Packing for Wadi Rum
Luggage and bags: Leave your luggage behind at a hotel if you can. I landed in Amman, then left my luggage there, travelling to Petra and Wadi Rum with a small shoulder bag and knapsack. At the end of my trip, I checked in again to the same hotel before my flight home. Very convenient, no charges, and I loved that I had clean clothes and a pair of shoes with no sand in them ready for me.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good climbing / scrambling / hiking sandals or boots. Runners or hiking sandals are probably ok for everything unless you're doing serious climbing. The sand gets everywhere - even in your socks. The combination of rock and sand are hard on your clothes - bring durable wear. Whites will discolor from the red sand. The desert can get cold at night - a pair of sweats and a fleece warm up are a good idea, and comfortable to sleep in.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must. Seriously consider CHAPSTICK for the desert.
Personnal travel first aid kit is a good idea.
Wet ones / baby wipes or pre-soaked facial cloths are excellent for cleaning up in the desert. Carry a few kleenex with you - in your pockets - they'll come in handy because there are no bathrooms in the desert and frequently no toilet paper anywhere in Jordan.
Photo Equipment: Spare card for digital cameras, cable to connect your camera to a computer to transfer photos, blank CD's, spare batteries, a case to carry it all when hiking. Many tourists winding up taking hundreds of photos in Wadi Rum. A battery recharger is a very good idea.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Headlight is great for nightime use. A Flashlight will work too.
Knapsack for day hiking.
Cap or something to cover your head.
Miscellaneous: 1.5L bottle of water - anything that will keep the water cool, it warms up within a few hours.
I carry a small emergency kit in a zip lock bag - 2 tea candles, matches, lighter and foil sheet - no larger than a wallet.
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