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A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The many reasons why this fascinating country should be on your travel bucket list… and a complete guide for your trip.


All of this seems exciting enough, but I bet you still have a few questions, because I know that I did before I started packing for Jordan.

Is there a dress code in Jordan?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: No, but since Jordan is predominantly a Muslim country, you won’t find any Jordanians wearing clothes that reveal their skin. Women traditionally keep their knees and elbows covered. Men also keep their knees covered. But there are tourists who wear shorts and tank tops and no one gives them a second look.

You’ll find a lot of people wearing shorts near the Dead Sea, because it’s particularly hot there, so I wouldn’t stop you from packing a pair of shorts for your visit. As I have said before, Jordanians are a friendly bunch and Jordan is a very safe country.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

What are some essentials that I need to pack?

Here are some things that you should most definitely pack:

  • Natural sunscreen! The sun in Jordan tends to glare down at you ferociously, especially during midday.
  • Jackets and scarves. The weather is a bit funny here in Jordan, especially in the months of February to March, which are the most touristy months. During midday you’ll want to strip off all of your clothing but the second the sun starts to shift and the sky starts to darken, the weather becomes windy and chilled, especially in mountainous places like Petra.
  • Two pairs of swimwear. I only packed one bikini with me and during my first swim at the Dead Sea, my bikini was covered in mud and sand and unfit for wearing again. If you want to take two swims, especially over a period of one day, I’d say that you should pack a minimum of two bikinis.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Bon Voyage, or as they say in Arabic: Rihlat Saeida!

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Katherine Swift

    Going to an ancient city should be like this! enjoying the culture, soaking up all the history of the land and just basically enjoying it all.

  2. Dana Rosatti

    Thanks for the info.. I actually had no idea it was so easy to get to & there were so many facilities in the area. Yes this is definitely at the top of my bucket list and yes I will get there one day… your information will definitely come in handy when I do ?

  3. Nicky Bryan

    Was in Petra in November 2014. I saw very bad cases of animal abuse (donkeys being electrocuted with tazers, exhausted horses having to race up and down the site, very young children beating animals) Despite the beauty of the site I felt sicknened by the cruelty and the greed of the locals. Petra should be seen but any animal ride should be avoided.

  4. Your guide on Petra is of immense help. I am trying to put together a trip to Petra. I have few questions. Did you book a private vehicle from Amman and drove all the way to Petra or took local vehicle from the hotel to move between Petra, Wadi rum and Amman? The site guides should we take from travel agent or get one from the tourist center? Could you share which travel agent you used in Jordan? Thanks!

  5. Hi. Great post and great tips for Petra. I am thinking to visit Petra in the beginning of 2017 July. I know that is too hot, right? And do you think that one day is too much to visit Amman? I am thinking to do a 3 day trip. Arrive on thursday visit Amman and maybe in the same day travel to Petra. So i would have friday and saturday morning to visit Petra. Do you think that is enough?

  6. Sasha Rosswell

    Hi, I too enjoyed Petra so much, that I am going back next November. I noticed our entry ticket was a day and night ticket. Can you stay in there overnight or just visit at night?

  7. Nancy Musselman

    Very helpful. I don’t have any set plans yet, but do hope to visit Petra sometime, so this guide is perfect for me. Some very interesting info – Thanks for the brilliant article. Keep up the great work, and safe travels! 🙂

  8. Great advice Lucy! Will definitely bookmark this for when I finally get the chance to go there!

  9. Diana Hewitt

    I have not yet been to Petra but my brother has and raved about it. Your way of writing is very easy to read and imagine being there which is a talent and I look forward to you next post. All the best. 🙂

  10. Brenda Nelson

    These are good tips! I didn’t rent a car while I was in Jordan but will keep these in mind since I definitely want to return there with my daughter.

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