If you are looking for comprehensive list of Dead Sea tips then you are in the right place. I have visited the Dead Sea several times, whether it was on a guided tour, or when I rented a car and came on my own. Visiting the Dead Sea is a once in a lifetime experience for most, so I want to make sure you know what to expect when you visit the lowest place on Earth!
Dead Sea Tips
Tips for Where to Stay when Visiting the Dead Sea
My personal favourite is the Dead Sea Spa. I have stayed there several times and their location is easy to get to, right on the beach and their food is good. If you have kids, they have a great kids pool.
Be wary of hotels that say they have a private beach, they may have “access” to a private beach but they are not actually on the beach.
Facts on the Dead Sea
Before I get started with my best Dead Sea tips, I wanted to give you some facts about the Dead Sea and what brings visitors to it from all over the world!
The Lowest point on Earth
The Dead Sea lies at the lowest point on Earth, 400 meters below sea level. It is so far away from the sun that harmful UV rays do not reach it. Although it is hotter than higher elevations in the area, those enjoying the sun are protected from its harmful, cancer-causing rays.
How is “Sea Level” measured?
Have you ever wondered how sea level is measured? It is one of those things that everyone knows of, but likely does not know how it is actually calculated.
Sea level is based on the Mediterranean Sea. Now you know! you can read more about it on wikipedia!
Healing Properties of the Dead Sea
Its position at the lowest point on Earth offers more than a salty dip. The air has a higher oxygen concentration in this area and its mineral-rich properties bring people from all over the world who are suffering from various types of skin diseases and rheumatism.
Get there before it is Gone
The Dead Sea is vanishing at an alarming rate. This is mostly due to the added pressure put on the Jordan River and neighbouring streams for a water source for Israel and Jordan. Some estimates state that it will be dried up in 30 years without some type of intervention. It used to be 57 kilometres in length and it is currently around 47 kilometres and its shores are shrinking about a meter each year. There are calls for bringing water from the Red Sea, but there are no projects underway.
Dead Sea Tips
Keep these handy tips in mind when you are visiting the Dead Sea.
DO Bring Your Camera, But take Photos before you get wet!
The salt on the dead sea sticks to everything! Take some pics before you get into the water or before your hands are covered in mud! Also if you have a gopro, the salt will almost instantly stick to it when you take photos so keep dunking it into the water in between shots! Also some of the best instagram places in Jordan are at the Dead Sea, take some time to get some great photos if that is your thing!
DO Wear Aqua Socks or Sandals or Protective Footwear
Part of the process of getting INTO the water is stepping on RAZOR SHARP salt crystals. If you wear sandals or water footwear, this process becomes much easier! Feel free to throw them back to shore once you are comfortably floating!
Consider purchasing a pair of these before your trip.
There is not much that is as painful as getting water into your eyes. Be careful when you sit yourself down into the water and avoid getting it into your eyes and mouth.
DO Enjoy the Mud
If you are not hypersensitive, enjoy the mud before you float! Avoid the eye area and I suggest you do not put it above your eyes because when you wash it off in the water, that stinging salt water will drip into your eyes (YES, been there, done that!)
DONT Shave a day or two before
Avoid shaving for at least a day before your visit. Otherwise you will end up having your skin stinging, BADLY!
DO Cover Cuts
If you have any recent cuts, get some liquid bandaid and spray it over them to protect them from the salt. My son fell the morning before our visit and even with liquid bandaid, he was very uncomfortable and said it stung a lot!
DONT Wear that new Bikini
Dont bring that brand new bikini as the minerals can stain or ruin it while you are swimming in the Dead Sea. If you plan on covering yourself in mud and show up in a brand new white suit, it may not be white again! While most darker fabrics seem to fare just fine, bring something that you will not be heartbroken if it gets discoloured.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be over before you know it. 10-15 minutes is recommended for floating in the Dead Sea before you may begin to feel uncomfortable! But your Dead Sea visit does not have to end there, shower off and head up to the pool!
Tips on Visiting the Dead Sea with Kids
Some kids are a lot more sensitive than adults and that can result in a bad Dead Sea experience. My son fell the morning before our visit and had some good road rash. Despite spraying it with liquid bandaids, he came out in tears before getting knee-deep. On a second visit, he said it was uncomfortable as soon as he got in.
My younger son, who was three on our first visit, enjoyed it but had a tough time keeping his mouth closed and not splashing, especially while trying to balance and float.
Make sure you have a bottle of fresh water to wash out their eyes and mouth. While my older son did not like getting in the water, he enjoyed collecting chunks of salt and examining the crazy formations that it makes.
After our “float” we went back to the hotel pool for the afternoon and they had their fun!
Overall, my suggestion is to manage your expectations when it comes to your little ones and it may not be the same experience for them as it is for you.
What to Pack for the Dead Sea
Depending whether you are staying at one of the local Dead Sea hotels or if you are visiting on a daytrip, have these items handy. If you are coming in for just a few hours on a tour, bring them in a plastic bag or a beach bag and leave the rest of your suitcase and daybag items in the vehicle with your driver
Towel: Hotel guests will likely be given a towel with a towel card, but if you are a day visitor, you will have to pay a deposit for one. If you are not a guest, bring your own towel (if you have one).
Bathing Suit: This one is pretty obvious : )
Cover Up: While bikinis are acceptable at the Dead Sea and around the pool, bring something to cover up while you walk down to the water (as in some places it is a few hundred meters due to its rapid receding.
Water: Bring a water bottle in case you get the salt water into your eyes. Also it is quite a bit hotter at the Dead Sea so stay hydrated while you float
Liquid Bandaids: You will want to use on any cuts or scraps (make sure they are dry before applying it or it will sting). We carry it in our first aid kid now.
More Dead Sea Tips: How to Get to the Dead Sea for Jordan Visitors
For those who are visiting the Dead Sea from the Jordan side, there are only a few ways to get there. If you are staying in Amman, there are only a few ways to get to the Dead Sea, read about how to get from Amman to the Dead Sea. If you are on a fully guided tour, all of your transportation needs are taken care of!
Renting a car is perfectly safe to get to the Dead Sea from Amman and you can read more information about our experience traveling around Jordan here. If you are staying at one of the Dead Sea hotels (which i recommend), its probably cheaper than taking a taxi both ways.
Also, taking a taxi is pretty easy as Amman has lots! You can also try their ride sharing option, Careem.
There are no busses Amman to the Dead Sea. Your Amman hotel might be able to recommend a local day tour if that interests you.
Want to skip all of the planning and access my detailed Jordan Itinerary and Guide? I have been to Jordan several times and after being asked again and again for suggestions, not only did I build this website but I created an interactive PDF guide to help you plan the best trip to Jordan! It includes an interactive map, multiple itineraries for up to 10 days and as little as three days, and plenty of practical information about renting a car and driving in Jordan. Get the guide by clicking the button below.
If you are looking for more information on visiting Jordan, here are some more posts I have written
Dead Sea Photo By tsaiproject
Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.