What to Wear in Jordan: Packing tips for Women

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Jordan was a dream destination for me. Playing Indiana Jones in Petra, wandering through the ruins of Jerash, trying knafeh for the first time in Amman, and exploring Wadi Rum. I loved Jordan. Not only did it have some amazing sites to see and visit but I found the people warm and welcoming as well. However, as a young, female traveller from Canada, I did stress a little bit about packing and what to wear. After all, Jordan is a Muslim country which means it is a bit more traditional and conservative compared to European and North America. Thankfully, I could rely a bit on my previous experience in Egypt to help me figure out what to pack and I’m happy to say that I chose wisely and felt comfortable in what I chose to wear as a female visitor. So, for any other women wondering: here are my packing tips and recommendations on what to wear in Jordan.

Smiling from the top of the Citadel in Amman, Jordan

Hiding Skin vs Hiding Curves

When travelling through Jordan, one of the things you will quickly notice is that it is more important to cover skin than hide your curves. I didn’t see many local Jordanian women as I didn’t spend a lot of time in the cities, but I few that I did see wore skinny jeans or even leggings paired with dresses or long tunic-style tops. Showing off their curves didn’t seem to matter, as long as the important bits (chest, stomach, thighs) were covered. Cleavage especially seemed to be a big no-no.

All local women I saw wore long sleeves, however, the majority of tourists walked around in short sleeve t-shirts and that wasn’t a problem. Longer sleeves would be required if you were visiting mosques or important religious sites, however for exploring ruins or the desert, short sleeves are fine.

Do you Need to Cover Your Hair?

Wearing a Jordanian head scarf in Wadi Rum

As a Muslim country, many local Jordanian women all cover their hair under hijabs or burkas. As tourists, women are not required to cover their hair. I certainly didn’t, until Wadi Rum when I had one of the local Bedouins tie one of the red and white scarves around my head. I never had any issues with showing my hair (which I kept in a braid or a ponytail) and nor did anyone else. Again, if you were to enter a mosque or a holy place, you will be required to cover your hair (scarves to do this are often provided).

Are Western Women Treated Differently for the way they Dress?

In my experience- no. I found Jordan to be much more modern than Egypt when it comes to clothing and didn’t notice any awkward looks or ever feel uncomfortable. Granted, I was also only in Jordan for three short days with Abraham Tours and hit the main tourist sites so that was quite different from me walking around on my own.

I do believe that western women aren’t held to the same standards as the local women, however, I’m also a firm believer that blending in as much as possible is best practice. Especially for any women travelling alone. So just remember that Jordan is a more modest country than some others and take that into consideration when you dress for the day.

Psst: Wondering what my must-have travel items are? Here’s what you’ll always find in my bag.

Women’s Packing List for Jordan

With the above tips in mind, here is what I recommend (based on what I wore and felt comfortable in) for women to pack for Jordan.

What to Wear in Jordan: Pants and Bottoms

Standing on a til looking down at the Petra Monastery

I definitely recommend packing some leggings or active-wear type pants. Not only do most women find these types of pants comfortable, but they also tend to be a bit more light-weight which is perfect for Jordan’s warmer climate. Just make sure to do a bend test if you are wearing leggings to make sure they aren’t see-through; Jordan is not the place for a wardrobe malfunction.

I brought a comfortable pair of black leggings as well as my dressy sweatpants from encircled (my favourite travel pants) which are a little bit looser but still are really soft and comfortable. If you plan on being active, I suggest lululemon leggings. My current favourites are the Wunder Train tights which don’t slide down, have pockets, and they aren’t see through. Since this is a Muslim country, I suggest a longer shirt so that covers your bum. But these are my go-to travel leggings and I recommend them to everyone.

If you aren’t really big on leggings or are worried that athletic type pants might be too warm then opt for a looser, wide leg pant. The elephant style pants that are so popular in Southeast Asia will work just fine (you can buy some here) or, if you want something a little less boho, try a flowy pair of wide-leg pants. I brought a pair of patterned palazzo/ beach pants similar to these that were perfect.

Jeans and trousers are fine too. I’m just not a big fan of heavier long pants in the heat and while hiking but, really, it’s up to your style and comfort.

What to Wear in Jordan: Tops

Looking out over the Roman ruins of Jerash, Jordan

When it comes to tops, your best bet is to make sure they have higher necklines that cover your cleavage and cover your stomach. My go-to travel top is the evolve top by encircled which you can wear multiple ways including with slightly longer t-shirt sleeves and a higher neckline. I also recommend longer tunic-style tops like these that will cover your bum if you are wearing tighter pants or leggings. I felt most comfortable in t-shirts but in the desert and for hiking I would say sleeveless tank tops are ok too.

Jordan’s temperatures also fluctuate quite a bit, especially in Petra or in the desert, so bring some warmer options too. A few in our group had nice warm fleece sweaters like these which I was a bit jealous of in the evenings (it went down to 8 degrees at night near Petra when I visited in November). I also recommend bringing a raincoat- a good waterproof jacket (I love my Columbia raincoat which has vents but is actually waterproof) as Jordan can get heavy rain. Plus, it’s another layer to have when it gets chilly.

If you do plan on visiting any mosques or religious sites, have a lightweight cardigan or sweater that you can throw in your bag as you will need to cover your arms fully to enter. Again, I recommend a longer sweater or kaftan to cover your bum if you pair it with leggings or tighter pants.

What to Wear in Jordan: Dresses and Skirts

If you do plan on bringing dresses or skirts to Jordan remember to stick to higher necklines. I also suggest you stick with knee-length or longer. Maxi dresses and skirts are always a good pick. 

Do yourself a favour though and don’t get all caught up in needing the perfect Instagram photo in your flowy dress in Petra or hiking through Wadi Rum desert. You will end up miserable because you really can’t scramble around rocks and explore in a dress as easily as you can in pants. Save dresses and skirts for city exploring.

What to Wear in Jordan: Swimwear

Floating in the Dead Sea

Depending on your plan, you may or may not want to bring a swimsuit with you to Jordan. I didn’t because I visited the Dead Sea on the Israel side and wasn’t staying anywhere with a pool. However, the Dead Sea is totally worth it and a lot of hotels and resorts around Jordan do have pools so it’s probably worth packing one. Swimsuits, including bikinis, are acceptable at the pool and at the beach- but don’t walk around in it all day. When you are finished at the pool or beach, wrap yourself in a towel (if you need to bring one with you I highly recommend these quick-dry travel towels) or a cute sarong (not a sheer one, something solid like this) to walk back to your room or the changing room. Remember, this is the Middle East, not Europe or the Caribbean.

What to Wear in Jordan: Accessories and Shoes

Standing in the Siq in Petra

One of the accessories I used the most in Jordan was a scarf. I brought a large, light-weight one just in case I did need to cover anything. Not only did it come in handy to keep me a little warmer on the cooler mornings and evenings, but I could also use it to cover my head if I wanted protection from the sun, and I did wear it in Petra because my shirt was a little lower than I liked. If you don’t already have one, you can get a really cute one here.

Some people will tell you to bring hiking shoes, I didn’t bother. I just had a good pair of comfortable running shoes to wander around Petra, Wadi Rum, and the cities of Aman and Jerash and they worked just fine. For those staying longer, especially if you are visiting the Dead Sea, you may also want to add in a pair of flip-flops. PS: if you are looking for a great pair of travel shoes check out Vessi. They are lightweight, supportive, and waterproof. 

One of the things I always pack for travel, especially when I’m doing a lot of walking, are good athletic socks like these. Because they are a bit thicker I don’t get blisters and even though my feet get sweaty (gross, sorry) they don’t reek at the end of the day. 

What to Wear in Jordan: Accessories and Helpful Items

Standing in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Dressing appropriately is always a concern for female travellers heading to Jordan, but once you have all your clothes in place you’ll want to throw a couple of extra things in your bag as well.

      • Waterproof Sunscreen: A must! The sun in Jordan is pretty strong and hot and you will probably sweat a lot.
      • Sunglasses and perhaps a hat to protect your head from the sun
      • A small day bag. I love this one which is water resistant and folds up really tiny.
      • Camera
      • Portable charger for your phone (trust me, you’ll take a ton of photos)
      • Anti-chafing cream: for any of my ladies who fear the dreaded chub-rub! I use body glide to help prevent it when I’m super active. It basically goes on like deodorant but not white residue crap on your clothing. There is one aimed at women as well but as far as I can tell it’s just a pink container instead of blue.

I hope this Jordan packing list helps! I loved my time in Jordan and I hope you do too. 

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Book your accommodation

I love and recommend booking.com for accommodation. They have a range of hostels, guesthouses, hotels, and resorts. Plus, the platform has a great loyalty program that means the more you book, the more you can save. 

Book your tours

My go-to tour provider that I love to recommend is GetYourGuide. They have options all over the world and partner with local companies for everything from day trips to food experiences and even airport transfers. 

Get connected

If you want to have data while travelling for online maps or any other needs, an esim is one of the easiest solutions. I’m a big fan of Airalo and have used their sim cards around the world from Brazil to Uzbekistan, Greece to the USA. It’s really easy- you download the app, pick what country you want an esim for, and after you purchase it follow the installation instructions. You can use promo code HANNAH3326 to save $3USD on your next esim purchase. 

Not sure what to pack?

I have destination-specific guides for some countries but you can also check my travel essentials and camera gear if you are looking for some ideas. 

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  3. charlotte on September 4, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Loved this post Hannah and it’s really helpful for my upcoming trip to Jordan next week. I’m slightly worried about being so covered up in the 30-35c degree heat though! I know you went in November but did you struggle at all wearing so many layers?

    • Hannah Logan on September 5, 2019 at 11:52 am

      It wasn’t that warm when I went so not so bad, but yeah the heat makes it hard (I did Morocco in 47C temperatures and it was BRUTAL) lightweight wide leg pants were my life because they were so airy. Also I just wore t-shirts and made sure my shoulders were covered but not my full arms. Hope that helps a bit! Good luck!

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  6. Suzan Suleiman on June 5, 2021 at 5:40 am

    We Jordanians have no restrictions regards the cloths ! Some wear Hijab and some don’t ! Some wear sleeveless tops and some don’t ! Some wear shorts and some don’t! Some wear bikini and some don’t !
    Your article is not accurate ! We are comfortable with our choices !

    • Hannah Logan on June 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      Did you actually read the article? I never said you couldn’t wear any of those things. This is based on my personal experience while in Jordan. Based on what I saw local Jordanian women wearing and what I and fellow tourists felt comfortable in. I don’t think thee is anything ‘not accurate’ about that.

  7. Inas on June 13, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Just an advice for the future , do not write an entire article about a country and what to wear if your experience based on 3 days visit , sorry but you almost got everything wrong , I’m a Jordanian woman and what you wrote is so inaccurate , you can wear whatever you want as a local or a foreigner (no one cares)

    • Hannah Logan on June 16, 2022 at 6:27 am

      My packing list is predominately what I found helpful to wear for adventure travel. Yes I suggest being more modest and covered up to be respectful since Jordan is a Muslim country. At the end of the day, I created this article as a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed woman who has sadly experienced a lot of sexual harassment in many countries, most specifically Muslim ones. I’m not telling people what they have to wear, I’m sharing what I wore and felt comfortable and respectful in. I’m not sure why that bothers you.

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