Lighter, Looser and Less!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jordan is hot-hotter than hot and arid! If you are from a more temperate part of the world, like me, then you will be unprepared for temperatures which can easily climb to a nearly unbearable level during the heat of the day. Loose fitting garments of lightly woven and lightweight 100% natural fibers (linen or cotton) will be most comfortable. Women (Americans, listen up!) should consider packing baggy loose fitting "drawstring" trousers or full cut mid calf length skirts. This has nothing do with modesty and everything to do with comfort. A wide brimmed white or woven "Panama" style hat is an absolute must. If you plan to do any walking, then leave your thong style "flip flops" at home or save them for wearing around the hotel pool. Pack "sensible" sandals with thick cushioned soles and sturdy straps which can be adjusted easily. The dry desert air is extremely destructive to leather. Shoes constructed of man made materials are better suited for a desert climate.Related to:
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Lip Balm/Vaseline and Wide Angle lens
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are planning to swim in the Dead Sea, bring Lip Balm and/or Vaseline. The 8x mineral concentration is amazing therefore lips and raw skin get uncomfortable in seconds.
Photo Equipment: Wide angle lens. Most sights are well positioned for wide angle shots. Especially Petra.
Women concerns on how to dress
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As a woman, I was really concerned about how to dress. You can wear short sleeves and capri pants. I did it and it was fine. I even saw ladies showing of more.. probably on westernized places like Champions or Trader Vics. As I have visisted other middle eastern places, I found Jordan a very relaxing place for women. No pressure about how you look. You dont have to cover your hair to go around in town.
If you like Polos.. I think they are fine for you.
You can stick to capris, jeans, pants,long skirts, sneackers or tennis shoes, flip flops if they are comfortable for you to walk. Remember to take some cotton or fresh fabric clothing, because even though is not as humid as other places, then sun hits really hard.
I would say no to sleeveless.. but I saw some ladies like this in Petra. BUT I didnt and wouldnt do it.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hats! and hats!
Don't Bug Me!
Miscellaneous: I travel to many third world and tropical countries where polluted and stagnant waters are abundant. Several of the hostels I stay in make me question my safety from bedbugs so I pack "Bug Off!" mosquito coils made for wearing on wrists but I wear them on my ankles over my socks to ward off mosquitos and black flies. They keep away gnats and most other flying pests. These coils are great left in my duffle to keep creepy crawlies out too. I also carry "Off!" towelettes and use them after showering to deter all biting insects. Most sprays & liquids aren't allowed on board flights any longer and these two products save me time and trouble with connecting and transiting flights when I don't have time to check my bag.Related to:
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What to Bring
Luggage and bags: Knapsack - day use for hiking, beach, snorkelling, diving, touring or shopping. Store your money, passport, water bottle, snacks, maps, etc. in it while you're touring.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking / Climbing / Walking sandals - the temp. can rise to 40C during the day, closed shoes can get hot! If you're climbing or scrambling in Wadi Rum, make sure you have footwear that doesn't slip. The combo of sand on rock is wicked. Petra and Jerash are huge, make sure your footwear is already broken in, or you'll have blisters. You may have them anyway by the end of day.
Aqaba: Water sandals or boots, you're stepping on coral and poisonious water species. The beaches are a combo of hard broken rocks and sand.
Leave your heels at home with the mini skirts, halter tops and short shorts.
Bring a wrap to cover up at the beach. They are great to relax in at night, and double as a shoulder covering or head scarf.
Pants with pockets work best, tees, cotton shirts and a fleece warm up for nights. The desert gets cold at night.
Leave your suits and dress loafers at home. The sand dust in Jordan will kill them. Everyone dresses casually here - smart casual is good enough even for the best of restuarants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen
Wet ones or Facial Wipes - there are no bathrooms in the desert.
Pre-soaked cotton pads - tea tree oil is great for scrapes and cuts, as well as cleaning your face and hands.
Kleenex - even if you find a bathroom, good luck and don't rely on toilet paper being there.
Something to ward off the evil: Flies! Flies!! and more Flies!! and Mosquitos! ( I don't bother)
Imodium is readily available in pharmacies, however you might want to carry some so you don't have to go looking for it, likewise with headache tablets.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera, spare card, PC cable, spare rechargeable batteries, battery recharger, case.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Head Light - great in Wadi Rum and hiking Sinai at night.
Sleeping mats and blankets are supplied in Wadi Rum. Some hotels let you sleep on the roof, if you have your own gear it will be cheaper, but is it worth carrying?
Miscellaneous: Bring your mask and snorkel - leave the fins at home.
Water bottle that keeps your water cool.
Cap to protect your head from the sun.
Zip lock bags - for wet swim suits, dirty underwear, and to keep an item clean.Related to:
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Earplugs and good walking shoes!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking/trekking shoes are an absolute must, anytime of the year!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Earplugs are very much needed as you'll very often find yourself sleeping near one or several mosques, and that means hearing the moezzin (call to prayer) over loudspeakers several times per day, but most annoyingly around 5am...Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Appropriate Attire in an Arab Country
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.
Roughguide to Jordan
Miscellaneous: I strongly recommend that you purchase a Roughguide to Jordan by Matthew Teller to take with you on your trip in addition to the advice you get from VT. It is extremely helpful with plenty of informative tips and advice. Don't leave home without it, is my advice.
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Clothes for the summer
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The summer is hot, of course, but you are still likely to need a sweater somewhere along the way. The desert might go down to 15°C even in August, and this is a bit on the chilly side for sitting and talking around the campfire.
Keep the jeans for the winter, in the summer light chinos are better. On the whole I advise both men and women to leave any shorts at home, in the street they will not be appreciated by the locals. Loose clothing is cooler than tight, covering up against the sun is cooler than exposing a lot of flesh!
Except of course for the beach, and to a lesser extent for the main tourist sites (EXCLUDING Wadi Rum!), women will probably be happiest in calf length skirts or in loose trousers. Tee shirts are perfectly acceptable, tank or halter tops aren't a good idea. The more you show, the more you are going to get looked over, and NOT in any nice way. Calf length skirts and loose trousers are the way to go.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Footware : I always suggest trekking sandals except in the dead of winter. They are more versatile than hiking boots, and stand up to harder going that the trainers or "boat shoes" that most people seem to wear. (If you haven't been wearing sandals much lately, bring along some socks and carry a pair in your "day bag" in case of sunburn). They can be worn on the beach or in a boat, which can't be said of hiking boots. In the desert I go on the principle that I am going to be getting sand in my shoes anyway, I might as well have an easy way of getting it out.
Miscellaneous: See also the tip on Clothes to bring in the winter, they include several things that are also useful in the summer
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Clothes to bring to Jordan in the winter
Luggage and bags: I advise you to dress in layers, a jacket over a pullover, over a sweatshirt, over a tee shirt: like this you can peel off as much as you want to. Remember that walking in the sun, and sitting in the shade are quite different, and don't leave a pullover/sweater at the hotel just because the sun is shining and the sky is blue. You may well appreciate a pair of gloves for visiting Petra! Almost certainly the desert temperature will go down close to freezing point at night, quite probably beyond, possibly well beyond! A difference of 20 or even 25°C between daytime and nightime temperature is quite normal in Jordan.
You might well find a tracksuit useful, the jacket can be used separately, and could replace the sweatshirt/light sweater.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Footware : I always suggest trekking sandals except in the dead of winter. They are more versatile than hiking boots, and stand up to harder going that the trainers or "boat shoes" that most people seem to wear. (If you haven't been wearing sandals much lately, bring along some socks and carry a pair in your "day bag" in case of sunburn). They can be worn on the beach or in a boat, which can't be said of hiking boots. In the desert I go on the principle that I am going to be getting sand in my shoes anyway, I might as well have an easy way of getting it out.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach clothes : I assume you will be using the private beaches, in which case you can bring ordinary bathing suits, or bikinis as you like. Monokinis for women aren't recommended - see above about getting looked over!
Both men and women might like to remember that you will probably be sitting on the ground and/or boulders quite a lot, don't bring any clothes that won't do that without problem. In fact, dust coloured clothes might be preferable, but a bit dull, I agree. Remember too that you will probably be sleeping in your clothes in Wadi Rum, and who knows where else, if you decide to catch a nap midday....
Miscellaneous: You absolutely need a good pocket lamp, and earplugs against the early call to prayers.
You also need a rucksack or shoulder bag for carrying things around like camera, sweater, water bottle, guide book, sunscreen, etc etc.
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Pack a scarf or shawl
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ladies, respect the muslim religion if entering religious buildings . wear a scarf over your head and do not wear shorts, sleeveless vests or anything revealing.
Its also a sad fact of life that some of the muslim men can be a bit 'lechy'
Photo Equipment: if you are in Wadi Rum bring an air puffer to get sand out of your camera so that it does'nt jam.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't forget a head torch if you are camping in Wadi Rum. Its pretty dark out there at night and a noctural trip to the loo is not fun in the pitch black.
Not to Worry!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy shoes you will be doing a lot of walking in Petra & Wadi Rum particularly. A hat to shade you from the sun. Long skirts & trousers
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I found pretty much everything I needed & forgotten to pack there.Related to:
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what you should not forget
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Keep it simple, and keep it modest. Bring a head-cover in case you visit a mosque
Photo Equipment: Strictly necessary: bring at least 1 roll of film a day. Everything is so beautiful, you'll keep clicking - but films, in small centres, are not always easy to find
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: a swimsuit for the Dead Sea and eventually a towel, but this you can rent it. What else? Well, comfortable shoes are a must, especially for Petra.
Miscellaneous: If you're visiting someone, ask them. Some western goods cost as much as gold in Jordan and very little everywhere else. In my case it was nutella and grana padano cheese
Miscellaneous: A compass is an invaluable instrument. If you are walking down a street and feel like you are getting lost then it is pretty easy and discete to pull out your compass and verify that you are at least going the right direction. Then when you get a chance you can duck into a store or building and pull out your map and verify where you are.
I now regularly carry a GPS with me. Provided you mark waypoints, you always know where you are and the relative distance to your waypoints. Often before a trip I will
visit online waypoint databases to download key waypoints to where I will travel and once there I will regularly enter waypoints for landmarks that I pass. The GPS can also be used discretely since it is about the same size as a cellular/mobile phone. The only drawback to GPS units is that you need a good initial signal fix (hard to do with lots of tall buildings around) and that to use a GPS compass you need to be moving. Therefore I usually carry the regular compass in a pocket and pull the GPS out of my daypack if I'm feeling really lost or need to mark a waypoint.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: To walk around in the desert or even at the city of Petra,always wear good hiking shoes.The soil is sandy or rocky and with ordinary foot-wear you will hurt your feet after a day's walking.
Photo Equipment: Use a good UV filter at your camera.The sun is ruthless.
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