Wondering what to pack for a trip to Jordan as a stylish woman? This post is breaking down how to dress in this fascinating country from the Dead Sea to Petra & more. I’m also sharing some of my packing tips for this trip & outfits!
Packing for a trip to Jordan can seem to be a bit daunting if you’re a woman, especially if you’re a woman who likes to look stylish whilst traveling. This post is here to help! I’m all for wearing my comfy hiking clothes while traveling…but sometimes, I do like to be a bit dressier! I’ll offer my packing tips for Jordan from Petra to the Dead Sea and more + a rundown of everything I wore/brought along on this trip. (I was in Jordan for 3 days on this adventure.)
How to Dress as a Woman in Jordan
When packing for a trip to Jordan as a woman it’s important to remember that Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country. Therefore, try to err on the side of conservative when you pack your suitcase for this trip. It’s considered respectful to dress more modestly – which means your shoulders, cleavage, and knees should be covered, and avoiding tight, clingy clothing is also a nice gesture.
Now, it’s not the end of the world if don’t follow these guidelines to a T…it’s just not considered respectful to many of the people in this lovely country. It also might get you some unwanted attention (especially if you’re traveling solo) if you aren’t dressed modestly. You’ll notice in many of the highly touristic areas (Petra, Dead Sea, etc.), though, that many people are not following these guidelines.
It is not necessary to wear a hijab in Jordan. You’ll see some of the local women will be wearing them, but it is not expected for women who are touring to wear them. (Unless you want to, of course!)
Dress in Layers
We had visited in early May, and Jordan was usually quite cool in the morning and evening and then quite hot during the day. The temps will vary, of course, depending on the time of year you visit. However, I think many people are under the impression that it is ALWAYS hot in Jordan – and this is most definitely not true. Jordan can get rather chilly! Especially if you’re spending any time in the desert (it can get COLD at night). Packing layers that you can easily stuff into your bag as it heats up throughout the day, is a good idea.
What I Packed for 3 Days in Jordan
*A good rule of thumb: Pack one change of clothing per day, and also have 1 or 2 additional outfits along that you can change into at night, after you’ve showered.
I had 3 full days in Jordan. I’m also a dress person and a style blogger! So, this packing list will consist of a couple of outfits that may seem a bit excessive to some.
And, if you’re only packing a carry-on bag, this packing list might be a tight squeeze for you. Sorry. Only packing a carry-on rarely happens around here. (I also was traveling in Egypt prior to this, and did re-wear some of these outfits!)
Here is exactly what I packed for clothing, and I’ll share each outfit with its corresponding post below.
- 2 maxi dresses
- 1 long duster/kimono (whatever they’re called!)
- 1 pair of hiking pants
- 1 blouse
- 2 lightweight-silk scarves
- 2 lightweight, breathable button-up shirts (BEST investment ever)
- 2 camis
- 1 pair of comfortable sandals
- 1 pair of flip-flops (for the Dead Sea)
- 1 pair of sneakers (hiking boots would have been a better idea for Petra, though!)
- 1 hat
- 1 watch + earrings + bracelet
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 satchel
- 1 camera backpack (my carryon)
- 1 pair of jammies
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 travel jacket
Another Packing Essential – Use a VPN When Traveling to Jordan
VPN is short for “virtual private network.” A VPN (like IPVanish) sets up a private connection between your device and whatever network you are connected to – so, no one can see your browsing data. It is important to use a VPN anytime you are connected to public Wifi (such as at a restaurant, resort, hotel, cafe, airport, etc.). This is because when you connect to a public network no matter where you are, you run the risk of a hacker grabbing your unencrypted data. Trust me, speaking from experience here…this can put a real damper on your trip if your banking, phone or email get hacked while you’re traveling in Jordan!
VPNs can also help you save on flights within Jordan, help you watch Netflix shows not available in certain countries and more! You can read more about using a VPN in my post “Why I Use a VPN When Traveling and at Home (And You Should Too).”
- Click here to download IPVanish VPN.
Toiletries I Packed (and a Few Other Things)…
- My makeup (liquid foundation, eyeliner, mascara, powder, etc.)
- Shampoo & conditioner (I’m picky about this due to my thin hair)
- Moroccan oil (for my hair)
- Deodorant (Good grief did I need this! Haha)
- Sunscreen!!! (So important)
- Aloe (Needed this after the Dead Sea!)
- Face moisturizer & face wash
- Eye makeup remover
- Zit cream (my acne is the worst when traveling)
- Contact solution
- Bandaids + Neosporin
- Medicines, such as Advil, Pepto, Immodium, Tylenol PM, Benadryl, etc. (ended up needing ALL of it at one point or another on this trip.)
- Travel Steamer
- Straightener (Dual Voltage)
- Outlet Adaptors (Jordan is Type C – like most of Europe)
- Camera + lens
I always go overboard on toiletries! This is also why I check a bag – there isn’t any way that’s all coming in a carryon bag with me. (There’s no changing me at this point!)
The majority of women would be able to pack half of this stuff and be OK – but, I’m being honest with what I all packed and used for this trip to Jordan. If you have any questions at all, fire away in the comments below!
*Click here to see all of my posts from Jordan.
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