Wonders of Jordan and Petra Suggested Packing List

Pack Light and Right: Suggested Packing List for Jordan

We recommend packing as light as possible for your travels. This makes it easier and more enjoyable to move throughout the country, on and off our van, in and out of the the hotels, and in the Wadi Rum desert. Good, sturdy walking shoes, comfortable clothing that can breathe well in the heat, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are all musts for any of our trips as the sun can be intense in Jordan, especially the Petra and Wadi Rum. 

Below is a list of suggested items to bring – this is not a requirement. Rather this list is a starting point to help you determine what is right for you to pack on this trip. Any items that are essentially for this trip we identify with a (essential) after it. 

 Key Documents:  

  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond departure date and with more than 1 blank page) (essential) 
  • Copy of passport (we recommend making both a photo copy and also emailing yourself a scan of your passport’s main page) (essential) 
  • Airline Tickets (essential) 
  • Proof of traveler’s insurance (essential) 
  • A copy of the emergency contact numbers and hotel phone numbers. We send these details 30 days before the tour departure date. (essential)
  • Printed copy of your Jordan Pass (essential – this is your visa and entry to all sites. You MUST have a printed copy of this document)

Clothing: 

(The following items are only suggestions to help get you started thinking of ideas of what to pack.)  

  • Hiking or travel pants   
  • Jeans (best for evening wear since it’s so warm during the day)  
  • Skirt, dress, or slacks for dinner in the evening. (Dinners are not formal but some travelers like to wear slacks or a skirt or casual dress to dinner after a day of wearing travel clothes.)  
  • Light weight sweater or cardigan for evenings 
  • Loose fitting Yoga Pants or Capris pants if you prefer this length to long pants. 
  • Loose fitting long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirts. Longsleeve shirts are nice for the desert. 
  • Light jacket or fleece for evenings. Down jacket or synthetic insulated jacket also works well too. 
  • Socks.  
  • Under garments. 
  • Large scarf to wrap around your face and head in the desert in case we run into a sandstorm.
  • Pajamas 
  • Swim suit 
  • Sun hat/Hat for the desert.  

Note: Weather could range from the 70s-90s F during the day. Cotton, hiking and technical travel fabrics are best for this warm climate.  

Shoes:  

  • Sandals  
  • Hiking shoes or sturdy walking shoes. (We recommend closed toed shoes for walking through Petra, Wadi Rum and camel trek). (essential) 
  • Nice flats or sandals for evening dinners (Not required.  Some travelers like to wear this at night to dinners).
  • Sandals or flip flops can be nice to use at the pool in our hotels and for our dip in the Dead Sea

Hiking Around Petra: 

  • We recommend bringing a small day backpack to put water or a hydration bladder in.
  • This is a moderate hike with many, many breaks. There are some stairs so trekking poles can be useful.
  • Sturdy walking shoes (good running shoes are fine but you can also bringing hiking shoes if you prefer, though they are not necessary). Closed-toed shoes are important.
  • Hiking or active clothes are usually good because it’s often pretty warm in Petra and you will be doing some moderate hiking throughout the day (Temperatures 75-90F depending on when you are going).
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Camera

Staying in a Luxury Camp in Wadi Rum and Exploring Wadi Rum:

Note: You will have your suitcase with you in Wadi Rum.

  • We recommend bringing a small day backpack to put water or a hydration bladder in while we are camel trekking, driving around Wadi Rum in a 4x4Jeep or take short walks in the desert.
  • Sturdy walking shoes (good running shoes are fine but you can also bringing hiking shoes if you prefer, though they are not necessary). Closed-toed shoes are important.
  • Hiking or active clothes are usually good because it’s often pretty warm in Wadi Rum and very sunny.
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Warm fleece or down jacket for at night. Since it’s a desert temperatures can get chilly at night, usually into the 50s.
  • If you get cold easily may want to bring a light pair of clothes and a light had for a night.
  • Headlamp / flash light
  • Camera
  • Large scarf or neck buff to wrap around your mouth and nose in case there is a sandstorm. Not required but it’s nice to have.

Misc:  

  • Plenty of sunscreen (essential) 
  • Sunglasses (essential) 
  • Toiletries  
  • Watch or alarm clock if you do not use your phone as an alarm clock (essential) 
  • Small travel first aid kit  
  • Water bottle or hydration bag/water bladder  
  • Money belt  
  • Camera  
  • Reading and writing material  
  • Personal spending money – ATM Card and/or USD/ EUROS/Pounds  (essential) 
  • Power socket adapters – type C, D, F, G, J  (essential) 
  • Power bank to charge phone in the desert or if your phone might run out of battery during the day 
  • Travel pack of facial tissues 
  • Toilet Paper – It can be useful to have some TP in your day bag as many places outside of the hotel and restaurants will not provide TP or will not refill the TP 
  • Ear Plugs
  • Sleeping mask  
  • Travel sized hand sanitizer and baby wipes  
  • A few ziplock bags (they come in handy to store items in or put a wet swim suit in) 
  • Small backpack, rucksack, side bag for during the day (essential) 

Note: In Jordan the voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Most electronic devices have an adapter for the voltage and frequency built in, but check your devices before you depart.