What to wear in Jordan is one of the final things to consider once you plan the basics of your trip to Jordan. Packing for Jodan can be very simple. The climate is generally hot and dry during the day, and at night temperatures drop. During our time in Jordan, the weather was very comfortable and mild with warm days and cool evenings.
Jordan, although a Middle Eastern and predominantly Muslim country, is the most liberal in the region. Western fashions have become popular here, and the dress code is not as strict as other Middle Eastern countries. However, it’s still important to be respectful in conservative areas and religious sites.
Here’s our Jordan packing list with photos to prepare you for your first trip to Petra, the Dead Sea, the desert, and everywhere in between!
What to Wear in Jordan
And no I don’t mean cool shoes as in like “Cool shoe bro!” I mean get a pair of breathable shoes to walk around Jordan in comfortably. It can get really hot in Jordan and you don’t want your feet to be shoes that do not breathe.
I love the Nike Free Flyknit Shoes for their breathability in situations like this. There a are a bunch of other possibilities, but you can always bring a pair of running shoes that have some breathability. Check out more of my favorite travel shoes.
Sandals are key in Jordan, in particular, when on the coast or when you just want to to take a leisurely stroll. My Teva’s were perfect for walking around all day in Petra. They were comfortable enough to do a little hiking in but also kept my feet airy and cool.
We spent more time in our sandals then we did in close-toed shoes, but it all depends on the person and the season. See more of the best hiking sandals here.
Of course, you can easily go into sites like Petra and get around with sandals. However, there is some great hiking and trekking around Jordan and it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity because you weren’t prepared with proper footwear.
If you’re planning on spending two or three days in Petra to do some hiking then sturdy hiking shoes are best. They are also great for other religious and cultural sites you’ll want to be walking around. At the end of the day, most of the sites and activities in Jordan are desert/outdoor based so a nice pair of dress shoes is not necessary.
Jordan is a conservative country and everyone should be respectful and keep the legs covered up when possible. I walked around almost every day in one of my many pairs of Harem pants. If it were acceptable to wear these in any country in any situation then I totally would. So comfortable and lightweight!
My favorite Harem pants come from prAna. These Mantra pants are lightweight, made out of hemp, and heavy duty. Men should also wear long pants and Cameron love’s prAna’s Vaha Pant. They are in most of the photos in this post!
I have to admit that Jordan is one of the dirtiest countries I have traveled in recently. That’s why I do like to wear pants that won’t drag on the ground all the time. Harem or loose pants are fantastic, but if you want pants where the bottom won’t get filthy try these. I wear them all over when I want the comfort of Harem pants but don’t want to get them dirty from the streets.
A Scarf or Shawl
While we are on the subject of being modest, you should throw a scarf or shawl into your suitcase for Jordan.
They are always good to have when you need to cover your head before walking into a Mosque. I also like wearing scarves around my head while just walking around. As a blonde, I can get a lot of unwanted attention and a scarf helps with that. They’re also valuable in protection from the harsh sun.
Just throwing this into your bag is going to make packing for Jordan a breeze. A Shemagh is the perfect travel accessory for both the men and the women travelers out there.
This can be worn for just about anything. It can provide warmth, protect your face from the elements, and even double as an eye mask. The shemagh has tons of different uses. Key for desert travel as that is it’s intended purpose as it originated in the region!
I’ve touched on what would be great to wear for the bottom half of the body, but what about the top? A tunic is a great lightweight option to wear around Jordan. It will keep you cool yet remain conservative. I wore one all around my scorching hot day in Petra and it was amazing.
If you are planning on taking a trip the Wadi Rum desert then you may want a jacket to keep warm at night.
This is essential and if you caught without one…well it could be a bad night. I know it’s the desert, but believe me when I say the temperature can plummet at night. We always recommend you throw in a great packable down jacket when traveling. They’re lightweight, fit in your luggage, and can provide warmth in a pinch.
If you don’t want to bring a full jacket to the desert then at least bring something warm! Nights and mornings can be chilly in the desert -especially in Wadi Rum. The desert in wintertime can drop to around freezing and with no humidity in the air, it’s brutally cold.
The photo below was taken at sunrise and yes the jacket was very much needed. Here are a few fleece jacket reviews.
I can’t tell you how hot and sticky it got on some of our Jordan days. If I had a regular bra on it would have become gross before in our first hour at Petra. Bring some quick dry sports bras to wear around as they will be much more comfortable on hot days. Handful makes great sports bras that are cute and provide great support.
Just because you’re in a Muslim country doesn’t mean you can’t wear a bathing suit for when you are at a beach resort in Aqaba or the Dead Sea. I would recommend bringing a few different ones.
An old one that you don’t care much about is ideal for the Dead Sea as the dark minerals can really stain and ruin a bathing suit. Seriously, we both wore an old one and threw it away after.
If you’re heading to such a beautiful country you’ll need a camera to capture it all. We travel with a few different cameras for travel blogging. However, I would suggest investing in at least a decent point and shoot if you are passionate about photography. We personally have the Sony RX100V and the Fuji X-T3and love their picture quality.
Also, drone laws in Jordan are pretty lax and seeing it from the air can be mesmerizing. The photo below was taken at sunset in Wadi Rum with our Mavic Air.
I wanted to put a tripod in its own separate category because nighttime photos in Jordan can be Nat Geo worthy. The first time we went to the desert in Morocco we wanted to capture the dunes and the stars. However we didn’t have a tripod – so the photo was less than mediocre.
We made sure to have our travel tripod on us when we went to Wadi Rum this time around and the photos came out amazing. So, if your plan is to get into nighttime photography it’s good to invest in a tripod. It will be good for future trips too!
While I love having a good real book when I travel sometimes it’s just not practical because of the weight. I’ve recently switched to a Kindle Paperwhite which is small and compact, plus it has a backlight for reading at night without a harsh glare. I used this a lot in the Bedouin camps at night since there was no WiFi to work on.
You’ll find that Jodan uses both the Europlug and British three prong plug. Make sure you find a good adapter like the one I have to keep you charged. Otherwise, you may be paying for a cheap one once you land.
I like to bring my special all natural deodorant with me when I travel since it can be really hard to find abroad. You will need deodorant for Jordan – trust me! If you use specialty products make sure to bring it; however, generic roll-on sticks can be found at pharmacies around the country.
Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier
I love the design of this travel water bottle! Like the Lifestraw Go this bottle also features a filter. However, the filter design is entirely different than the Lifestraw. Most important is that this water bottle system purifies water vs. filters which removes viruses and virtually removes all threat of waterborne illnesses.
The design is sleek and innovative. The futuristic bottle filters water similar to a french press. It’s a genius bottle. It allows for sediment to sit at the bottom and filters the water in one go. The result is a water bottle that has a wide mouth top and can filter our bacteria and heavy metals. It beats the Lifestraw Go in every category for us, but the price.
It’s the perfect water bottle for those spending a significant amount of time in developing nations with questionable water supplies. We love filtered water bottles because they save space in our daypacks when we’re on a hike.
Take note, this is the most expensive water bottle on this list, and it may make consumers think twice about purchasing. However, as avid travelers who’ve spent more than our fair share of time in developing nations the Grayl Filtration Cup is our choice for the best travel water bottle.
There is a lot of sunshine in Jordan and you’ll need sunglasses to protect your eyes. We’ve had our Smith Chromapop sunglasses for a while now and can’t recommend them enough. The Chromopop lens technology is like seeing the world with a fresh set of our eyes.
They enhance contrast, reduce glare, and reflection for superb vision while driving, walking around town, or out on the water. We also love the style of the glasses for anyone who likes to live an active lifestyle. The only ding against these are the lightweight polymer used to construct the glasses leaves them feeling slightly cheap for a premium sunglass pair.
Protect the skin and use sunscreen, always. Our favorite to use is Bare Republic Sunscreen because it’s eco-friendly and water resistant. However, it’s a bit pasty and takes some work to rub in to the skin.
DaypackOur daypack was extremely useful every day in Jordan. You’ll need something to stash your photography gear, hand sanitizers, papers, phones, and anything else that you need for a full day out when traveling. Check out our favorite day packs here.
If you’re still wondering what to wear in Jordan hat is never a bad idea. Good for the sunny days you’ll be having.
Head TorchA head torch is always in our suitcase as we never know when we will need it. It’s come in handy more than a few times. Especially in Jordan when we were walking to and from the bathroom in the Wadi Rum desert at night!
Plan Your Trip to Jordan:
It’s a little tough to use Airbnb in Jordan. However, there are still a number of listings around the major tourist sites especially in Wadi Rum. Check out some tips and read more about getting an Airbnb coupon code here. Or just take this coupon for your first stay!
- Car Rental:
- Travel Insurance:
We never travel without travel insurance with World Nomads. World Nomads offers incredible flexible and great plans!
- Consider a tour:
Although we traveled Jordan in a rental car a tour may be a good option for you. Tours can be good when you don’t want to think about anything and have it all done for you! Like this two day one to Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea!
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