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Ultimate Jordan Packing List: What to Pack for Jordan

If you are planning to travel to Jordan and wondering what clothes to wear, whether you are a man or a woman, then this ultimate Jordan packing list post is perfect for you.

It contains all the essential travel tips you need, from the appropriate clothing to pack for your trip to Jordan, to everything that should be on your packing list. I’ll share exactly what you should bring and how to stay stylish during your trip too!

A woman in a long white duster standing, looking out across a mountainous landscape in Jordan

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 while traveling since it’s a Middle Eastern country and quite dry and hot for the most part.

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.)

Woman wearing a polka dot maxi dress walking past ancient columns in Jordan

How Weather Affects Your Jordan Packing List

It’s important to consider the season when planning what to wear in Jordan, as extreme temperatures can be expected depending on the time of year. Jordan is generally dry, dusty, and characterized by desert land.

What to Wear in Jordan – March, April, and May

Visiting Jordan during the spring season is a great idea, particularly in March when the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy outdoor activities.

This time of the year is perfect for hiking, as temperatures range from 60s to 80s (18 – 28 C), with blooming wildflowers and lush landscapes.

If you plan to visit the Dead Sea and Aqaba, it is better to do so from February to April, as the weather is more suitable. However, May can be too hot for some outdoor activities, although we did travel during May and did just fine.

A woman sitting on a rock, wearing hiking pants and sneakers, looking over her shoulder at the Treasury in Petra

While packing, make sure to carry lightweight and warmer clothes, including a jacket for chilly evenings, so you can layer appropriately. Don’t forget to add comfortable walking or hiking shoes to your Jordan packing list.

What to Wear in Jordan – Summers

Summers in this region are known to be quite lengthy and scorching, with temperatures sometimes rising above 100°F (38°C).

The month of July is usually the hottest and windiest, which can be quite unpleasant when visiting popular tourist spots like Petra, where the sand is constantly whirling around.

If you’re planning to visit during the summer months, it is recommended that you pack light and breathable clothing in light colors to stay comfortable.

What to Wear in Jordan – September, October, and November

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Jordan, and you don’t want to miss it. September is cooler than August, but October is the ideal month to explore every corner of the country.

November is also an excellent time to visit the Dead Sea and Aqaba. During this season, days are still warm, but nights can get chilly, so it’s essential to pack layers, some warmer clothes, and maybe carry a light sweater.

Woman in black jacket photographs the Obelisk tomb in ancient Petra city in Jordan. The building is carved out of sandstone right into the rock. Theme of travel in Jordan.

From mid-October, you may experience mild rain, so it’s best to pack an umbrella or a waterproof jacket to stay prepared and comfortable.

What to Wear in Jordan – Winters

Without a doubt, January is the coldest and wettest month in Jordan, with more than 75% of the yearly rainfall happening during the winter season.

Amman can be windy and chilly, and it’s not uncommon for Petra and Wadi Rum to experience snow.

To stay comfortable, it is highly recommended that you bring warm coats, boots, and winter clothes.

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 in the Middle East.

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.

what to wear in Jordan

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!)

What to Wear for a Day of Exploring Madaba, Mount Nebo & the Dead Sea in Jordan

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.

Petra what to wear

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What to Wear in Jordan (For Men)

In Amman, Jordan, locals typically wear jeans with a button-up or polo shirt, and tourists can be seen sporting a range of outfits, including jeans, t-shirts, shirts, and jackets.

However, it is considered respectful for men to wear pants (not shorts) and shirts (not tank tops) when touring throughout Jordan. My husband wore his travel pants for the entire trip through Jordan and Egypt.

For men traveling to the area, it’s also recommended to pack shoes with good traction, a hat to shield from the sun, and a jacket for cooler evenings. My husband also liked having a neck gaiter, to shield from the sun and dust. (See his pic, below.)

With these essentials, you’ll be ready to take on all that Amman and the desert has to offer with confidence.

Zac wearing Helly Hansen hiking pants and red shirt, looking at Petra

What I Packed for 3 Days in Jordan – Complete Jordan Packing List

*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.

Also, we hiked to the Treasury in Petra, and did a little hiking while in Wadi Rum, but nothing crazy. We were totally fine wearing comfortable sneakers for this. However, if you’re doing more involved hiking, you will want to pack a decent pair of hiking shoes/boots – especially if you’re hiking around Petra (beyond just the Treasury).

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!)

Lindsey wearing a one piece striped bathing suit and flip flops standing in front of the Dead Sea

Here is exactly what I packed for clothing, and I’ll share each outfit with its corresponding post below.

Zac wearing a button down and hiking pants standing on stone stairs in Jordan

Here is what my husband packed (he’s a much lighter packer than me!):

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).”

So, yeah, I packed quite a bit! I did, however, wear all of this while in Jordan and also wore quite a bit of it while in Egypt too. I’ll list each outfit from Jordan, below.

Not pictured is the outfit I wore for the plane, which consisted of my hiking pants + one clean button-down shirt and my sneakers.

wadi rum what to wear

Toiletries I Packed (and a Few Other Things)…

Pro tip: Using travel pods can help reduce some of the space these items take up in your luggage!

  • My makeup (liquid foundationeyelinermascarapowder, etc.)
  • Shampoo & conditioner (I’m picky about this due to my thin hair)
  • Moroccan oil (for my hair)
  • Travel size Hairspray
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen!!! (Sun protection is so important! You can also carry a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves t-shit, or clothing with SPF technology)
  • Aloe (Needed this after the Dead Sea!)
  • Lip balm (the Dead Sea can also be pretty painful on cracked lips!)
  • Face moisturizer & face wash
  • Eye makeup remover 
  • Zit cream (my acne is the worst when traveling)
  • Perfume
  • Contact solution
  • Bandaids + Neosporin
  • Prescription medications
  • Other medicines, such as Advil, Pepto, Immodium, Tylenol PM, Benadryl, etc. (ended up needing ALL of it at one point or another on this trip.)
  • Straightener (Dual Voltage)
  • Outlet Adaptors (Jordan is Type C – like most of Europe)
  • Camera + lens
  • Flashlight or headlight (for when you’re in Wadi Rum and other camps)
  • Copy of passport and other travel document
  • Reusable water bottle (Staying hydrated is so important! Bringing a reusable water bottle will definitely help. Drinking water from the tap is safe here, but if you personally find the water too salty, you may want to buy bottled water instead)

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!

Read all my posts from Jordan to learn more.

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  1. I think you packed so well and layered and dressed so stylishly and modestly the whole time! I don’t think your list was excessive, as someone who likes to pack a lot of options when I travel too! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      So glad you liked the post, Mica! Thank you!

  2. Actually I had to laugh that this might seem excessive…..I always overpack. Because you just don’t know especially going to countries like this.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      You never know what you might need! Haha!

  3. Courtney Byers says:

    This packing guide is sooooo helpful! I never know what to pack when I travel, so thank you! That’s also good to know you don’t have to pack a hijab as a visiting woman.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Courtney! So happy you found the post helpful.

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