The definitive packing guide for travelling in Jordan
Jordan is hot by nature and conservative by inclination. Its capital Amman is a world away from the new-money glitz of Dubai or Abu Dhabi, but it’s still got a great cosmopolitan vibe, with trendy cafes and art galleries popping up on the palm-studded boulevard of the aptly named Rainbow Street.
People packing for a Jordan adventure have to be prepared for all conditions – burning sands, bustling souks and salty seas – and women in particular need to be aware of a few dos and don’ts when it comes to respecting local Sunni dress codes.
So we thought we’d take the guesswork out of things with our definitive Jordan packing guide*
* As definitive as we can be. We still have no idea how to fold a shirt properly or how to ward off the strange voodoo which causes socks to disappear.
- Wide-brimmed hat: you may look like a dork, but it’s better than frying your head under the desert sun.
- Sunglasses and sunscreen: for obvious reasons.
- Lightweight linen pants: for the sake of religious modesty, short shorts are a no no. Pack a light, breathable pair of pants instead (white is good for reflecting the heat).
- A lightweight jumper/sweater: the nights in Wadi Rum can get pretty cold. Pack a couple of lightweight layering options.
- Non-leather shoes: the desert air and sand will destroy most leather after a while. Consider something more lightweight, open-toed and breathable.
- T-shirts: t-shirts are acceptable, tank or halter tops not so much. The longer the sleeves the better.
- Chapstick and Vaseline: the Dead Sea’s minerals are great for the skin, but they can dry it out in seconds. Some sort of moisturiser is essential.
- Water purification tablets: water in the major cities is usually fine, but these will come in handy as you move through rural communities.
- Wrap or headscarf: more for sun protection than modesty reasons.
- Mosquito coil: consider a natural sandlewood incense coil to ward off mosquitos and other bitey things.
- Gloves and warm socks: temperatures can plummet in the desert at night. You’ll be glad you brought these.
Nice to have
- Camp headlight: good for finding the bathroom in Wadi Rum at night.
- Tripod: almost an essential for photographers keen to capture some killer desert stars.
- Insulated water bottle: avoid buying bottled water (it’s bad for the environment). A well-made insulated model will keep you hydration nice and cool.
- Earplugs: if you’re a light sleeper, earplugs are a good way to block out nearby mosques’ regular calls to prayer.
- Pocket air blower: great for keeping sand particles out of your digital camera.
This packing list first appeared on IntrepidTravel.com