I took a risk with what I wore to float in the Dead Sea while we were in Jordan. If you remember my blog post about the Dead Sea from when we were in Israel, you’ll know that wearing such a light-colored or brightly colored swimsuit is risky business!
The reason you wouldn’t want to wear a brightly colored swimsuit…or ya know, a red and white swimsuit, is because of the high salt content in the Dead Sea. It’s one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water with 33.7% salinity – on average, ocean water is only 3.5% salinity!
All of this salt can fade your new brightly colored swimsuit like nobody’s business. However, I was on a mission to prove that my other Esther Williams swimsuits could hold up to the oh-so-dangerous-to-swimsuits Dead Sea! And this one DIDN’T fade one bit. Both of my Esther Williams swimsuits survived the Dead Sea no problem!
*I’ve also done an entire post on why I love Esther Williams swimswear so much here + a bunch of different adventures I’ve worn them on! They are incredibly high-quality swimsuits! And no, I’m not sponsored by them. I just really like their swimwear!
Another reason, though, of why you wouldn’t want to wear a lightly colored swimsuit…is because you’re going to be slathering yourself in black mud.
However, I was super careful and didn’t get any of the mud on my swimsuit! That being said, when you come to the Dead Sea…it’s a better idea to wear a black or dark-colored swimsuit for this reason. That mud could have really have done a number!
At the Dead Sea Spa Resort in Jordan, they provided this lovely mud for us. But if you remember from my last Dead Sea post in Israel, we were actually scooping the stuff out of the bottom of the sea and slathering it on. It wasn’t as dark in color either – so, that’s why I was a little bolder in my swimsuit choice. (I thought I knew what I was doing!) The bottom of the sea here, though, was filled with little pebbles and no mud to speak of.
For this reason, it was also a good idea to wear flip flops. Those pebbles were hot and not terribly comfortable to be walking around on barefoot! My Hari Mari flip flops also held up remarkably well, despite the hell I’m sure all of the salt put them through!
As I mentioned in my last Jordan post too, it’s totally fine to wear whatever kind of swimsuit you are comfortable in when you are staying at a Dead Sea resort. I’m only wearing a one-piece because I happen to like vintage-inspired swimwear – not because you need to make an effort to dress modestly while floating in the Dead Sea! A bikini or Speedo is totally fine at the resorts here.
- However, if you’re venturing off your Dead Sea resort to do some exploring, them check out this post for an outfit idea for what to wear.
- And if you want to learn all of the Dos and Don’ts of floating in the Dead Sea, then check out this here blog post.
- You can also click here to see all of my blog posts about Jordan.
What swimsuit would you wear for the Dead Sea? Let me know in the comments!
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