What to Wear in Jordan

Local women, Aqaba in February

Local women, Aqaba in February

Petra in August

Petra in August

Petra in November

Petra in November

Siq, main entrance to Petra, November

Siq, main entrance to Petra, November

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General Style Tips

  • Jordan is a Muslim country and you will cause offence if you expose too much flesh.
  • In nightclubs you will see the same fashions as in the West and they are surprisingly revealing - but this is only inside; once outside you will be expected to cover up or hop in a taxi to get back to your hotel.
  • During the day it is hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, bamboo and cotton that will keep you cool and are easier to wash and dry.
  • Long-sleeved tops and long pants will cover you from the harsh sun and protect against mosquitoes at night.
  • We suggest keeping to light, neutral colors e.g. khaki, green and brown - although not white as it will get dirty and dusty very quickly.
  • But note it is inadvisable to wear army/combat type clothing or print.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat - and remember your insect/mosquito repellent too.

What Shoes To Pack

  • If you plan to do much walking then lightweight walking shoes or sneakers are fine. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Or try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range of footwear - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Jordan is a Muslim country; whilst its cities are modern and local women may wear make-up now, they always dress conservatively. Local women will ensure they cover their legs, arms and hair in public.
  • A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
  • It is inappropriate to reveal even the slightest amount of stomach or hips - so short tops, short skirts / shorts, or tight clothes should be avoided completely, with the possible exception of your hotel pool area.
  • No topless sunbathing even at your resort hotel - it is illegal. Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas. We suggest taking a one piece swimsuit.
  • If you're going to visit any religious sites then use a pashmina or sarong to cover your shoulders, stomach and bare legs.
  • Although the dress code is more relaxed in hotels and nightclubs, you will find that you get more respect if you dress modestly - a pashmina can be useful for times when you need to cover up.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • For men, keep your shorts for the beach and resort areas. Elsewhere long pants and a shirt are best. We love the Madda Fella range of vacation wear - it's comfortable, stylish and versatile.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • In the summer; June, July and August, it can be as hot as a furnace, so natural breathable fabrics are best. Evenings can still be cool, so pack a pashmina or sweater.
  • In the winter - December, January and February - wear layers that can be taken off during the heat of the day and put back on for cool evenings. Add in a warm waterproof raincoat.
  • Spring (March, April and May) and Fall (September, October and November) are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Jordan

  • If heading to Petra in February this can be colder than you might expect... perhaps even with snow.

Other Things To Pack

  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your daytime essentials.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized. You can use packing cubes to compress the volume too.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Bottles of decorated sand patterns are a popular buy, but don't go for anything too large as they are heavy.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing holiday. That's why I started WhatToWearOnHoliday.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.