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21 Essentials to Pack for Jordan: Your Ultimate Jordan Packing List

August 25, 2022

Find out exactly what to pack for Jordan with this in-depth packing list and travel guide.

Plan your Jordan itinerary here and find out when the best time to visit Jordan is here.

Jordan - Petra - walking past souvenir stalls

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What to Pack for Jordan

Jordan is becoming more and more popular among travellers from all over the world and it’s no surprise why. This country is chock-full of interesting tourist attractions and ancient cities that have witnessed the rise and fall of many empires. The best things to do in Jordan include the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Petra and Jerash and more.

Besides the historical monuments, Jordan is also famous for its beaches and resorts along the Dead Sea, the unique Jordanian food culture and sprawling desert wilderness.

While traveling to such a beautiful country requires preparation (such as reading up on the visa policy for Jordan !), this article will go over everything you need to know before travelling to Jordan. And, crucially, what to pack for Jordan.

  • See also our printable pre-trip checklist which you can download here.

Your Jordan Packing List

  • Warm jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Layered, long sleeve, long legged clothes
  • Prescription medication
  • Credit cards
  • Buy an e SIM Card before you land
  • International travel adapter
  • Personal medication
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Passport, travel insurance , itinerary

Download our free ultimate packing list here  for a full list of everything, absolutely everything that you could need.

Jordan - Wadi Rum - Keffiyeh headscarves on Abi and Susan

Dress Codes in Jordan

What should women wear in jordan.

Jordan is predominantly a Muslim country, which means there are a few special considerations that you should keep in mind before visiting. While the local culture and dress code varies across the country, in general, women are encouraged to dress conservatively and cover their shoulders, legs, and necklines.

For this reason, it is best to pack light and loose fabrics, as well as long dresses, scarves, and comfortable yet roomy clothing. It’s a good idea for female travellers to mix up long skirts with trousers and to pack a scarf in case you wish to visit a mosque or other religious sites.

Jordanian women tend not to cover their faces and not everyone covers their hair. However, it’s always better to be a little more conservative than necessary rather than not conservative enough. Especially on your first trip.

In general, you don’t need to worry about unwanted attention from local people as long as you dress appropriately and walk with confidence. Read more about solo female travel in Jordan here.

Jordan - Baptism Site - His Excellency Rustom Mkhjian

What Should Men Wear in Jordan?

Similarly, men should also avoid packing shorts and short-sleeved T-shirts with them. As noted above, it is better to take light clothes that cover the entire body. Long sleeves also protect from the sun and the sand. They fit better with local customs and may possibly make local women feel more comfortable in rural areas and conservative areas.

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Dress Code in Jordan

When traveling to Jordan, it is worth remembering to pack a light jacket, long trousers, and at least one long-sleeve shirt. Due to the desert climate, temperatures can suddenly drop once day turns into night — and it’s best to be prepared. Pack a sweater and hat just in case.

Loose-fitting clothing in breathable materials is what you want to be wearing for visiting holy sites and city centres. Avoid exposing too much skin and observe the customs of Jordanian culture. Skinny jeans are uncomfortable in this middle eastern country in the heat and not that practical in the cool evenings either.

Nothing to wear? No problem! There are plenty of shops across Jordan that sell local clothing: just look for a dishdasha for men (a long white robe) or a shirsh for women (a dress with stitching that denotes where the wearer is from).

Similarly, pack sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to ward off damage from the sun. It’s the best way!

Jordan - Wadi Rum - Abigail King taken by Helene Sula

Renting a Car in Jordan

Jordan has an extensive network of roads, which are well-paved and have signs in English – good news for those who like to travel by car.

An average car will typically cost around $40 to 50 per day, and if you rent a car for several days, the price will be even lower. Likewise, a litre of gasoline costs about $1.50.

Before planning your road trip across Jordan, it is worth noting a few of the local rules. In order to rent a car, you will need to obtain an international driver’s license. This document is especially important to have, as the police will ask for it if they decide to stop you for a check.

Likewise, it is worth being careful on the road and keeping an eye out for speed bumps, as Jordan has many more of these ‘roadblocks’ compared to other countries.

Even more importantly, make sure you know exactly where you are going. Jordan borders some, well, high tension borders with Israel, Syria and Saudi Arabia and you do not want to accidentally stray into them. Read more about that in these articles on how to plan a Jordan itinerary and Jordan: is it safe for solo female travelers?

Jordan - Wadi Rum - landscape view with car in distance

When to Visit Jordan

When to go to Jordan depends entirely on your purpose and itinerary. In order to better prepare for the trip, think in advance about what you want to do and, based on this, choose the season. Here’s a full guide on when to visit Jordan.

What to Pack for Jordan in Winter

Winter months are suitable for travellers who want to spend time exploring the many museums in the capital, then going on sightseeing tours or visiting Petra without the crowds and heat. In fact, the temperature hovers around 13 C (55 F) during the day and falls to about 5 C (42 F) during the evening. However, it’s important to note that winters may come with biting winds and rain — and you might even be able to see snowfall in Petra. Due to low demand, hotels and tours are often discounted so you can avoid several extra costs.

Pack extra layers for winter as you’ll get quite warm hiking in the day but very cold at night.

What to Pack for Jordan in Spring

Travelers who love hiking and/or relaxing on the beach should plan to travel to Jordan in the spring. The period from April to May is considered the peak season for beach holidays, as temperatures are a pleasant 20 to 30 C (68 to 86 F), while the water temperatures are around 21 to 25 C. When packing for Jordan in spring, load up on maxi skirts and hiking boots and always remember to pack a hat.

What to Pack for Jordan in Autumn

Likewise, autumn is the perfect time to visit Jordan for any type of activity. Similar to spring, the temperatures in autumn fluctuate from 21 to 26 C (70 to 79 F), while areas along the Red Sea coast can rise up to 30 C (86 F) — perfect for underwater diving and other fun water activities.

Autumn is considered to be the best season to visit Jordan since the weather is mild and outdoor activities are easily accessible. Enjoy long days with a lot of walking and so make sure that you have packed your hiking boots, sunscreen and water bottle .

What to Pack for Jordan in Summer

On the other hand, summer is not the best season to travel because the weather in Jordan can quickly reach sweltering numbers. During the summer, temperatures fluctuate wildly: it can be as hot as 40 C (104 F) during the day to a chilly 10 C (50 F) during the evening — especially in the desert and other natural terrains. Travellers who are sensitive to high temperatures should avoid a summer trip to Jordan and, instead, plan for another season.

If you are planning your Jordan adventure for the summer months, make sure to load up on sun protection like sunglasses, sunscreen, long clothes and a sun hat. Take a reusable water bottle and seek out the shade!

More on Travel in Jordan

After reading this Jordan packing guide, check out our travel guide to the best things to do in Jordan and then browse through the articles below:

  • Jordanian Food: the 21 dishes you need to know
  • What is it like to visit Petra?
  • Is Petra at night worth it?
  • Why Bedouin coffee means more than you think
  • How the Madaba mosaics show the pathway to peace
  • How to plan the perfect Jordan itinerary
  • When is the best time to visit Jordan?
  • Is Jordan safe for solo female travellers?

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Jordan Packing List: 10 Essentials You Need for a Great Trip in the Middle East

Every savvy traveler knows a well-packed bag is essential to enjoy your journey to the max. However, when visiting the Middle East and countries like Jordan, many travelers are stumped with what to bring: which outlet is used in Jordan? What should you wear? How much cash should you bring? Well, we’re here to help. Here are 10 essentials to put on your Jordan packing list. 

1) Passport

jordan packing list passport

First among your Jordan tour essentials, is your passport. You’ll need this to enter the country, for checking into hotels, proving your age in bars (if you like to drink), and to provide identification, if neccessary. Also keep in mind how easy it is to take a trip to Saudi Arabia or Israel from Jordan, so make sure you have your passport handy throughout your trip.

2) Sunscreen

Jordan’s beaches, including Coral Beach and Amman Beach , are some of the best in the Middle East. They hug the Red Sea and Dead Sea and are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the tranquility of the waterside. To protect your skin, sunscreen is definitely one of the things to pack for a Jordan vacation. This is also one of our Jordan travel tips for outside of the beach as well, as it’s a sunny country, averaging 310 days of sunshine per year!

3) Power Adapter

jordan packing list charger adapter

When making your packing list for Jordan, one of the most important things you’ll need is a power adapter, so you can keep your phone and other devices charged to take beautiful pictures of the wondrous sites in Jordan. Jordan uses the Type F plug, which is the two pinned socket and compatible with European devices, and also compatible with type C and plug E. In Jordan, sockets are standardized to 230-volt power and 50Hz.

4) Cash: Jordanian Dinar

Inside Jordan’s big cities like Aqaba and Amman , you might be able to get by with a credit card; but in general, cash is preferable to credit card in Jordan. Many street food spots around Jordan are cash only, You won’t find many vendors in the souks of Amman who accept credit card – and anyway, what’s the fun in bartering for a lower price without physical cash? 

1 Jordanian Dinar costs around 1.4 US Dollars, but check the conversion rate at the time of your trip. If you want to avoid spending all your cash at once, we recommend you pre-book an airport transfer ahead of time, so you don’t need to worry about dealing with cash on the spot when you arrive. Check out our full travel advice for spending money in Jordan .

camera petra lost city packing jordan

A picture paints a thousand words, so this packing guide for Jordan wouldn’t be complete without telling you to bring your camera to get those perfect shots of Petra, the Seventh Wonder of the World . If you use your phone’s camera, then you could consider investing in a waterproof case, to allow you to take pictures of yourself floating weightlessly in the Dead Sea . 

6) Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated keeps your energy levels high. One of our top Jordanian weather and packing tips, which is applicable in general when considering what to pack when traveling to the middle east, is that it can get hot here, especially during the summer months, so you’ll want to drink water frequently. Bringing a reusable water bottle will help you do this, even when you’re not near stores or restaurants. If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to drink the tap water in Jordan , the answer is, yes it is! However, some people find it has a mild salty taste, so you may want to buy bottled water during your trip. 

7) Hiking Shoes & Sandals

Hiking in Petra

Many of Jordan’s best sites like Petra , the Jabal Umm ad Dami mountain, and the Wadi Rum Valley must be expired on foot, so you’ll want some sturdy footwear to walk around in. A good pair of hiking shoes or sandals is a must, when deciding what to wear in Jordan; we recommend bringing some water shoes too, so you can explore the incredible desert oasis of Wadi al-Hasa . If you choose to camp in a Bedouin tent , the floor will be cold, so you may want to bring slip-on shoes, sandals or flip-flops, for those late-night trips to the bathroom. And if you want to bring your Nike Air Jordans, because they have the same name as the country, that’s up to you!

8) A Good Book

reading dead sea

For those lazy days lounging by the hotel pool or even in the Dead S ea , a good book is the classic way to pass the time, and catch up on some reading. We recommend “A Leap of Faith,” a memoir by Jordan’s Queen Noor, or “Appointment with Death,” a classic detective novel set in Jordan by Britain’s most famous mystery writer Agatha Christie. 

9) Middle East-Friendly Clothes

Jordan’s temperatures range from cool at night to mild during the day in the winter months, to scorching all day long in the summer. Even in the height of the summer heat, you’ll need to bring modest clothing , to fit in with the local culture and to be able to enter certain places, such as mosques. In late fall, winter and early spring, you should bring a warm sweatshirt or jacket. It’s also a good idea to bring clothes that can be layered, during late fall, winter and early spring. Read more about what to wear in Jordan .

10) A Sense Of Adventure

Wadi Rum jordan

What will elevate your visit from simple tourism to an unforgettable trip-of-a-lifetime is your sense of adventure. This costs nothing, takes up no space in your suitcase, and you get to carry it everywhere you go. Don’t know where to start? We have you covered; take a look at the best places to go in Jordan , or browse all our Jordan day tours and package trip experiences to make your trip amazing!

Time to Make Your Desert Kingdom Packing List!

After deciding on the places to see in your Jordan sightseeing essentials list, you’ll want to plan your packing list for Jordan. Including the right gear will let you not only pay respect to the local traditions but also keep you comfortable, energized, and safe, and will help you create joyful memories and record it all – and make your friends jealous! – with the perfect photos that captured the whole experience. This was our Jordan travel checklist. If you’d like to learn more, you might consider checking out these guides on the Lost City of Petra , and the best things you can only do in Jordan .

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The Best Jordan Packing List: All The Essentials You Need in 2024

Posted by Francesca Brooking | Jordan , Middle East | 0

Wondering what to wear in Jordan? In this article, I share my Jordan packing list with all the clothes and essentials I brought with me for 10 days of travelling around the country. 

This guide covers what to wear in Jordan as a woman, outfit ideas for Petra, the type of shoes you need for the desert and what weather to expect during your visit. 

This packing list also has eco-friendly suggestions to help you be a more sustainable traveller when visiting this incredible country. 

So, without further ado, here’s the best packing list for Jordan!

Pack for the trip you’re planning 

A girl sitting in the back of an open-top jeep in Wadi Rum. She's wearing a spotted kimono, an essential item on this Jordan packing list.

This might seem obvious but before you put your Jordan packing list together, think about what you plan to do on your trip. It will influence what you pack. 

The packing list I’ve outlined below is primarily for women who want to get outdoors and explore. This means most of your trip will involve sightseeing, hiking, swimming and being fairly active. 

While aiming mostly for practical clothing, you still want to take some nice photos. Your hotels are budget to mid-range – aka relaxed. 

If that sounds like you, keep reading this Jordan packing guide!

Editor’s tip: If you’re staying at upscale resorts, you may need to pack smart-casual attire for evening meals. 

Packing for the seasons in Jordan 

A girl wearing a white blouse, striped culottes and and blue scarf sitting on a seat with a canyon behind. These items are essential for your Jordan packing list.

Jordan has a Mediterranean climate towards the west which changes to a desert climate in the east and south. The landscape is mostly arid except for the green, grassy hills of the north. 

You can expect average monthly temperatures to range from 8 to 26°C in the north and 16 to 33°C in the south with mostly dry, sunny weather. 

Jordan’s short winters bring rain and cool temperatures. Some of the uplands experience snow. As for summer, the hottest month is July with highs of 33°C. 

The best times of year to visit Jordan are spring and autumn as the weather is mild and dry. 

Sightseeing and outdoor activities are much more bearable than the heat of the summer. It simplifies your Jordan packing list too. 

What should women wear in Jordan?

A girl wearing a brown abaya stands in King Abdullah Mosque in Amman, Jordan

Jordan is a Muslim country so women generally wear modest clothing and cover their heads. However, they’re not required to if they don’t want to. 

Jordan is nowhere near as strict on dress as some of the other Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran. 

In parts of Amman, some women even wear Western clothes. My local female guide also wore cargo trousers and a black T-shirt for most of the trip. 

If you’re wondering “Can I wear shorts in Jordan?” The answer is yes. I probably wouldn’t wear hotpants though…

Jordan’s more liberal attitude to dress extends to female tourists. Women can show their legs and wear tight tops if they want to. Although, you will need to cover your hair and shoulders at religious sites. 

As a solo female traveller, I chose to wear modest clothing in Jordan. This was mainly because I wanted to be respectful of the culture and not draw too much attention to myself. 

I wore loose-fitting, breathable clothes that covered the tops of my arms and most of my legs. This actually helped me stay cool and comfortable in the heat too. I didn’t even get sunburned!

How to dress in Jordan

The back of a girl wearing desert trousers and a green top with a sun hat. Camels behind. This outfit features on this packing list for Jordan.

What can you wear in Jordan? If possible, avoid dark clothes as they absorb more heat. Dust and sand will also show up more clearly – believe me, you will get covered in dust!

Aim for light-coloured clothing like beige or tan as dust won’t show up as easily. These go well with bright colours too. 

Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton rather than polyester which traps heat and sweat.

Here’s how to dress in Jordan: 

  • 3-4 T-shirts – loose-fitting is key
  • 1-2 ¾ length tops – these are handy for cooler days 
  • 1-2 blouses – loose-fitting, dressier tops. Casual linen shirts could work too
  • 1 light jumper – for just in case (I go white or black as they go with most outfits)
  • 1 light jacket – I brought a denim jacket which I only wore on one or two evenings. It will come in handy during the winter from December to February
  • Short kimono – my solution for practical yet dressy outfits. I bought the Moorish Burgundy Kimono from One Hundred Stars. It’s made from sustainable fabrics and it looks amazing in photos!

Bottoms 

  • 1 desert trousers – Craghoppers does a good balance of practical yet stylish outdoor clothing. I bought the Women’s Kiwi Pro II Trousers in Desert Sand and they’re so lightweight. I found them easy to move about in and my legs didn’t overheat. 
  • 1-2 culottes – wide-leg culottes look great with a T-shirt 
  • 1-2 maxi skirts – midi skirts are another good option if you don’t want so much length

Full-body 

  • 1-2 midi or maxi dresses – aim for lightweight fabrics so you don’t overheat. They’re a great option for what to wear in Amman or Aqaba but I wouldn’t recommend them for the desert
  • Kaftan dress – this could be a pretty addition to your Jordan packing list. It’s light and floaty which is perfect for the climate. 
  • Jumpsuit – this is a great alternative to dresses. Again, go for loose-fitting and lightweight
  • Enough underwear for the trip
  • Enough socks for the trip  
  • Enough bras for the trip
  • Hiking socks 

Accessories 

  • Swimwear – I packed a one-piece swimsuit and a rashguard which I wore in the Dead Sea to protect myself from the sun.  
  • Lightweight scarf / pashmina – this dressed-up plain outfits and I could protect my head in the desert when it was too windy for a hat 
  • Beach cover-ups  

What to wear in Petra, Jordan

A girl wearing a silk kimono, desert trousers and a sun hat for what to wear in Petra, Jordan.

Wear practical clothing that you’re comfortable walking in if you plan to spend the whole day in Petra. It’s huge so you most likely will if you want to see as much of it as possible. The walk down to the Treasury already takes 30 minutes!

Petra gets sweltering hot so light, breathable clothing is essential. If you plan to take photos of yourself you might want a dressier outfit.

You could change your clothes in theory but the bathrooms aren’t clean and you won’t want to be carrying around anything other than snacks and water. 

Here’s what I wore in Petra: 

  • Desert trousers from Craghoppers 
  • Baggy beige T-shirt 
  • Short kimono from One Hundred Stars
  • Blue lightweight scarf 
  • Straw sun hat 
  • Tropicfeel All-Terrain sneakers 

Find out more about visiting Petra in my complete Petra itinerary.

The best shoes to wear in Jordan 

A person wearing Tropicfeel shoes standing in the desert. The photo is taken from above.

If you plan to go sightseeing, you’ll be on your feet a lot. Petra alone covers an area of over 100 square miles so you will need practical footwear that will support your feet. 

Your shoes need to be breathable in the desert heat so I would avoid heavy walking boots. Opt for closed-toe shoes instead of sandals as they will protect your feet from the uneven pavements and gritty sand. 

Whatever you bring, your shoes will get covered in dust and sand so I recommend not bringing anything you’re attached to. Choose light-coloured footwear over black as the dust won’t show up quite as much!

Sneakers: I brought two pairs of sneakers with me so I could alternate them depending on the outfits. 

My main shoes for Jordan were all-terrain sneakers from Tropicfeel. They’re lightweight and include a mesh material to allow your feet to breathe in the heat. 

Add their reinforced padding for comfort, anti-slip rubber and quick-drying capabilities and you’ve got a great pair of travel shoes!

The Monsoon pair in Sage Khaki is a similar colour to the dust and desert sands of Jordan. They were my go-to footwear for Wadi Rum. As for what shoes to wear in Petra, Jordan, these all-terrain sneakers did the job perfectly. 

Aqua shoes: These are shoes I wish I had brought with me (I now own a pair and take them on most trips). Aqua shoes or waterproof sandals will be useful for navigating beaches that have been baking in the sun. 

In particular, the Dead Sea’s beaches are made up of a combination of black mud and crystallized salt which was burning hot on my soles. I had trainers but putting them on wet feet was painfully difficult. 

Do yourself a favour and pack aqua shoes!

Sandals: I don’t recommend sandals for everyday wear as you might spend most of the trip shaking sand out of them, but you might want a pair for evenings or lounging about. 

Opt for light-coloured hiking sandals for maximum support. 

Jordan packing list items not to forget 

A girl getting out of a jeep in Wadi Rum.

These items are essential to your packing list for Jordan, no matter what – don’t forget them!

  • Passport – at least a minimum of 6 months validity before arrival
  • Tourist visa – you can buy an entry visa on arrival (it costs 40 Jordanian Dinars)
  • Driver’s license – for ID or if you want to hire a car
  • SIM card – I had WIFI in all hotels except for Wadi Rum. I recommend buying an eSim card before you travel if you want to stay connected
  • Cash – Most places I went to preferred cash. I was caught short a few times and had to use the ATM which became expensive. Bring as much cash as you can (don’t keep it all in one place though!)
  • Debit / credit cards – There are ATMs all over Amman but be warned, there are high transaction fees 
  • Travel insurance – always a good idea to be protected whenever you travel. I used Holiday Extras for Jordan
  • Hotel addresses – they may ask to see this at border control. I print the first one out

The best bags for Jordan 

An Osprey Fairview 40 bag for Jordan.

Day pack: While Jordan is generally safe, it’s a good idea to keep your essentials close to you. I travel with a Pacsafe Metrosafe bag . 

It’s made from anti-slash material and contains RFID protection. I can keep my wallet secure with a lockable zip. Pacsafe also does a backpack version.  

Money belt: The lightweight sleeve fits around your middle and keeps essential items like your money, passport and phone even closer. 

Its slim shape allows you to tuck it under your clothes for more security. Full disclosure, I didn’t take it to Jordan but I did bring it with me on a trip to Costa Rica. 

Carry-on : I used my Osprey Fairview 40 as my main bag in Jordan. It’s super lightweight and has a lot of different compartments (including a laptop sleeve) so I could fit plenty in. I’ve used it on rips for up to three weeks. 

This bag is suitable if you’re travelling carry-on only for most airlines except for budget ones like Wizzair. I flew with Royal Jordanian so my bag met the requirements. 

Suitcase: For something bigger, Osprey Sojourn 60 is a backpack with wheels. I recommend bringing a bag that has both wheel and backpack capabilities as streets are uneven in some parts of the country.

Editor’s tip: I’ve gotten packing down to a fine art with packing cubes. I use the Travel Dudes compression packing cubes which allows me to fit so many clothes in. They’re made from recycled bottles too and I can separate clean from wet and dirty. Add them to your packing list for Jordan!

Eco-friendly toiletries for Jordan 

Product image of Green People sunscreen for Jordan.

If you’re travelling carry-on only or want to limit liquids, pack solid toiletries. They’re zero-waste and they last longer!

  • Solid shampoo bar – I’ve started using Beauty Kitchen as it makes my fine, flyaway hair squeaky clean without leaving behind oily residue
  • Solid conditioner bar – This time it’s KinKind! I use a moisture-intensive bar to help my hair in the dry desert heat 
  • Soap bar – I use Dr Bronner’s as a body wash 
  • Soap tins – save soapy mush from getting all over your bag 
  • Reusable travel bottles – fill up your liquids from full-sized bottles to reduce plastic
  • Sunscreen – I use Green People as it’s organic and reef-safe. It blends into the skin beautifully and doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue 
  • Mineral powder sunscreen – a useful hack to up your face if you’re wearing makeup. You can also dust it over your scalp to stop it from burning 
  • Aftersun 
  • Moisturiser – Beauty Kitchen’s moisturising oil leaves your skin soft and smooth
  • Cleanser – I use Beauty Kitchen’s beauty balm as it’s a great all-rounder
  • Lip balm – for soothing dry lips in the desert 
  • Bamboo face cloths
  • Razor – these biodegradable razors are suitable for hand luggage as the blade is attached 
  • Bamboo toothbrush – bamboo helps you reduce single-use plastic 
  • Bamboo toothbrush case – keep your toothbrush clean 
  • Toothpaste tabs – an easy way to cut down on liquids 
  • Natural deodorant – compact and effective, nuud is perfect for travel. Read my full review to find out more
  • Hairbrush 
  • Microfibre towel – they’re super quick-drying and lightweight 
  • First aid kit – painkillers, blister plasters and rehydration sachets may be useful
  • Hand sanitiser – Beauty Kitchen has an organic hand sanitiser which smells lovely
  • Insect repellent – bring a bottle of Incognito to keep those biting bugs at bay 
  • Your fave makeup and remover – you probably won’t want to wear heavy foundation in the heat…

Sustainable travel essentials for Jordan 

Product image of Jungle Culture's reusable bamboo cutlery.

  • Water filter bottle – in general, the water in Jordan is safe to drink but it can have an odd taste. A reusable water bottle like Water-to-Go filters out any impurities and cuts down on single-use plastic 
  • Reusable cutlery set – handy for street food or lunch on the go
  • Menstrual cup / organic tampons – bring these as tampons are hard to find in Jordan
  • Period pants – they’re a handy extra level of security when travelling on a period. Find out how I use them for travel in this WUKA review
  • Cotton tote bags – always useful and much better than plastic bags 
  • Sunglasses – the desert landscape is bright in the sun so you will want to bring some eye protection 
  • Sun hat – I wore my bendy straw hat as it’s the perfect balance between style and practicality. I can fold it up when I’m not using it and it has a drawstring tie around the chin to keep it secure in the wind. It looks great too 

Electronics for Jordan 

Sony A6000 camera.

  • Smartphone – make sure it has a good camera as you’ll want to take photos of places like Petra and Wadi Rum 
  • Camera – always nice to have! I use a Sony a6000 and the Sony E 35mm f/1.8 prime lens
  • Portable power bank – an essential for travelling. Especially if you’re relying on your phone 
  • Phone / camera stand – this is useful if you don’t have someone to take photos of you. In some popular sites like Petra, you’ll find people willing to take your photo in exchange for cash. The photos are pretty good and I would much rather support this business model than ride exhausted donkeys
  • Hairdryer – not something I usually pack but wet hair symbolises sexual availability in Jordan so I brought a travel hairdryer just to be safe 
  • Universal travel adaptor – there are several different power outlet types in Jordan so it’s best to get one adaptor to rule them all to be on the safe side!
  • Earphones  / headphones – House of Marley do great affordable, eco-friendly ones 
  • Chargers – for all your electronics!

Optional extras to pack for Jordan 

A girl wearing a rashguard standing in the Dead Sea in Jordan.

  • Sleeping mask – I always wear one 
  • Earplugs – handy if you’re staying in a hostel 
  • Flip-flops – again, handy if you’re staying in a hostel and don’t want to put your bare feet in the communal showers 
  • Pacsafe bag protector – essentially chain mail for your bag which turns it into a makeshift locker if your hotel room doesn’t have one
  • Padlock – if there isn’t a safe in the room, you can lock your passport and money in your bag 

Editor’s tip: I’ve started bringing a doorstop with me when I’m travelling alone. I jam it under the door so no one can get in when I’m sleeping. I’ve never felt unsafe, but it gives me extra peace of mind as a solo female traveller. 

What NOT to pack for Jordan 

What should you not wear in Jordan? Here are some items that are best left at home: 

  • Tight-fitting clothes – this isn’t just because Jordan is a Muslim country. Tight clothing is uncomfortable in the heat. You’ll be much better off wearing loose, breathable clothing instead
  • Umbrella – it’s highly unlikely you’ll need it and if it does rain, you’re better off wearing a rain jacket as umbrellas are just impractical and get in the way
  • High heels – cobblestone streets, uneven pavements and dirt tracks are common in Jordan. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting covered in dirt and sand
  • Expensive jewellery – it’s best to not make yourself a target
  • Expensive electronics – yes, there’s the theft factor, but another problem is dust and sand. Unless you have ways to protect against sand, don’t bring expensive laptops etc. Of course, bring a good camera (phone will do) to take photos of Petra!
  • Mini travel toiletries – opt for refillable containers or solid toiletries rather than single-use plastic minis. 

Jordan packing list: Final thoughts 

A girl standing in Wadi Rum desert with rocks behind. Her arms are out and she's wearing a kimono and desert trousers - two essentials on this Jordan packing list.

My last bit of advice for what to pack for Jordan is to think about the trip you’re planning. Have a look at my Jordan itinerary to see what kind of activities you’ll be doing. 

Don’t worry too much about the dress code in Jordan as there isn’t one except for at religious sites. Wear what makes you feel most comfortable. For what to wear in Jordan as a female traveller, that meant loose-fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics. 

Finally, be a sustainable traveller by keeping single-use plastic out of your suitcase and wearing mineral-based sunscreen. 

If you have any questions about what clothes to wear in Jordan, drop them in the comments below and I will be happy to help.

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  • 27 Eco-Friendly Travel Products You Need For Your Packing List
  • A Complete Petra Itinerary: How To Spend A Day In Jordan’s World Wonder

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Jordan Healthy Travel Packing List

Pack items for your health and safety.

  • You may not be able to purchase and pack all of these items, and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
  • This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Check our Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work.
  • Remember to pack extras of important health supplies in case of travel delays.

Prescription medicines

  • Your prescriptions
  • Travelers' diarrhea antibiotic
  • Suture/syringe kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Altitude sickness medicine

Medical supplies

  • Glasses Consider packing spare glasses in case yours are damaged
  • Contact lenses Consider packing spare contacts in case yours are damaged
  • Needles or syringes (for diabetes, for example) Requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Suture kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Diabetes testing supplies
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)
  • Medical alert bracelet or necklace

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Cough suppression/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Medicine for pain and fever Examples: acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Saline nose spray

Supplies to prevent illness or injury

  • Hand sanitizer or wipes Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes
  • Water purification tablets See CDC recommendations: Water Disinfection .
  • Insect repellent Select an insect repellent based on CDC recommendations: Avoid Bug Bites
  • Permethrin Permethrin is insect repellent for clothing. It may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection. See Sun Exposure .
  • Sunglasses and hat Wear for additional sun protection. A wide brim hat is preferred.
  • Personal safety equipment Examples: child safety seats, bicycle helmets
  • Latex condoms

First-aid kit

  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Antifungal ointments
  • Antibacterial ointments
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser
  • Aloe gel For sunburns
  • Insect bite treatment Anti-itch gel or cream
  • Bandages Multiple sizes, gauze, and adhesive tape
  • Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
  • Elastic/compression bandage wrap For sprains and strains
  • Disposable gloves
  • Digital thermometer
  • Scissors and safety pins
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Health insurance documents Health insurance card (your regular plan and/or supplemental travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination If required for your trip, take your completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver
  • Copies of all prescriptions Make sure prescriptions include generic names. Bring prescriptions for medicines, eye glasses/contacts, and other medical supplies.
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Jordan Packing List | What not to forget

Jordan packing list – all the things you should not forget, what to take in your bag for jordan.

You’ve booked your plane ticket and the time of departure is fast approaching? After the joys of such a decision, comes the question of knowing what to put in your suitcase to go to Jordan. No need to panic, we have prepared a very complete list of the essential things to bring to make sure you don’t miss anything once you are there.

In order to leave no room for unforeseen events, it’s of course preferable to go through this list a few days before leaving rather than the day before departure, as you might miss some items.

Take the time to read and download it in order to identify the things that you absolutely must pack and that you might miss and that could make you lose time and money if you forget them.

You will also need to think about packing according to the type of accommodation you will be staying in, the different modes of transportation you will use during your trip, the climate and the season, as well as the activities you plan to do.

In order to help you prepare your suitcase, this checklist of the essential things to bring in Jordan gathers several categories: clothes, accessories, various objects… It will allow you to have a concrete vision of a typical suitcase for Jordan.

An advice, think of keeping some space in your luggage if you wish to bring back souvenirs or to make some clothing shopping on the spot.

Thanks to this travel list, preparing your bag for Jordan will be a real child’s play and you will just have to enjoy your adventure!

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  • Important hings to do before you go
  • Essential documents
  • Transport essentials
  • Backpack & luggage
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Hygiene & Toiletries
  • Photo, Video & High Tech
  • Useful accessories
  • Medication and first aid kit
  • Activities and Useful Links (+ Printable checklist PDF)

1/ Important things to do before you go

 Prepare your travel itinerary  Apply for a visa (if necessary)  Make your vaccinations (if necessary)  Check-up at the doctor / dentist  Take out a travel insurance  Photocopy or scan important documents (passport)  Write down e-mail and useful phone numbers in your address book  Warn your bank about your trip abroad (if necessary)  Book accomodation for your first night ( Do it now before everything is fully booked! Check the best hotels on Booking )  Download offline applications and maps for Maps.me  Download movies offline   Prepare your favorite music playlist  Turn off or turn down the heat of your house  Empty garbage cans  Water the plants   Give a copy of your house/car keys to a family member or friend  Close doors and windows

2/ Essential documents

Even before you buy your plane ticket, remember to check the validity of your passport : it must be valid for at least six months after your return date (for some countries) and have a blank page. Another tip: send your important documents to a secondary email in case you lose them.

   Passport   ID card    Plane or train ticket (have a paper copy just in case)   Reservation documents (e-ticket, train ticket, hotel reservation)   Visa (if necessary)   International driver’s license, if you wish to rent a car   Health insurance card   Travel insurance   Credit card   Cash   Useful numbers in case of emergency   Itinerary and address of your accommodation (hotel / AirBnB / camping)   Vaccination certificate   Diving license, sailing license, etc.   Some business cards with your contact information, email, blog, website

3/ Transport essentials

The little things to have with you at all times during the flight or the trip by train or bus:

 Phone and charger  Book / Magazine / Kindle / Travel Guide  MP3 player   Chewing gum   Pen + notepad  Travel pillow ( my favorite )  Sleep mask ( my favorite )   Earplugs   Snacks / sandwich   Small water bottle  Nasal ointment for dry nose  Sunglasses   Glasses case   Watch   Hand sanitizer   Disposable face mask   Tissues   Motion sickness medication

4/ Backpack & luggage

 Waterproof dry bag ( my favorite )  Handbag   Travel laundry bag ( my favorite )  Carry-on suitcase ( my favorite )  Travel bag ( my favorite )   Luggage tag ( my favorite )   Travel Packing Organizers ( my favorite )   Rain cover for backpack ( my favorite )   Zippered carry-on bag   Shoe bag ( my favorite )   Fanny pack   Lightweight foldable backpack ( my favorite )

5/ Clothing and shoes

  Socks  Underwear (panties, thongs, bras, briefs, boxers…)  Tank tops  Skirt ♀  Dress ♀  Pajamas  T-shirts  Long sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Short sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Polo shirt ( for her , for him )   Sweatshirt / pullover ( for her , for him )   Jeans   Lightweight pants ( for her , for him )   Money belt ( my favorite )   Shorts   Jogging suit   Jacket / coat   K-way ( for her , for him )   Windbreaker ( for her , for him )  Hat / cap / beanie   Scarf / bandana   Swimsuit   Buff scarf ( my favorite )

For shoes, you will have to choose according to the activities you plan to do:

 Comfortable walking shoes   Shoes for going out (restaurants, bars, clubs…)  Flip-flops (for the beach, showers…) ( for her , for him )  Hiking shoes ( for her , for him )  Sandals ( for her , for him )   Water shoes for walking in water (beaches, waterfalls, rivers…) ( for her , for him )  Light trekking shoes ( for her , for him )  Crocs

6/ Hygiene & Toiletries

 Microfiber towel ( my favorite )   Toilet bag   Portable Travel Bottles ( my favorite )  Toothbrush & toothpaste  Dental floss  Soap   Shampoo   Facial cleanser   Nail clippers   Cotton buds (biodegradable)   Tweezers   Make-up   Deodorant   Comb / Hairbrush   Razor & shaving foam ♂   Biodegradable wipes ( my favorite )   Toilet paper roll   Perfume   Makeup ♀   Contact Lenses   Contact lens product   Pocket mirror

7/ Photo, Video & High Tech

For photographers and videographers:

 Camera  Lens  Memory card  Polarizing filters   ND filter   Extra battery   Charger + cable + plug adapter   Cleaning kit   External hard drive   USB key   Stabilizer   Drone ( my favorite )    Waterproof phone case   Flash   Solar charger ( my favorite )    Gopro ( my favorite )   Waterproof case   Selfie Pole  External battery / Powerbank ( my favorite ) 

Don’t forget:

 Portable speaker  Ipad / Tablet  Laptop PC  External battery  Headphones or noise cancelling headphones ( my favorite )

Useful apps to download before you go to Jordan:

 AirBnB  Booking  Couchsurfing  Flush – Public Toilet Finder (Useful for finding toilets!)  Google Maps  Google Translator  Google Trips  Lonely Planet Guide  LoungeBuddy  Maps.me  Meetup  Tripadvisor  Uber  Whatsapp  XE Currency

8/ Useful accessories

The accessories you will take in your bag for Jordan will depend on your travel style:

  TSA lock ( my favorite )  Headlamp ( my favorite )  Sleeping bag ( my favorite )  Sheets ( my favorite )  Swiss Army knife (not in the hand luggage!) ( my favorite )  Travel clothesline ( my favorite )  Powdered or liquid detergent  Clothes pegs  Spork ( my favorite )  Ziploc bags  Lighter  Folding umbrella ( my favorite )  Toilet paper  Mosquito repellent ( my favorite )   Mosquito net ( my favorite )   Sunscreen cream  Aloe vera gel   Waterproof pouch for smartphone    For hikers : GPS, map, compass, water bottle   Walking stick ( my favorite )   Anti-sweat talcum powder ( my favorite )   Beach towel ( my favorite )   Sawyer water filter ( must-have !)  Pills to purify non-drinking water   Mask, snorkel, fins   Diving accessories (gloves, dive computer, lamp, knife…)

9/ Medication and first aid kit

I suggest that you consult your doctor and dentist before leaving. Beware of unauthorized medication and remember to keep your vaccinations up to date!

If you have a treatment don’t forget to take your personal medication and your prescription if necessary (or medical certificate).

You can buy a first aid kit already prepared ( my favorite ).

  Cotton buds   Tweezers   Round-tipped scissors   Pairs of single-use latex gloves  Bandages   Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain   Sterile compresses   Disinfectant spray for wounds   Physiological saline solution in pods (wound cleaning)   Condoms and other contraceptives

For longer trips and higher risk locations, we can also add:

  Sterile adhesive skin sutures (steristrips)   Rehydration solutions (in case of dehydration)   Water purification tablets   Water decontamination tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur)   Medication for altitude   Medication for sore throat    Anti-malarial medication   Survival blanket   Tick tweezers   Ointment against itching (antihistamine)   Probiotics for the stomach   Corticosteroid pills and cream   Analgesics (painkillers)   Survival blanket   Cold medicine (decongestant)   Biafine (in case of burns or sunburns)   Broad-spectrum antibiotics without a prescription   Anti-diarrhea tablets (immodium, smecta)

10/ Activities and Useful Links + Printable checklist

You can download the complete travel list in PDF format and print it by clicking here.

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What to Pack When Traveling to Jordan

Going on a Jordan tour? Here's what to pack

Packing List for Jordan

Are you in the process of packing for your Jordan tour ? Below is a list of items we recommend you bring when traveling to Jordan. Depending on what you will be doing on your tour, some items may not be needed.

If you’re not yet to the point of packing your suitcase and still wondering what to wear, here’s a link that will help: what to wear in when traveling to Jordan .

  • Warm sweatshirt and/or jacket (late fall, winter, early spring)
  • Clothes that can be layered (late fall, winter, early spring)
  • Hat (for sun or keeping warm, depending on the season)
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight or headlamp (for Wadi Rum and other camps)
  • Lightweight towel (if you are staying at the Ammarin camp)
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes or boots (you will be doing a lot of walking/hiking in Petra)
  • Shoes you don’t mind getting wet, or water shoes (if you will be walking the Wadi Mujib trail, you will get completely soaked)
  • Dry bag for camera (again, if you will be in Wadi Mujib)
  • Daypack for hiking
  • Sleeping bag and portable sleeping mat (for camping in Wadi Rum – note: if you are traveling with Engaging Cultures, blankets and sleeping mats will be provided by your Wadi Rum guide)
  • Sleeping bag liner ( something like this will come in handy at camps or homestays)
  • Travel shampoo & soap
  • Antibacterial hand-wipes or hand sanitizer (though if you forget, these are readily available at most small corner stores throughout Jordan. Wet wipes also come in handy when no toilet paper is available.)
  • Camera (with a wide angle lens if you have it)
  • Memory cards
  • Lip balm (the Dead Sea can be painful on cracked lips)
  • Swimming attire (women can wear Western style bathing suits at hotels)
  • Guide book (we recommend The Rough Guide to Jordan or Lonely Planet )
  • Credit cards (Many stores in Amman take international credit cards. Remember to call your credit card company and tell them your traveling dates so they don’t put a hold on your card).
  • ATM card or USD for additional expenses/souvenirs (you can either exchange USD or take out cash from ATMs, which are plentiful in Amman)
  • Prescription medications (most other medicine can be purchased easily and relatively cheaply in Jordan)
  • Copy of passport and travel documents
  • House slippers or sandals as floors might be cold. And you will want something easy to slip on at night in the Bedouin camps
  • Plug adaptor. These are fairly easy to find in Jordan, but if you already have one, bring it. The power sockets in Jordan are type C, F, G, or L (see below). The most common are type C but a multi adaptor can come in handy. The standard voltage in Jordan is 220V. Make sure your electronics can handle 220V before plugging them in.

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A Few More Things Know When Planning to Tour Jordan

  • Women are fairly conservative in Jordan.  It’s respectful to keep your arms and legs covered.  At the Dead Sea resorts, normal Western swimming attire is fine.
  • Tampons are difficult to find.
  • Public displays of affection are discouraged when in the more conservative areas.

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10 things you need to know before visiting Jordan

Sunny Fitzgerald

Nov 30, 2023 • 7 min read

Female tourist at Petra famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom

From staying safe to understanding local etiquette, this guide to Jordan for first-timers will help you plan the perfect trip Stefan Tomic / Getty Images

A small country that's big on hospitality, ancient history and culture – with numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites –  Jordan offers endless opportunities for adventure.

From afar, it’s often unfairly lumped in with regional conflict and, as such, overlooked by wary travelers. But in reality, it’s a welcoming and peaceful destination not to be missed.

Start planning the trip of your life today with our ten top tips for first-time visitors to Jordan.

People explore the ancient ruins of Petra, Jordan

1. Jordan is a safe place to visit

Despite being located in a region with a history of conflict, Jordan is a friendly oasis that’s open and inviting to visitors. Hospitality reigns supreme, violent crime is extremely rare, and Gallup’s 2022 Law and Order Report  ranks Jordan in the top ten for countries where people feel safe walking alone at night.

While you should take the usual precautions you would anywhere – purchase travel and health insurance, don’t carry large sums of cash, and keep valuables locked in a safe  – fear should not be a factor when planning a trip to Jordan.

2. Hospitality is a deeply rooted tradition

Don’t let the "Jordanian frown" fool you. Although you may be met with furrowed brows and what appear to be unfriendly faces, you’ll quickly learn just beneath the tough exterior of a resting frown face typically lies a fun-loving attitude and a deeply rooted tradition of hospitality that can be traced back to Bedouin culture.

It’s not uncommon to be invited for tea or even a meal by shopkeepers and strangers you meet. " Ahlan wa sahlan'"  (welcome), locals will say. "Where are you from? Welcome to Jordan."

Tourist and local Bedouin guide sit on a rock in Wadi Rum, Jordan, contemplating the landscape from the mount Jebel Burdah

3. When greeting someone, follow their lead

You’ll see people of the same gender greet each other with handshakes, hugs and even multiple air kisses beside each cheek. But if you put your hand out for a shake or lean in for a hug, you may be left hanging.

Out of respect for their religion and spouse, some Muslims will not touch people of a different gender unless they are related by blood. Don’t take it personally – be prepared and open to learning the local traditions.

When meeting someone, you can stand, say hello, smile and then let them take the lead. If they extend a hand or lean in for a hug, you can do the same. If they keep their hands at their sides or put their right hand over their heart rather than reaching out, that’s their way of acknowledging you.

4. It’s not always hot and sunny in Jordan

A common misconception about Jordan is that it’s always hot, dry and sunny. While that may be the case if you visit between May and September, Jordan does have a winter season .

From November to February, the country receives a great deal of cold and cloudy days, rain and even snow, sleet and hail on occasion. Temperatures can hover under 10ºC (50ºF) during the day and drop to freezing in the night (32ºF).

If you’re traveling from mid-October to mid-March, be sure to pack a waterproof jacket and warm layers and monitor the weather. Flash floods are extremely dangerous, and even Petra is known to close during inclement weather.

Bartender pours a glass of local Jordan River Shiraz with a view of Amman from Cantaloupe's upper terrace

5. Alcohol is legal, but heavily taxed

If you’re in search of sundowners , you can find alcohol at a number of restaurants, bars and, of course, liquor stores in the larger cities like Amman and Aqaba , as well as Christian towns such as Madaba and Fuheis (where you’ll find Carakale , Jordan’s first and only craft beer microbrewery).

St George and Jordan River also produce their own wine in the country but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for your libations – although legal, alcohol tends to carry hefty taxes.

Bear in mind that Muslim-owned properties and Islamic holidays may affect how readily alcohol is available. For example, it’s illegal to sell alcohol anywhere in the country during Ramadan (with the exception of some high-end hotels), and most camps in Wadi Rum don’t serve alcohol at all (but you can often bring your own).

Call ahead to inquire about availability and any restrictions, and if you do drink, be mindful of your hosts and consume in moderation.

6. Dress respectfully

Jordan is a Muslim-majority country, but Christians, Jews and people of various beliefs also coexist peacefully here. There is no law requiring women to wear hijab, but there is an expectation that visitors dress respectful ly – i t’s best to avoid low-cut and shoulder-baring tops, short skirts, and shorts.

If you plan to visit a place of worship, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders, and women are typically expected to cover their hair, chest and neck. 

But covering up doesn’t mean dressing down: Jordanians are generally quite image-conscious and well-dressed. Some restaurants even enforce a sophisticated dress code, particularly in Amman .

Keep that in mind when packing and feel free to flaunt your personal style (respectfully) if you’ll be spending time in the capital.

7. Smoking shisha and cigarettes is common

Alcohol may be in somewhat short supply, but there is argeeleh (shisha) aplenty. For better or worse, smoking shisha is a national pastime, and you’ll find argeeleh cafes across the country. Cigarette smoking is also widely accepted – although it is banned in numerous indoor public spaces, the bans are often ignored by locals.

Travelers who smoke will be in good company, but the smoking culture in Jordan can prove challenging for nonsmokers and those with health conditions. When booking rooms, tours, restaurants and transportation, ask whether non-smoking options are available.

8. Bring a reusable filtration water bottle

Tap water is usually not drinkable in Jordan, though some higher-end hotels have their own water purification systems. Environmental education and recycling facilities are scarce, and you will see plastics and other rubbish littering the otherwise lovely landscapes.

Local businesses and organizations with an eco-aware approach and plastic-free policies like those of Feynan Ecolodge , the Jordan Trail and Eco Hikers are working to teach and inspire locals and visitors with their environmental initiatives.

Travelers to Jordan can be part of the solution by supporting these businesses and carrying their own reusable filtration water bottles (such as  GRAYL ) and reusable utensils.

Two people in traditional Jordanian dress look out over the heavily developed hillsides of Amman

9. Jordan is proof that big things come in small packages

Jordan is smaller than Portugal or the US state of Maine, but within its borders, you’ll find endless adventure possibilities, ancient history and culture, nature reserves, and community-based immersive experiences (such as those provided by Baraka Destinations , Engaging Cultures and Experience Jordan ).

There are also five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the architectural wonders of Petra and the expansive deserts and towering rocks of Wadi Rum.

If you’re eligible for a visa on arrival to Jordan, purchase the Jordan Pass to gain entrance to some of the best sites, castles and museums including Petra, Wadi Rum, the Temple of Hercules in Amman , the Roman ruins at Jerash and Ajloun Castle .

Keep in mind that although Jordan is small in size, the terrain is varied, roads may be rough and traffic can delay your plans. Traveling to sites may take more time than you anticipate, so plan accordingly and try not to schedule every moment of your itinerary. Immerse yourself in the experiences and allow time for the unexpected. 

10. You’re going to fall in love with Jordan

Maybe it will be the moment you fall asleep under a blanket of stars or stand in awe of enormous ancient stones. Or perhaps it will hit you when you reach the peak of a mountain and take in the view, far away from the rush of the city.

It might be the laughter and stories you share with your new Bedouin friends. Or the taste of tea brewed with sage and sugar over a campfire. It could be in the fresh mansaf (the Jordanian national dish of lamb, rice and yogurt sauce) made with love by your hosts and eaten with your hands. Or it could be when you hear the muezzin’s call to prayer while watching birds dive and swoop against a sunset sky.

There will be a moment – or more likely, many moments – when the magic of Jordan seeps into your soul. Jordan will welcome you, challenge you and it may very well change you. And you’ll find yourself making plans for your next trip before you even finish your first.

This article was first published Aug 20, 2019 and updated Nov 30, 2023.

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Following strenuous efforts by cartographers and government officials, Jordan now uses street addresses in some areas – but it’s only in the big cities that streets sport nameplates and buildings are numbered. Problems arise in spelling – there’s no universally accepted method of transliterating Arabic into English, so online mapping systems may not use the same spelling as the street sign in front of you – and also in usage: many people still ignore the system, navigating instead in relation to prominent landmarks or by asking passers-by. Mail is delivered only to PO boxes at post offices.

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Discover Jordan

Discover Jordan

Jordan has it all: spectacular desert scenery; the Dead Sea, age-old cities, castles, monuments, and more. Discover the best of this welcoming country as you delve into the history of ancient civilizations and see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World up close.

Treasures of Jordan

Treasures of Jordan

From the Dead Sea's restorative salty shores to Red Sea reefs teeming with aquatic life, Jordan is full of treasures. Get a taste of desert life and adventure in Wadi Rum; then fill up on culture in Petra and Amman, and maybe squeeze in a trip to Jerusalem, too.

Highlights of Jordan

Highlights of Jordan

Explore the highlights of Jordan in this compact itinerary. Activities include stargazing in Wadi Rum, exploring Petra and spending a day at leisure at the Dead Sea. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about history and culture and introduce the Bedouin lifestyle to you.

An active adventure in Jordan

An active adventure in Jordan

Experience a mix of hiking in the North of Jordan, canyon trails and relaxing activities combined with sightseeing of the highlights and meeting locals. This trip is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and is not recommended during wintertime (November to February).

Jordan Culture in depth

Jordan Culture in depth

Get to know the Jordanian culture in depth, indulge in mouthwatering street and local homemade food, meet the owner of the smallest hotel in the world, learn more about the Bedouins and the desert in Wadi Rum and finish off by floating over the Dead Sea mineral water.

Family adventure in Jordan

Family adventure in Jordan

Indulge into the magical ancient world of Jordan on this thrilling family adventure! This tour has been specially designed to highlight the most exciting corners of Jordan, from natural reserves to historical Jerash to magnificent Petra, from Wadi Rum desert to the blissful Dead Sea.

Though sometimes surprisingly expensive, Jordan is generally pretty good value. It’s possible to see the sights, eat adequately, sleep in basic comfort and get around on public transport for roughly £70/US$90 a day for two. If you like things more comfortable – staying in good mid-range hotels, eating well, perhaps renting a car to see some out-of-the-way places – reckon on nearer £120/US$150 a day for two. To travel independently while hiring drivers and guides, staying in five-star hotels and generally living the high life, a realistic minimum is £250/US$320 a day for two. All these figures – which are rounded and approximate – exclude the cost of getting into Petra, which at £100/US$130 for a two-day ticket for two people, could bust your budget, though the Jordan Pass (see page ) can help offset some costs.

Jordan has a government sales tax, which applies at different rates, depending on the goods/services involved, up to about sixteen percent: bear in mind that, in many situations, the price you see (or are told) doesn’t include this tax, which is only added on when you come to pay. In Aqaba, sales tax is lower than the rest of Jordan. In addition, hotels and restaurants above a certain quality threshold automatically add a ten percent service charge to all bills. They are legally obliged to state these charges somewhere, although it can be as surreptitious as a tiny line on the bottom of a menu.

The sense of honour and hospitality to guests embedded deep within Arab culture, coupled with a respect for others, means that you’re extremely unlikely to become a victim of crime while in Jordan. Along with the ordinary police, Jordan maintains a force of English-speaking tourist police, identifiable by their armbands with English lettering. Posted at all tourist sites nationwide, they can deal with requests, complaints or problems of harassment. Any representation by a foreigner, whether to the tourist police or the ordinary local police, will generally have you ushered into the presence of senior officers, sat down and plied with coffee, with your complaint taken with the utmost seriousness. The nationwide police emergency number is T911. Dial T199 for an ambulance. Otherwise you’re only likely to tangle with the police if they catch you speeding.

Terrorism and civil disorder in Jordan are extremely rare. At the time of writing, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had no warning against travel anywhere in Jordan, other than to within 3km of the border with Syria, because of the small risk of stray firing from across the frontier. There is no reason for tourists to venture anywhere near the border, anyway. Across the country, all big hotels have barriers keeping vehicles clear of the entrance, and airport-style security for everyone entering the building (including compulsory baggage X-ray and body search). Armed police patrol all major tourist sites. Regardless of the impression you might get from the nightly news – and as long as you stay clear of the border zones with Syria and Iraq – you’d be in no more danger travelling round Jordan than you might be in your home country.

Note that it is illegal to insult the king or the royal family, possess drugs or pornography, preach Christianity in public or encourage people to convert to any religion other than Islam.

You’re permitted to buy two hundred cigarettes, one litre of spirits and two litres of wine duty-free on arrival in Jordan. All borders and airports have duty-free shops which open for long hours, but if you forget to buy your allowance of alcohol, cigarettes, perfume or electronic goods when you arrive, you can go to the Duty-Free Shop on Tunis Street near 5th Circle in Amman (T06 520 6666, jdfshops.com ) within fourteen days, where the whole range is available. Bring your passport.

The area around Aqaba is a Special Economic Zone, with lower taxes and its own customs rules: on all roads into the city, you’ll have to pass through a customs station. On departing the zone, you may be subject to checks: personal items, plus up to two hundred cigarettes and one litre of alcohol that you bought in the zone, are exempt from duty.

Departing Jordan, duty-free shops at the airports and the land borders stock familiar ranges.

The supply in Jordan is 220V AC, 50Hz – the same as in Europe. Most new buildings and big hotels have British-style square three-pin sockets. Older buildings tend to have two-pin sockets for European-style thick-pronged, round plugs.

No immunizations or vaccinations are required to enter Jordan. However, before you travel, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up to date with immunizations against hepatitis A, polio, tetanus (lockjaw), tuberculosis and typhoid fever. You should consult a doctor at least two months in advance of your departure date, as there are some immunizations that can’t be given at the same time, and several take a while to become effective.

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UK MASTA masta.org .

US CDC cdc.gov/travel .

All visitors to Jordan must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the proposed date of entry to the country.

On arrival at all airports, as well as at most land and sea borders – apart from the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge and the Eilat–Aqaba border – most nationalities are routinely issued with a single-entry visa. If you arrive at Aqaba, it’s free; if you arrive anywhere else, it costs JD40 (payable in cash, Jordanian dinars only).

The visa fee is waived if you hold the Jordan Pass or if your trip has been booked through a licensed Jordanian tour operator and you’ll be spending at least two nights in Jordan.

Multiple-entry visas are available in advance only, from Jordanian embassies and consulates, for JD120 or the local equivalent.

Citizens of around fifty developing countries – listed at wvisitjordan.com – cannot obtain a visa on arrival and must instead apply at the nearest Jordanian embassy at least three months prior to travel.

Both single- and multiple-entry visas are valid for a stay of thirty days. If you’re planning to stay longer than that, you must register at any police station in the last couple of days before the thirty-day period is up – a simple, free, five-minute procedure which grants a three-month extension. For any queries, ask your hotel (or an Arabic-speaking friend) to call the Borders and Residence Department (T06 550 5360, psd.gov.jo ), part of the Public Security Directorate, on your behalf.

If you plan to enter Jordan for the first time via the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, or via the crossing from Eilat to Aqaba, you must already hold a visa – they are not issued at these crossing points. If you left Jordan via the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge and are returning via the same bridge, you don’t need to buy another visa as long as your current one is still within its thirty-day validity period.

Always carry your passport on you: you’ll need it to check into hotels and to ease your way through any checkpoints.

Embassies and consulates

Full lists are at wvisitjordan.com .

Jordanian embassies abroad

Embassies and consulates in amman, visas at aqaba.

If you intend to cross by land from Eilat (Israel) to Aqaba you must already hold a Jordanian visa in advance.

If you arrive in Jordan elsewhere – other than the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge – and you let the passport officials know that you intend to go directly to Aqaba, you are in theory entitled to get a free ASEZ visa rather than paying for a standard visa. In these cases, though, you must register at the ASEZA offices in Aqaba within 48 hours of your arrival in Jordan: if you miss this deadline, you become liable for the cost of the visa plus a fine.

It’s essential to take out a good travel insurance policy to cover against theft, loss of property and illness or injury. Before paying for a new policy, however, it’s worth checking whether you are already covered: home insurance may cover your possessions when overseas, many private medical schemes include cover when abroad and premium bank accounts or credit cards often have travel insurance included. After exhausting these possibilities, contact a specialist travel insurance firm.

Airmail letters and postcards can take a week or two to Western Europe, up to a month to North America or Australasia. Asking someone to write the destination country in Arabic can help avoid things going astray. It’s safest to ignore the street postboxes and instead send your mail from larger post offices, all of which have a box for airmail ( barid jowwy ). Stamps ( tawabe’a ) cost pennies, but parcels are expensive (JD10–15 for 1kg). International courier firms are well represented in Amman and Aqaba.

Our detailed and interactive maps will guide you through your travels in Jordan. Click here to view our maps online .

The Jordanian unit of currency is the dinar, abbreviated to JD (or JOD). Most people refer to the dinar as a “ jaydee ” or a “ lira ”. One dinar is divided into 1000 fils or 100 piastres ( qirsh ). Locals always think in piastres; they only refer to fils when talking to foreigners. A hotel, restaurant or shop bill will show either “14.65” or “14.650”, both of which mean 14 dinars and 65 piastres (that is, 650 fils). In this Guide, we stick to two decimal places only.

Banknotes are JD50, JD20, JD10, JD5 and JD1, all with Arabic on one side and English on the other. For coins, there’s a gold, seven-sided half-dinar coin inset with a circular silver bit in the middle; a smaller quarter-dinar coin, also gold and seven-sided but without the silver inset; and silver coins of ten piastres and five piastres. All coins state their value on them somewhere in tiny English lettering.

In verbal exchanges, you’ll find that people quite often leave the denomination off the end of prices. If they say something costs “ ashreen ” (twenty), it’s up to you to decide whether they mean 20 fils (a throwaway amount), 20 piastres (ie 200 fils; the price of a street snack or a short bus ride), or 20 JDs (the cost of a room in a small hotel). Nicknames also pop up: 10 piastres is a barizeh and 5 piastres is a shilin .

Changing and carrying money

Few banks in the West keep Jordanian dinars on hand, but you should be able to order them with a few days’ notice. It’s a good idea to bring JD80 or so with you in cash, to cover visa and transport costs on arrival.

Most hotels and shops above the cheapest level accept credit and debit cards, but Jordan is a cash society: just about everywhere the preferred method of payment is local banknotes. You can’t pay in dollars, euros or other currencies.

Security-wise, Jordan is safer than anywhere in the West: you can carry wads of cash around in your pocket without concern. You’re more likely to be invited for tea than mugged.

For changing money, every town has a welter of banks, with identical exchange rates, and there are also plenty of independent change offices. Cash machines (ATMs) are widespread, always with an English option. You can generally withdraw a maximum of around JD250 a day, depending on your card provider, but watch for hidden fees and commission charges: it’s worth checking your terms and conditions before you leave home – and switching to a card tailored for holiday use if you can. There’s no black market in currency exchange.

Jordan’s working week runs from Sunday to Thursday. Public sector office hours are 8am–3pm; private sector businesses tend to follow a split pattern, perhaps 8.30am–1pm and 3.30–6.30pm. The weekend is officially Friday, though banks, government departments and many businesses also close on Saturdays.

Although Muslims pray together in the mosque on a Friday, the concept of a “sabbath” or “day of rest” does not translate: downtown shops and markets are generally open seven days a week, roughly 9am–9pm. More upmarket shops tend to open 9/9.30am–6/7pm, perhaps closing for two or three hours at lunchtime. Almost everywhere shuts for a couple of hours around Friday midday prayers. All transport services operate seven days a week, though there are fewer services on Fridays (none at all on some routes).

During Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, everything changes. Shops and offices open from 9am to 2 or 3pm (closed Fri), while street markets operate every day until about an hour before sunset. Banks and government departments may only be open for two or three hours in the morning. Some shops might reopen for a couple of hours after dark.

Public holidays in Jordan

Jordan’s secular national holidays tend to be low-key affairs; banks, businesses and government offices are closed, but shops might open as normal. Even though Jordan’s Christians are mostly Orthodox and follow the Julian calendar, which varies from the Gregorian calendar used in the West by a couple of weeks, everyone has agreed to celebrate Christmas Day together as a national holiday on December 25 (Muslim shops and businesses don’t close).

Jordan public holidays

  • Jan 1 New Year’s Day
  • May 1 Labour Day
  • May 25 Independence Day
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day

Islamic holidays and Ramadan

Islamic religious holidays, based on the Hijra calendar, are marked by widespread public observance. All shops and offices are closed and non-essential services are liable to be suspended. The following dates are approximate, since each holiday is announced only when the new moon has been seen clearly by an authorized cleric from Jordan’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs. Quoted dates could vary by a couple of days. The start of the holy month of Ramadan is also included here; Ramadan is not a holiday, but since it comprises thirty days of restricted business hours, its first day is a useful date to know.

Islamic holidays

Eid al-Isra wal-Miraj Night Journey to Heaven:

March 22, 2020; March 11, 2021; March 1, 2022; Feb 18, 2023.

1st day of Ramadan: April 24, 2020; April 13, 2021; April 2, 2022; March 22, 2023.

Eid al-Fitr Three days: begins May 24, 2020; May 13, 2021; May 3, 2022; April 22, 2023.

Eid al-Adha Four days:begins July 31, 2020; July 20, 2021; July 10, 2022; June 28, 2023.

1st of Muharram Islamic New Year: Aug 20, 2020; Aug 9, 2021; July 30, 2022; July 19, 2023.

Mawlid an-Nabawi Prophet Muhammad’s birthday: Nov 10, 2019; Oct 29, 2020; Oct 19, 2021; Oct 8, 2022, Sept 27, 2023.

Landline numbers are nine digits long – seven digits prefixed by a two-digit area code: 02 covers northern Jordan, 03 southern Jordan, 05 the Jordan Valley and central and eastern districts, and 06 the Amman area.

Mobile phone numbers are ten digits long – seven digits prefixed by a three-digit code (currently 077, 078 or 079).

Most Jordanians have given up on landlines and instead rely on mobile phones – many people have two, on different networks. To follow suit you can walk into any phone or electronics shop (there are dozens in every town), buy a local SIM card, plug it into your unlocked handset and be up and running with a Jordanian number in minutes, for around JD10. Topping up with scratchcards (buyable everywhere) is straightforward. Calling and texting off a local number is very inexpensive – much cheaper than roaming from your home network. Basic handsets can be purchased for perhaps JD20–30.

Smoking is banned in public places, including airports, museums and on public transport. However, enforcement is minimal and in effect it’s impossible to escape cigarette smoke anywhere in the country.

Jordan is usually two hours ahead of London, seven hours ahead of New York and eight hours behind Sydney. Daylight Saving Time operates from the last Friday in March to the last Friday in October.

Emergencies

Police T911

Ambulance T199

Traffic accidents T190

Phoning home

To the UK T0044

To the Republic of Ireland T00353

To the US or Canada T001

To Australia T0061

To New Zealand T0064

To South Africa T0027

Calling Jordan from abroad

First dial your international access code (00 from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand; 011 from the US and Canada; 0011 from Australia), followed by 962 for Jordan, then the Jordanian number excluding the initial zero.

In a good restaurant, even when a service charge is included, it’s customary to round the bill up slightly as well. Low-budget local diners don’t expect tips and will never press you for anything. In most everyday situations a half-dinar tip (ie JD0.50) is a perfectly satisfactory indication of your appreciation for a service, such as a hotel porter loading your bags onto a bus or taxi. Taxi drivers deserve ten percent of the meter charge; if a driver has spent half a day shuttling you from place to place, JD5–10 is in order. An appropriate tip for a bellboy in a four- or five-star hotel who brings your bags up to your room is JD1.

The Jordan Tourism Board, or JTB ( visitjordan.com ), part affiliated to the Ministry of Tourism and part private, publicizes the country’s tourist assets abroad under the Visit Jordan brand. It is very active on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. In most countries, the account for handling promotion of Jordan is awarded to a local PR company, so contact details can, and do, change.

visitjordan.com Jordan’s official tourism portal.

kingabdullah.jo Detailed features on history, the royal family, politics and tourism.

jordantimes.com Leading English-language newspaper.

wildjordan.com Excellent information on Jordan’s nature reserves.

www.nomadstravel.co.uk For climbing and trekking enthusiasts.

maani.us/jordan Superb “Field Guide to Jordan”: download their app or buy the book.

jmd.gov.jo Weather forecasts and climate data (Arabic only).

Jordan makes few provisions for its own citizens who have limited mobility, and this is reflected in the negligible facilities for tourists. The best option is to plump for an organized tour; sightseeing is liable to be complicated enough – leaving the practical details to the professionals will take a weight off your mind. Throughout the country, pavements are either narrow and broken or missing altogether, kerbs are high, stairs are ubiquitous and wheelchair access to hotels, restaurants and public buildings is pretty much nonexistent. Hotel staff and tourism officials, although universally helpful, are generally poorly informed about the needs and capabilities of tourists with limited mobility. Travelling with an able-bodied helper and being able to pay for things like a rental car (or a car-with-driver) and good hotels will make things easier.

All Jordan’s ancient sites are accessible only by crossing rough and stony ground. Scrambling around at Jerash or Karak is hard enough for those with full mobility; for those without, a visit represents a major effort of energy and organization. Petra has better access: with advance planning, you could arrange to rent a horse-drawn cart to take you from the ticket gate into the ancient city, from where – with written permission obtained ahead of time from the tourist police – you could be picked up in a car and driven back to your hotel.

Children are universally loved in Jordan, and travelling with your family is likely to provoke spontaneous acts of kindness and hospitality from the locals.

Children are central to Jordanian society – many couples have four or five, and double figures isn’t uncommon. Middle-class extended families tend to take pleasure in spoiling kids rotten, allowing them to stay up late and play endlessly, but as a counterpoint, kids from low-income families can be seen out on the streets at all hours selling cigarettes. The streets are quite safe and even very young children walk to school unaccompanied.

Only the cheapest hotels will bar children; most will positively welcome them (with deals on extra beds or adjoining rooms), as will all restaurants, although discounts may have to be negotiated. There are a few precautions to bear in mind. Foremost is the heat: kids’ sensitive skin should be protected from the sun as much as possible, both in terms of clothing (brimmed hats and long sleeves are essential) and gallons of sunblock. Heatstroke and dehydration can work much faster on children than on adults. Sunglasses with full UV protection are vital to protect sensitive eyes. Kids are also more vulnerable than adults to stomach upsets: you should definitely carry rehydration salts in case of diarrhoea. Other things to watch out for include the crazy traffic (especially for British kids, who’ll be used to cars driving on the other side of the road), stray animals that may be disease carriers, and jellyfish and poisonous corals off Aqaba’s beaches.

Children will love riding camels in Wadi Rum, and even Petra’s threadbare donkeys may hold an appeal. Most of the archeological sites will probably be too rarefied to be of more than passing interest (aside, possibly, from exploring towers and underground passages at Karak, Shobak or Ajloun castles); spotting vultures, ibex and blue lizards at Dana or Mujib may be a better bet, and the glass-bottomed boats at Aqaba are perennial favourites. Children born and brought up in urban environments will probably never have experienced anything like the vastness and silence of the open desert, and you may find they’re transfixed by the emptiness of Wadi Rum or the eastern Badia.

No immunizations or vaccinations are required before you can enter Jordan. However, before you travel, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up to date with immunizations against hepatitis A, polio, tetanus (lockjaw), tuberculosis and typhoid fever. You should consult a doctor at least two months in advance of your departure date, as there are some immunizations that can’t be given at the same time, and several take a while to become effective.

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Dehydration.

An adult should normally drink two litres of water a day; from day one in the Middle East, you should be drinking at least three litres – and, if you’re exerting yourself in hot conditions, more than double that. It’s a matter of pride among the desert bedouin not to drink water in front of foreigners, but if you copy them you’re likely to make yourself ill. Drinking to quench your thirst just isn’t enough in a hot climate: you must drink well beyond that if you’re to head off lethargy and splitting headaches. Alcohol and caffeine exacerbate the effects of dehydration.

Heat exhaustion and sunstroke

The Jordanian sun can be scorchingly intense, and – obvious though it sounds – you should do all you can to avoid sun exposure, especially if you’re travelling in high summer (May–Sept). Head protection is essential. Lightweight 100 percent cotton clothes – such as long-sleeved shirts, and long trousers or ankle-length skirts – will allow air to circulate close to your skin to keep you cool and limit both sunburn and dehydration. If you feel very hot, dizzy and faint but aren’t sweating, you may have sunstroke: get out of direct sun and into air conditioning and/or cold water as soon as possible. Call a doctor if symptoms worsen.

Travellers’ diarrhoea

If you arrive in Jordan directly from the West (or Israel), give your stomach a chance to acclimatize: avoid street food for a few days and spend a little extra to eat in posher, but cleaner, restaurants. Every eating place, from the diviest diner upwards, will have a sink with soap for washing your hands. Nonetheless, few travellers seem to avoid diarrhoea altogether. Instant recourse to drugs such as Imodium or Lomotil that plug you up (in fact, what they do is paralyse your gut) is not advisable; you should only use them if you absolutely must travel (eg if you’re flying). The best thing to do is to wait, eat small amounts of dry food such as toast or crackers if you feel able and let it run its course, while constantly replacing the fluids and salts that you’re flushing away. Maintaining fluid intake (even if it all rushes out again) is vitally important. Oral rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte or Electrosol are widely available worldwide, sold in sachets for dissolving in a glassful of clean water. They’re marketed as being for babies, but will make you feel better and stronger than any other treatment. If you can’t get the sachets, make up your own solution with one heaped teaspoon of salt and twelve level teaspoons of sugar added to a standard-sized (1.5-litre) bottle of mineral water. You need to keep downing the stuff, whether or not the diarrhoea is continuing – at least a litre of the solution per day interspersed with three litres of fresh water. Bouts of diarrhoea rarely last longer than 24–48 hours.

If it goes on for longer than four days, seek medical advice. Nasty but easily treatable diseases such as giardiasis and amoebiasis must be tested for by a stool examination. If there is blood in your diarrhoea, you’ve most likely got dysentery and must see a doctor.

Bites and stings

Malaria is not present in Jordan, though mosquitoes and sandflies are. Snakes are frightened of humans; if you walk slowly and noisily, any snakes present will slither away. To avoid tangling with scorpions and spiders never walk barefoot, and if you’re camping always shake out your shoes and clothes before wearing them.

Treatment in Jordan

Every town has a pharmacy ( saydaliyyeh ), generally staffed by fluent English-speaking professionals trained to Western standards. Unless you’re obviously a hospital case, this is where you should head first, since a pharmacist charges nothing for a “consultation”, and can either prescribe a remedy on the spot or refer you to a local doctor. If you’re given a medicine, find out explicitly from the pharmacist what the dosage is, since printed English information on the box might be sketchy.

If you need a doctor ( doktoor ), ask your embassy to recommend one or check first with a pharmacist. All doctors are trained in English, many in hospitals in the UK or US. If you’re in real trouble, aim for the emergency room of a hospital ( moostashfa ) – and call the emergency helpline of your embassy to ask for advice. Consultation fees and medical costs are much lower than back home, but you should still get signed receipts for everything in order to claim money back from your insurance company when you return.

With the widespread use of English in public life, you’ll have good access to news while in Jordan. International newspapers and magazines are on sale, the local English-language press is burgeoning and satellite TV is widespread. The internet is not censored.

Among the region’s conservative and often state-owned Arabic press, Jordan’s newspapers, all of which are independently owned, have a reputation for relatively well-informed debate, although strict press laws – and the slow process of media liberalization – cause much controversy. The two biggest dailies, ad-Dustour (“Constitution”) and al-Ra’i (“Opinion”), are both centrist regurgitators of government opinion; al-Ghad (“Tomorrow”) has a fresher outlook. There’s a host of other dailies and weeklies, ranging from the sober to the sensational. Local news websites abound.

English-language newspapers are widely available from the kiosks in all big hotels and also from some bookshops, as well as online: unlike elsewhere in the region, Jordan does not censor the internet. The International Herald Tribune and most British dailies and Sundays generally arrive one or two days late (JD2 and upwards). Look out for excellent regional papers such as Abu Dhabi’s The National , Beirut’s Daily Star and Cairo’s Al-Ahram Weekly .

For local news in English, the Jordan Times is published daily except Saturdays, featuring national news, agency reports and pro-government comment. Jordan’s citizen journalism website 7iber.com (pronounced hibber – it means “ink”) runs a more enticing mix of stories in Arabic and English, as well as useful what’s-on information. One key local news blog is black-iris.com , while w BeAmman.com collates news, reviews and opinions about life in Jordan’s capital city.

There’s a lively market for Jordanian magazines, with a range of English-language monthlies including quirky JO, mixing lifestyle features with investigative reporting on social and environmental issues, glossy Living Well , and sober Venture and Jordan Business . Plenty of international magazines are available, from Cosmopolitan to The Economist .

TV and radio

Jordan TV isn’t up to much. Almost all hotels have satellite TV, featuring CNN , BBC World News , Al Jazeera English , plus a few movies and sitcoms in English, alongside dozens of Arabic, European and Asian channels.

As well as stations devoted to Quranic recitation, local news, phone-ins, contemporary pop and old-time crooners, Amman has several English-language music radio stations playing Western hits, including Sunny 105.1 and Play 99.6.

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The Treasury in Petra, Jordan

Jordan was my first trip to the Middle East and it quickly became one of my all-time favorite destinations!

This country really has it all: if you are looking for dramatic landscapes, amazing red sand dunes, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the lowest point on Earth, amazing local food, and friendly people then you have come to the right place!

In this Jordan travel guide, you can find all the information you need to know before visiting Jordan. Let’s get into it!

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How Much Time Do You Need to Spend in Jordan?

Well, this totally depends on you. Many people just want to visit Petra so they are border crossing from Israel for only one day. But Jordan deserves so much more than that! I would suggest planning at least 3-4 full days to have enough time to cover the most famous spots.

Originally I wanted to do the same and while it’s totally doable, I realized I don’t want to rush over the whole country in just a few days. I’ve decided to spend one week in Jordan instead and after having done that I would say this is definitely the best option!

You will have a decent amount of time for the must-see places plus you can include some fun activities and some relaxing time as well.

If you want to spend more than one day in Petra or the Wadi Rum desert, or you want to see some more off-the-beaten places, spending 10 days in Jordan is ideal.

To be honest, even if you would spend 2 weeks there you wouldn’t get bored so it really depends on your own preferences!

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Best Time to Visit Jordan

Jordan is a year-round destination, the best time highly depends on what type of activities you’re looking for. It’s important to know that the country may be small, but due to its topography, you can expect different weather conditions across the land.

That means you can experience some rainy and chilly days in Amman but you can work on your tan at the same time in the sunny Aqaba.

Spring (March-May) is one of the best options to visit Jordan. The weather is already pleasant in the mid-20 degrees with lots of sunshine, which is perfect for hiking and sightseeing. Springtime is really magical as the whole country is carpeted with wildflowers, even the desert!

Spring in the Wadi Rum, Jordan

The summer months (June-August) in Jordan are insanely hot and dry, the temperature can easily rise up to 40 degrees. Unless you are planning to chill all day long by the pool, I wouldn’t recommend this time for traveling.

Autumn (September-November) can be another great time for visiting as the temperature begins to drop in mid-September. This time is especially great if you are interested in diving in Aqaba.

The winter in Jordan (December-February) is generally short and cold. The temperature usually drops below freezing in the North and snow is not uncommon either.

All the popular sites will be quite empty so if you want to explore without the crowds and you can bear the cold, winter can still be a good choice for you, especially if you would like to experience Christmas in Jordan .

Visa in Jordan

Every visitor should obtain a visa. It can be purchased at the international airports and most the land borders for 40 JD ($56 US).

However, if you decide to buy the Jordan Pass it already covers the visa and it gives you free access to many sites, including the famous Petra.

The visa fee is waived on the condition that you stay at least 3 nights in Jordan (bad news for border hoppers).

If you are planning to visit Petra I recommend choosing the Jordan Pass. If you would choose to buy the one-day Petra ticket separately, it would cost you 50 JD ($70 US).

You would pay another 40 JD ($56 US) for the visa, so your total cost would be 90 JD ($126 US). The cheapest option of the Jordan Pass is 70 JD ($100 US) and it already includes the visa and a one-day pass to Petra.

You can choose a multiple-day Pass as well if you plan to stay longer in Petra.

Girl in a white dress and a white-red keffiyeh standing in front of the Ad Deir Monastery in Petra, Jordan

Money in Jordan

When I first heard about Jordan I thought it would be a budget destination. I couldn’t have been more wrong about that! Jordan is quite an expensive country, even comparing it to European or American standards.

The official currency is the Jordanian dinar (JD). You can change money at banks, exchange offices or even at some hotels. Most of the major currencies are accepted but it’s easier to change US dollars, Euros, or UK pounds.

The US dollar rates are fixed ( $1 US = 0.7 JD) while the other currencies are subject to the current economical conditions.

I would recommend bringing US dollars to Jordan and then changing it to dinars once you’re there. It’s possible to change dinars back to any foreign currency if you don’t need them anymore.

ATMs are available throughout the country and credit cards are widely accepted. However, there are no ATMs in places like the Wadi Rum desert or Petra and you can only pay with cash in these areas.

We brought $350 US in cash with us and it was enough for the whole week (on top of the credit card payments, of course). We used it mostly in markets, smaller restaurants, and in the desert area.

If you’re interested to know more about the travel costs in Jordan, read my post about how much does it cost to spend one week in Jordan !

Girl in a white dress looking at the view in the Wadi Rum, Jordan

How to Get Around in Jordan

Public transportation only exists in bigger cities like Amman. Be aware that the public buses don’t follow a timetable, the bus will only depart once it’s fully loaded with passengers.

They have specific routes but there are no official bus stops. They will stop anywhere once you press the button and you can wave them down anywhere along the road if you want to get on. You can buy your tickets on the bus.

The other option is taking a tourist bus. The Jordan Express Tourist Transportation Company (JETT) operates many tourist buses across the country. They have a fixed schedule and they don’t stop en route.

If you want to travel with them, you have to purchase your ticket in advance. In case you prefer to travel privately, you can also opt for an organized tour or hire a private driver to take care of the transportation issue.

After checking many options we decided to rent a car. To be honest we were a bit afraid of driving in Jordan but as long as you can avoid the bigger cities you’ll be fine.

Most of the time you will be driving through empty highways and mountain roads. There are lots of tricky road bumps and some of the roads could be in better condition.

Oh and don’t be surprised if you find a horde of sheep (or goats) in the middle of the road! It’s just the normal traffic in the Jordan countryside.

Girl in a white T-shirt and jeans looking at the winding roads of the King's Highway in Jordan

Best Places to Visit in Jordan

The rose-colored city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Since Petra is the most interesting site in Jordan you absolutely need to put it on your itinerary!

You can see the vast majority of the ruins in only one day but if you have more time you can easily spend 2-3 days in Petra as well.

The most famous spot is the Treasury, but there are many more interesting sites like the Street of Facades, the Roman Theatre, or the Monastery.

If you’re looking for the best viewpoints in Petra, read my article about how to find the best view of the Treasury !

Girl in a white dress standing in front of the Ad Deir Monastery in Petra, Jordan

Where to stay in Petra

  • Luxury: Mövenpick Resort Petra
  • Mid-Range: Infinity Lodge
  • Budget: La Maison Hotel

2. Wadi Rum

The Wadi Rum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southern part of Jordan. This is a huge desert area with the most amazing landscapes you’ll ever see!

If you’re into photography you will absolutely love it. Oh, and it’s definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Jordan as well!

Try to plan at least a half-day for visiting the desert but if you have more time I would rather recommend spending one full day and a night in the Wadi Rum.

If you want to go all-in, you can even stay at one of the best luxury camps in Wadi Rum .

Girl in a white dress looking at the view in the Wadi Rum, Jordan

Where to stay in the Wadi Rum

  • Luxury: Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel
  • Mid-Range: Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
  • Budget: Bedouin Nights Camp

3. Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It’s almost 10 times saltier than the ocean, therefore you will rather float than swim in the water.

Trust me, floating in the Dead Sea is a true bucket list experience! Although it’s really fun, there are some things you need to pay attention to. Read my best tips for visiting the Dead Sea for more information!

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Where to stay at the Dead Sea

  • Luxury: Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa
  • Mid-Range: Dead Sea Spa Hotel

Amman is the capital city of Jordan. It’s a very modern city with many ancient ruins so it’s definitely an interesting place to visit. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked by tourists but it’s worth spending at least a day there!

Visiting the Citadel and the Temple of Hercules is definitely one of the best things to do in Amman , such as shopping in the bazaars and tasting the local food.

If you’re looking for something off-the-beaten-path and you love cars, you can also pay a visit to the Royal Automobile Museum.

Roman ruins in Amman, Jordan

Where to stay in Amman

  • Luxury: Amman Rotana
  • Mid-Range: Amman International Hotel
  • Budget: The Cabin

If you’re looking for the largest and most interesting Roman site in Jordan, you need to put Jerash on your itinerary.

This ancient city is packed with many temples, amphitheaters, columns, and ruined buildings. You can easily visit Jerash from Amman on a day trip so there is no need to stay there.

Girl in a purple floral dress standing in front of the ruins of Jerash in Jordan

Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan, packed with beautiful beach resorts. The water is always warm and crystal clear which makes it the perfect place for snorkeling or scuba diving.

Unfortunately, if you’re only planning to spend a few days in Jordan you will not have time to enjoy the warm weather in Aqaba.

However, if you’re spending one week in Jordan as I suggested, you can easily plan a full-day snorkeling trip in Aqaba!

Girl in a white bikini sitting on a snorkeling boat in Aqaba, Jordan

Where to stay in Aqaba

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25 thoughts on “The Ultimate Jordan Travel Guide for First Time Visitors”

Jordan is so high on my bucket list! Your blog post is such an interesting read ?

Thank you so much Lina! Jordan is such an amazing country, I can only recommend visiting!

So much good info here Kristi! I am bookmarking it for when I get to visit Jordan in the future- it looks so beautiful.

Jordan is still one of my favourite travel destinations ever! I’m sure you will love it Charu! 🙂

Jordan is on my list, and I’m so happy to see more than just about Petra. I have obviously always wanted to visit Petra, I mean look at it. But there seems to be so much more to Jordan that if I were to visit I would not want to just border hop, but spend some actual time there. Good to know about some of the costs though, that’s definitely helpful information

Totally agree with you, Jordan is so much more than Petra! I’ve never understood why many people only do a day trip there from Israel when the whole country is so beautiful. I have a full blog post about our Jordan expenses if you’re interested 🙂

The desert has such beauty, with the earth tones and sand dunes. I smiled at your comment that the buses don’t follow a timetable. It’s a different culture than my city life in the US, and that’s one reason it would be so interesting to visit Jordan!

Haha yeah it’s so interesting! It’s really different from Hungary as well and it was such an amazing travel experience!

My parents went here last year but I still haven’t had a chance to visit Jordan yet! I’d love to go someday! Your photos are gorgeous! :]

Thank you Farrah! Jordan is such an amazing country, I can only recommend visiting!

Wonderful post and photos! I had such an amazing time in Jordan!!!

Thank you Charlotte! I really loved it as well 🙂

I would love to visit Jordan! It looks like an amazing country and there are so many beautiful spots! I will definitely use your tips for when I go! Your photos are stunning btw!

Thank you so much Bettina!

I have traveled to the Middle East many times, but never made it to Jordan. This is a very informative and useful guide so I’m going to save it for when we can travel again. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the STUNNING images!

Thank you so much Michelle, I’m so happy you liked it! Jordan is really great country, it’s still one of my favourite travel destinations ever 🙂

I would love to go back to Jordan! I only got to see the Dead Sea, so it looks like there are so many other places I should explore there!!

I have had Jordan on my top places to visit for a while now and this post just adds to the desire to go. I think I need to spend the full week here. Snorkelling, history and amazing views all in one place – YES PLEASE!!!!

I think one week is the perfect amount of time! We also did a one week trip (I shared our itinerary in another blog post as well) and it was so incredible! 🙂

I never thought about Jerash and Aqaba. Jordan is high on my list. It’s a very useful guide. It will definitely come handy for when I visit.

You’re making me miss this beautiful country!! So many good tips here. I definitely want to go back!

I was supposed to visit Jordan back in 2017 and my friend got really sick and we had to cancel the trip literally the day we were supposed to leave. Ever since, I’ve been absolutely DYING to visit Jordan! I pinned this for when I can finally make that trip 🙂

Omg I’m so sorry to hear about it! Jordan is really amazing, one of my favourite trips ever! I hope you will be able to visit Jordan when we can finally travel again 🙂

Jordan is perhaps my all-time favorite country! I spent almost three weeks there years ago, taking shared taxis everywhere, hitchhiking through the desert, and camping on the beach. I found all the locals to be so friendly and helpful! The one thing I need to go back for is Wadi Rum — didn’t make it there the first time around.

Oh gosh 3 weeks in Jordan – that sounds like a dream! I absolutely loved this country as well and it’s also one of my favourite travel destinations ever 🙂

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Jordan is an absolutely stunning country, packed with rich culture, fascinating history, and a beautiful arid countryside. However, there are some important things you need to know before you go to Jordan in 2024. 

Jordan is one of those countries that can go very wrong if you are not well-prepared. Spending a little time reading and researching now will save a lot of time, stress, and money later. We really enjoyed exploring Jordan as a family. There are plenty of epic things to see and do in this beautiful country.

This guide is designed to help you plan and prepare for an independent, adventurous and intrepid trip to Jordan. This guide is packed with up-to-date travel information. We have also linked out to other articles that may help you plan your trip around Jordan. If you are planning to visit Jordan in 2023, please take time to read this article carefully.

Not sure whether to visit? Don’t miss our article – Is it worth visiting Jordan?

Is Jordan Safe to Travel in 2023?

Yes, Jordan is safe to travel in 2023. Many people are having amazing, safe trips around Jordan. There are a few safety things that you need to be aware of. At present, the conflict in Israel has not stopped tourism in Jordan. There are a few restrictions and warnings you need to be aware of. We have found the information on the UK FCO website to be very relevant, helpful, and up-to-date. Make sure that you read our full guide on safe travel in Jordan in 2023.

For information and health advice for Jordan travel, we recommend speaking to your GP or contacting a travel clinic. The information on the NaTHNaC website is also very useful and comprehensive.

Find out more in this full guide to safe travel in Jordan AND Is it safe to travel Jordan with a baby?

You may also be interested to learn How to Avoid Scams in Petra

What is it like to explore Jordan?

Don’t miss our immersive vlog to get a feel for what it is really like to travel Jordan…

What Are the Best Things to See and Do in Jordan?

Dead Sea with kids mud spa fun

Early in the planning stage for any international trip, we recommend spending some time working out what things you really want to do and whether you can fit them into your itinerary. Here is a list of the best things to do in Jordan to help inspire you:

  • Visit the Amman Citadel.
  • Explore the Amman Old Town.
  • Visit the Jordan Museum in Amman.
  • Visit Bethany beyond the Jordan baptism site.
  • Visit the Dead Sea (consider a Dead Sea day pass or even stay at a Dead Sea Resort )
  • Explore Mount Nebo.
  • Explore Petra .
  • Visit Wadi Rum and stay in a glamping tent

DELIGHTFUL DAY TRIPS FROM AMMAN – don’t miss our guide to the best day trips from Amman

How Long Should You Spend in Jordan?

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How long do you spend in Jordan? This really is one of the key things to know before you go to Jordan.

It is possible to see all of the main attractions in Jordan in only 3 days. However, a 3-day itinerary in Jordan is likely to be rushed and may miss some of the best bits. If you only spend 3 days in Jordan, that will not be much time to slow down and rest if you do want to see some of the main attractions.

The ideal amount of time to spend in Jordan is around 7 days. In this time, you should be able to visit all of the main attractions. A 7 day itinerary in Jordan has a good pace. 7 days is sufficient time to connect with the culture and experience the best bits.

Things to Prepare Before You Go to Jordan – Travel Checklist

If you’re planning to visit Jordan, you will need to make sure that you prepare well for your trip. Here is a list of things you need to do before you travel to Jordan:

  • Work out your dates and rough itinerary. When will you travel and what things do you want to see in Jordan?
  • Book your transport to Jordan; most people arrive by air, flying to Amman or Aqaba.
  • Purchase a travel insurance policy; make sure your policy has sufficient medical cover; we recommend at least 5 million Medical with around £100 excess. If possible, make sure that insurance covers cancellations.
  • Purchase a Jordan pass or an e-Visa online (if you’re planning to visit Petra, we recommend a Jordan pass). Buy your pass on the Official Jordan Pass website . Find out more about the Jordan Pass .
  • Purchase your Jett bus tickets in advance. if you are not in Jordan at the time of purchase, we recommend booking your bus as a Jett day tour . Don’t miss our full guide on how to book a bus in Jordan .
  • Book your accommodation in advance; we recommend using Agoda or booking.com.
  • Get hold of some Jordanian currency (Jordanian Dinar).
  • Make sure you have a good international debit card (and a backup card if possible).
  • Pack and get ready for your trip. Remember to check airline baggage allowance and check in online. Keep an eye out for flight updates and changes. 

Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Jordan?

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Things to know before you go to Jordan – Surely accommodation is one of the most important things. SO we have dedicated plenty of time sharing recommendations and top tips to help you plan your hotels. Here are some guides to the best hotels in Jordan:

BEST HOTELS IN AMMAN – Don’t miss the 10 BEST Hotels in Amman

BUDGET HOTELS IN AMMAN – The Best Budget hotels in Amman

LUXURY HOTELS IN PETRA – Stunning Luxury Hotels in Petra

DREAMY DEAD SEA RESORTS – The best Resorts to stay by the Dead Sea

What Is the Best Way to Book Accommodation in Jordan?

The best way to book accommodation in Jordan is to use a platform like booking.com or Agoda. Both of these websites list many hotels and guest houses across the full budget range. Hotels in Jordan often charge additional taxes on top of the base price. If you use a website like booking.com and Agoda, hotels need to list these charges, so you can work out exactly what you need to pay.

It is also very helpful to read reviews before you make your booking, as this can give you a real picture of the hotel. We have also found that booking through platforms like booking.com and Agoda improves the chance of better customer service. Most hotels are keen to improve their reviews and rating scores on the platforms, so you are more likely to get a better standard of service and care. 

Using booking.com and Agoda also allows you to access other advantages, such as meals or breakfast inclusions or free cancellation policies. This is particularly useful if you are not able to commit to your travel dates but you want to pin down some accommodation before it gets too busy.

There is one disadvantage to booking your hotel online: hotels may charge slightly higher prices compared to direct bookings because they need to cover their fees. So, if you are traveling on a very low budget, it may be better to contact a hotel directly and try to negotiate a deal.

What are prices like in Jordan?

Jordan is a pretty cheap country – between Europe and Southeast Asia in prices. For example, beds in shared dorms start at around 5JOD (£5 or $6) budget rooms start at around 10JOD (£10 or $12). You can buy bread and street food snacks for under 1JOD (£1 or $1.20). Meals in Restaurants cost around £2 – £5 ($2.50 – $6) in non-toustist areas. Short taxi journeys typically cost 2JOD – 3JOD (£2 – £3 or $2.50 – $4). Find out more about prices in Jordan – how much does a 7 day independent trip around Jordan cost?

ALSO don’t miss our special tips and savvy tricks to budget travel in Jordan

Are There ATM Machines in Jordan?

Jordan commercial bank ATM machine

There are plenty of ATM machines in Jordan. You can find ATM machines at all of the most important attractions, such as the International Airport, the land borders, the Amman Old City, and also around Petra (near the entrance to the Archaeological Park).

ATM machines in Jordan do have standard charges for international bank cards. The charges are as follows:

  • Bank of Jordan: 5 JOD (£5 or $6)
  • Islamic bank: 3.50 JOD (£3.50 or $4.50)
  • Commercial Bank: 3 JOD (£3 or $4)

The cheapest ATM machine for withdrawing money in Jordan is Commercial Bank. If you are using an international bank card, there is generally a maximum withdrawal amount of around 250 JOD (your bank may also have their own maximum withdrawal limits). This is around £250 or $300)

Before you travel to Jordan, we do recommend sorting out a good international bank card; many high street banks have additional charges for withdrawing money overseas. These charges can be surprisingly high. Remember, the local ATM machine also charges for withdrawals.

So, if possible, we do recommend having a good international bank card or two. Online banks like Wise and Starling allow free withdrawals with competitive exchange rates. Although we say they allow free withdrawals, the local bank will still charge, but Starling and Wise should not charge.

TOP TIP: We do always recommend arriving with some local currency in case you have trouble withdrawing money. We also recommend bringing a spare bank card as a backup if you lose your main card.

What Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Jordan?

Petra sunset

The Jordan climate can be very extreme and varies massively from season to season. The summer months from June to August can be intensely hot and very dry. If you’re traveling Jordan in the summer months, we recommend being well-prepared for the heat. Bring plenty of sun protection and sunscreen, and remember to drink plenty of water. We traveled around Jordan with a baby in August, and it was essential to have an umbrella for sun protection.

During the spring and autumn months, the temperatures in Jordan are mild, and the weather is very beautiful. Peak season for travel in Jordan is from September to November, with a small peak in December around Christmas. During these months, the temperature is relatively mild, and the conditions are very nice for travel. Jordan is also busier in these months, so it is important to book buses and hotels nice and early if you’re planning to travel in the autumn or spring months.

Jordan can actually get quite cold in the winter months from November to February. If you’re traveling around Jordan in these months, it is important to be prepared for the climate. Bring plenty of warm layers, especially if you are planning to spend some time in Petra, Wadi Rum, or in the hills.

What Are the Best Ways to Get Around in Jordan?

If you’re planning to visit Jordan you need to plan your transport. We have LOTS of guides to help you get around in Jordan…

FULL GUIDE TO TRANSPORT IN JORDAN – Getting around in Jordan – everything you need to know

AMMAN TO THE DEAD SEA – How to travel from Amman to the Dead Sea step-by-step

AMMAN TO PETRA – How to travel from Amman to Petra Guide

AMMAN TO THE BAPTISM SITE – How to travel from Amman to the Baptism Site (Al Maghtas)

For short journeys around towns and cities, the best way to get around in Jordan is to use local taxis. You can either flag a taxi at the side of the road and agree on the price with the driver, or alternatively, you can use the Uber taxi app to book short journeys. Most short taxi rides in Jordan are likely to cost around 1 JOD – 3 JOD (£1 – £3 or $1.20 – $4).

Don’t miss our Full guide to Taxis in Jordan

Jett Abdali office Amman

For longer journeys around Jordan, you will need to book a bus . There is only one bus company that operates between the main towns and tourist attractions in Jordan; the company is called Jett. We recommend booking your buses in advance to make sure that you get a seat. Most long-distance journeys with Jett cost between 10 JOD – 30 JOD (£10 – £30 or $12 – $40).

You can also use taxis for long-distance journeys around Jordan. It is important to be aware that long-distance taxi journeys in Jordan can be relatively expensive. For a solo traveler or a couple, it is probably better value to take a bus. However, for a family or a larger group, you may save money by taking a taxi. A short day trip by taxi is likely to cost 40 JOD – 50 JOD (Amman to the Dead Sea and back with some waiting time). This is around £40 – £50 or $50 – $60. A long day trip is likely to cost 100 JOD – 150 JOD (e.g. Amman to Petra and back). This is around £100 – £150 or $120 – $180. 

What Is Family Travel Like in Jordan?

Petra with a baby

Jordan is a very beautiful and impressive country; however, it is not the best place in the world for family travel. Traveling Jordan with kids definitely has its challenges, and it’s important to be well-prepared for your trip. We have produced a full guide on traveling Jordan with kids to help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of traveling Jordan with kids.

The climate can be very challenging in Jordan, especially if you’re traveling with young kids. It is important to be well-prepared for the climate. It also takes several hours to travel between tourist attractions in Jordan; these long journeys can be challenging with younger kids. It is also important to recognize that there are not a lot of child-friendly activities in Jordan.

On a budget, hotels are not generally family-friendly, and you need to be aware of risks and challenges. If you are looking for good family-friendly accommodation, you will need to find more expensive and luxurious hotels. The facilities and amenities for families are quite limited in Jordan. For example, it is rare to find baby changing rooms, and nappies are also expensive and difficult to find. We strongly recommend a travel changing mat if you’re traveling Jordan with a baby.

This may sound like a lot of negativity. Don’t get us wrong. Jordan really is a beautiful country, and families can genuinely enjoy their time in Jordan. However, it is important to be aware of some of the challenges and difficulties so that you can prepare for your trip and recognize some of the pressure points.

What Is Food Like in Jordan?

Jordan local food restaurant

And last but not least, food in Jordan. We were very impressed by the quality and price of food in Jordan. Food in Jordan is fresh, tasty, healthy, and readily available. We were particularly impressed by the quality and range of options in Amman. The style of food is very similar to typical Middle Eastern food, and it is not too dissimilar to European food. Jordanian food tends to be relatively mild, and there are not too many strong spices. You can also find plenty of familiar options like bread, pizzas, chips, and kebabs. There are also plenty of markets selling fresh fruit and veggies. 

Food in some of the tourist areas (such as Petra and Wadi Rum) can be surprisingly expensive. And you don’t get a lot for your money. So it is important to shop around in these areas, especially if you are traveling on a budget. We were particularly impressed with the food in Amman. As a hungry family of five, we visited a restaurant and were surprised that the bill was under 12 JOD (£12 or $15). We ordered very freely, and there was more food than we could eat.

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Life loving, adventure chasing, Mum of 3 who loves travel. Over 10 years of travel writing experience. Emma now loves to give the best tips to help other travel loving parents plan adventures with their kids. Whether you need to find the best accommodation or just need to know how to pack your bag Emma is that travelling mum who love to help you.

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17 Top Jordan Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

17 Top Jordan Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

Jordan is a fascinating country, full of rich history and home to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whether you’re headed to the bustling streets of Amman or taking a ride through the rocky desert, you’re sure to be delighted by all that Jordan has to offer.

It can be really hard to know what to pack for your trip to Jordan, so we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist to make your life easier! We include helpful sections on what to wear in Jordan , what NOT to bring, and answers to all your top Jordan frequently asked questions.

17 Top Jordan Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

What to Pack for Jordan – 17 Essentials

1. neck wallet.

You’ll be glad you brought a neck wallet with you on your trip to Jordan. It will keep your most important belongings organized and secure and safely tucked away out of sight for pickpockets. This neck wallet is great because it’s large enough to hold your credit cards, passport, smartphone, and more.

hero neck wallet

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2. Lipstick Sized Portable Charger

You can’t go wrong packing a lipstick-size portable charger for your trip. You’re likely to be using your smartphone and camera throughout the day and won’t want to have to stop what you’re doing to recharge. Simply toss this in your backpack and charge your devices on the go.

charger

3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN is useful for so many reasons when traveling abroad. It can be used to get around paywalls on popular news sites and will help you access information from your home country that may be blocked or censored in Jordan. It will also keep your private information safe from hackers whenever you connect to WiFi in public.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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You’ll need a daypack during your Jordan trip. Carry it with you to bring along everything you’ll need on excursions and activities, like a water bottle, jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, and anything else you might want. This one is durable and comfortable to wear.

pink daypack

5. Jet Lag Relief

If Jordan is a long way from home for you, you’ll be glad you brought these homeopathic jet lag relief pills with you! They work both as a prevention and a cure to help you get through the nasty symptoms of jet lag and enjoy the first days of your trip.

Jet Lag Relief

6. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes will help you stay more organized than ever before! Not to mention they’ll help you to avoid overpacking. These cubes come in a variety of sizes and colors so you’ll never have to dig through your luggage searching for one specific item again.

aqua packing cubes

7. Pashmina Shawl

A pashmina shawl will prove endlessly useful in Jordan. Whether you’re planning to enter a mosque or holy site or if you want to make your outfit a bit more conservative, you can throw this shawl over your head or shoulders and feel instantly more comfortable.

printed shawl

8. Windproof Travel Umbrella

If you don’t experience too much rain in Jordan, you’ll certainly be glad you brought a windproof travel umbrella to deflect the sun! It’s sure to be hot and sunny during your time in Jordan’s infamous desert, and this handy umbrella will help keep you comfortable.

travel umbrella

9. Long Skirt

A long skirt is absolutely essential for your trip to Jordan. Many mosques and holy sites will require you to cover your knees upon entering, so you’ll want to be prepared with a modest skirt like this one. It’s also light and breezy so it’ll keep you cool in hot temperatures.

long skirt

10. Activated Charcoal

The last thing you want is for your trip to get ruined by food or water poisoning! Take these activated charcoal tablets at the first sign of an upset stomach to expel any toxins in your body and keep you on your feet.

Activated Charcoal

11. Electrolytes

Jordan can get very hot and you’ll need to make sure you stay properly hydrated. Be sure to bring some electrolytes like these to put into your drinking water which will help your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs.

Hydration

12. Jordan Travel Insurance

Give yourself some peace of mind when traveling to Jordan by purchasing travel insurance before you go. We never travel without it. We use TravelInsurance.com to compare plans from all of the top companies and find one that best fits our family and travel plans.

Jordan Travel Insurance

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13. LifeStraw Water Bottle

You’ll definitely want to have a reusable water bottle during your trip to Jordan. This one is great because it comes with a built-in filter to ensure the water you’re drinking is safe and clean. It’ll also save you money on bottled water, and is much better for the environment, too!

Lifestraw Water Bottle

14. Solid Shampoo

Solid shampoo is an absolute must-have for your trip to Jordan. Especially if you plan to move around the country to various locations during your trip, you won’t want to lug around a ton of liquid shampoo and toiletries. This is biodegradable and safe for the environment as well.

Solid Shampoo

15. Deodorant Wipes

In the intense Jordan sun, you’re sure to get hot and stinky! Toss a pack of these handy deodorant wipes in your purse or daypack and pull them out whenever you need to refresh quickly while you’re on the go. Trust us, these will be a lifesaver during your trip!

Deodorant Wipes

16. Hiking Shoes

If you plan to visit Petra or spend any time in Jordan’s vast, rocky desert, you’ll definitely need a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. Make sure you break them in properly before you go so you’ll be comfortable spending long days on rough terrain.

Hiking Shoes

17. Waterproof Phone Case

Protect your smartphone from the elements by using this convenient waterproof phone case. Keep your device safe from the rain, dirt, and dust which you’re sure to encounter in Jordan, and travel with a bit more peace of mind.

Waterproof Cellphone

Other Jordan Packing List Items Not to Forget

  • Over the Counter Medications
  • Hard Copies of Vital Documents
  • ATM or Credit Cards with No International Fees
  • Travel Neck Pillow
  • Insect Repellent
  • Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Protein Bars
  • Motion Sickness Relief
  • Hanging Toiletry Case
  • TSA Approved Travel Size Bottles
  • Travel Sheet
  • Contact Solution
  • Noise Cancelling Headphonesk

What to Wear in Jordan

man at petra jordan

Jordan experiences hot temperatures but women must wear conservative clothing while in the country. Be prepared with loose-fitting, breezy clothing like long skirts, maxi dresses, and loose tops to keep you modest and comfortable during your time in Jordan. What Should MEN Wear to Jordan? – (Click to expand) Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

shawl

Jordan is known for hot temperatures, so men should opt for lightweight, breezy clothing. On the whole, Jordan is a conservative country which also loosely applies to men. Be sure to have your shoulders covered and pants are not uncommon for men year-round. Things like t-shirts, longer shorts, and bohemian style pants are what you’ll be most comfortable in.

Packing for the Seasons in Jordan

Winter – december, january, february:.

The heat begins to subside during the winter months in Jordan and temperatures are mild, ranging from 13 °C (55 °F) to 4 °C (39 °F). Evenings can be a bit chilly so be sure to bring layers and a light jacket to keep you comfortable. You can’t go wrong bringing a pashmina shawl to throw on during cooler days and nights.

SPRING – March, April, May:

Spring temperatures begin to heat up, though you’re likely to experience comfortable warm weather rather than searing heat. Be prepared, as always, with modest clothing including maxi dresses, long skirts, and flowing tops. You may experience a small amount of rain, so bring an umbrella!

SUMMER – June, July, August:

Summer in Jordan will be HOT to be sure to dress accordingly! Women will still need to be covered from their shoulders down to their knees, however, so loose-fitting, breezy clothing like maxi dresses, skirts, and bohemian style pants will work best.

FALL – September, October, November :

Fall is a nice time to visit Jordan as temperatures have begun to cool off from the summer and are a bit milder. You may want to bring a light jacket for cooler evenings, and be sure to remain conservatively dressed.

Exploring the Cities – Men are free to wear t-shirts and shorts while exploring Jordan’s larger cities, but women should still dress conservatively by covering themselves from the shoulders down to the knees, though head coverings won’t be required unless entering a mosque or holy site.

The Dead Sea – This area will be hot and humid year-round and you’ll definitely want to take a dip in the sea! Be sure to bring a swimsuit, trendy swimsuit cover-up, sunglasses, sunscreen, flip flops, and plenty of water.

What NOT to bring to Jordan

1. don’t pack white clothing.

Jordan can be windy and dusty, especially in the desert, and your white clothes are likely to become much less white very quickly! Opt for darker colored clothing instead which will have a longer shelf life.

2. DON’T BRING a winter coat

Even in Jordan’s coldest months, you likely won’t ever have a need for a winter coat. Temperatures are mild to hot year round, so at most you should bring layers to accommodate changing temperatures.

3. DON’T TAKE full-size liquids

Save space in your luggage by packing travel-size liquids instead of full-size toiletries. These are cheap to replace or refill and will make your trip run much more smoothly.

4. DON’T PACK too much stuff

You won’t want to lug an overstuffed suitcase all over Jordan! Pack only what you need and bring versatile, neutral-colored clothing that can be layered and worn again and again.

5. DON’T BRING expensive jewelry or electronics

Don’t risk your expensive valuables getting stolen, lost, or broken during your trip. Bring only the absolute essentials and leave the rest of your treasured items at home!

6. DON’T TAKE revealing clothes

It’s customary and respectful to wear conservative clothing while in Jordan. You won’t want to draw unnecessary attention to yourself by wearing revealing clothing, so be sure to cover up!

FAQs for going to Jordan

1. what are some fun things to do in jordan.

Some of Jordan’s most popular attractions include Petra, lovely seaside resorts, the Dead Sea, and checking out the bigger cities like Amman.

2. What’s the best way to get around in Jordan?

The most popular way to get around Jordan is by public bus. However, tourists may be more comfortable and safer arranging private cars and taxis.

3. What currency is used in Jordan?

The Jordanian Dinar (JOD) is the currency used in Jordan.

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What to Wear in Jordan – 10 Things You’re Forgetting to Pack

If you are wondering about what to wear in Jordan for women or men , you’ve come to the right place. This post has all the travel tips you need from the appropriate clothing in Jordan to everything that needs to be on your Jordan packing list .

Clothing in Jordan needs to be somewhat conservative but the Jordanian dress code is different from Amman to the Dead Sea to Petra and Wadi Rum . With so many different places to visit, most people wonder how to dress in Jordan.

We had some moments on our trip to Jordan that were a bit uncomfortable so we’re sharing what we learned so you can feel completely confident and looking great.

Planning Your Trip to Jordan Last Minute?

If you are trying to pull together your trip quickly, here is a quick reference guide to the tours and hotels we recommend, along with practical travel information.

Also check out these amazing Wadi Rum Bubble Hotels and the best hotels at the Dead Sea . Both places deserve qa spot on your Jordan bucket list.

This site uses affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase through our links, we may earn a commission. There is no extra cost to you. You can read our full disclosure policy  here .

  • 3 day Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Amman
  • Private Day Trip to Petra & Wadi Rum from Amman
  • Jerash, Ajloun Castle or Umm Qais Private Tour
  • Fairmont Amman – incredible hotel with gorgeous rooms and amazing service.
  • Mövenpick Resort Petra – best location just outside Petra gate. Book early, sells out.
  • Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel – a bucket list glamping experience in Jordan!
  • Kempinski Hotel Ishtar – Resort with 9 amazing pools and private Dead Sea beach.
  • Jordan Visa in Advance
  • Travel insurance for Jordan
  • Car rental for Jordan

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Weather and The Best Time To Go To Jordan

One of the biggest considerations in figuring out what to wear in Jordan is the season you choose to travel. Overall, Jordan can be described as dry, dusty desert land. Depending on the time of year, travelers may expect extreme temperatures.

WHAT TO WEAR IN JORDAN IN MARCH, APRIL & MAY:

One of the best times to visit Jordan is surely spring, when it’s not too hot to enjoy outdoor adventures. March is an especially great time for hiking.

As temperatures increase from the 60s to 80s (17 to 27 C), you will see wildflowers and lush landscapes. The Dead Sea and Aqaba are better visited from February – April. May starts to get too hot.

Make sure to pack lightweight and warmer clothes, including a jacket for chilly evenings, so you can layer appropriately. Add hiking shoes and to your Jordan packing list.

WHAT TO WEAR IN JORDAN IN SUMMER: Summers tend to be long and stifling. Temperatures can top 100° F (38° C). July is the hottest and windiest month. Wind is awful when you are visiting places like Petra and the sand is whipping everywhere.

If you are planning your holiday in summer, it is best to pack light, breathable clothes with you in light colors. 

WHAT TO WEAR IN JORDAN IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER:

Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Jordan. While September is cooler than August, October is even better and an ideal time to visit all parts of the country. October and November are also ideal times to visit the Dead Sea and Aqaba.

Like spring, days are still warm and nights can get chilly, so pack layers and bring some warmer clothes with you. Starting mid-October, there can be mild rain so it’s good to pack an umbrella or a waterproof jacket.

WHAT TO WEAR IN JORDAN IN WINTER :

The coldest and wettest month in Jordan is January. Over 75% of the annual rainfall takes place in winter. Amman is windy and cold and Petra and Wadi Rum can have snow. You will definitely need a warm coat, boots and winter clothes.

What to Wear in Petra Jordan

Clothing in Jordan – The Jordan Dress Code

Jordan is a magical bucket list destination. One of our favorite trips ever!

What makes it so interesting is being able to experience the ruggedness of the Wadi Rum Desert, the ancient city of Petra, floating in the Dead Sea, and modern life in cosmopolitan Amman.

As a muslim country in the Middle East, fashion in Jordan is conservative. That said, it is somewhat relaxed in the busiest tourist sites.

Generally you should not overexpose your body or wear tight clothing, but you can dress normally. However, if you rent a car and stop out of the city or go anywhere near traditional Bedouin people, it is VERY conservative.

In places like a neighborhood shop or gas station, you can definitely feel that women are treated differently than men. It can be intimidating if you are not dressed conservatively.

The Dress Code for Amman

While you will see that many local women wear a hajib (a head covering), foreigners do not need to do the same.

You do need to keep your shoulders covered, preferably wear a longer sleeved top, and wear jeans or a skirt that mostly covers your legs.

At some restaurants, especially in more upscale areas, it’s acceptable for women to have a tank top or short sleeved tops inside the restaurant but you should have a long sleeved shirt or cardigan to cover up outside the restaurant.

I wore mostly maxi dresses with 3/4 sleeves or a shirt or jacket on top and felt comfortable everywhere in Amman.

You will find that you attract unwanted attention if you do not adhere to conservative clothing. Staring and catcalls are possible, which would definitely be uncomfortable.

Amman Jordan

What to Wear in Petra

The ancient city of Petra is absolutely huge and you will be doing tons of walking, typically in hot sun with no shade and intermittent dust storms. If rain is in the forecast, it can start pouring and there’s not much shelter.

The main trail through Petra is 5 miles round trip of mostly flat walking. If you want to see the Monastery, which we highly recommend, you will climb an extra 800 stairs. You will definitely get a solid day of exercise!

Considering all of that, it’s understandable why many tourists wear whatever they want including shorts and tank tops.

While the Petra dress code is definitely more forgiving since they are used to tourists, it’s better to be respectful of the conservative culture.

Wear hiking pants or leggings with a short sleeved top that covers your shoulders. It will also protect you from the sun exposure. Leave the low cut and crop tops at home.

Dresses are another good option. Ideally they will cover your shoulders and knees. If you want to take a photo in a dress like above, just wear a long sleeved shirt on top and take it off for a few minutes.

I always travel with a button up lightweight long sleeve shirt that you can throw on top of any dress, tank top or short sleeve shirt. It helps you be conservative and still get relief from the heat when you have some privacy.

No matter what you choose to wear, definitely opt for sneakers or hiking shoes, instead of flip-flops, to be more comfortable with all the walking. Trust me, it’s more than you think!

Dress Code Jordan Wadi Rum

What to Wear in Jordan Female

As mentioned, women should do their best to respect the Jordanian culture and cover up. That means your shoulders, chest, arms, and legs shouldn’t be exposed. Avoid short skirts and shorts since it is considered provocative. 

Most locals also use headscarves (hajib) to cover their hair. As a foreigner, you don’t need to cover your hair. Just bring a scarf in your bag to use in a mosque .

When planning your outfits for Jordan, make sure to pack clothes that can be layered . In summer, it is going to be hot. In other seasons, mornings can be crisp, while the days can make you sweaty. Bring a puffer jacket that packs easily.

Although you will have to dress more conservatively in Jordan, you can still look fabulous. Maxi dresses, skirts, stylish pants are just a few examples of how you can be respectful and also fashionable. Jordanian women love fashion.

When it comes to shoes, it depends on the season. In winter, bring a pair of boots. In other seasons, sandals are a great option, especially at the Dead Sea. Don’t forget to take sneakers, especially important when visiting Petra and Jerash.

Dress Code in Jordan for Men

Men won’t have to change their dressing preferences too much. In Amman, Jordanian men mostly wear jeans with a button up shirt or polo shirt on top.

Tourists can be seen wearing shorts, jeans, t-shirts, shirts, and jackets. Men should make sure to bring shoes with good traction, a hat to protect from the sun and a jacket for chilly evenings.

What to Wear in Jordan Men Wadi Rum

10 Things You Might Be Forgetting To Pack For Jordan

1. Portable Charger Power Bank

Long sightseeing or transportation days in Jordan mean that you need a portable charger . In addition to charging your phone, you might need to charge camera or video equipment too.

We travel with 2 chargers for all of our devices and this 2 Pack of portable chargers is a great deal. Each charger will charge an iPhone 3 times. They are small and lightweight so you can easily fit it in a backpack or purse.

2. Step Down Power Converter & European Travel Plug Adapter with USB Ports

When you get back to your hotel at night and are ready to charge your electronics, you need an international power adapter AND a step down voltage converter .

This international power adapter can charge up to 6 devices simultaneously in 150 countries for your phone, computer and dual voltage appliances. Anything that’s NOT dual voltage needs a step down voltage converter.

Our favorite step down voltage converter has traveled with us all over the world since 2018. It converts the power from Jordan’s 230 volts to 110 volts so you don’t burn out your USA appliances.

It has 2 110V outlets and 4 USB ports to charge everything at once. A voltage converter can take the place of a power adapter if you don’t need more outlets.

Since you can’t buy a step down voltage converter overseas, it’s one of the most important items for your Jordan packing list.

Pro Tip : Hair dryers / straighteners don’t work well with any adapter. Save yourself the headache and buy a dual voltage travel hairdryer or dual voltage travel hair straightener . They’re compact, inexpensive, and can be used in any country.

3. Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt

Another way to cover up when you need to is to carry or wear a long sleeved button down shirt . It’s the perfect versatile piece of clothing for Jordan to wear in the day or out at night. I often wear one over a dress tied in a knot at the front.

Depending on the time of year you travel, Jordan can be hot. To stay as cool as possible and protected from the sun while sightseeing, a basic button-down shirt is a must for your Jordan packing list. 

Even if you are staying at a beach resort, it is a good idea to bring a long couple of lightweight long-sleeved shirts that are made of breathable materials. They work well as a beach cover up too.

4. A Hat is a Must for Your Jordan Packing List

The sun in Jordan, especially from May through September, is very strong. This packable straw hat is the best because you can squish it into your suitcase and it looks perfect when you take it out. It comes in 15 color combos.

If you only take one hat, a straw hat works well for the Dead Sea, Petra or even Amman. It’s lightweight and you can get it wet without worrying. I also brought this felt fedora hat for a different look.

Men should bring a bucket hat which packs flat and is great for sun protection, rain and athletic endeavors or a baseball hat.

Best Hotels at the Dead Sea

5. Travel Dresses for Jordan

You can absolutely wear leggings and jeans but I often find wrinkle-free dresses to be the easiest thing to wear in a conservative country.

These are my favorite inexpensive maxi dresses from Amazon because they either don’t wrinkle or the look is a lightly wrinkled fabric. They are also inexpensive and they take almost no room in your suitcase (I’m a carry-on only girl).

  • Maxi dress with short sleeves – comes in 31 colors/patterns
  • Maxi dress with 3/4 sleeves – comes in 10 solid colors that look great in photos.
  • Maxi dress with spaghetti straps – comes in 40 colors/patterns. I have solid black and it’s my most worn travel dress because it can be a beach cover-up, looks great for evening and in Jordan, I just added a long sleeve on top.
  • Free People Maxi Dresses – if I’m checking a bag, I often bring a few of these pretty dresses.

6. Comfortable Walking Shoes for Travel, Hiking Shoes or Trail Runners

Some of the best adventures in Jordan involve lots of dirt and dust. You’ll want sturdy shoes in Wadi Rum, Wadi Musa, and even in Petra, where you can hike in from the desert.

The hike we missed due to lack of time is the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib by the Dead Sea. One of our biggest regrets in Jordan was not booking a full week and doing these hikes. We had no idea how much we would love Jordan.

At the very least you need comfortable sneakers but trail runners are much more useful since they are the happy medium between sneakers and hiking shoes .

  • I have tried oodles of sneakers for travel and these Adidas are the most comfortable, that you can wear for hours on end. They also clean up easily with a washcloth in your hotel room.
  • My favorite trail runners for women and trail runners for men come with us on en every trip unless we know we need full hiking shoes. Trail runners make a huge difference in places like Petra where there are lots of little rocks and slippery dirt.
  • If you decide to hike in Wadi Mujib , you will need good water shoes for hiking . They have great traction and they are pretty easy to pack. You should also bring a dry bag or waterproof backpack that will keep your stuff safe from the water.

What to Wear in Petra Jordan

7. An Anti Theft Purse or Back Pack

Unfortunately like many countries around the world, pickpocketing is a reality in Jordan. There is nothing that will ruin a trip faster than having your belongings stolen.

Bringing a quality anti-theft travel purse or a theft proof backpack will help you stay safe.

  • This anti-theft crossbody bag has slash proof sides, the main compartment locks and there are RFID blocking slots for credit cards.
  • Slightly larger, the anti-theft messenger bag has a side pocket that can hold your water bottle.
  • A very popular option for men or women is an anti-theft sling bag . The interior has a pocket big enough for an iPad. It comes with a cord to charge your phone on the go. The main compartment is lockable and there’s a card slot on the padded shoulder strap.
  • My husband carries this  roll top camera backpack  that is much safer than a normal pack. The roll top is impossible for a pickpocket and the part that opens the side of the bag is placed against your back. The  11 liter backpack  works great for a day pack.

We put an  AirTag  in our checked suitcases, so we know where they are at all times even if the airline doesn’t!

Guy also keeps an AirTag in his camera backpack and he always gets an alert that he left it behind when we walk out of the hotel room. It’s comforting to know that we are protected from theft or forgetting our bag .

Never lose your wallet with this credit card sized Airtag holder that can be put in one of the card slots of your wallet or your keys with an AirTag keychain . We also keep an AirTag on our dog’s collar !

If you buy an AirTag 4 pack , the cost per AirTag is cheaper and you will definitely use them. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

8. A Lightweight Scarf is What to Wear in Jordan to Visit Mosques

There are two main reasons a scarf is an essential on your Jordan packing list . The first is purely practical. When you visit Petra and Wadi Rum, a scarf can protect you from dust. Or you can use a buff .

As we were walking through Petra, a wind picked up from out of nowhere multiple times and we were trying to duck our heads as the dirt was blowing right into our faces.

If you are visiting Amman and plan to visit King Abdullah I Mosque, women will need to cover their head with a scarf and not have bare arms, legs or jeans.

You must wear a head covering or have bare arms, they will provide a scarf and an abaya that you must wear to enter. If you don’t want to wear something worn by multiple people per day, carry a scarf in your bag and wear proper attire.

This lightweight gauze scarf comes in 14 colors and it’s the best deal. It is super soft and can be used to cover your head, shoulders, as a wrap or around your neck if it’s chilly. At 75″x43″, it’s sizable enough to work for everything.

In the summer months when you might be wearing a tank top or a dress that bares your shoulders, use a scarf to cover your chest and shoulders. If you are wearing leggings or shorts, wrap the scarf around your waist and cover your knees.

9. A Lightweight Travel Towel

Another item that is very helpful if you are planning to visit Aqaba, Wadi Mujib or the Dead Sea (especially if you are not staying at a place with a private beach) is a lightweight travel towel .

This soft, fast drying, microfiber towel is great for the beach or to take hiking, diving or kayaking. It comes in a small carrying case that you can clip to your backpack.

10. An Inexpensive Swimsuit for the Dead Sea

Make sure to pack at least two swimsuits . The Dead Sea has a salty, oily consistency. That’s why you float but it can ruin your swimsuit.

In addition to the water, you will probably partake in the tradition of doing a Dead Sea salt scrub and putting Dead Sea mud all over your body. It’s super fun to do and again terrible for your swimsuit.

Bring a cute inexpensive swimsuit that you don’t mind ruining or bring an old swimsuit you already have. Black was perfect and the suits didn’t get stained. Here’s a great inexpensive swimsuit for men .

What to Wear in Jordan Dead Sea

Packing List for Jordan Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity and an empty page for a visa stamp
  • Credit cards, ATM Card and some cash including 40 JD (approx $56 USD) for visa on arrival
  • Driver’s License and insurance card if you plan to rent a car
  • A hardcopy of your Travel Insurance policy
  • Secure camera backpack
  • Secure Anti-theft purse
  • Step Down Volt age Converter
  • International plug adapter for Jordan
  • Charging cords
  • Compression Packing Cubes
  • Comfortable sandals
  • Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes
  • Lightweight maxi skirt
  • Light weight hiking pants
  • Lightweight long sleeved button down shirt
  • Lightweight sweater
  • Puffer jacket
  • Lightweight scarf
  • Compression socks
  • Bathing suit
  • Packable hat
  • Sun umbrella
  • Collapsible Water bottle

Things to Leave off Your Jordan Packing List

  • Tank tops and crop tops – Unless you are by the pool or beach, these shouldn’t be worn.
  • Heavy jackets – unless you are visiting in winter, a light cardigan or puffer jacket is perfect.
  • Valuables – It’s important to leave as many valuables as possible behind. Tourists are very easily targeted, especially in popular destinations, so make sure to keep your essential valuables close to you.
  • Drone – you need to apply for approval to bring your drone at least 10 working days ahead of your trip. If you bring your drone without approval, they will hold your drone at the airport until you leave.

Petra Jordan Camels

Practical Information for Jordan

The currency in Jordan is Jordanian dinar . Cash is necessary and there are many ATMs available throughout the country including at the airport.

RENTING A CAR IN JORDAN

We have been using Discover Cars for all our rentals lately. They work with all the major companies and we’ve been able to get great deals (sometimes hundreds less) so we highly recommend them.

Driving in Jordan is so much easier than we expected. The roads are great and google maps worked well for directions.

JORDAN VISA

In Jordan, visas are offered upon arrival. This means that when land in Amman, you can enter the country by purchasing a visa for 40 JD. Or you can purchase your Jordan Visa in Advance here .

JORDAN PASS

The other option is to purchase the Jordan Pass , which is a sightseeing package that includes entrance to over 40 attractions. As long as you buy the Jordan Pass before you enter the country, you can also use it to get your tourist visa entry fee waived.

There are 3 types that differ in the number of days to visit Petra. We bought the Jordan Explorer pass.

  • Jordan Wanderer – 70 JD (includes 1 day visit to Petra)
  • Jordan Explorer – 75 JD (includes 2 consecutive days visit to Petra)
  • Jordan Expert – 80 JD (includes 3 consecutive days visit to Petra)

SAFETY IN JORDAN

Many people worry about safety visiting countries in the Middle East like Jordan. There are some things you can do to plan ahead.

Start by looking up the Jordan Travel Advisory to be aware of any current issues. Since things are constantly changing in the world, we highly recommend travel protection.

There are 2 ways we protect ourselves. We book our tickets with our  Chase Sapphire Preferred  that has built in travel protection and we use  SafetyWing travel insurance . If we ever need to cancel a trip, we are totally covered.

One last note regarding safety: always be aware of your surroundings. No matter where in the world you travel, even if it is within your own country, be alert. Tourists are always a target. The less touristy you look, the better.

As mentioned above use a secure travel purse or secure backpack with an AirTag inside to protect yourself from petty theft.

Final Thoughts About What to Wear in Jordan

So there you have it, all the packing tips for visiting Jordan as a woman and details you need to know about the Jordan dress code!

With a few key items on your Jordan packing list and an understanding of local customs, you’ll be prepared for anything during your trip. And remember, even if you don’t always blend in with the locals, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and enjoy your time in Jordan!

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10 Jordan Travel Tips you NEED to Know Before Your First Visit

2019-06-27 by Lindsay Nieminen

If you are just starting to research traveling to Jordan, then this list of Jordan travel tips is for you! Why should you keep reading my Jordan travel tips? Why am I qualified to write a Jordan travel guide? Well, I have spent months in Jordan over the past three years from month long visits to week long trips and traveled the country independently as well as on a guided tour. 

I have visited Petra numerous times, as well camped in Wadi Rum and wandered the streets of Amman for days. I have floated at the Dead Sea , I have enjoyed the Red Sea Resorts, there is not anything in Jordan’s top 10 things to do that I have not done! 

If that is not all, I happen to know a local tour guide pretty well, and if I ever get a question about Jordan that I cannot answer, well, he probably can! Is that good enough? I hope so! Keep reading for my 10 best Jordan travel tips that you need to know before you visit this wonderful country!

10 Jordan Travel Tips you NEED to Know Before you Visit

Jordan travel tip #1: jordan is safe.

Let me repeat that, JORDAN IS SAFE. Go show this article to your parents. JORDAN IS SAFE. Solo Female? No Problem. JORDAN IS SAFE! I have a whole post on Safety in Jordan, check it out here: Is Jordan Safe?

You do not need an armed escort, you will not see military vehicles, you will not see military action, you will not see fires, burning tires, violence, wars, rockets, bombs. 

Jordan is a small peaceful country with neighbours who have a violent history and some have current security situations to be aware of. 

However, the country itself is safe. The footage you see on TV of violence in the Gaza Strip or stories from Syria are a very different picture of what it is like in MOST of the Middle East. I travel as a mom with two little boys and have NEVER FELT UNSAFE in JORDAN! 

The biggest danger to tourists is vehicle accidents.

Now with that being said, Jordan is a Muslim country and as a woman, I dress conservatively in order to fit in with what most Jordanians would wear. 

Jordan is also an amazing country to travel with kids. If you are traveling with your family, after you finish this post come back and check out my guide of things to do in Aqaba with kids

That leads to Jordan travel tip #2

Jordan Travel Tips for First Timers

Jordan Travel Tip #2: You Do NOT Need to Cover Your Hair in Jordan

Except when visiting religious buildings such as mosques, my second Jordan travel tip is that women do not need to cover their hair in Jordan. Some Muslim women choose to, but not all of them do. The country also has a large Christian population and they do not cover their hair. 

Queen Rania, the wife of King Abdullah II does not cover her hair in public. If it makes you feel more comfortable and helps you feel as if you do not stand out as a foreigner, you are welcome to and no one would have any issues with it. 

With that being said, observe modest dress in Jordan. Even in the hot summers. Leave the short shorts for the beach resort and cover to the knees and shoulders. I wear tshirts and jeans a lot. You can read my packing list for Jordan for more information on what you should pack on your trip.

Jordan Travel Tip #3: Jordan has 4 Seasons and WINTER is one of them!

Jordan is not all desert and can be below freezing in the winter months. If you are visiting Jordan between November and April ensure you pack a down jacket, gloves and touque and plan for rain or snow. The desert can be sunny by day and bitterly cold at night (below freezing) and the mountainous terrain all over the country can get snow at any time!

The only place where you are going to have warm temperatures in the winter months is in Aqaba. 

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Jordan Travel Tip #4: When is the Best time to Visit Jordan?

The best time to visit Jordan is going to depend on a few factors. It really depends WHAT kind of traveller you are and what you want to do in Jordan. Some items are seasonal. For example, if you want to hike Wadi Mujib near the Dead Sea, you need to travel to Jordan between April and September. (However, I was in Jordan in April in 2018 and 2019 and Wadi Mujib was closed into May due to heavy rains and high waters).

If you want to do a lot of hiking, then Spring and Fall are going to be the best times to visit. Spring (March to May is quite cool still, and it can rain a lot). The Fall is quite dry (Sept to Nov) but the temperatures are bearable for hiking and are starting to get quite cool near the end of November. In the winter the weather is cool and there can be rain or snow. Some hiking trails are seasonal due to weather.

If you are not a fan of the heat then late fall, winter and spring might be the right time to you to visit Jordan. Pack a warm jacket as I mentioned in my last tip and try and be a bit flexible in your itinerary. 

High Season according to tourism numbers is March to May and September to November, but there are tours all year round and you will find visitors coming in all months of the year. Travelling in high season is fine. You will not see outrageous crowds anywhere in Jordan.

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#5 Jordan Travel Itinerary: How Long do you Need in Jordan

This one is a tough one to answer as most travellers are limited in the amount of time they have to visit Jordan. I personally think you need at least a week to see all of the top spots in Jordan, but you can see a lot if you have less time. In order to jam pack your days, I have a 5 days in Jordan Itinerary for those who plan to self drive the country. 

I tell everyone that to really enjoy your time, take 7 to 10 days. There are so many amazing things to see in Jordan and the worst is when you are really enjoying something and have to leave because you do not have enough time and have to be somewhere else!

#6 Public Transportation in Jordan can be Frustrating

If you plan to visit Jordan on your own, it can be frustrating to try and get around without a car. Although Jordan is a very small country, its small population means that there is not a lot of infrastructure when it comes to public transport. 

If you plan on going from city to city, or from Amman to Petra you are ok taking the JETT bus. But there are many tourist sites that are not serviced by busses. These include places like Feynan Ecolodge, Dana Reserve and even Wadi Rum.

I highly suggest you rent a car and drive the country yourself (if you do not want to take a tour). I have lots of information on driving in Jordan and how to get around in Jordan.

Whether it is a day trip from Amman to the Dead Sea  or a week long trip, driving will be the least frustrating option. 

Budget USD30 per day for a vehicle. 

Brand new for 2019 is the “Amman Bus” which is the first major public bus system running in Amman. It launched in June 2019 and operates like many modern metro systems where you can purchase and load money onto a card to pay for a bus ride. I plan to check this out later this month and will add to this post with all of the details on what is serviced with these new busses!

I do want to note that there are local busses that go most places in Jordan, but they are small, crammed full and you likely need a bit of arabic to find out where the bus goes! (You also need to know where to stand as there are not official bus stops). 

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#7 Jordan is NOT JUST PETRA!

While Petra is the draw to almost every visitor to Jordan, (and with VERY good reason) there is so much more to this country! My favorite places include Petra but also I would not miss a Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum, Sunset viewing and bedouin camping in Wadi Rum.

I was also amazed by Jerash, floating at the Dead Sea , Feynan Eco-Lodge, Dana Guest House and the Dana Biosphere reserve and Snorkelling in the Red Sea. This does not even take into account the religious significance of the region and the Christian sites that many visitors come to Jordan to see!

There is something bucketlist worthy to fill everyday in Jordan, but the pace of life there is nice and slow and there is always time for a roadside cup of Turkish coffee!

#8 EAT EVERYTHING

Jordan has got to be one of those places that I keep going back for the food! Whether it is hummous, falafel, shwarma, or more local dishes like Mannqish or Macloubeh the flavourful dishes in Jordan do not disappoint! 

If you are on a budget you an get by with Falafel sandwiches and shwarma but if you are wanting to taste the best of everything Jordan, ensure you try their national dish, Mansaf, which is lamb and rice with a yogourt sauce! eating it with your fingers is part of the tradition!

There are so many great places to eat in Jordan, I just finished this guide to the best restaurants in Amman. Let me know if you want more recommendations in other cities!

Jordan Travel Tips

Jordan Travel Tip #9: Check when Ramadan occurs

Ramadan is the holy month where most Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset. While it is totally fine to visit Jordan during this time, the business hours of many shops, as well as tourist sites, will be adjusted. Everything will be closed at sunset as Muslims will pray and then eat, and then everything is open again and open late!

There are plenty of evening celebrations and special restaurant menus during Ramadan in Jordan , but there can also be limited bus service, early closing or opening and it can be tougher to get around.

But Ramadan is also a low period to travel so you will not have any problems finding a hotel.

Jordan Travel Tip #10: Bring Your own Water Bottle to prevent Plastic Waste

Jordan does not have much of a recycling industry, and you will see a lot of garbage around. Even in the middle of nowhere there will be plastic bottles and bags! Do yourself a favor and bring your own water bottle with a filter and fill up your bottles for the day from your hotel tap! 

We use Grayl ones, but Lifestraw also makes a good one! You can read more about limiting your plastic use on vacation on my post about 5 ways to use less plastic on vacation.

So thats it, 10 Jordan Travel Tips for visitors to Jordan. Do you have more questions? Please let me know!

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Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.

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Ultimate Jordan Bucket List: 17 Best Things to Do in Jordan

Wondering what the best things to do in Jordan are? Great! You’re in the right place. In this article, you can discover 17 essential things that need to be on your Jordan bucket list! 

Jordan is an outstanding country filled with a diverse history, beautiful landscapes, and of course tons of ancient ruins. If you’re not sure what to do in Jordan this article is for you!

I spent a few weeks, travelling around solo around the country. It was a phenomenal adventure – during my trip to Jordan, I found no shortage of amazing things to do. Whether you are looking for adventure, culture, nature, or relaxation, I guarantee you’ll find it here!

From exploring the ancient city of Petra to floating in the Dead Sea or camping under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert, this list is filled with everything you must see in Jordan. Let’s go!

A camel adorned with colorful and traditional saddle blankets on his back while walking in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

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The Ultimate Jordan Bucket List

If you’re looking for the best of Jordan , you’ve come to the right place.

Below is the shortlist of the top 10 things to see in Jordan that should definitely be on your Jordan bucket list. 

10 Things to Do in Jordan

  • Explore Petra
  • Take a 4×4 Jeep Tour of Wadi Rum
  • Explore Jerash – Pompeii of the East 
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Camp Overnight In the Wadi Rum Desert
  • Discover Little Petra
  • Visit the Amman Citadel
  • Go Scuba Diving in the Red Sea
  • Take In the Seaside Vibe of Aqaba

Best Things to Do in Jordan

Jordan is a country full of wonders – from ancient ruins to stunning landscapes. Here are some of the places to visit in Jordan that you don’t want to miss:

1. Explore Petra

If you’re looking for the number 1 Jordan bucket list destination that will blow your mind, look no further than Petra – the most renowned archaeological tourist attraction in Jordan . 

If you were ever wondering what is Jordan famous for, this is it.

Petra is an ancient city, carved into rose-red cliffs by the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago. It’s a true testament to human ingenuity and holds huge historical significance to this ancient tribe.

The city’s most iconic structure, the Treasury, greets visitors as they pass through the narrow Siq, a natural rock fissure you walk down to access the archaeological park. As you venture deeper into Petra , you’ll uncover impressive tombs, temples, and amphitheatres carved into the rock, reflecting the Nabateans’ architectural prowess.

📍 You could opt to visit Petra by yourself, or if you prefer, then go on a guided tour with transportation included 📍

This was the top thing I’d wanted to see in Jordan, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s every bit as outstanding as I hoped it would be. I bought the two days in Petra pass which gave me plenty of time to explore everything that’s here. The site is huge!

I also had the additional experience of going back at night time to see the Treasury lit up . You’ll follow a trail of candles down the Siq which lead out to the Treasury, illuminated in subtle shades of blue and pink as you sit and listen to traditional music. It’s quite an experience!

📍 To experience the Treasury in a whole different light, visit Petra by night 📍

The Treasury in Petra, Jordan, features tall columns and carvings into the sandstone cliff

Read Next: 26 Things To See at Petra

2. Take a 4×4 Jeep Tour of Wadi Rum

One of the most exciting things to do in Jordan is the 4×4 Jeep tour of Wadi Rum . This stunning desert feels like a different planet, with huge sandstone mountains, deep canyons, and endless plains.

A 4×4 Jeep tour lets you explore Wadi Rum’s incredible scenery, guided by knowledgeable Bedouin drivers who know the area like the back of their hand. They’ll take you to hidden spots, iconic landmarks, and amazing views that you won’t see on foot.

You’ll also see ancient rock art carved by the desert tribes, wander at the changing colours of the desert as the sun moves across the sky, and enjoy a delicious Bedouin meal in the middle of nowhere. To finish it off, you’ll be able to see a blanket of stars in the sky above if you decide to stay in the Wadi Rum desert .

Wadi Rum also has so much to offer for thrill-seekers , like rock climbing, and sandboarding. You can even book hot air balloon experiences! 

For the full experience, I highly recommend booking a 4×4 Jeep tour of the desert . This is undeniably the best way to experience the beauty and magic of this desert wonderland. Hanging off the back of a truck, with the warm desert air rushing through my tangled tresses will be a memory I never forget! 

📍 The best way to experience the Wadi Rum Desert is on a 4×4 Jeep Tour with a Bedouin Guide 📍

A 4x4 Jeep vehicle parked in the middle of the Wadi Rum Desert, with a large rock formation in the background.

3. Explore Jerash – Pompeii of the East 

Jerash is known as the “Pompeii of the East”. It’s home to some of the most amazing Roman ruins in the world. It draws plenty of parallels to the actual Pompeii in Italy (aside from the ashen bodies). You’ll find collonaded streets, a huge forum and plenty of temples. 

Jerash has so many incredible sights to see, from the gigantic Oval Plaza, where you can admire the columns and arches, to the stunning South Theater, where you can imagine the performances that once entertained the crowds. 

You’ll also see the impressive Hadrian’s Arch, which was built to honour the emperor’s visit. And don’t forget to walk along Cardo Maximus, the ancient city’s high street – this would once have been the bustling hub of this city and would have been lined with shops and markets.

Jerash is one of the best things to see in Jordan, especially if you’re a huge fan of temples and ruin sites . I spent hours here exploring everything in depth, taking it all in.

📍 Jerash is an easy to get to from Amman. Either take the collectivo-style public bus or share a taxi with other travellers – this is what I did. 📍

Alternatively, book a full-day tour with transportation included for the hassle-free option.

The facade of the Artemis Temple in Jerash, Jordan, features a semi-circle structure made of sand brickstone, with columns standing against a clear blue sky in the background.

Related Article: Visiting Jerash Ruins of Jordan

4. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan

Bobbing about in the Dead Sea will be one of the most amazing and unique experiences on your Jordan bucket list – Before I went, I didn’t realise just how buoyant the water is, it was the most bizarre feeling – it’s pretty much impossible to flip onto your stomach and swim.

The Dead Sea is a natural wonder that lies between Jordan and Israel – you can access it from either country. It’s famous for its super salty water, which makes you float like a cork. You don’t have to swim or even move; you just lie back and relax on the water.

But that’s not all. The Dead Sea also has healing mud that you can slather on your skin. It’s packed with minerals that help rejuvenate your body. Bake yourself in the sun, and then go in the water to wash off. This is a fully natural spa and I 100% recommend at least a day here during your Jordan vacation . 

An aerial view of the Dead Sea in Jordan showcases blue water and sandy shoreline, all under a clear blue sky.

Read Next: The Complete Guide to 10 Days in Jordan

5. Camp Overnight In the Wadi Rum Desert

If you want to find the best stargazing in Jordan, you can’t miss camping overnight in the Wadi Rum Desert . This is one of the most amazing landscapes on earth that should definitely be on your Jordan bucket list.

Wadi Rum, also known as the “Valley of the Moon,” is a stunning terrain of golden sand dunes, majestic rock formations, and endless silence. As the sun goes down, the desert changes colours – it glows in shades of red, orange, yellow and every colour in between. 

And when the night comes, you’ll be amazed by the clear and starry sky. There is no light pollution here making it one of the best places in Jordan to see things like the Milky Way and countless constellations. I lost track of how much time I spent just sitting in the cool evening air watching the stars.

You’ll also have the chance to learn about the Bedouin culture and history and listen to stories and music around the nightly campfires while sharing a shisha and sipping on sage tea. It’s a great way to relax at the end of a busy day exploring the desert.

There are several accommodation options in Wadi Rum ranging from traditional, yet basic Bedouin-style camps to luxury ‘moon capsules’. Whichever accommodation you choose, you can guarantee Bedouin hospitality – expect a warm welcome, delicious food, and one of the most relaxing nights’ sleep you’ve ever had.

📍 Not sure where to stay in Wadi Rum? 📍

Check out these 13 Best Wadi Rum Desert Camps

Camping in the Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan, at night reveals the Milky Way and stars illuminating the sky.

Read Also: What to Expect at a Wadi Rum Beduin Camp

6. Discover Little Petra

Little Petra, or “Siq al-Barid” as it’s also called, is a stunning archaeological site that showcases the rock-cut architecture and culture of the Nabateans .

You can get to Little Petra by a short drive from Petra, like the main Petra archaeological site , which is built within the rocks and surrounded by narrow canyons.

One of the most impressive things to see here is the Painted Biclinium, also known as the Painted House. This well well-preserved building has colourful frescoes. The frescoes show scenes from mythology, leaves, animals and birds.

Little Petra may not be as big as Petra, but it’s one of the best places to go in Jordan to see the ancient artwork of the Nabeateans. It’s also a much more quiet and more intimate ancient site compared to Petra’s archaeological park. 

Little Petra in Jordan features a narrow entrance within a large rock-structure formation, all in shades of brown against a clear blue sky.

7. Visit the Amman Citadel

This citadel of Amman is one of the most incredible Jordan sites to see, and it’s right in the centre of the capital city. Step back in time as you explore the hilltop ancient ruins.

The thing I learned quickly in Amman is that it’s incredibly hilly. The Citadel can be seen from most places in the city from its vantage point. I walked up, from the amphitheatres. It’s steep with lots of steps but the ruins are worth it (you could also get a taxi, which is by far the easiest option).

The most iconic landmark here is the huge Roman Temple of Hercules, which stands tall and proud on the hilltop. You’ll also get to see the Umayyad Palace, a beautiful building with its signature domed light blue roof. The main building was once part of a large palace complex, you’ll be able to see how big it is when you explore the wall ruins surrounding it. 

Because of the hilltop location, you’ll have fantastic views of Amman from the Citadel. You’ll see how the modern city contrasts with the old ruins, with things like the amphitheatres nestled between the newer buildings. 

On the site, you’ll also find the Jordan Archaeological Museum. As far as other archaeological museums go – I found this one is a bit lacking. However, this small museum does give some nice insights into the history and culture of ancient Jordan.

Amman Citadel in Jordan features multiple low, medium, and tall columns made of sandstone, illuminated by sunlight during sunset; the panoramic views of the city are visible in the background.

Read Also: Best Things to do in Amman in One Day

8. Go Scuba Diving in the Red Sea

You can’t miss scuba diving in the Red Sea – it’s one of the top activities to do in Jordan for a good reason. The Red Sea is home to a stunning underwater world , full of colourful coral reefs and marine life. 

You can do this in the warm waters along the coast of Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city. There is no shortage of dive shops here!

No matter what your level of diving experience is, you’ll find suitable dive sites in the Red Sea. There are plenty of options for beginners and experts alike, each with its unique features and attractions. I opted for dive sites that included wrecks – one of them was of a sunken plane – which is where I completed my 100th dive! 

Some of the most famous dive sites here include the Japanese Garden and the Cedar Pride Wreck. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see an abundance of marine life including colourful corals and fish.

A scuba diver surrounded by a variety of fish and colorful corals.

9. Shop in the Souks of Amman

If you’re visiting Jordan, and looking for authentic souvenirs, don’t miss out on visiting the souks of Amman. These are the traditional markets where you can find everything from spices and clothes to jewellery and antiques. 

The souks are full of life, colour, and culture, and they’re the best way to get to know the real Jordan and see how regular people live. Each souk has a different purpose, each with its own charm and speciality. 

The Gold Souk was established in 1948 and is located between the Al-Hussein Mosque and the Roman Citadel. This is where you’ll find the best gold in the city. 

Souk Jara is more recent and opened in  2005, this outdoor market is close to Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman. Here you’ll find local handicrafts, antiques and traditional products from Jordan.

A souk in Amman, Jordan, displays a variety of goods with prices.

Related Article: What To Wear In Jordan and Packing List

10. Take In the Seaside Vibe of Aqaba

Aqaba is a beautiful city on the Red Sea coast. In fact, it’s the only coastal city in Jordan. Here you’ll find the mix of beaches and a pleasant mix of east meets west – I found Aqaba to be the most westernised city out of everywhere I visited in Jordan. 

Aqaba’s is the place to go for beach relaxation – however, the public beaches in the main town aren’t all that. Either head outside the town for more privacy or use one of the private beaches from the hotels. 

There are plenty of water-based sports here, the main ones being snorkelling and scuba diving. The Red Sea is filled with an abundance of marine life – especially if you take a boat to head away from the shoreline. 

You’ll also love walking along the Corniche, the city’s waterfront street, where you can find cafes, restaurants, and shops. You can taste delicious seafood, watch the sunset, and feel the sea breeze on your face.

I also had a great time walking around the food markets here – as a vegetarian, Jordan is a dream destination – there are so many delicious things to be tempted with.

If you’re after your history fix, then visit the Aqaba Fortress and the Aqaba Archaeological Museum to learn more about the history of the city. 

Coral Bay Beach in Aqaba, Jordan, features palm trees and nipa hut umbrellas scattered along the shoreline.

11. Climb Mount Nebo

If you’re looking for an experience that combines history, spirituality, and adventure, then definitely consider climbing Mount Nebo. Legend says this is the place where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died, and it’s one of the most sacred sites in the world!

From the top of Mount Nebo, you can enjoy stunning views of the Jordan Valley, the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, and even Jerusalem on a clear day. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, literally and figuratively!

The climb itself is not too difficult. You’ll pass by the Memorial Church of Moses, where beautiful mosaics depict scenes from the Bible. People come here to feel a sense of peace and reverence as they walk in the footsteps of Moses and other prophets.

A map located at the top of Mount Nebo in Jordan, showcasing the surrounding landscape and plants

12. Eat Your Way Around the Country

If you love food as much as I do, you’ll want to eat your way around the country. Jordan is a paradise for vegetarians and one of the easiest destinations I’ve visited with such an abundance of naturally veggie-friendly dishes. 

With so many delicious dishes to try – and all of them, were top quality – I certainly needed my stretchy pants here. Here are some of my favourites that I 100% recommend checking out.

  • Hummus : This is a smooth and creamy dip made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and garlic. It’s perfect for dipping bread, veggies, or falafel.
  • Falafel: These are crunchy balls of fried chickpea or fava bean dough, seasoned with herbs and spices. They’re great for stuffing in pita bread with salad and sauce.
  • Baba Ghanoush: My mouth waters just thinking about this! Baba Ghanoush was by far my favourite thing here. This is a smoky and silky dip made from roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. You eat it similar to hummus – by dipping it in bread, but it has a distinct flavour and texture.
  • Tabbouleh: This is a fresh and colourful salad made from chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions, and bulgur wheat. It’s dressed with olive oil and lemon juice and has a tangy and refreshing taste.

Tabbouleh, delicious dishes in Jordan with a fresh and colorful salad made from chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions, and bulgur wheat.

13. Share a Shisha and Drink Sage Tea With the Locals

Unlike in the West where we head out for cocktails or a glass of wine to be social, drinking isn’t a big thing in Jordan. As a visitor to the country, you can find alcohol served in tourist places but don’t expect it everywhere.

Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country. Alcohol isn’t part of the culture. However, unlike other countries in the Middle East, it’s not as taboo here. If you go out for any evening entertainment in Jordan – don’t be surprised to see a shisha menu in place of a cocktail menu.

Shisha culture is a big part of Jordanian social life, and it’s how people socialise in Jordan. You’ll find shisha cafes all over the place – if you’re staying at a Bedouin camp ,  you’ll often be welcomed and included in sharing a shisha with them. 

You’ll get to enjoy the delicious flavours of shisha which range from fruity to minty.

Sage tea, or “atai,” is another beloved drink in Jordan. It’s made from fresh sage leaves, and it has a wonderful aroma and taste. You can have it plain or with sugar and mint, depending on your preference. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the shisha. 

Don’t be surprised if random strangers offer you a cup of sage tea – the first time this happened to me in Jordan I was a bit wary, but after several times of this happening, I began to realise it’s totally normal. Part of the Jordanian culture is to show generosity and hospitality to visitors. 

Sage tea in a clear cup with leaves placed on top of the table.

14. Go Canyoning in Dana Bioshpere Reserve

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Jordan, then head to Dana Biosphere Reserve, and go canyoning. 

This exciting adventure will take you through narrow canyons, down waterfalls, and into clear pools of water. Experience one of the most beautiful places in Jordan as you navigate the rugged terrain.

The Dana Biosphere Reserve is home to a stunning wilderness area that protects diverse ecosystems and landscapes. It gained UNESCO status in 2007. 

Canyoning is a great way to see the geology of the area which has been shaped by the elements. If canyoning is too extreme, you can of course explore the area by foot on the hiking trails here. 

An aerial view of the Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan showcases stunning rock formations, cliffs, and canyons under a clear blue sky.

15. See the Mosaics in Madaba

Included in this list of what to see in Jordan are the mosaics in Madaba. You can find these colourful and intricate designs decorating the city’s churches, homes, and public spaces.

One of the most famous mosaics in Madaba is the Madaba Map, a sixth-century masterpiece that shows the Holy Land in incredible detail. You’ll find it on the floor of St. George’s Church. It is the oldest known surviving map that depicts Jerusalem and its surroundings. It really is a window into the past, revealing the geography and architecture of the time.

But that’s not all. Madaba has many more mosaics, each one with its own story and style. You’ll see scenes from daily life, mythology, and religious stories, all made with coloured stones, glass, and ceramics.

Madaba Map, one of the famous mosaics in Madaba with insights of geography and topography

16. Explore the Desert Castles

Exploring the Desert Castles is one of the lesser-explored in Jordan things to do. It can be achieved in just a day – the easiest way to join a tour from Amman or go by yourself with a rental car. 

The Desert Castle Circle will lead you on a bit of a treasure hunt with spots like Qasr Mshatta, Qasr Kharana, Qasr Al Amra, Qasr Azraq, and Qasr Hallabat.

Start your journey heading south of Amman. Your first stop is around 35km south of the capital. Then visit them in this order.

  • Qasr Mshatta – a ruin of an Umayyad winter palace
  • Qasr Kharana – one of the best-known of the desert castles
  • Qasr Al Amra – features some vibrant frescoes
  • Qasr Azraq – large fortress ruins with a strategic location
  • Qasr Hallabat – an  Umayyad desert castle with a bathhouse 

Qasr Azraq, one of the desert castles in Jordan, is made of old brickstone and surrounded by large gray stones, all set against a clear blue sky.

17. Road Trip the King’s Highway

If you’re looking for exciting things to do in Jordan, one of the best is to rent a car and take a road trip along the King’s Highway. This ancient road connects Amman and Petra , and it’s full of plenty of interesting stop-offs along the way. 

You’ll drive through the heart of Jordan, where you’ll see historical wonders like Mount Nebo, and Madaba, famous for its beautiful mosaics. You’ll also enjoy the stunning scenery of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, before arriving at Petra .

You could plan your whole Jordan itinerary based on this road trip – spending several days driving the route stopping off for a day at the various points of interest along the way. 

An aerial view of the King's Highway in Jordan with long routes surrounded by mountains and deserts

Related Article: How to get from Amman to Petra

Must See in Jordan – FAQs

Now you’ve learnt what things should be on your Jordan bucket list, this section will help with your planning. 

If you’re planning a trip to the beautiful country of Jordan, this section provides answers to frequently asked questions. 

When Is the Best Time to Visit Jordan?

The best time to visit Jordan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for exploring attractions like Petra and enjoying outdoor activities. 

How Many Days Do You Need for Jordan?

To experience all of  Jordan’s best attractions, I recommend spending between 7 to 10 days in Jordan. This will give you plenty of time to explore landmarks like Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman, and the Dead Sea while also enjoying cultural experiences and taking in the stunning landscapes that the country has to offer.

What Is the Most Important Thing in Jordan?

One of the most important and iconic attractions in Jordan is Petra. This ancient city, carved into rose-red cliffs by the Nabateans, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often considered the crown jewel of Jordan’s historical and architectural treasures, drawing visitors from around the world.

What Are the Top Things for My Jordan Bucket List?

Your Jordan bucket list should include exploring Petra’s ancient city, camping in Wadi Rum’s desert, floating in the Dead Sea, immersing in Amman’s culture, visiting historical sites like Jerash and Madaba, road tripping along the King’s Highway, and diving in the Red Sea.

How Safe Is Jordan to Travel?

Jordan is generally considered safe for travel. The country has a stable political environment and is known for its warm hospitality. However, as with any destination, I recommended reading up on any travel advisories and following local guidelines before your trip.

What Should Women Wear in Jordan?

In Jordan, modest attire is appreciated out of respect for local customs and culture. Women are advised to dress conservatively, with tops covering shoulders and skirts or pants covering knees. Head coverings aren’t necessary, however, you might want to carry a scarf or shawls in case you’re entering any religious sites.

Can You Drink Tap Water in Jordan?

Yes, tap water in Jordan is safe to drink. However, it might not be to your taste. It’s a personal choice if you want to drink bottled or not.

Is the Jordan Pass Worth It?

Yes, the Jordan Pass is often considered worth it for travellers planning to visit major attractions like Petra. It includes entry fees to many sites, waives the visa fee, and can save time by allowing expedited entry. You need to buy the Jordan Pass before you enter the country. 

Still, Wondering What to Do in Jordan?

Although there is a lot more to see in this fascinating country, this article has showcased the very best things to do in Jordan. How many are you excited to do?

I had a great time ticking off things from my Jordan bucket list. It’s an outstanding country and I’d visit it again in an instant. 

If you don’t have time to do all 17 things I’ve listed here, then stick with the top 10 must see in Jordan list at the top – you won’t regret it!

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Davis Thompson was in control this weekend in the Quad Cities.

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As Davis Thompson caught fire Saturday afternoon and took the lead at the John Deere Classic by two heading into the final round , one big responsibility came into view.

He needed to uphold the tournament’s “Champion’s House” for a third straight year.

“It’s been fun staying with those guys this week,” Tompson said. “Hopefully maybe it [will be] three years in a row. That would be pretty cool. Seems like everybody is going to want to be staying in that house next year.”

The second-year pro is one of six players in the field staying in the same house this week. The same house has been home to the John Deere Classic’s champion the last two years with Sepp Straka and J.T. Poston.

Straka has his family with him this week so Thompson is actually staying in the same room he did a year ago when he earned his second PGA Tour title.

He’s joined by Poston, Greyson Sigg, Patton Kizzire, Denny McCarthy and Ben Kohles, basically the same group that originally booked the house two years ago, with Thompson subbing for Brendon Todd.

Last year the group played baseball and frisbee while back at the house together and Thompson said the vibes are pretty much the same this year.

“It’s pretty laid back,” Thompson said. “Been going, eating dinner every night and hanging out, watching TV. Been really laid back and all the guys in the house are great.”

If staying at the “Champions House” keeps resulting in wins, more and more are going to try and book their stay their each year.

With that, below you can check out the complete payout breakdown for this week’s John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run. The total purse is $8 million.

How much every player made at the 2024 John Deere Classic

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(a) = amateur, does not receive share

1. Davis Thompson, $1.44 million

T2. Michael Thorbjornsen, $712,000 C.T. Pan Luke Clanton (a)

T5. Ben Griffin, $360,000 Carson Young

T7 . Denny McCarthy, $252,400 Andrew Novak Hayden Springer Eric Cole Aaron Rai

T12. Sungjae Im, $171,600 Brendon Todd Harry Hall Chan Kim Sami Valimaki

17. Seamus Power, $138,000

T18. Ben Silverman, $126,000 Keith Mitchell

T20. Kevin Yu, $106,000 Mac Meissner Jhonattan Vegas

T23. Jason Day, $83,600 Lucas Glover J.J. Spaun

T26. Zach Johnson, $64,200 Max Greyserman Rico Hoey Jordan Spieth

T30. J.T. Poston, $56,000 Pierceson Coody

T32. Chesson Hadley, $51,200 Mark Hubbard

T34. Sam Stevens, $39,200 Robby Shelton Adam Svensson Hayden Buckley Joshua Creel S.H. Kim Patrick Rodgers Sam Ryder Doug Ghim Brice Garnett

T44. Chandler Phillips, $29,200 Trace Crowe

T46. Ben Taylor, $23,280 Kevin Streelman Adrien Dumont de Chassart Joel Dahmen Zac Blair Kevin Dougherty

T52. James Hahn, $18,924.45 Jake Knapp Ryo Hisatsune Stewart Cink Nico Echavarria Blaine Hale, Jr. Bill Haas Ben Kohles Dylan Frittelli

T61. David Lipsky, $17,200 Austin Smotherman Bud Cauley Scott Gutschewski Beau Hossler Sepp Straka Roger Sloan Henrik Norlander Thorbjørn Olesen Kyle Westmoreland Kevin Chappell

72. Wilson Furr, $16,240

T73 Justin Lower, $16,000 Justin Suh

T75. Matt NeSmith, $15,680 Ryan Palmer

77. Lee Hodges, $15,440

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Four-Time NBA Champion Once Claimed David Stern Pushed Michael Jordan Agenda

Shandel richardson | jul 8, 2024.

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Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan has no shortage of doubters to his legacy.

Many have questioned his impact on the NBA, with some saying it was exaggerated. Former Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" John Salley added his name to the list when he said commissioner David Stern strongly pushed the Jordan agenda in the late 1980s and 1990s.

“What's the difference with Michael is Michael came to the NBA with David Stern," Salley said during an appearance on Vlad TV . "He came in with a brilliant agent, a brilliant lawyer who realized he had a product to sell. And in developing that product, we had to now make this product the Messiah. In order to get people to worship it, you got to make a Messiah. Why Michael Jordan had the focus is he saved the world in Space Jam. Michael is the biggest face and the biggest thing in China. Michael became the face of the NBA. Michael is the beginning of the video game age. So kids were able to be Michael."

Salley felt Stern went above and beyond to promote Jordan even before his championship years in the `90s. He believed the Pistons were slighted in favor of the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Bulls.

"When we won the second championship, back to back, 1990, [Pistons coach] Chuck Daly talks about going to New York and doing a clinic," Salley said. "They have a Lakers jersey, a Bulls jersey and they had a Boston jersey. No Pistons jersey and we were two-time champions. The Bulls had lost but they had Michael's jersey."

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This City Was Voted Best in the U.S. for the 12th Straight Year by T+L Readers, Who Say It ‘Can Compete With Any European Capital’

See the No. 1 pick and 14 more top cities in the United States, according to our annual "World’s Best Awards" survey for 2024.

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Wherever Travel + Leisure readers go in the United States, they look for cities with palpable history, walkable downtowns, regional cuisine, and robust cultural and artistic institutions. Many states in the South and West were highly represented this year, but readers did recognize a few classic Northeast destinations this year. One characteristic that seemed to capture readers’ hearts, no matter the destination? A strong identity, and a sense that the city was unlike others elsewhere in the country.

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Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Over 186,000 T+L readers completed the 2024 survey. A total of more than 700,000 votes were cast across over 8,700 properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Cities were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Sights/landmarks
  • Friendliness

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses. 

Readers rewarded past favorites like Chicago (No. 9), Honolulu (No. 4), and New Orleans (No. 9), all of which returned to the list, and once again showed their love for Charleston, which ranked No. 1 for the 12th year in a row. But for the first time, Annapolis (No. 12) and Aspen (No. 10) appeared in the rankings, indicating that readers are increasingly drawn to new regional culture and outdoor hubs. New Mexico and Texas also had a strong showing this year — each state claimed two spots on the list, for Sante Fe and Taos, and Fort Worth and San Antonio, respectively. 

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1. Charleston, South Carolina

The Holy City earned the top spot yet again, thanks to its combination of historic architecture, walkability, and Southern hospitality — and, as many readers noted, its unbeatable culinary scene. “Charleston can compete with any European capital for its arts, entertainment, active lifestyle, and food,” said one voter. Many visitors noted that they had come to the city several times for different types of trips, such as couples’ weekends, family vacations, or friends’ getaways, and that they found new things to experience each time. Another reader chimed in that Charleston was, “a great example of a city that holds to their roots, but also strives to be current and welcoming to everyone.”

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Reader score: 87.99

2. Santa Fe, New Mexico

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This artsy Southwestern destination has ranked high on our list for nearly 20 years, and it’s not just because of the 320 days of sunshine it receives each year, though it certainly doesn’t hurt. “Santa Fe is like its own country within a country,” gushed one reader. “It’s such a unique blend of culture and history that you don’t see in the rest of the USA.” Another visitor called its downtown, with Pueblo-style buildings and independent galleries, “a photographer's dream and a shopper's delight.”

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Reader Score: 87.43

3. Savannah, Georgia

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Readers adore Savannah for its leafy parks, great shopping, carriage rides, and cemetery tours. “This is one of my family's favorite cities,”said one reader, adding “We try to get to Savannah and Tybee Island each year.” The Starland District, in particular, is thriving these days, with the debut of Hotel Bardo and must-visit restaurants like Brochu’s Family Tradition.

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Reader Score: 85.27

4. Honolulu, Hawaii

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This island capital earned top marks for the natural beauty of its beaches, volcanoes, and hiking trails. But travelers also praised its shopping and Native Hawaiian traditions. “Aloha spirit abounds!” explained one visitor. “You can relax, go to a luau, go for a hike, go shopping, dive with turtles and dolphins. There is something for everyone.” Another traveler appreciated their interactions with locals, saying, “The people are the friendliest I have found on any of my travels, and the culture is mesmerizing.”

Reader Score: 85.17

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

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“It is ALL about food and drink in NOLA,” declared one reader. It’s a sentiment that’s widely shared — visitors most often praise the city’s eclectic mix of cuisines (like Creole, Vietnamese, Filipino, and barbeque) and its legendary bars and restaurants. Many travelers also appreciated the city’s laid-back vibe (it is the Big Easy, after all.) “New Orleans is a great walking around, let's-pop-into-this-place-kind-of-city,” according to one visitor. Others noted its superb history tours, festivals, and markets.

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Reader score: 84.53

6. San Antonio, Texas

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Historic sites like the Alamo and the Mission are two notable entry points into this south Texas city. But contemporary attractions also abound — Museum Reach, a three-mile pedestrian park along the San Antonio River, has many public art installations. Readers also love strolling along the River Walk, which one reader said was “probably one of the nicest places we have ever visited in the States. It was exceptionally maintained and absolutely beautiful.”

Reader Score: 83.20

7. Fort Worth, Texas

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“Cosmopolitan meets ranch” is how one reader described this thriving metropolis, whose slogan is “Where the West Begins.” Though Fort Worth retains its cowboy image with one of the country’s best rodeos and a daily cattle drive through the streets of the stockyard district, it’s not all ten-gallon hats — the cultural institutions, such as The Kimbell Art Museum, are world-class. “There are almost 20 theaters. You can attend the ballet, the opera, and symphony orchestra concerts,” noted one visitor.

Reader Score: 83.19

8. New York, New York

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The city that never sleeps lives up to its name: from Broadway shows, to iconic museums, to next-level shopping, to some of the world’s best restaurants, you’ll never be bored in the Big Apple. As one reader summed it up: “What can one say that hasn't already been said? NYC is a great place to visit. Costly, yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Reasonably clean? Yes. Fun? That goes without saying.”

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Reader score: 83.16

9. Chicago, Illinois

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Whether you want to take in some of America’s great architecture on a Chicago River tour, catch a baseball game at Wrigley Field, or find the best deep-dish, you can do it all in this dynamic, walkable city, which also received praise for its easy-to-navigate public transportation. “I love Chicago. The food, the sports. Did I mention the food? From a cultural perspective it’s fantastic because of how many people are from all over the world. Multiple parts of town have different vibes that keep it fresh and exciting to visit,” said one reader.

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Reader Score: 82.44

10. Aspen, Colorado

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While this mountain town is mostly known for its first-rate skiing (and celebrity-spotting at Hotel Jerome,) T+L readers also noted its year-round appeal and spectacular scenery. From hitting the trails, to checking out the renowned Baldwin Gallery, to having a drink at the legendary Woody Creek Tavern, readers found Aspen to be “a very well-rounded town full of great shops, museums, and restaurants.”

Reader Score: 82.41

11. Taos, New Mexico

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This small city packs a punch. Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it’s an adventure paradise for hiking and skiing, as well as rafting the Rio Grande. It’s also home to Taos Pueblo, a 1,000-year old continually inhabited Adobe community, and a rich Indigenous culture. Readers were also charmed by the town’s many independent galleries and shops. “Taos is for athletes, artists, and open minded travelers,” said one reader.

Reader Score: 81.36

12. Annapolis, Maryland

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Appearing on our list for the first time, this coastal city — known as “the sailing capital of the United States”— received top marks not only for its nautical charms, but also its historic sites, walkable downtown, and of course, crab cakes. Annapolis is also home to the U.S. Naval Academy, and many readers touted football games as a can’t-miss activity. “I love the culture and activities available in Annapolis. Whether you're visiting for educational purposes or coming to enjoy the Navy football games, you will definitely have a good time,” said one voter.

Reader Score: 81.26

13. Nashville, Tennessee

Readers can’t get enough of the nightlife in Music City. Whether it’s a lively honky tonk on Broadway, a Grand Ole Opry performance, or an open mic night at a quiet cafe, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to hearing top-notch artists. And while things can certainly get rowdy, “it’s not all bachelorette parties and cowboy hats,” as one reader notes —  there are dozens of places to catch great theater and art. The city’s strong culinary scene and efficient airport also received praise.

Reader Score: 81.18

14. Boston, Massachusetts

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This New England capital captivates all types of travelers, whether you’re a history buff intent on walking the Freedom Trail, a baseball lover looking to catch a game at Fenway Park, or a gourmand seeking the best Italian food in the North End. “It's a perfect mix of old and modern,” claims one reader. Visitors also appreciated that the highly walkable city has distinct neighborhoods, each with a unique feel. Plus, Boston has welcomed several noteworthy hotels in recent years, including the first Raffles property in North America, which opened this September.

Reader Score: 80.75

15. Alexandria, Virginia

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This historic city, which is just five miles from Washington D.C. but feels worlds away, strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated and small-town. Readers were drawn to its picturesque waterfront of Old Town, and also praised attractions like the The Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Mount Vernon Trail, ideal for bird watching and easy bike rides.

Reader Score: 80.44

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More love for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Why it's on the latest top 10 list

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The Phoenix airport was just named one of the best in the U.S. in a new survey,

AirHelp , a claims management company focused on airline passenger rights, released its annual global airport ranking on Tuesday, July 9. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ranked as the No. 7 airport in the U.S. and the No. 21 airport in the world.

The ranking was based on a survey of 239 airports in 69 countries. Salt Lake City International Airport led U.S. airports, while Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, ranked No. 1 in the world.

This is not the first time AirHelp singled out Phoenix as one of the nation's best airports. In another recent ranking, it placed Sky Harbor at No. 10 in the U.S. for the least flight disruptions .

How were the best airports selected?

AirHelp based its methodology on airport operations from May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024, ranking the top airports based on several factors:

On-time performance: Any flight that arrived within 15 minutes of its published arrival time is considered on time. On-time flights made up 60% of an airport's score.

Customer opinion: AirHelp surveyed air travelers about airport staff, wait times, accessibility and cleanliness, asking passengers to rank each factor on a scale of "very good" to "very bad." Customer opinion represented 20% of an airport's score.

Food and shops: AirHelp also asked passengers for feedback on airports' restaurants and shops, comprising the last 20% of the rating.

Why the Phoenix airport is one of the best in the U.S.

Sky Harbor Airport's rating in the survey was 8.1 out of a possible 10, an improvement from its rating in AirHelp's 2023 survey when it received a 7.83 rating.

Airlines' on-time performance and passengers' customer service feedback improved from 2023, while the food and shops rating dipped slightly, despite the addition of new restaurants including a burger restaurant from celebrity chef Bobby Flay in Terminal 4 and a cafe in the Rental Car Center .

AirHelp CEO Tomasz Pawliszyn told The Arizona Republic that the high rating for Sky Harbor represents how airport staff "has enhanced the traveler experience since 2023 to 2024 in all areas."

Top 10 U.S. airports in 2024

  • Salt Lake City International Airport.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport.
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
  • Nashville International Airport.
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina.
  • Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Texas.

Michael Salerno is an award-winning journalist who’s covered travel and tourism since 2014. His work as The Arizona Republic’s consumer travel reporter aims to help readers navigate the stresses of traveling and get the best value for their money on their vacations. He can be reached at  [email protected] . Follow him on X, formerly Twitter:  @salerno_phx .

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Democrats Seek Criminal Investigation of Justice Thomas Over Travel and Gifts

The senators said the Supreme Court justice’s failure to disclose lavish gifts and luxury travel showed a “willful pattern of disregard for ethics laws.”

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By Maya C. Miller

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Two top Democratic senators have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation of Justice Clarence Thomas for possible violations of federal ethics and tax laws.

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Ron Wyden of Oregon sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland last week asking that he appoint a special counsel to investigate Justice Thomas’s failure to disclose lavish gifts , luxury travel , a loan for a recreational vehicle and other perks given to him by wealthy friends.

The request further intensified efforts by Senate Democrats to scrutinize Justice Thomas’s conduct at a time when they are trying to force Supreme Court justices to comply with stricter ethics and financial disclosure rules.

“We do not make this request lightly,” the senators wrote in a joint statement. “Supreme Court justices are properly expected to obey laws designed to prevent conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety and to comply with the federal tax code.”

“No government official should be above the law,” they added.

Specifically, the senators asked that a special counsel investigate whether Justice Thomas violated federal ethics and tax laws by failing to disclose as income the $267,000 he received in forgiven debt for a luxury R.V.

The senators wrote that Justice Thomas had “repeated opportunities” to explain his failure to disclose the gifts to the Senate Finance Committee, of which Mr. Wyden is the chairman, as well as the Judiciary Committee’s panel on federal courts, which Mr. Whitehouse leads.

They also accused Justice Thomas of showing a “willful pattern of disregard for ethics laws,” behavior that they said surpassed that of other government officials who have been investigated by the Justice Department for “similar violations.”

A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  1. 21 Essentials to Pack for Jordan: Your Ultimate Jordan Packing List

    Travelers who love hiking and/or relaxing on the beach should plan to travel to Jordan in the spring. The period from April to May is considered the peak season for beach holidays, as temperatures are a pleasant 20 to 30 C (68 to 86 F), while the water temperatures are around 21 to 25 C. When packing for Jordan in spring, load up on maxi skirts ...

  2. What to Bring to Jordan: Your Ultimate Packing List

    For travel to Jordan in the months of November through March, pack rain gear, a heavier jacket, sweaters, and scarves. Spring and autumn are typically the most comfortable, with temperatures in the 50's to 80's (Fahrenheit). Breathable layers, a light jacket, and rain gear are recommended. Here are some more tips on visiting Jordan in every ...

  3. The 10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Jordan

    Pack deodorant, not an antiperspirant - In a hot climate like Jordan, your skin needs to breathe*. Be kind to your fellow travel companions and guide, and be sure to have deodorant in your bag. Pack layers - including base layers - Jordan is especially well-suited for layering clothing. Wearing a base layer during the day means you can ...

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    2) Sunscreen. Jordan's beaches, including Coral Beach and Amman Beach, are some of the best in the Middle East. They hug the Red Sea and Dead Sea and are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the tranquility of the waterside. To protect your skin, sunscreen is definitely one of the things to pack for a Jordan vacation.

  5. The Best Jordan Packing List: All The Essentials You Need In 2024

    Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton rather than polyester which traps heat and sweat. Here's how to dress in Jordan: Tops. 3-4 T-shirts - loose-fitting is key. 1-2 ¾ length tops - these are handy for cooler days. 1-2 blouses - loose-fitting, dressier tops.

  6. Jordan Healthy Travel Packing List

    Jordan Healthy Travel Packing List. ... and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you. ... This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Check our Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, ...

  7. Jordan Packing List

    5/ Clothing and shoes. ⚠️Good to know: Check the weather forecast for your destination a week before your trip so you can pack the right type of clothing. Underwear (panties, thongs, bras, briefs, boxers…) For shoes, you will have to choose according to the activities you plan to do:

  8. What to Pack When Traveling to Jordan

    Sleeping bag liner ( something like this will come in handy at camps or homestays) Travel shampoo & soap. Antibacterial hand-wipes or hand sanitizer (though if you forget, these are readily available at most small corner stores throughout Jordan. Wet wipes also come in handy when no toilet paper is available.) Journal.

  9. 10 things to know before going to Jordan

    8. Bring a reusable filtration water bottle. Tap water is usually not drinkable in Jordan, though some higher-end hotels have their own water purification systems. Environmental education and recycling facilities are scarce, and you will see plastics and other rubbish littering the otherwise lovely landscapes.

  10. The Ultimate Jordan Travel Guide • The Blonde Abroad

    Expect to pay around $5 USD for a non-alcoholic beverage at a nice restaurant, and upwards of $30 for a bottle of wine. You'll also find accommodations are pretty expensive and you don't have ton of options in places like Petra or the Dead Sea. Most places run around $150-$200 a night. Jordan was my first-ever trip to the Middle East.

  11. Ultimate Jordan packing list 2024: what you need to pack

    In summary, the packing list can be reflected in the motto "less is more". Limit yourself to the most important things when packing and rather leave more space to take a few travel souvenirs on the return flight. Download packing list PDF. Here you can download the Jordan packing list conveniently as PDF.

  12. Jordan Travel Essentials

    This site is owned by Apa Digital AG, Bahnhofplatz 6, 8854 Siebnen, Switzerland. Rough Guides® is a trademark owned by Apa Group with its headquarters at 7 Bell Yard London WC2A 2JR, United Kingdom. Get the full list of travel essentials for Jordan. Learn valuable visa and safety information about Jordan before your trip.

  13. The Ultimate Jordan Travel Guide for First Time Visitors

    If you are planning to visit Petra I recommend choosing the Jordan Pass. If you would choose to buy the one-day Petra ticket separately, it would cost you 50 JD ($70 US). You would pay another 40 JD ($56 US) for the visa, so your total cost would be 90 JD ($126 US). The cheapest option of the Jordan Pass is 70 JD ($100 US) and it already ...

  14. 31 Ultimate Things to Do in Jordan (Your Jordan Bucket List)

    22. Immerse Yourself in Jordan's Landscape at Feynan Eco-Lodge. Nestled in the heart of Dana Biosphere Reserve, Feynan Eco-Lodge is Jordan's first eco-lodge. It was designed by architect Ammar Khammash, who draw inspiration from the caravanserais on the Middle East's ancient trading routes to design this stunning place.

  15. Things to Know Before You Go to Jordan

    Things to Prepare Before You Go to Jordan - Travel Checklist. If you're planning to visit Jordan, you will need to make sure that you prepare well for your trip. Here is a list of things you need to do before you travel to Jordan: Work out your dates and rough itinerary. When will you travel and what things do you want to see in Jordan?

  16. 17 Top Jordan Packing List Items for 2024

    14. Solid Shampoo. Solid shampoo is an absolute must-have for your trip to Jordan. Especially if you plan to move around the country to various locations during your trip, you won't want to lug around a ton of liquid shampoo and toiletries. This is biodegradable and safe for the environment as well.

  17. Jordan Traveler

    Some of my own bucket list goals were in Jordan - thanks to pop culture and my desire for unusual and light-adventure destinations. But for a bucket list destination, Jordan is also quite distant for many travelers - and they might not get to spend as much time in Jordan as they'd like due to travel timelines and time changes...

  18. What to Wear in Jordan

    May starts to get too hot. Make sure to pack lightweight and warmer clothes, including a jacket for chilly evenings, so you can layer appropriately. Add hiking shoes and to your Jordan packing list. WHAT TO WEAR IN JORDAN IN SUMMER: Summers tend to be long and stifling. Temperatures can top 100° F (38° C).

  19. What To Wear In Jordan + A Handy Full Female Packing List for Jordan

    Six things to avoid wearing in Jordan: Booty shorts, hot pants and short skirts (generally anything too far above your knee) Anything made in sheer fabric, if you can see your underwear through it, it's too sheer. Mid-drift tops or backless tops. Figure-hugging tops and low-cut tops which expose your cleavage.

  20. 10 Jordan Travel Tips you NEED to Know Before Your First Visit

    Jordan Travel Tip #10: Bring Your own Water Bottle to prevent Plastic Waste. Jordan does not have much of a recycling industry, and you will see a lot of garbage around. Even in the middle of nowhere there will be plastic bottles and bags! Do yourself a favor and bring your own water bottle with a filter and fill up your bottles for the day ...

  21. Ultimate Jordan Bucket List: 17 Best Things to Do in Jordan

    10 Things to Do in Jordan. Explore Petra. Take a 4×4 Jeep Tour of Wadi Rum. Explore Jerash - Pompeii of the East. Float in the Dead Sea. Camp Overnight In the Wadi Rum Desert. Discover Little Petra. Visit the Amman Citadel. Go Scuba Diving in the Red Sea.

  22. 2024 John Deere Classic money: Here's how much every player made

    Check out our list of how much money each player in the field came away with at the 2024 John Deere Classic, at TPC Deere Run. ... Travel & Lifestyle. ... Jordan Spieth. T30. J.T. Poston, $56,000 ...

  23. 9 Days in Jordan: A Perfect Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

    Planning a trip to Jordan is both an exhilarating and daunting prospect. Exhilarating since you'll finally get to see world wonders like Petra and have bucket list experiences like floating in the Dead Sea.Daunting as it's a region many people feel nervous to visit, and travel resources aren't as strong as they are for other countries in more-visited places.

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    Bob's Stores, a discount store located in northeast America, is shutting down after seven decades in business. The retailer recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and as a result ...

  25. Four-Time NBA Champion Once Claimed David Stern Pushed Michael Jordan

    Former Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" John Salley added his name to the list when he said commissioner David Stern strongly pushed the Jordan agenda in the late 1980s and 1990s.

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    Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ...

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    The Phoenix airport was just named one of the best in the U.S. in a new survey, AirHelp, a claims management company focused on airline passenger rights, released its annual global airport ranking ...

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    Jordan Bardella's political rise as leader of the National Rally (RN) party has been swift. Next week, at just 28, he could become France's prime minister - and Europe's youngest for more ...

  30. Democrats Seek Criminal Investigation of Justice Thomas Over Travel and

    The senators said the Supreme Court justice's failure to disclose lavish gifts and luxury travel showed a "willful pattern of disregard for ethics laws."