What to Wear in Jordan : Complete Female Packing List

By on Published: February 3, 2020 | Last Updated: September 7, 2020 in JORDAN, Middle East, Travel Gear & Packing with 0 Comments

What to Wear in Jordan

Enter the dry, dusty country of Jordan, home to one of the seven wonders of the world, captivating deserts, the saltiest sea in the world and a mass of ancient ruins.

This country sure does pack a lot into its tiny borders and it’s no surprise therefore it’s a destination many dream of visiting.

When it comes to knowing what to wear in Jordan however, it can be a tricky business, especially for women.

As an Islamic country, knowing what is and isn’t acceptable to wear clothes-wise can be something of a dilemma.

How conservative is the country? Do I need to wear a headscarf? and How cold does it get? are just some of the questions I often get asked.

And my answer, fear not!

For while Jordan is a conservative Muslim country, it does not practice Sharia law and locals here are very welcoming and friendly, making it a great introduction to travelling in this part of the world.

That’s not, however, to say you can abandon all cultural sensitivity, as there are certainly some rules to be aware of when packing for a trip here.

But I’ve been, I’ve enjoyed and I’ve perfected my packing for this Middle Eastern country, so you needn’t worry!

Just read on to learn everything I advise bringing (and the things I don’t) with you in your luggage for an amazing trip to Jordan.


Related Posts

This page contains affiliate links meaning Big World Small Pockets may receive a small commission on any purchases at no extra cost to you.


Female Travellers : What to Wear in Jordan

Jordan, Kings Highway, Me

The general rule for female travellers when it comes to what to wear in Jordan is… layers!

The changes in temperatures across the country and its seasons, make thin layers, which can easily be taken on and off, the best option here.

The other thing to remember is the Islamic culture in Jordan.

While no way near as conservative as other countries I’ve visited such as Sudan, Jordan is not as liberal as parts of Lebanon or Turkey.

Lying somewhere in the middle, female travellers in Jordan do not have to cover their heads (as most local women do) but I’d certainly advise only packing clothes that extend below the knee and that cover the shoulders or cleavage.

Having your arms exposed is ok (as long as your shoulders and chest are covered) but you may still feel more comfortable with forearms covered too.

Sarongs or thin scarves are a great option when travelling in Jordan as they are so versatile, compact and light.

Sunglasses, a good sunhat and a reliable day pack are also top items.

Evening wear certainly isn’t a must here – as a largely alcohol-free country (although it’s not illegal, few people here drink it and it’s very expensive) you’re unlikely to be going out or needing many smart clothes, so that’s one thing you don’t have to worry about.

Ditto heavy make-up, which is not common here and will be a nightmare in the heat.

In terms of shoes, when it comes to what to wear in Jordan, I really do think you can limit yourself to 2 pairs – 1 comfy trainers / runners that can be used for any hikes, active days or long sightseeing trips and 1 pair of good support sandals like Birkenstocks.

In my opinion, pumps, dress sandals, evening footwear or anything with a heel, are definitely not required when travelling in this country.

For more specific ideas for exactly what to wear in Jordan, check out my packing checklist below.

You can also download your own copy by entering your details in the subscription box below …

 

Download your FREE Check List!
Complete Female Packing Guide for the Middle East

Just enter your email address below and I'll send it to you for FREE!

Information will be sent to the email provided above

 

Clothes

Jordan, Petra, Me at Treasury

1x Thin Rain Windproof Jacket

While Jordan is certainly warm for most of the year, during the autumn / winter months it can get a bit fresh here, even in the capital Amman.

As such, I definitely advise bringing a thin rain jacket with you, ideally one that is windproof as this will come in handy at any time of the year in the desert area of Wadi Rum and in Petra when it can be pretty chilly and blustery at night.

Something compact but practical when it comes to rain jackets is best when considering what to wear in Jordan and this North Face Venture 2 is perfect for the job, especially as it comes in black meaning it goes with anything!

 

1x Thick Hoodie / Sweater

Ditto the 1 thin sweater or hoodie when it comes to keeping warm in those desert regions of Jordan.

Here, temperatures can drop at night at any time of the year and if you’re heading to Wadi Rum especially, camping out there at night can call for some thick layers!

A thermal travel fleece like this one from Columbia would be a great lightweight solution.

 

3x Cotton Long-Sleeved Top

Jordan is a conservative country and while women travellers aren’t expected to wear a headscarf (it’s not conservative) I’d definitely advise at least taking a few tops that cover your arms.

I did occasionally wear T-shirts when I was travelling here, especially in the more touristy areas such as the coast, but generally always felt more comfortable with longer-sleeved tops in city and town areas.

Longer-sleeved tops are a must if visiting any religious buildings.

Given the warm climate in most parts of Jordan, thin layers are best and cotton (or other natural fibres) are a great way to go if you want to stay cool and sweat-free.

Make sure none of these tops expose your cleavage or stomach or are too tight-fitting.

 

5x Singlets / T-Shirts

Choose a range of colours and styles that match the trousers you’ve selected, including more T-shirts which cover your shoulders and your cleavage.

Generally, I didn’t feel comfortable wearing sleeveless singlets in Jordan except under a longer-sleeved top as an extra layer.

5 singlets or T-shirts is a good number if you’re travelling in Jordan for 5 to 10 days as most people are.

 

1-2x Pair Leggings

One of my travel essentials, especially ideal when you’re exploring the beautiful nature of Jordan, such as hiking around Petra or in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Leggings are also good for female travellers in the Middle East because they can be worn under a casual dress, which is a great option when sightseeing or to wear on any bus rides.

A thin, black pair of bamboo leggings will easily match most things and keep you cool.

I can’t get enough of mine!

 

3x Jeans / Trousers

While T-shirts may be ok to wear in Jordan, I certainly didn’t feel comfortable wearing anything above the knee and, as such certainly recommend bringing 2-3 pairs of trousers when considering what to wear in Jordan.

I’d suggest 1 pair of jeans for the evening and 2 other pairs of more loose-fitting trousers for the day.

Steer clear of skinny jeans or anything thick or heavy.

 

1x Summer Dress / Tunic

A great item if you choose to go to the coastal area of Aqaba in Jordan, I suggest packing 1 thin, knee-length dress for your travels in Jordan because it can be worn over the leggings I recommend above.

 

1-2x Sarongs

You should never travel anywhere without a sarong in my opinion, especially as they are so light and versatile.

Perfect for using as a beach towel in Aqaba or the Dead Sea, a scarf in the desert, or a headwrap if entering any religious buildings … the list goes on.

Check out my post about the 20 reasons why you should always take a sarong travelling for more ideas about why a sarong is certainly on my list of what to wear in Jordan.

Consider bringing 2 sarongs if you have the space, or swapping 1 out for a scarf that can be worn around the neck or on the head to cover your hair.

 

7x Pairs Underwear

Small and compact, 7 pairs of underwear is a good number if you’re thinking about what to wear in Jordan and want to save on washing duties during your trip!

 

2x Bras + 1x Sports Bra

I’d advise a sports bra for any hiking you may be doing or more active days on safari in Wadi Rum or Petra.

 

1x Bikini / Swimwear

Well you need something to enjoy while diving in Aqaba or floating on the Dead Sea!

 

5x Pairs Socks

2x normal length pairs for outdoors stuff, 3x ankle-length pairs for city / sightseeing days.

 

Nightwear

You can always double up on your daywear here to save room if needs be!

See, those leggings come into their own again!

 

1x Sun Hat

Whether you want to bring a cap or a floppy, large number, the choice is yours.

Just make sure you bring a sun hat of some description because walking all day in cities or ruins in Jordan’s heat can be tough!

This black cap from Nike makes for a good, versatile choice for thinking about what to wear in Jordan.

If you’re visiting this country during the cooler months, then a warm hat for early morning visits to Petra or for any camping would be advised too.

 

READ MORE: Top Tips for Visiting Petra on a Budget

 

Shoes

Jordan, Dead Sea, Me Floating

1x Pair Trainers / Runners

Versatile, comfortable and essential if you want to see all the sights in this epic country.

I highly recommend New Balance who create stylish city runners that you can still wear when doing your outdoors stuff too.

 

1x Pair Sandals

Personally I love my Arizona Birkenstocks, which I basically lived in during my time in Jordan.

The support they offer means you can sightsee to your heart’s content in them and never get sore soles.

 

READ MORE: The Best Jordan Itinerary

 

Toiletries

Jordan, Wadi Rum, Safari Tour

1x Thin Toiletries Bag

To hook or not to hook, that is the question!

Either way, just make sure it is light and thin.

This one is a great, cheap option.

 

1x Shampoo & Conditioner

I also go for shampoo and conditioner bars when I travel to save the plastic and keep the space down!

Although they are a bit pricey, they last for ages and are better for the environment.

Say goodbye to mid-travel spillages and bulky bottles people, this is the future!

 

1x Deodorant

I always pack a natural crystal deodorant as they last forever (great if you’re travelling for a few months) and are free from many nasty chemicals.

 

1x Anti-Bacterial Soap

Keep in a ziplock bag to prevent from getting soap slime on everything you own!

I suggest an anti-bacterial bar as they are great for keeping you clean in warmer climates where you’re likely to be sweating a bit!

 

1x Face Cleanser, Toner & Moisturiser

Great for bringing your skin back to life after days in the desert!

 

1x Body Moisturiser

The climate in Jordan is unbelievable dry, so slap the moisturiser on like no tomorrow!

 

1x Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss
1x Razor & Spare Blades
1x Nail Scissors & Nail File
1x Tweezers
Cotton Buds / Pads
Hair Bands
Glasses / Contact Lenses if you wear them

 

READ MORE: Top Things to Do in Amman, Jordan

 

Medical

Jordan, Petra, Old Man

1x Natural Sunscreen

Choose a 30 SPF or higher for those super-strong summer rays in Jordan and go natural if you can to keep the chemicals out of your skin.

 

1x Aloe Vera

This doubles as a great moisturiser, soother and aftersun.

 

1x SPF Lip Salve

Very important for those UV conditions and dry, desert conditions.

Burt Bees are always my go-to as they never dry out my lips.

 

1x Tiger Balm

An ideal remedy for headaches, sore muscles and insect bites, tiger balm is super versatile.

 

1x Tea-Tree Essential Oil

A powerful antiseptic, anti-mould, anti-fungal treatment.

Also great to throw in a few drops with your washing and ideal for freshening up smelly bags / laundry etc.

Get an organic tea-tree oil if you can.

 

1x Eye Mask & Earplugs

Key for sleeping in hostels or on buses.

This eye mask from Alaska Bear is super comfy.

 

1x Box Paracetamol, 1x Anti-Septic Cream & 1x Box Band-Aids

The only medicine you need to take!

There’s so many pharmacies in this country you’ll be able to get almost anything you need there!

 

1x Moon Cup / Diva Cup

The best way to deal with your time of the month when travelling ladies.

Check out the best prices for them here.

 

Safety Pins

Always handy.

 

READ MORE: 21 Things to Know Before You Travel in Jordan

 

Other

Jordan, Petra, Me

1x 40l Osprey Backpack

This whole packing list for what to wear in Jordan should fit easily into a 40l backpack – I never travel with anything bigger and love this great option from Osprey.

 

1x Travel Towel

I recommend Latrek when it comes to the best travel towel, because they are cheap, compact, soft and don’t smell.

Love, love, love mine.

Read a full review here.

 

1x Day Pack

Good for hiking and sightseeing days, this one from Osprey is perfect for the job.

 

1x Notebook & Pen

Jordan is a country that will inspire, so make sure you’re able to capture it all at the time!

 

1x Combination Padlock

Very useful for locking up bags and valuables when staying in hostels, these don’t have to be expensive, just reliable!

Best to get TSA-approved ones in case of any hassle at the airport.

 

1x Pair Sunglasses

A must for those strong sunny rays… ahhh I can feel them now!

 

1x Water Bottle

Try to get a metal one and steer any from those nasty plastics.

Buying a big bottle of water in Jordan and refilling it is much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than continually buying small bottles.

 

Travel Handwash

Great for doing emergency washing, such as underwear in a sink or removing hummus stains, travel handwash is always a must when I backpack anywhere and definitely deserves a spot on this Jordan packing list.

 

Electrical

Jordan, Dana Reserve, Lookout

1x Laptop / Tablet

Every hostel in Jordan has free wifi, so bring your own device to here and surf away!

 

1x Smartphone & Headphones

Taking your smartphone to stay in touch with those at home, checking maps, booking accommodation and uploading some pics while you’re in Jordan is a great idea.

Also download some audiobooks and music onto your phone before you leave home – a great idea to be prepared if the wifi isn’t very strong.

I recommend Amazon Audible and Spotify Premium for these purposes and wouldn’t travel without either these days.

 

Portable Power Pack

Portable power packs are great when travelling without a solidly reliable charging source, like in Jordan where power cuts can be a thing!

Power packs are also good if you’re out sightseeing all day and worried about your phone or camera battery lasting.

I recommend the Anker Powercore, it’s light and can charge my iPhone 7 around 5 times!

 

1x Camera, Lens, Spare Battery & Charger

I love my Sony A600 mirrorless camera, which I’ve used across Jordan and beyond.

Light, compact and sturdy, it’s perfect for travelling.

A GoPro Hero 7 is also a great idea to help capture the more active adventures you might have in Jordan such as hiking or snorkelling.

 

1x Memory Card

Take a large memory card if possible – like this 64GB one.

Might not be a bad idea to double up in case you lose it or fill it up either.

High-speed memory cards are also good for better processing times.

 

1x Adapter

How are you going to charge otherwise?

Jordan has the same type of plugs as Europe, so get a Skross adapter that won’t fail you!

 

1 Headlamp & Spare Batteries

Never travel without a headlamp and try to choose a product that uses commonly found batteries and has a red night light function.

I love my Black Diamond Storm, which served me very well during Jordan’s power cuts!

 

Documents

Jordan, Petra, Desert View

Passport & Photocopies

Definitely take a colour copy of your passport with you to Jordan and keep it with you at all times.

Taking a photo and storing it safely on your phone is also a good idea.

 

Visa Documentation

Depending on where you’re from of course.

 

Immunisation Documentation

Always good to have with you wherever you travel.

 

Travel Insurance Policy

Can’t go wrong with the excellent travel insurance from travel insurance from World Nomads in my opinion.

I’ve used them during my travels in Jordan and across the Middle East and love their great policies which give excellent coverage and peace of mind!

 

Credit Cards and Debit Cards

If you’re from the UK, the Starling Banking app can provide you with a current account and debit card that doesn’t charge you for transactions or ATM withdrawals.

Do bear in mind however, that many banks in Jordan will still charge you up to 5 JD per withdrawal – eek – so best to get as much cash out as you can in one go to limit these charges.

 

Flight Tickets
Hidden Cash in Small Thin Purse

 

PIN IT TO PINTEREST!

 

So that’s it, my guide for what to wear in Jordan and other things to pack for a trip to this country too.

Have any questions about my list?

Then please drop them into the comments box below…

 

Sharing is caring!

Tags:

About the Author

About the Author: Creator of Big World Small Pockets, Stephanie Parker is a budget travel addict! Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Stephanie backpacks the world collecting tips, advice and stories, to share with a smile .

Get All the Latest From My Travel Adventures

Subscribe for FREE Here

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Top