple as it sounds, a simple kitchen sink plug is one of my travel essentials for Jordan with children. The reason? Jordan’s water is a scarce resource. With that in mind, most hotels do not have a plug for the bathtub. Especially after visiting Petra, a nice hot bath would be nice, but it is super wasteful.

So why pack a plug?

Well, kids get dirty! My kids get dirty. They are pretty anti-shower most of the time, but I can throw them in the bath with a few inches of water and get them clean much quicker and without a fight!

Use a facecloth? Yes, I have tried stuffing a facecloth in the drain, but it is not nearly as effective. You will also find that most hotels do not have facecloths (do yourself a favour and pack a quick drying or thinner one in your toiletries) Without packing everything and the kitchen sink, a cheap plug is one will thank me for.

  • tshirts
  • sweatshirt
  • jeans
  • shorts
  • underwear
  • packable down jacket (for visiting between November and April)
  • Tylenol (because I do not want to be looking for a pharmacist if my kid has a fever in the middle of the night.
  • binoculars(these are super fun and give them a toy as well as make looking at ancient history more fun!)
  • hat and sunglasses
  • sunscreen

On Packing lightly

Many travel “experts” boast about being carry-on only, or traveling light. I am not one of them. I like options. When I travel with my kids, my space in the suitcase gets cut down a little bit, but I do not hesitate to check another bag (the luxury of having kids I guess is more suitcases!) Packing light in convenient if you are carrying your luggage around all the time, but honestly, do not feel pressured to do it. Every hotel has porters to carry your luggage if you need help and the airport has free luggage carts if you have more suitcases than hands! Most of your trips will be day trips and your luggage will be in your hotel room, or on a bus if you are on a tour!

If you have any questions about what to pack for Jordan, let me know! I’ve packed now half a dozen times and am getting pretty good at not forgetting anything!

If you are curious about getting from A to B and want to see Petra without it feeling like a big group tour, check out these tours.

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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.

4 thoughts on “Packing List for Jordan – Your Ultimate Guide What to Wear on Holiday in Jordan

  1. Cheryl D

    What a useful article. Thank you so much for the great advice! I totally agree with you about respecting the local customs – it seems so disrespectful to show up “half dressed” in a conservative country.

  2. Linnea

    The Jordanian style scarf is too cool! I had no idea that style was so specific to Jordan. My mom is going in November, and I’ll be sure to share this post with her!

  3. Arunima Dey

    I am currently trying to visit as much of the Middle East as possible, and this post is going to be so useful! Things like ‘Hat’ and ‘Scarf’ I have forgotten in the past and dearly repented!

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