Plan your outfits ahead of time and try to pack only what you need. If you can, try fitting everything into a carry-on bag. It will help you avoid the headaches of checking your luggage as well as remove the potential of losing anything in transit. If you’re changing planes/airlines with a carry-on bag, be sure to check the limits on cabin luggage as they sometimes vary.
To save space, we suggest packing travel size toiletries (less than 100ml per bottle).
Be sure to pack extra layers. Jordan’s weather varies drastically from day to night and you’ll find yourself chilly when it has been plus 30°C during the day. Extra layers will also help you mix up the same outfit because in Jordan, you never know where the day might take you!
You should try to consume lots of water during the flight. Pocket size face spritzers will keep your skin hydrated and moisturised as the high altitude will not spare your complexion. Also remember your lip balm, body and hand moisturisers.
This also applies when you arrive in Jordan. It can get very hot and dry, particularly between May and September. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious risks, especially when trekking through the desert. It’s not enough to drink when you’re thirsty—you’re already dehydrated by this stage. Always have plenty of bottled water and fruit juice with you. Tap water in Jordan is generally safe to drink, but we still recommend you stick to bottled water. Wearing light protective clothing, a hat, and carrying a fan can also help keep your body temperature down.
Do your research. Read up on Jordan and its attractions/customs so that you’re well prepared for your trip. For example, Jordan is predominantly a Muslim country so following tradition is advised when considering your attire (i.e. try not to show too much skin).
There are a lot of useful travel guides on Jordan online. Check our traveller guide www.triptojordan.com.
You should bring any medication and other medical supplies you use on a daily basis. If you run out, it may be hard to find in Jordan. Even if you do find them in a local pharmacy, you can’t guarantee the formulas will be the same. Nevertheless, bringing a copy of your prescription is recommended on the off chance you do need to replace anything.
It’s also a good idea to pack pain killers (like aspirin); diarrhoea tablets, antihistamines; and inhalers. Hospital and doctors’ contacts can be found in the English Jordan Times, which is sold in most local news agencies. For an ambulance you can call 193.