Miscellaneous: we all know that Petra is located in a desert and that Jordan has short winters and spring time, so if you will visit Petra Archeological park during the summer or fall or even in spring, it is better to have bottles of mineral water and or sports drinks in your bag to quench your thirst and repleshish the electrolytes lost during walking as the dry heat of the desert can make you weak and suffer heat stroke fast. also the prices of the bottled water and other drinks like sports drinks here in Petra are double to triple than the regular prices elsewhere like a 600 ml bottle of gatorade will cost JD 5 here while it will only cost JD 1.50 in amman and the bottled water at JD 4 while only JD 1 to 1.25 in amman.
If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 32 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 256 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time as the new cameras like the canon sx50 and olympus sz-31 MR can do.
also bring the new USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 10,000 mAH variety so that you can do multiple recharges on camera battery before recharging your USB powerbank), which can easily recharge your camera battery plus smart phone and tablet devices.
Everyone Knows that Petra is along the Harsh Desert in Jordan and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid loss by the body is via the head. plus to avoid heat stroke as the suns rays penetrate your exposed hair. You can also use the traditional head gear of Jordan, the keffiyeh to cover your arms or head.
Also you need to have sunglasses as to protect your eyes from the blinding heat here in Petra specially during the early to late afternoon, where the temperature is high (there is a heat wave when we visited in April, which is supposed to be spring). the sunglasses will protect your eyesight from dizziness and heat blindness.
Comfortable shoes will be good idea if you plan to walk, good walking sandals can be good as as long as you don't step on the hot soft sand, that might burn your feet on the heat of the day.
Photo Equipment: Wide lens will be very useful in the narrow places.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Thin comfortable pants/short, long sleeves shirt if you sensitive to the sun, a hat. During winter bring pullover or something, it can get cold.
Miscellaneous: You can buy water and drinks at the gate and later down the canyon at the site, but anyhow, you will need to drink a lot, this is the desert, so remember to have water with you.
Luggage and bags:
backpack - don't weigh yourself down, though.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack a compact umbrella - chances are you will have either a lot of sun or rain. The trek out is long when you are tired.
Miscellaneous: bring binoculars if you have room - there are amazing vantage points. Pack water and some high energy snacks if you plan to see as much as possible. There are some Bedouins who sell snacks and drinks as well, even off the beaten path.
Casual shoes for long walk, cap or scarf to protect your head ( if you going there in summer), light clotes
Photo Equipment: If you use photo films you can buy them there but I am not sure are they in good condition, so maybe it´s not bad to buy them outside and be sure to have enough. If you use digital camera bring as much MB or GB as you can!!!
Miscellaneous: Buy enough water outside of Petra. Inside could be expensive.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jordan is a Muslim country and you'll see many of the women wearing scarves to cover their heads - this isn't necessary for Western women visiting, but it IS respectful to keep your arms and legs covered, even if you're visiting Petra which can get very hot during the summer months. Lightweight natural fibers are a good way to go.
BRING CASH - there is NO CASH machine at the hotels (Crown Plaza, Movenpick, etc.) or Visitors Center and the nearest ATM/Cash machine is about a 2 mile walk (or more like a taxi ride) up a hill. My hotel was courteous enough to allow me to get cash against my credit card, but only $20 USD (I begged for $50 and the obliged) but the park only takes cash (entrance fee, tour guides, carriage rides, etc all cash) Petra (the park) is expensive and you will need lots of cash.
The USD, Euro, Sterling Pound, or JD (Jordanian Dinear) are all excepted! But VISA, MasterCard, Am EX will not get you very far!
Luggage and bags:
A small backpack : useful to carry your stuff
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some kind of hat for the sun but the best protection is to stay under the shadow...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Solar cream can be useful as well...
Photo Equipment: Should I mention anything here? Obviously a good camera and enough memory to store the many pictures you are going to take!
Miscellaneous: * Enough water for the day (count 1 or even 2 bottle per person). No big deal if you get lost ;-) It is still possible to buy some on the site but it will be more expensive.
* A Lunch Box : there are two restaurants on the site but they are tourist spot and if you carry your own food, you have more freedom.
* A knife : to peal off fruits or vegetable...
* A map: in theory you don't really need one if you stay around the main sites but if you start walking in the mountains without any guide it could definitely be useful...
* a good guidebook : you can visit on your own, at your own pace and still have good information on what you see...
Luggage and bags:
small backpack to carry a bottle of water
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: trousers better, long but light or shorts if you don't mind to carry all the sand! a hat or something to protect for the sun! In winter a flee for nights! trainers (better dark color)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Something for sunburn(just in case), hight sun protection
Miscellaneous: Sunglasses, swimsuit(just in case the hotel has a swimmingpool or for the Turkish Baths in Wadi Musa)
Luggage and bags:
Look the picture.
I have black shoes and black trousers ... WRONG ..
I have short bluse ... WRONG, long better
I have a fan ... OK
I have sun glasses ...OK
I have a big scarf ... OK
I have a good friend for climb ... SUPER
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Big scarf to cover you and protect you from the sun. Long hand bluse. Good close shoes to walk over the hot sun for hours.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: High sun protection
Photo Equipment: You will make thousands of pics ... so ... be prepared
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If there's a single item you should not miss to pack for visiting Petra is that old (maybe smelly) pair of trainers... those really comfortable ones that you rarely wear anymore. You'll have to do a lot of walking to see a little bit of Petra - at least 12-15 kilometres... so you need shoes that don't give you blisters or hurt you. The entire site is very dusty, so you also need shoes that youdon't mind ruining (because you will). So pack those old trainers, for heaven's sake
Good hiking shoes
Light, loose fitting cotton clothing
A hat/cap to protect you from the harsh sun
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: UV protection
Photo Equipment: Don't go without a good camera
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dont wear flip flops. Put on some trainers. Its a long walk, and there are cobbles and rocks in some areas.
Luggage and bags:
Keep water with you, try buying outside the Petra city, its much cheaper
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hat
Good Walking Shoes
Late afternoon walk is magnificent
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock, lots of it
Photo Equipment: Preferably small digital Camera