Jordan Packing Guide for Women

by Melissa on May 8, 2017 · 2 comments

When the opportunity arose for Kris and I to attend a friend’s wedding in Jordan last October, we knew we couldn’t say no. For myself, I’ve regarded Jordan as one of those bucket-list destinations that I wasn’t sure I’d ever get the opportunity to visit for myself. As the date approached I started to actually worry about what I could wear without offending anyone. I’m not one who typically wears offensive clothing, but as an owner of a set of DD’s – sometimes relatively innocent outfits turn scandalous. I scoured the Internet, and other travel blogs for a Jordan packing guide for women – but didn’t find there were that many resources.  So in the vein of my highly popular packing guide for Africa, I present to you my Jordan Packing Guide for Women.

Jordan Packing Guide for Women: Resorts

jordan packing guide for women

On the resort, feel free to wear what you would at any other resort. For the most part, I personally erred on the side of modesty, just because I didn’t want to attract any unwanted attention or dirty looks. There is a large range of different styles of clothing on display on resort property – I saw everything from short shorts that expose butt cheeks (worn by the scantily-clad pool DJ) to burkinis. When I enjoyed my time in the Dead Sea – I wore an older bikini that I wouldn’t mind getting wrecked from the mud and salt. Around the pools I wore a newer bikini or one-piece bathing suit and if I ventured back to my room or a poolside restaurant, I always made sure to put on a cover up.

  • swimwear of choice (bikini, one-piece, burkini, etc.)
  • older bathing suit (that you don’t mind getting ruined in the Dead Sea)
  • bathing suit cover up
  • shorts, tights, pants, skirts, dresses
  • t-shirts/ tank tops
  • sunhat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

Jordan packing guide for women

Jordan Packing Guide for Women: Cities, Towns and Tourist Sites

This is where you should probably be a bit more conservative. While I didn’t venture into Amman with the rest of the group (since they went the day we arrived – and our flight from Istanbul had gotten in at 5 am), I heard a lot of feedback from the women who did the day trip to the city. They were by no means offensively dressed – by Western culture standards, that is. I believe a few of the women were wearing capris length pants and got dirty looks because their ankles were showing.

jordan packing guide for women

When we visited tourist destinations like Petra, I was sure to keep the shorts safely packed away.   I wore a pair of cropped tights (as I had forgotten to bring my hiking pants), a t-shirt with a higher neckline, and a long thin cardigan (that covered my bum). I also always bring a sarong that I use as a scarf – or to cover my shoulders (if I were to take off my sweater), or if really need be – to use as a headscarf.

  • t-shirts with a modest neckline
  • long sleeved shirts with a modest neckline
  • hiking pants/ trousers/ jeans
  • leggings (proceed with caution – perhaps only wear these in highly touristy areas like Petra, and be sure to cover your bum)
  • long skirts
  • maxi dress (be aware of the neckline)
  • thin sweater (I like ones that are long enough to cover my bum)
  • One thicker sweater/ hoodie if heading out into the desert overnight
  • Comfortable footwear (hiking shoes, running shoes, etc.)
  • Flip flops/ sandals (do not advise wearing these to Petra or anywhere you will have to walk for a long time – for both comfort and hygiene reasons.
  • sarong (to use as a scarf, shawl, headcover, etc.)
  • sunhat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

As a woman, I would avoid the following items for any off-resort locations:

  • skirts that are above the knee
  • shorts of any length
  • tank tops (or anything exposing too much shoulder)
  • any shirt with a scoop, plunging or deep v-neckline – especially if you’re blessed in the boob department.
  • crop tops
  • Any clothing with see-through fabrics or mesh that exposes skin (ie. burnout t-shirts)

The final word

jordan packing guide for women

Hopefully, this helps anyone planning a trip to Jordan or the Middle East, in general. When it came time to pack, I know I struggled with knowing what to bring. I was surprised that there weren’t more thorough packing guides specifically for women. My own Jordan packing guide for women may be a bit more extreme than others that do exist out there.  That said, I prefer to err on the side of caution and modesty. I’d rather avoid unwanted stares because I’m exposing a kneecap or, heaven forbid, just a bit too much cleavage. Remember – you are a guest in a foreign country; it won’t kill you to respect their culture and be a bit more conservative in public. Your trip won’t last forever, and you can return to wearing your normal gear upon your arrival home.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Do you agree with my Jordan Packing Guide for Women?  Have you travelled to the Middle East and had difficulties knowing what to wear?  Comment below!
JORDAN PACKING GUIDE FOR WOMEN

subscribe-banner

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne May 8, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Great advise…..

Reply

Farah May 10, 2017 at 7:06 am

As a Jordanian, I could not agree more. This is the perfect guide!

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge